Ash Wednesday and the Ethics of Christian Charity

Andrew Sullivan has posted a thought provoking comment on his blog this Ash Wednesday, from Reinhold Niebuhr's "An Interpretation of Christian Ethics". It acts as a refreshing splash of cold water on the faces of anyone who is wondering whether the mainstream churches are beginning to make themselves look a little foolish over some of their moral campaigns. Go and have a mull over the comment, and to whet your appetite here's the opener:

"There is no deeper pathos in the spiritual life of man than the cruelty of righteous people."

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