Religious faith -- for all its problems, despite its maddening tendency to replicate ungrace -- lives on because we sense the numinous beauty of a gift undeserved that comes at unexpected moments from Outside. Refusing to believe that our lives of guilt and shame lead to nothing but annihilation, we hope against hope for another place run by different rules. We grow up hungry for love, and in ways so deep as to remain unexpressed we long for our Maker to love us.
- Philip Yancey, What's So Amazing About Grace? (Grand Rapids, MI: ZondervanPublishingHouse, 1997), 40-41.