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On what Christianity does for us

Summary

Marilynne speaks from her own experience.

Summary

Marilynne speaks from her own experience.

Transcript

I’m always uneasy making comparisons between a culture I know and the many cultures I don’t know. But I do think that, in this context at least, it often makes people profoundly generous. It often makes people very brave. It often makes people compassionate. And when I’m among people I know who are demonstrating any of these virtues, they very often go back to a text, a verse. And one of the things I think that Christianity has contributed – at least, to the culture of Christian America, and maybe … and again I’m talking about what I know, not wishing to characterise what I don’t know – but the figure of Christ himself, who has a kind of intrinsic persuasiveness that I think makes him authoritative for many people for whom it’s neither tradition nor culture that predisposes them to that fascination or admiration.