We Lack Understanding of God and Ourselves

The atonement is not high on the contemporary agendas of either Catholics or Protestant.  This is as true for evangelicals as for liberal Protestants.  And that is because we do not really believe that the ultimate crisis facing us is the wrath of God.  We understand neither God and his holiness, nor ourselves and our depravity.  We may not think that we can save ourselves by meritorious works, but at least God will take notice of our good intentions.  At least we had the decency to exercise our free will properly, deciding to ‘make Jesus our Lord and Savior.’

George Lindbeck, Yale theologian

as quoted by Horton, Michael; The Gospel Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World; Baker Books; Grand Rapids, MI; Copyright 2009; page 52