Systematic Theology, n. The mark of the Enlightenment on Christianity,
where God is expected to bow down and worship the human mind. A part
of wisdom frequently mistaken for the whole.
Ritualism, n. A Dutch Garden of God where He may walk in
rectilinear freedom, keeping off the grass.
With all due respect, Ambrose Bierce is mistaken in implication. I
humbly submit that it is inaccurate to make such a statement of all
ritualistic traditions, and ludicrous to imply that ritualism (or, for
that matter, systematic theology) has a monopoly on such things.
- -- Hayward's Unabridged Dictionary