Young people from my own flock have come home with a copy of La Nausée or L’Immoraliste, flummoxed by the possibility of unbelief, when I must have told them a thousand times that unbelief is possible. And they are attracted to it by the very books that tell them what a misery it is. And they want me to defend religion, and they want me to give them ‘proofs’. I just won’t do it. It only confirms them in their skepticism. Because nothing true can be said about God from a posture of defense.
(Uit: Marilynne Robinson, Gilead. London: Virago, 2005, 202)