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Harder to Believe Than Not To

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Uploaded on Mar 19, 2007

From Steve Taylor's I Predict 1990 album.

"The song takes its title from a line found in the collected letters of Flannery O'Connor, acclaimed short-story writer and novelist from Georgia. Her literary friends in New York had a hard time believing that a writer of her caliber could profess to be something as common and unfashionable as a Christian. She reacts in her letter to the criticism that Christianity's primary function is as a crutch for the weak-spirited, writing how they don't understand the cost involved in following Jesus, that 'it's much harder to believe than not to believe.'

"The quote stuck. The cost of discipleship--the ideal of taking up your cross everyday and following Jesus--makes it hard to believe, because Christianity demands things from us that we don't naturally want to give. In the words of playwrite Dennis Potter, 'There is, in the end, no such thing as a simple faith.'" [From the liner notes of "Now The Truth Can Be Told."]

A beautiful song.

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