Tuesday, December 14, 2010

"The dogma is the drama"

Via Justin Taylor, from Dorothy L. Sayers, the first paragraph and another quotation further in from an essay: "The Greatest Drama Ever Staged":
Official Christianity, of late years, has been having what is known as “a bad press.” We are constantly assured that the churches are empty because preachers insist too much upon doctrine—”dull dogma,” as people call it. The fact is the precise opposite. It is the neglect of dogma that makes for dullness. The Christian faith is the most exciting drama that ever staggered the imagination of man—and the dogma is the drama....

Now, we may call that doctrine exhilarating or we may call it devastating; we may call it revelation or we may call it rubbish; but if we call it dull, then words have no meaning at all.
Taylor provides a link to the essay online.

Dorothy L. Sayers, "The Greatest Drama Ever Staged is the Official Creed of Christendom," Creed or Chaos?, Harcourt Brace & Co., New York, 1949, pp. 3-7.