Now is my way clear, now is the meaning plain:I honestly don't see that the hyperbole of 'greatest treason' can be understood out of the context of this debate.
Temptation shall not come in this kind again.
The last temptation is the greatest treason:
To do the right deed for the wrong reason.
But coming back to it again, what once seemed to me not only clear cut but straightforward strikes me now as immensely complicated and even incoherent. What is the distinction between drawn between 'faith' and 'works'? How can faith not be a 'work', and how can any works be undertaken not motivated by faith? Aren't these things, actually, the same thing -- not in the shallow sense (behind Becket's words, perhaps) that 'faith' means 'a reason for acting in a certain way', but in the deeper sense that our various internal forces of faith situate and position our being-in-the-world?