I have been all things unholy. If God can work through me, he can work through anyone.
Since World War II, the Museum has replaced the Church as the main focus of civic pride in American cities. (Meanwhile, American churches were going on TV, and European ones were turning into museums: not one person in five hundred goes to the Brancacci Chapel in Florence to /pray/ in front of the Masaccios.)
That music you hear in the distance? It’s St Augustine, St Teresa, Teilhard de Chardin, Pascal, Kierkegaard and Simone Weil all singing together, and what they are singing is that, as Christ commanded, we are supposed to love God with our minds, as well as with our hearts and our souls and our strength. It is an illusion to think that there is any necessary conflict between a Christian commitment and free, adventurous thinking. No-one ever does their thinking on a blank sheet of paper. Every intellectual of every kind is in a conversation with some set of ideas, doctrines, ways of seeing the world, and that’s what makes their own thinking serious. The Christian conversation with Christian ideas, and with every other kind of idea, need not be defensive or imprisoning. Why is there a stereotype that says you have to choose between faith and thought?
The devil can cite scripture for his purpose.