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Law & Order Allied with Religion

One of the many things this story tells us is that Jesus was not brought down by atheism and anarchy. He was brought down by law and order allied with religion, which is always a deadly mix. Beware those who claim to know the mind of God and who are prepared to use force, if necessary, to make others conform. Beware those who cannot tell God's will from their own. Temple police are always a bad sign. When chaplains start wearing guns and hanging out at the sheriff's office, watch out. Someone is about to have no king but Caesar.

-  Barbara Brown Taylor, “Truth to Tell,” from The Perfect Mirror; reprinted in The Christian Century, March 18-25, 1998.


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