They Should Lash Us to Our Pews (Quote by Anne Dillard)

They Should Lash Us to Our Pews (Quote by Anne Dillard)

They Should Lash Us to Our Pews

“Does anyone have the foggiest idea of what sort of power we so blithely invoke? Or, as I suspect, does no one believe a word of it? The churches are children playing on the floor with their chemistry sets, mixing up a batch of TNT to kill a Sunday morning. It is madness to wear ladies’ straw hats and velvet hats to church; we should wear crash helmets. Ushers should issue life preservers and signal flares; they should lash us to our pews.”

by Anne Dillard in Teaching a Stone to Talk

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  1. Gloria 6 years ago

    Try her other books. Pilgrim at Tinker Creek is terrific.

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      Polly Castor 6 years ago

      I want to read that!

  2. Mary Jo Beebe 6 years ago

    I must need more context to get this quote!

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      Polly Castor 6 years ago

      Do we really understand how earth shattering the Truth is?

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