The ecclesiastical world was still in shock today after yesterday's announcement that God is retiring, and TV studios today are full of theological pundits offering their views on who will take over and the impact on day-to-day religious affairs.
Keen to stamp out accusations of nepotism, Heaven has been quick to point out that Jesus Christ, son of God and obvious front-runner for the post, is not assured of the now-vacant position. Indeed, although He is very much a favourite of believers around the world, experts worry that He doesn't have the necessary business acumen and experience to deal with the top job.
The smart money seems to be backing Archangel Gabriel for the position. Gabriel, currently Chief Communications Officer, has been on the board for over three thousand years, and has a hard-working, go-getter reputation as God's right hand man. Accusations of overzealous brutality were leveled at Gabriel during God's more violent early years in office, but no charges were ever formally filed.
Although it's not unheard of for a deity to retire, it is generally assumed the position is for life. Previous gods have had mixed fortunes in retirement - while Odin is living comfortably in sheltered accommodation in Valhalla, Zeus is reported to be struggling to survive on a Greek state pension in a mountain-top retreat he can no longer afford to heat.
No-one expects God will have to suffer financially in his retirement, he is known to have invested wisely and has run a very successful worldwide commercial blessings service from central Rome for many years.