Telling the Truth: the Gospel as Tragedy, Comedy, and Fairy Tale

Buechner, Frederick

Harper and Row, 1977

pp. 7 - 8

p. 7 “The gospel is bad news before it is good news. It is the news that man is a sinner, to use the old word, that he is evil in the imagination of his heart, that when he looks in the mirror all in a lather what he sees is at least eight parts chicken, phony, slob. That is the tragedy.’ But then there is comedy–we are loved anyway. But then there is a fairy tale–that extraordinary things happen: 8 ‘It is impossible for anybody to leave behind the darkness of the world he carries on his back like a snail, but for God all things are possible. That is the fairy tale. All together they are the truth.”