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Updike, John | Fawcett Crest, 1960


pp. 129 - 130

Eccles [a young episcopal minister ] ruminating about another, and quite liberal, minister: “With his white collar he forges God’s name on every word he speaks. He steals belief from the children he is supposed to be teaching. He murders faith in the minds of any who really listen to his babble. He commits fraud with every schooled cadence of the service, mouthing Our Father when his heart knows the real father he is trying to please.”