I work in an extremely technical environment. One of the guys in the group, an absolutely brilliant microcontroller programmer, is a “believer” (for lack of a better word) and avid Bible reader. We often encounter strange circuit timing anomalies that he is asked to fix. He methodically goes through the process and eventually finds it. Invariably he uses the aforementioned quote when he describes what he found and the work-around solution.How should I respond? Right now I just say “Nice work!” or “Good find!” Meanwhile, I am silently screaming: “Seriously? Do you think God cares that there is a race condition between pin A_Vsr_OTd and pin Clk_240? Really?! And if he cared so much why didn’t he advance said signal by 350 ps to avoid the condition in the first place?!” But, I just say “Great job!” What does the expression mean? Is this derived from a Bible quote? Should I just ignore it? Is there a better way to respond?

Note: I am even less religious than a certain raging alien here. However, I want to be respectful and continue to work well with all the staff.

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Not sure I’d be able to avoid saying “Maybe we should skip the fools and hire God”.

syz (35649)“Great Answer” (3) Flag as… ¶

I’ve spent more of my life than I care to remember in that book, and I’ve never heard “God takes care of his fools”.

I’ve heard “the fool hath said in his heart there is no God”“Delight is not seemly for a fool;.” “Arise, O God, plead thine own cause, remember the how the foolish man reproacheth thee daily!” (I love that one)“To have a fool for a child brings grief”“The wise like the fool will not be long remembered…”

…Biblegod doesn’t seem to like fools very much.

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Seek (34785)“Great Answer” (1) Flag as… ¶

“When in the presence of reasoned men, I consider them my equal. When in the presence of fools, I listen”.Confucius

The more common phrasing is “God takes care of fools and children”. It’s not a direct biblical reference, more an unattributed “old saying”. I don’t think your colleague is necessarily trying to make a theological point; it sounds like he doesn’t want to appear to think he’s hot stuff.