Friday, May 16, 2014

Be of good courage

This morning at the "Anxious Bench" Philip Jenkins quotes a passage from a World War I era novel:
Religion is the first thing and the last thing, and until a 
man has found God and been found by God, he begins at no beginning, he works to no end. He may have his friendships, his partial loyalties, his scraps of honour. But all these things fall into place and life falls into place only with God. Only with God. God, who fights through men against Blind Force and Night and Non-Existence; who is the end, who is the meaning. He is the only King.... It was as if he had been groping all this time in the darkness, thinking himself alone amidst rocks and pitfalls and pitiless things, and suddenly a hand, a firm strong hand, had touched his own. And a voice within him bade him be of good courage.... God was beside him and within him and about him.
Jenkins then challenges his readers to identify the author, someone well-known then and later as a non-believer. The blog entry identifies the extremely unlikely author of the passage.