„Comparative religion is an admirable recipe for making people comparatively religious.“

—  Ronald Knox, Context: I suppose there has been no subtler attack upon the Christian faith devised by its enemies in these last hundred years than the attack made in the name of "comparative religion". If you pick up a book on "Atonement", and plough your way through ideas of atonement among primitive tribes, pagan ideas of atonement, Jewish ideas of atonement, Christian ideas of atonement, you will find by the end of it that atonement, for the author's mind, has ceased to have any meaning. And he has been successful, in so far as he has managed to infect your mind with the wooliness which is the leading characteristic of his own. Comparative religion is an admirable recipe for making people comparatively religious. The Hidden Stream (1952). London: Burns Oates, p. 105 Often misquoted as "The study of comparative religions is the best way to become comparatively religious."
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