The Great Debate UK
from The Great Debate:
-- Eric Auchard is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own --
"There's probably no God" runs the slogan of an advertising campaign humanists are running on buses across Britain. But if the supreme being has his doubters, few question the importance of Steve Jobs to Apple Inc.
In a letter to employees on Wednesday, the Apple co-founder said he would take himself "out of the limelight" for six months after learning in the past week that his still vaguely defined "health issues" are "more complex than I originally thought."
While Jobs paints his absence as a temporary medical leave -- he retains the Apple CEO title even as he steps aside -- his departure leaves a spiritual void at a company most people think of as inseparable from the man.
The miraculous career of the prophet of the personal computer revolution, the self-made billionaire known for a career of second acts, draws frequent religious parallels: one biography of him is entitled "The Second Coming of Steve Jobs".
**Tom Dunmore is Editor-in-Chief of Stuff magazine. The views expressed are his own.**
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