May 18, 2009

Steeples major and minor

"[W]ith such clarity as I have, I must say I am not a Christian. For the situation as I see it is that in spite of the abyss of nonsense in which we are caught, we shall all alike be saved."

                -- Soeren Kirkegaard, as quoted by John Updike in "The Fork"

"Is the Christian situation so desperate that the primary task of the contemporary theologian is one of creating a fortress of faith which is unapproachable by the world?"

                -- Thomas J.J. Altizer, in Towards a New Christianity