Whipping Up a Little TNT

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In her book, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, Anne Dillard wrote this about the indifference of worshipers to the desires and intentions of the God they supposedly worship.  She likens them to children playing with chemistry sets.

“On the whole, I do not find Christians, outside of the catacombs, sufficiently sensible of conditions. Does anyone have the foggiest idea what sort of power we so blithely invoke? Or, as I suspect, does no one believe a word of it? The churches are children playing on the floor with their chemistry sets, mixing up a batch of TNT to kill a Sunday morning. It is madness to wear ladies’ straw hats and velvet hats to church; we should all be wearing crash helmets. Ushers should issue life preservers and signal flares; they should lash us to our pews. For the sleeping god may wake someday and take offense, or the waking god may draw us out to where we can never return. ”

― Annie Dillard


  1. What do you think is the cause of human indifference to God’s intentions?
  2. When do you think you may fall prey to this indifference?
  3. What could you do differently to avoid this?

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