November 4, 2004, here on slacktivist: Who Made Steve?
“Steve” has emerged as a central figure in American theology. He even played a significant role in the recent national elections. Yet despite his enormous influence, we know little about Steve aside from a single reference to him in our holy texts. This reference is, like the catechism, extra-canonical but considered authoritative:
“God made Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve.”
This oft-quoted text presents a mystery. If God did not make Steve, then where did this uncreature come from? How did Steve come to be?
God did not make Steve, therefore we must also assume that Steve was never born. If Steve had been born, after all, then he would be “begotten, not made.” Surely we are not meant to conclude that Steve is a little-known fourth member of the Trinity. Thus again we come to mystery. Steve was neither made nor begotten; yet Steve is.