A LITTLE BABY in a manger, a hunted criminal, a malefactor weighted with the instrument of his own punishment -- so our Lord looked to the world; not otherwise did his Church look -- does his Church look, to the scornful eye of the politicians that reject it. Christianity was the religion of slaves; it has abolished slavery. It was thrown to the lions in the amphitheatre; it has abolished the amphitheatre. Absolute monarchy, like a flustered giant, laboured to crush it; it has outlived absolute monarchy. Silently through the centuries the supernatural miracle has worked, like nature's miracle of fermentation.
- Ronald A. Knox