October 17, 2013


One of the most challenging pieces of theological literature I have ever read is on the dollar bill: "In God we trust."  Whether those words belong there is for judges to decide. In either event, the slogan stands in pointed contrast to the attitudes of most Christians and Jews I know. Most people I know are atheists. I suspect they would be offended to hear me say so.
Most Americans believe that God exists, but most of us lead our lives as though there were no God, and no basic commitments that govern ordinary living. We would have to admit that what we know of God was not on our mind the last time we spoke impatiently or rudely to a loved one, the last time we slightly adjusted the numbers on our tax returns, or the last time we allowed ourselves the luxury of speaking of some person or group with contempt. 
- Bishop Paul Marshall, Messages in the Mall