I applaud his critical attitude toward his own church. It provokes these thoughts:
“But put Gandhi into the Russia of 1925 or the Germany of 1933. The solution would be simple: after a few days he would be arrested and nothing more would be heard of him.” (15)
“... alas, it often turns out that theology merely amounts to a justification of the behavior of pretend-Christians.” (79)
“The Christianity that accommodates itself to the culture in the belief that it will thus make itself more acceptable and better understood, and more authentically in touch with humanity--this is not a half-Christianity; it is a total denial of Christianity. Once Christianity gives way to accommodation or humanistic interpretation, the revelation is gone. Christian faith is radical, decisive like the very word of God, or else it is nothing.” (146)
“To seek conciliation with the world is to cut off the gospel’s roots. This, of course, assured Catholicism’s worldly success--at the cost of its authenticity.” (147)
“I have nothing against the person who prefers to take the way of politics, big business, science, revolution, technology, etc. Only, let him not pretend that he is witnessing to Christian truth. That much honesty can be demanded of him.” (148)
“If violence is unleashed anywhere at all, the Christians are always to blame.” [For not having intervened in time to defuse it.] (156)
“... it is impossible to be a Christian and at the same time to conduct successful politics, which necessarily requires the use of some kind of violence.” (160)
Year Read: 2002
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