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Author QuotedSøren Kierkegaard
Title QuotedAttack upon Christendom
Date (Year/Month/Day)1968/0705
Imprint[S.l.] : Princeton University Press. 1968
QuotationAttack upon Christendom. How can one laugh and shudder at the same time? The book is so incontrovertibly true. And to find myself a priest. And to find my own life so utterly false and trivial"”in the light of the New Testament. And to look around me everywhere and find people desperately"”or complacently"”going through certain motions to prove that they are Christians. (And far more people not giving a damn and not even paying attention, so that "proving one is a Christian" comes to mean begging for just a little attention from the world"”some grudging admission that a Christian can be an honest man.)
JournalThe Other Side of the Mountain: The End of the Journey. The Journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 7, 1967-1968.; Edited by Patrick Hart, O.C.S.O. / San Francisco : Harper Collins. 1998, p. 138
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