Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945)

"The attack by Christian apologetic on the adulthood of the world I consider to be in the first place pointless, in the second place ignoble, and the third place unchristian. Pointless, because it seems to me like an attempt to put a grown-up man back into adolescence, i.e., to make him dependent on things which he is, in fact, no longer dependent, and thrusting him into problems that are, in fact, no longer problems to him. Ignoble, because it amounts to an attempt to exploit man's weakness for purposes that are alien to him and to which he has not freely assented. Unchristian, because it confuses Christ with one particular stage in man's religiousness. . . .
     I therefore want to start from the premise that God shouldn't be smuggled into some lost secret place, but that we should frankly recognize that the world, real people, have come of age, that we shouldn't run man down in his worldliness, but confront him with God at his strongest point, that we should give up all our clerical tricks, and not regard psychotherapy and existentialist philosophy as God's pioneers."