By H. A. Williams
The genuine barren region has proven itself as one of many non secular classics of the 20 th century. Given as sermons to Trinity university undergraduates within the years following the author's breakdown within the 1950's, it illustrates the risks of undesirable faith and the debilitating results of a fake view of God. Williams is going directly to express that the real God is skilled by means of those who have permitted themselves and folks. it's a plea for a good, life-enhancing religion and its unsparing honesty is very fitted to modern readers. H.A. Williams was once born in 1919 and used to be Fellow and Dean of Trinity university, Cambridge till 1969 while he joined the neighborhood of the Resurrection and Mirfield, Yorkshire. he's the writer of pleasure of God, precise to adventure and real Resurrection (all released by means of Continuum).
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They had just been a bit mad, that was all. Had He been a bit mad too? And was this the moment of disillusioning sanity? Had He sacrificed everything to a fanatic's dream? After all, His relatives had thought Him mad, and at one point had tried to force Hun to come home. And how ruthless He had been with them for the sake of the cause He thought He embodied. He had disowned them when they came to look for Hun-His mother, His sisters and brothers, all of them-and He had said that His real mother and sisters and brothers were those who followed Him.
Of course, there is the old saying that half a loaf is better than no bread - a wise maxim hi a number of circumstances. But as a policy for living it is utterly irreligious and, if we follow it, it will exclude us absolutely from the kingdom of heaven. For, without deadening part of us, without doing injury to what God has made, we can never be content with half a loaf. We can never be content with less than total satisfaction. Consider, for instance, the God you have been 53 THE TRUE W I L D E R N E S S brought up with and sometimes worship and vaguely serve and perhaps half disbelieve.
D. Here in Cambridge we can join fully in every sort of communal activity without having to subscribe to any form of creed or having to 63 THE TRUE W I L D E R N E S S join in any religious ceremony. There is no need for us to lose our sense of belonging, whatever we areChristians, Atheists, or Hindus. So perhaps we don't have to lose our life in order to live. Perhaps Christ's words are not addressed to people in our situation. But society-the city, the home, the school, the college, the university, however, we divide it up - society is not only an external reality, something outside us over there.