“The matter is quite simple. The bible is very easy to understand. But we Christians are a bunch of scheming swindlers. We pretend to be unable to understand it because we know very well that the minute we understand, we are obliged to act accordingly. Take any words in the New Testament and forget everything except pledging yourself to act accordingly. My God, you will say, if I do that my whole life will be ruined. How would I ever get on in the world? Herein lies the real place of Christian scholarship. Christian scholarship is the Church’s prodigious invention to defend itself against the Bible, to ensure that we can continue to be good Christians without the Bible coming too close. Oh, priceless scholarship, what would we do without you? Dreadful it is to fall into the hands of the living God. Yes it is even dreadful to be alone with the New Testament.” – Søren Kierkegaard
“What is, therefore, our task today? Shall I answer: “Faith, hope, and love?” That sound beautiful. But I would say courage. No even that is not challenging enough to be the whole truth. Our task today is recklessness. For what we Christians lack is not psychology or literature, we lack a holy rage. The recklessness which comes from the knowledge of God and humanity. The ability to rage when justice lies prostrate on the streets and when the lie rages across the face of the earth.
… A holy rage about things that are wrong in the world. To rage against the ravaging of God’s earth, and the destruction of God’s world. To rage when little children must die of hunger, when the tables of the rich are sagging with food.To rage at the senseless killing of so many, and again’t the madness of militaries. To rage at the lie that calls the threat of death, and the strategy of destruction, peace. To rage against complacency. To restlessly seek that recklessness that will challenge and seek to change human history untill it conforms to the norms of the kingdom of god. And remember the signs of the true christian movement have always been the lion, the lamb, the dove, and the fish, but never the chameleon.” – Kaj Munk