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By Diogenes (articles ) | Nov 30, 2006

Our Lord never spoke hyperbolically, although, indeed, that is the supposition on which many unconsciously interpret his words, in order to be able to persuade themselves that they believe them.

That's the Scottish author George MacDonald, writing in 1867. By way of hammering a stake in the turf to measure the change in religious and cultural attitudes over a century and a half, it's interesting to note that MacDonald was here out to defend the teaching "It is possible to love our neighbour as ourselves."

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  • Posted by: hUMPTY dUMPTY - Dec. 01, 2006 8:57 AM ET USA

    S.Avenger: The "Eye of the Needle" is a very narrow short entry into Jerusalem. I wnt through it when I visited the Holy Land. There is no way that a camel could enter the Holy City via this entryway. Mike K-D

  • Posted by: TheJournalist64 - Nov. 30, 2006 9:01 PM ET USA

    It sounds like the McDonald quote is itself hyperbolic, unless he and most of the rest of us spent time plucking out our eyeballs.

  • Posted by: - Nov. 30, 2006 6:48 PM ET USA

    No hyperbole? What about "the camel and the eye of a needle"? What about "seventy times seven"? What about...?

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