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date: 28 November 2020

William Temple 1881–1944
English theologian and archbishop 

  1. Christianity is the most materialistic of all great religions.
    Readings in St John's Gospel vol. 1 (1939)
  2. The Church exists primarily for the sake of those who are still outside it.
    frequently quoted in slightly varying forms, such as ‘the only organization that exists solely for the benefit of non-members’
    recalled as a personal dictum in ‘Letter from the Archbishop of the West Indies’ in Theology (1956), vol. 59
  3. It is a mistake to suppose that God is only, or even chiefly, concerned with religion.
    R. V. C. Bodley In Search of Serenity (1955) ch. 12
  4. Personally, I have always looked on cricket as organized loafing.
    attributed