Not a Pet for Pale Curates

The well-known English crime writer and poet of the 1930s, Dorothy L. Sayers, describes Jesus Christ as the man who

“cured diseases by any means that came handy, with a shocking casualness in the matter of other people’s pigs and property…”.

“We have very efficiently pared the claws of the Lion of Judah, certified him ‘meek and mild’, and recommended him as a fitting household pet for pale curates and pious old ladies. To those who knew him, however, he in no way suggested a milk-and-water person; they objected to him as a dangerous firebrand. True, he was tender to the unfortunate, patient with honest inquirers, and humble before heaven; but he insulted respectable clergymen by calling them hypocrites; he referred to King Herod as ‘that fox’; he went to parties in disreputable company and was looked upon as a ‘gluttonous man and a wine-bibber, a friend of publicans and sinners’ … when confronted with neat dialectical traps, he displayed a paradoxical humour that affronted serious-minded people, and he retorted by asking disagreeably searching questions that could not be answered by rule of thumb. He was emphatically not a dull man in his human lifetime, and if he was God, there can be nothing dull about God either.”

Extract taken from, “Letters to a Diminished Church: Passionate Arguments for the Relevance of Christian Doctrine.”

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