No God but God

A visiting Muslim cleric asked, “How do you understand, ‘There is no God but God’?

Louie Wing said, “When God is, there is no God.”

The cleric asked, “What do you mean by that?”

Louie Wing said, ”


God’ is a term that is used in contradistinction to ‘other than God.’ The term is only valid when you distinguish God from something else. When ‘there is no God but God,’ what is there to distinguish?

From The Flatbed Sutra of Louie Wing

by Ted Biringer