Burnt Toast: Atheist Sees Image of the 'Birth of Earth' in a Piece of Toast

Atheist Sees Image of the 'Birth of Earth' in Burnt Toast

Yes it’s true.

This genuine picture was photographed in Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire, England by science atheist Dr. Terence Meaden earlier this month.

He could barely withhold his excitement.

“I was having breakfast when this piece of ciabatta toast got burnt,” he said. “Suddenly I was aware that the pattern of light and darkness across the toast resembled what could have been a visible manifestation of primeval events at the time that planet Earth was forming four and a half billion years ago.

Genuine unretouched photograph, copyright G.T. Meaden


Physicist and archaeologist Dr. G. Terence Meaden from Oxford University continued, “I feel humbled that I should have been chosen to receive this vision and expression of non-godist reality in this unexpected way. It is plainly a subtle manifestation of the high principle of atheism that goddidnotdoit.”

It is likely to make national headlines as this sensational story spreads through the rationalist community of nonbelievers in godism. Goddidit followers may be unhappy about it though, but after all—if one imitates their sloppy use of the word ‘theory’—“goddidit is only a ‘theory’, seeing that gods are mere constructs of the human mind”.

“It is exciting because this piece of toast was absolutely genuine. No trickery. It happened, just like that”, said Dr. Meaden—a Tommy Cooper fan.

“You can see a representation of the birthing planet taking in asteroid-size spherical fragments as Young Earth spins and grows into the big planet that we know today.”

We may expect the story to go worldwide as non-acceptors of godism take note. “All I can say is you gotta believe this, because it happened.  I have always concurred with the scientific truths of the Aged Earth theory because proven scientific facts are right.” Some years ago a worthy atheist* reported an image of burnt toast as depicting the Big Bang, but no photograph was ever produced—so perhaps that account was satirical. Mine is not. I have the picture to prove it.

So can we see the toast, this remarkable vision?

“I’m afraid the photograph is all that remains. The experience so overwhelmed me that, stunned and unthinkingly, I photographed it, buttered it and ate it”. But I do have the negative of the original picture, and the satisfaction of having actually eaten a piece of a nongod.”


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* thanks to http://www.satireandcomment.com/0208toast.html where a pictureless image of the Big Bang was reported some years ago.

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Comment by Dr. Terence Meaden on August 14, 2015 at 8:35am

Zut alors, maybe yes, Loren.

But the vision that came to me at that powerfully climactic moment all those years ago was that it was an image of the creation of planet Earth in a way particularly well manifest.

Comment by Loren Miller on August 14, 2015 at 6:06am

[Loren squints at the image above and wonders...] Is that supposed to be the Big Bang or a map of the Cosmic Background Microwave Radiation?  {grin!}

Comment by Dr. Terence Meaden on August 14, 2015 at 1:15am

For the record, a memo: 

the number of views exceeded 20,000 by the turn of 2014 into 2015. Don't know why the view counter zeroed itself. 

Comment by RonRon on February 26, 2013 at 2:05pm

Lol! Awesome.

Comment by Rich Goss on June 27, 2012 at 12:33pm

Great post.  How about sending the photo to the Vatican with the note, "Let's see you top this one."  We can tell it's a piece of burnt toast without using our imagination. 



Comment by Dr. Terence Meaden on January 1, 2012 at 5:43am

Happy New Year everyone. 

Just for the record, the number of visits to burnt toast as the year ended was 16,950.

Comment by kfreed on September 8, 2011 at 4:41am

13,600 views is outstanding. It does help to have a sense of humor.


I suppose my rendition will be about as accidental as Jesus toast.

Comment by Dr. Terence Meaden on September 8, 2011 at 4:30am

To kfreed

Yes, an art project burning toast sounds good.

My toast burning was accidental, while the subsequent wording was 'creative writing'. 

I put this blog on to "ORIGINS" and there were 12,000 views in 4 days. The total now is 13,600. 

Comment by kfreed on September 8, 2011 at 4:02am
Hmmm... you've just given me an idear for an art project...
Comment by Jeremy Raines on August 26, 2011 at 7:37am
Mmmmm, toast!

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