"The wall of the burial ground had fallen in: one or two crosses had been smashed by enthusiasts: an angel had lost one of its stone wings, and what gravestones were left undamaged leant at an acute angle in the long marshy grass. One image of the Mother of God had lost ears and arms and stood like a pagan Venus over the grave of some rich forgotten timber merchant. It was odd — this fury to deface, because, of course, you could never deface enough. If God had been like a toad, you could have rid the globe of toads, but when God was like yourself, it was no good being content with stone figures — you had to kill yourself among the graves." 

—Graham Greene, The Power and the Glory, p. 102

"To insist upon the intemporal character of the religious act, to refuse to have it adhere to any form of social or political organization, is in no sense to relieve it from the demands of the present. It is, perhaps, to prepare it to be more faithful to them."

—Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Christianisme et ressentiment, p. 297.

Contra Nietzsche, MMP suggests Christianity’s “other worldliness” can be understood as the means by which Christianity maintains its power to commit itself freely where it is needed here and now.