I loved these last two paragraphs from Mark Vernon’s review of Terry Eagleton’s Reason, Faith and Revolution: Reflections on the God Debate
“There are no guarantees that such a transfigured future will even be born,” is how Eagleton ends.
But, you know, there is an optimism that lurks in the dark heart of pessimism. For pessimism is not nihilism, that wants nothing from life, nor cynicism, that doubts everything about life. Rather, if it expects nothing, it gives everything, because it knows it is onto something. Isn’t that what the loser Jesus speaks of too?
‘If it expects nothing, it gives everything, because it knows it is onto something…’ What we do to change the world isn’t going to work, but we do it anyway, just in case it does, and simply because it’s the only way we’ll ever hold on to our humanity. And, as i’ve realised more and more over these last few weeks, i have no interest at all in people becoming christian – or even being christian myself. I want to put the focus right back on becoming human.