FAVORITE QUOTES

“I acknowledge, O Lord, with thanksgiving that thou has created this thy image in me, so that, remembering thee, I may think of thee, may love thee. But this image is so effaced and worn away by my faults, it is so obscured by the smoke of my sins, that it cannot do what it was made to do, unless thou renew and reform it. I am not trying, O Lord, to penetrate thy loftiness, for I cannot begin to match my understanding with it, but I desire in some measure to understand thy truth, which my heart believes and loves. For I do not seek to understand in order to believe, but I believe in order to understand. For this too I believe, that ‘unless I believe, I shall not understand.'” (Anselm, Proslogion, chap. 1)

“Indeed, men who have either quaffed or even tasted the liberal arts penetrate with their aid far more deeply into the secrets of the divine wisdom.” (John Calvin, Institutes 1.5.2)

“We are now to examine how we obtain the enjoyment of those blessings which the Father has conferred on his only begotten Son, not for his own private use, but to enrich the poor and needy. And first, it must be remarked, that as long as there is a separation between Christ and us, all that he has suffered and performed for the salvation of mankind is useless and unavailing to us. To communicate to us what he has received from his Father, he must, therefore, become ours, and dwell within us.” (John Calvin, Institutes III.1.1)

“He that begins by holding all religions and confessions in like value, will soon end by holding them to be alike without any value. In opposition to such indifference, the true church historian must have a decided character and take a decided stand; but only for the truth, honouring this whenever and wherever it may come in his way.” (Philip Schaff, What Is Church History, p. 26)

“Cheap grace is the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without church discipline, Communion without confession, absolution without personal confession. Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ, living and incarnate.” (Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Cost of Discipleship, 47)

“Tradition is the living faith of the dead, traditionalism is the dead faith of the living. And, I suppose I should add, it is traditionalism that gives tradition such a bad name.” (Jaroslav Pelikan, The Vindication of Tradition, 65)

“Tradition may be explained as an extension of the franchise. Tradition means giving the vote to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead. Tradition refuses to submit to the small and arrogant oligarchy of those who merely happen to be walking about.” (G. K. Chesterton)

“Look, if I wanted a pretentious and incomprehensibly abstract theology with an impeccable record of emptying churches, I’d convert to Barthianism, wouldn’t I?” (Carl Trueman)

“We must have no carelessness in our dealings with public property or the expenditure of public money.  Such a condition is characteristic of undeveloped people, or of a decadent generation.”  (Calvin Coolidge)

“Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never—in nothing, great or small, large or petty—never give in, except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”  (Winston Churchill, Speech at the Harrow School, 1941)

“I believe I am not mistaken is saying that Christianity is a demanding and serious religion.  When it is delivered as easy and amusing, it is another kind of religion altogether.”  (Neil Postman, Amusing Ourselves to Death, 121)

“Men must have a certain fund of natural moderation to qualify them for freedom, else it becomes noxious to themselves and a perfect nuisance to every body else.”  (Edmund Burke)

“Arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins of Liberty abused to licentiousness.” (George Washington)

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