N. T. Wright: “The line between good and evil does not lie between ‘us’ and ‘them”

jubilare:

This blog is hit or miss for me (though always interesting) but this quote is a definite “hit.”

Originally posted on Dover Beach:

N. T. Wright

“The line between good and evil does not lie between ‘us’ and ‘them,’ between the West and the rest, between Left and Right, between rich and poor. That fateful line runs down the middle of each of us, every human society, every individual. This is not to say that all humans, and all societies, are equally good or bad; far from it. Merely that we are all infected and that all easy attempts to see the problem in terms of ‘us’ and ‘them’ are fatally flawed.”
– N. T. Wright, Surprised by Scripture

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11 responses to “N. T. Wright: “The line between good and evil does not lie between ‘us’ and ‘them”

  • Brenton Dickieson

    What a great quotation. I did my thesis on the “us and them” idea in Scripture. It took me a lot of words to communicate what Tom here does so simply and elegantly.

  • bobraxton

    Pogo: we have met the enemy is us

  • Rob

    N.T. Wright is one of my go-to theologians. I’ve read several of his books and hope to read a lot more. Great quote!

    Be well and have a good week!

  • Terpsichore

    Sounds like a paraphrase of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn:

    “It was only when I lay there on rotting prison straw that I sensed within myself the first stirrings of good. Gradually it was disclosed to me that the line separating good and evil passes not through states, nor between classes, nor between political parties either, but right through every human heart, and through all human hearts. This line shifts. Inside us, it oscillates with the years. Even within hearts overwhelmed by evil, one small bridgehead of good is retained; and even in the best of all hearts, there remains a small corner of evil. …If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?”

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