I wonder if we might have a thread for sharing short passages we come to in our reading, whether that reading occurs in science, theology or elsewhere.
I’m nearing the end of An Unnecessary Woman a novel by Rabih Alameddine. The main character is a divorced and childless woman in old age reflecting on her life in Beirut, a place that has gone through great upheavals and strife. A voracious reader, every reflection she has seems to evoke a quote from one or another author she has read. But the best one might be the one I’ve bolded here within the paragraph where it occurs.
One’s first response is that these Beirutis must be savagely insane to murder each other for such trivial divergences. Don’t judge us too harshly. At the heart of most antagonisms are irreconcilable similarities. Hundred-year wars were fought over whether Jesus was human in divine form or divine in human form. Belief is murderous.
An example I think of is the shared conviction that the truth is plainly obvious shared by both anti-theists and biblicists, which leads them to attack each other over the particulars of that truth.