How about another quote from Thomas Merton? I know, I’m almost done with the book and I’ll move on, but this is a good one. He is speaking of sincerity–telling the truth.
“The arguments of religious men are so often insincere, and their insincerity is proportionate to their anger. Why do we get angry about what we believe? Because we do not really believe it. Or else, what we pretend to be defending as the truth is really our own self-esteem. A man of sincerity is less interested in defending the truth than in stating it clearly, for he thinks that if the truth be clearly seen it can very well take care of itself.”
Amen Mr. Merton! It is amazing how little people are able to explain what they believe and would rather resort to calling names and getting mad. Their indignation scares off any debate so they think they’ve won. Really, all they are doing is covering up for their shallow knowledge and trying to save face.
It is also scary that this is most true of Christians. Those who have followed the way, the truth and the life. We have the truth yet few actually know it (him). The less people know, the more adamant they seem to be.