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Author QuotedJohn A. T. (John Arthur Thomas) Robinson
Title QuotedHonest to God
Date (Year/Month/Day)1964/06/23
ImprintPhiladelphia : Westminster Press. [1963]
QuotationFirst real interest in the "Honest to God" question.[Note 1: The "question" was prompted by the publication in 1963 of J. A. T. Robinson's Honest to God and later in 1963 by David L. Edwards's collection of essays, The "Honest to God" Debate: Some Reactions to the Book Honest to God.] Is it really so new? I think the problem is real enough and even one which Christianity has faced since the beginning. But the solution tends to be a debacle?? A complete surrender to nonsense and desperation and confusion. Is it really true that man is now totally and complacently content with modern technological culture as it is? Is there a great distance from Bonhoeffer's acceptance to Eichmann's acquiescence? Certainly! One must not stop at appearances and at a few texts out of context.
JournalDancing in the Water of Life: Seeking Peace in the Hermitage. The Journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 5, 1963-1965.; Edited by Robert E. Daggy. / San Francisco : Harper Collins. 1997, p. 121
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