Wednesday, August 29, 2018

A good sign

From an address delivered by Dorothy L. Sayers in 1940 titled "Creed or Chaos?":
.... There is a great difference between believing a thing to be right and not doing it, on the one hand, and, on the other, energetically practising evil in the firm conviction that it is good. In theological language, the one is mortal sin, which is bad enough; the other is the sin against the Holy Ghost, which is without forgiveness simply and solely because the sinner has not the remotest idea that he is sinning at all. So long as we are aware that we are wicked, we are not corrupt beyond all hope. Our present dissatisfaction with ourselves is a good sign. We have only to be careful that we do not get too disheartened and abashed to do anything about it at all. ....
Dorothy L. Sayers, Creed or Chaos?, Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1949, p. 27.