“The avoidance of passion may with justice be said to be one of the chief characteristics of our modern Christian civilization. But Christ our leader may with justice be characterized as the Man of Passion! Passion may be defined as the acceptance of those obstacles (according to temperament) which reduce one to desperation but not to despair.
“The passion of Christ in his followers has power itself capable of conquering the violent and carnal passion of the devil and elevating passion to self-conquest, compassion. Can it withstand the lack of passion? The world, respectability—complacency, comfort, efficiency and the rest, all [which] cloak the lie of the father of lies?” (c. 1932)