"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 that Christianity’s “other worldliness” can be understood as the means by which Christianity maintains its power to commit itself freely where it is needed.