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Quotes of the week

11 March 2022


The most potent thing about Christian belief, to me — maybe you could say more generally about religious faith — is you acknowledge something greater and more important than yourself. I find that I will often have more in common with someone, for example, who is of the Muslim faith, because they are also a person of faith, than I will with someone who just regards [faith] as hocus pocus

Tony Blair, The Archbishop Interviews, Radio 4, 6 March


Putin shares with the villains of [Dostoevsky’s] Devils the realisation that human beings, motivated by demonic forces which spread violence and evil very easily if they are so inclined, are still at work in the world, just as they were when Christ drove them out of the Galilaean lunatic

A. N. Wilson, The Times, 5 March


Many people say that the idea of the Devil is a silly myth that diverts our attention from the real sources of evil in the world. Well, if the Devil is a myth, I’d rather live with that than the much sillier myth that we could somehow organise and medicalise evil out of the world through building the right political structures, by understanding our psychology, and then truly liberating ourselves from all that restrains us

Gerry Lynch, sermon preached at St John’s, Devizes, 6 March


[Lent] give us a good reason to spend time pondering with ourselves and with others about the meaning and purpose of life. Lent gives us the occasion; it becomes the right context, if we are bold enough, to dare ourselves to go deeper, ‘to put out into the deep and let down our nets for a catch’”

Rose Hudson-Wilkin, “Credo”, The Times, 5 March


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