"The Church, when she points her finger, says in fact 'you are wrong in doing that. Our civilization, our belief in the godhead in man, is founded on such and such principles. If you oppose them or break them you shake the whole fabric of our civilization.' What else would you have her say or do? Tell you you are doing fine when you are doing rotten? It is almost impossible for us not to decive ourselves, we must do our level best to minimize this deceit, to reduce it and whittle it away until we know ourselves for what we are."
Alec Guinness, quoted in Alec Guinness: The Authorised Biography by Piers Paul Read