Friday, January 4, 2008

Too good? Too good for Jesus?

"The modern world is not evil; in some ways the modern world is far too good. It is full of wild and wasted virtues. . . . it is not merely the vices that are let loose. The vices are, indeed, let loose, and they wander and do damage. But the virtues are let loose also; and the virtues wander more wildly, and the virtues do more terrible damage."

G. K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy, chapter 3, "The Suicide of Thought."

"'For myself,' she continued, 'I don't have that streak. I believe that what's right today is wrong tomorrow and that the time to enjoy yourself is now so long as you let others do the same. I'm as good, Mr. Motes,' she said, 'not believing in Jesus as many a one that does.' 'You're better,' he said, leaning forward suddenly. 'If you believed in Jesus, you wouldn't be so good.'"

Flannery O'Connor, Wise Blood, page 221.