So, this article from Jon Carroll of the San Francisco Chronicle is fabulous. He brings in some of his readers' remarks, including the following (unsourced) quote from Umberto Eco:

Insufficient consideration has been given to the underground religious war that is transforming the modern world: the division between users of the Macintosh computer and users of the MS-DOS-compatible computers. I am firmly of the opinion that the Macintosh is Catholic and that DOS is Protestant. Indeed, the Macintosh is counter-reformist and has been influenced by the methodical path of the Jesuits.

It tells the faithful how they must proceed step by step to reach -- if not the Kingdom of Heaven -- the moment in which their document is printed. It is catechistic: the essence of revelation is dealt with via simple formulae and sumptuous icons. Everyone has a right to salvation.

DOS is Protestant, or even Calvinistic. It allows free interpretation of scripture, demands difficult personal decisions, imposes a subtle hermeneutics upon the user, and takes for granted the idea that not all can reach salvation.

As a Roman Catholic and a mac user, especially in this week when so many papal commentators have been arguing that the Protestant/Catholic divide has lost its relevance to analysis, one wonders if the power of differing theologies of salvation is still working itself out in stranger places....

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