“. . . that God could become a Man in a particular place and at a particular time, . . . could be nailed to a cross and left to die, only to rise from the dead and . . . disappear into heaven, there to watch over mankind forevermore.  Who in his right mind could believe such a story?  Well, to begin with, all those who have believed it.  That is to say, the greatest artists, mystics, sculptors, saints, builders – for instance, builders of the great medieval cathedrals – over the Christian centuries, not to mention the Christians of all sorts and conditions whose lives, generation after generation, have been irradiated, given a meaning and a direction, through the great drama of the birth, ministry, death and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth.”

Malcolm Muggeridge, Confessions of a Twentieth-Century Pilgrim (San Francisco, 1988), pages 65-66.

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2 thoughts on “Who in his right mind?”

  1. Jason Dollar says:

    Great quote, but I’m most impressed with the Rockwell! Or at least how the quote and the Rockwell are talking to each other!

  2. anonymous says:

    amen. For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him will have eternal life, and I Myself will raise him up on the last day. John 6:40

    day 10 advent reflection: …who would imagine that He would come to this place for me…
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_0bAtiMx5o&feature=related

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