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Vintage Muggeridge: Religion and Society

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This collection of witty and sagacious writings on religion and society is Muggeridge at his best.
Paperback, 192 pages
Published December 1st 1985 by William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company (first published 1985)
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In a "Firing Line" episode called "How Does One Find Faith?", William Buckley Jr. provides an excellent review of the scope of this book:

"I propose on this occasion with Malcolm Muggeridge to do something a little unusual. We will devote the hour to exploring the phenomenon, if that is the right word for it, of religious faith. The conversation will be exploratory in nature and probably not adversary, and with very good reason it will focus much more heavily on views and meditations of Malcolm
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Thomas Malcolm Muggeridge was an English journalist, author, media personality, and satirist. During World War II, he was a soldier and a spy. In the aftermath of the war, as a hugely influential London journalist, he converted to Christianity and helped bring Mother Teresa to popular attention in the West. He was also a critic of the sexual revolution and of drug use.
“So the final conclusion would surely be that whereas other civilizations have been brought down by attacks of barbarians from without, ours had the unique distinction of training its own destroyers at its own educational institutions, and then providing them with facilities for propagating their destructive ideology far and wide, all at the public expense. Thus did Western Man decide to abolish himself, creating his own boredom out of his own affluence, his own vulnerability out of his own strength, his own impotence out of his own erotomania, himself blowing the trumpet that brought the walls of his own city tumbling down, and having convinced himself that he was too numerous, labored with pill and scalpel and syringe to make himself fewer. Until at last, having educated himself into imbecility, and polluted and drugged himself into stupefaction, he keeled over--a weary, battered old brontosaurus--and became extinct.” 211 likes
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