The Christian Commitment: Essays in Pastoral Theology

The Christian Commitment: Essays in Pastoral Theology

The Christian Commitment: Essays in Pastoral Theology

The Christian Commitment: Essays in Pastoral Theology

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There is a preliminary observation to be made before I embark on my real theme. I think that what I am going to say is, in itself, more or less right. But for this opinion, I would not be saying it. But this does not necessarily carry with it the conviction that this right thing that I want to say is the thing which here and now needs saying: that this right thing may not perhaps be out of place, so that it would be more right to say some other right thing. Suppose you say: "In twelve hours this house will be cut off by floods"; the information can scarcely fail to be of some interest to the inhabitants of the house. But it might, according to circumstances, be still more important to tell them that the roof is on fire and they had better get out.

It is not easy both to say the right thing and to say it in the right place. I am not, from this point of view, altogether sure that my remarks have the necessary qualification of urgency, and that they do not fail to say things which would be much more important at the present moment. So if, in the end, it seems to you that I have for the time being gone off in the wrong direction, though still remaining on the ground of truth, i.e. of what is right in itself, I shall be glad to hear from you about it. It can, of course, also happen that one judges more . . .

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