I’m telling you, this gem of an essaylet from Short Schrift is the kind of thing E.B. White would have written if he had a blog:
Like all good lapsed Catholics, I believe in sin but not salvation. Likewise, I believe in spam. You could say that I only believe in spam. The “spam” folder gives us the assurance — perhaps false — that our other messages are NOT spam, that they demand at least reading and sorting, if not a reply. We can believe that the message for which we’ve been waiting, the good news, is on its way, because we have a sure means of detecting false prophets.