“The best argument for Christianity is Christians: their joy, their certainty, their completeness. But the strongest argument against Christianity is also Christians — when they are sombre and joyless, when they are self-righteous and smug in complacent consecration, when they are narrow and repressive, then Christianity dies a thousand deaths. But, though it is just to condemn Christians for these things, perhaps, after all, it is not just, but very easy, to condemn Christianity itself for them. Indeed, there are impressive indications that the positive quality of joy is in Christianity — and nowhere else. If that were certain, it would be proof of a very high order.” —Sheldon Vanauken, A Severe Mercy
Mark Harbison, I will never be able to thank you enough for this book. Everybody else, if you haven’t read it, you MUST do so immediately.