Can't Get No Respect... The Screwloose Letters, Vol 1, #2

When I found that I no longer believed everything I thought Christians were supposed to believe, I asked myself, Why not just leave Christianity—and religion—behind, as so many others have done? Yet I sometimes encountered, in churches and elsewhere—in the presence of a venerable Buddhist monk, in the cantor’s singing at a bar mitzvah, and on mountain hikes—something compelling, powerful, even terrifying that I could not ignore, and I had come to see that, besides belief, Christianity involves practice—and paths toward transformation. Italics mine. The above was lifted from Elaine Pagels, Beyond Belief: The Secret Gospel of Thomas, Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group—but I might have written it

The Original Heretic. The Screwloose Letters, Vol 1, #1

Only the perfect will enter this kingdom… The Screwloose Letters, Vol !, #1 Notes on the Gospel of Thomas Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect. No really, that’s what he used to say. Not Jesus (though of course he said it too, as for instance in Matthew 5:43, above) but my old friend the Senior Pastor Dr Garvey. Back in the old days, about a million years ago, I was his Assistant Pastor in a primeval Presbyterian Church, old style. Dr Garvey used to breeze into the Young People’s meeting and address us, now and then, and he always said it too, albeit giving it a new twist, in conclusion. “I would have you to be like me,” he would say, “perfect.” We were shocked.

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