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  • I really hope this isn't why you walked out. I have never, ever seen a contract of any length that didn't include an "act of god" clause. It's meant to cover all kinds of random stuff: Soviet invasion, earthquake, ghostly infestation, massive plagues, total protonic reversal, and anything else that is clearly beyond anyone's reasonable prediction and control. The phrase is just an artifact.
    • No, no, no, the general terms and the hourly rate did simply not match up.

      I understand it is a common term, I am agnostic, but still I live in a dominant Christian culture, but I am just amazed that these artifacts, as you call them, still seem to be influencing everything.
      • Hey, I'm a fundamentalist, and I've always thought that phrase was odd and a possible legal hindrance.

        I mean, what if your idea of God and mine don't match up? What if my religion states we can't know the mind of God and so we'd never know what is and is not an act of God? What if my religion states only I can know that? :)

        I understand that it's intended to mean "random occurrences that are just so far outside of what could've been foreseen at the time of this contract that this contract cannot possibly be construed to cover such eventualities," but still it's a problem. And even if you reworded it as I just did it still sounds awfully subjective.

        J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers