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Author QuotedJulien Green
Title QuotedEach in His Darkness
Date (Year/Month/Day)1963/10/26
Imprint[S.l.] : [s.n.]. 1961
Quotation"One thing still holds, and only this one thing is really serious, that Jesus is the victor. A seriousness that would look back past this, like Lot's wife, is not Christian seriousness. It may be burning behind-and truly it is burning-but we have to look not at it but at the other fact, that we are visited and summoned to take seriously the victory of God's glory in this man Jesus and to be joyful in Him." Karl Barth This is appropriate to what I was thinking about the grim and fearful seriousness with which Julien Green takes evil [in Each in His Darkness, 1961]. The fear that one's obsession with evil may be a sign of not being "of the elect." And Graham Greene too: in him evil is more serious than good.
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. 27
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