‘One God Further’

We’re all atheists about most gods. Atheists just go one god further…or do they?

A line of matryoshka dolls, also known as Russian nesting dolls

If you start with monotheism, and you go ‘one god further’, you get atheism. Right?

Or no? What’s the joke about?

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The quip feels psychologically implausible in a way we can’t put our finger on. That’s what makes…