The Brutal Destroyer of Human Illusions

The New Testament is a brutal destroyer of human illusions. If you follow Jesus and don’t end up dead, it appears you have some explaining to do. The stark signifier of the human condition is one who spoke up for love and justice and was done to death for his pains. The traumatic truth of human history is a mutilated body. Those who do not see this dreadful image of a tortured innocent as the truth of history are likely to adopt some bright-eyed superstition such as the dream of untrammeled human progress…

Terry Eagleton, Reason, Faith and Revolution: Reflections on the God Debate (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2009), 27-28.