Question asked by Eskimo hunter to priest

Via Futility Closet:

I read about an Eskimo hunter who asked the local missionary priest, 'If I did not know about God and sin, would I go to hell?' 'No,' said the priest, 'not if you did not know.' 'Then why,' asked the Eskimo earnestly, 'did you tell me?'

– Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, 1974