The Most Dangerous of Devotions

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The most dangerous of devotions, in my opinion, is the one endemic to Christianity: I was not born to be of this world. With a second life waiting, suffering can be endured – especially in other people. The natural environment can be used up. Enemies of the faith can be savaged and suicidal martyrdom praised.

E. O. Wilson, 1998

From the book Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge