Sunday, September 17, 2023

Spiritual Quote of the Day (P.D. James, on How Religious Faith is Like Musicality)

"I certainly have found faith important, but I do have friends who are totally without it and who cope admirably with life, sometimes under difficult circumstances, and who live extremely good lives. It isn’t a given that if you have faith, you’re happy, and if you don’t have it you’re miserable; or that you have it and you’re good, and you don’t have it and you’re less good; or even that you have it and you’re comforted, and you don’t have it and you’re not comforted. I sometimes think that religious faith is rather like musicality. You’re either born with it or not. Some of my friends who haven’t got faith find it rather a surprising thing to have. Religion is a dimension of life of which they have no understanding, really.” —English novelist of crime and dystopian fiction P.D. James (1920-2014), quoted by Trudy Bush, “Reasons for Writing: An Interview with P. D. James,” The Christian Century, Sept. 27, 2000

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