THE CHRISTIAN QUOTATION OF THE DAY
Christ, our Light
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Feast of Dunstan, Archbishop of Canterbury, 988

It is not enough to hold that God did great things for our fathers: not enough to pride ourselves on the inheritance of victories of faith: not enough to build the sepulchres of those who were martyred by men unwilling as we may be to hear new voices of a living God. Our duty is to see whether God is with us; whether we expect great things from Him; whether we do not practically place Him far off, forgetting that if He is, He is about us, speaking to us words which have not been heard before, guiding us to paths on which earlier generations have not been able to enter. There is, most terrible thought, a practical atheism, orthodox in language and reverent in bearing, which can enter a Christian Church and charm the conscience to rest with shadowy traditions, an atheism which grows insensibly within us if we separate what cannot be separated with impunity, the secular from the divine, the past and the future from the present, earth from heaven, the things of Caesar from the things of God.
... Brooke Foss Westcott (1825-1901), The Historic Faith, New York: The Macmillan Company, 1883, p. 40-41 (see the book; see also Isa. 31:1; Jer. 2:17; John 8:36-44; Mark 12:14-17; Rom. 1:19-20; 8:16-17; more at Atheism, Conscience, Inheritance, Martyr, Religion, Reverence, Tradition)

 
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