Category : Notable & Quotable

Food for Thought from Dallas Willard

“We live in a culture that has, for centuries now, cultivated the idea that the skeptical person is always smarter than one who believes. You can almost be as stupid as a cabbage as long as you doubt.”

–Dallas Willard, Hearing God: Developing a Conversational Relationship with God (IVP, 2012), p.283

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Wilfred McClay on America, freedom and place

“We embrace freedom because we believe fervently in the fullest breadth of individual human possibility, and share a deep conviction that no one’s horizons in life should be dictated by the conditions of his or her birth. Nothing is more quintessentially American than that conviction. But interestingly the word ‘place’ rarely plays any role in this freedom narrative, and in fact, what role it plays tends to be negative.”

–Wilfred McClay in Wilfred M. McClay and Ted V. McAllister, eds., Why Place Matters: Geography, Identity, and Civic Life in Modern America (New York: New Atlantis, 2014) p.6

Posted in * Culture-Watch, * General Interest, * International News & Commentary, America/U.S.A., Books, Notable & Quotable

William Booth on the chief danger that confronts the coming century

“The chief danger that confronts the coming century will be religion without the Holy Ghost, Christianity without Christ, forgiveness without repentance, salvation without regeneration, politics without God, heaven without hell.”

–just quoted by Bishop Ken Clarke at the South Carolina Clergy Conference

Posted in * Christian Life / Church Life, * General Interest, Church History, Notable & Quotable

Food for Thought from G K Chesterton at the beginning of the Day

The great ideals of the past failed not by being outlived (which must mean over-lived), but by not being lived enough. Mankind has not passed through the Middle Ages. Rather mankind has retreated from the Middle Ages in reaction and rout. The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult; and left untried.

–What’s Wrong With The World (CreateSpace Independent Publishing reprint of the 1910 original) p. 23

Posted in * Christian Life / Church Life, * Culture-Watch, * General Interest, Books, Church History, Notable & Quotable

Wisdom from M. Scott Peck on a Sunday Morning

“Life is difficult. This is a great truth, one of the greatest truths. It is a great truth because once we truly see this truth, we transcend it. Once we truly know that life is difficult-once we truly understand and accept it-then life is no longer difficult. Because once it is accepted, the fact that life is difficult no longer matters.”

–M. Scott Peck, The Road Less Travelled

Posted in * Culture-Watch, * General Interest, Books, Notable & Quotable, Psychology

Notable and Quotable–Thank God for AA Milne

“What day is it?”, asked Winnie the Pooh “It’s today,” squeaked Piglet “My favorite day,” said Pooh”

Posted in * Culture-Watch, * General Interest, Books, Children, Notable & Quotable

Food for Thought from J.R.R. Tolkien for a Thursday

‘Despair, or folly?’ said Gandalf. ‘It is not despair, for despair is only for those who see the end beyond all doubt. We do not. It is wisdom to recognize necessity, when all other courses have been weighed, though as folly it may appear to those who cling to false hope. Well, let folly be our cloak, a veil before the eyes of the Enemy!

–J.R.R. Tolkien The Fellowship of the Ring: Being the First Part of The Lord of the Rings (Mariner Books 2012 reissue of the 1954 original), p. 302 (emphasis mine)

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Notable and Quotable–Henry Ford for Tough Times

When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it

–Henry Ford

Posted in * Culture-Watch, * Economics, Politics, * General Interest, Anthropology, Corporations/Corporate Life, Economy, History, Notable & Quotable, Psychology, Theology

Notable and Quotable–America a nation of people "unmoored"

Films about being adrift seem to suit the national mood: “All Is Lost” is one of a spate of movies this season, including “Gravity,” about Americans unmoored.

–From a profile article on Robert Redford in this week’s New York Times

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Notable and Quotable

What the heart loves, the will chooses and the mind justifies

. –The Rev. Dr. Ashley Null, summarizing one aspect of Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Cranmer’s theology

Posted in * General Interest, Anthropology, Notable & Quotable, Theology

Food for Thought from Charles Dickens

That was a memorable day to me, for it made great changes in me. But, it is the same with any life. Imagine one selected day struck out of it, and think how different its course would have been.

Charles Dickens (1812-1870), Great Expectations, Chapter 9

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Notable and Quotable

The Church of Nigeria has about 17 million members and Uganda another 8 million. As in other African provinces, most members in these two countries are regular churchgoers.

The Church of England counts about 26 million baptised members, but says only about a million of them attend services every Sunday.

Reuters from a story last week entitled “African Anglicans denounce Church of England gay bishop rule”

Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * General Interest, Anglican Provinces, Church of England (CoE), Church of Nigeria, Church of Uganda, Notable & Quotable

Notable and Quotable

I decided I can’t pay a person to rewind time, so I may as well get over it

–American tennis player Serena Williams

Posted in * General Interest, Anthropology, Eschatology, Notable & Quotable, Theology

"It came on the world with a wind and rush of running messengers"

Right in the middle of all these things [in the first century ancient Near East] stands up an enormous exception. It is quite unlike anything else. It is a thing final like the trump of doom, though it is also a piece of good news; or news that seems too good to be true. It is nothing less than the loud assertion that this mysterious maker of the world has visited his world in person…..

It came on the world with a wind and rush of running messengers proclaiming that apocalyptic portent, and it is not unduly fanciful to say that they are running still. What puzzles the world, and its wise philosophers and fanciful pagan poets, about the priests and people of the Catholic Church is that they still behave as if they were messengers. A messenger does not dream about what his message might be, or argue about what it probably would be; he delivers it as it is. It is not a theory or a fancy but a fact. It is not relevant to this intentionally rudimentary outline to prove in detail that it is a fact; but merely to point out that these messengers do deal with it as men deal with a fact. All that is condemned in Catholic tradition, authority, and dogmatism and the refusal to retract and modify, are but the natural human attributes of a man with a message relating to a fact. I desire to avoid in this last summary all the controversial complexities that may once more cloud the simple lines of that strange story; which I have already called, in words that are much too weak, the strangest story in the world. I desire merely to mark those main lines and specially to mark where the great line is really to be drawn. The religion of the world, in its right proportions, is not divided into fine shades of mysticism or more or less rational forms of mythology. It is divided by the line between the men who are bringing that message and the men who have not yet heard it, or cannot yet believe it.

–G.K. Chesterton The Everlasting Man (Radford, Va.; Wilder Publications, 2008 edition of the 1925 original), pp.173-174

Posted in * Christian Life / Church Life, * Culture-Watch, * General Interest, Advent, Books, Christmas, Christology, Church Year / Liturgical Seasons, Notable & Quotable, Theology

Powerful Wisdom on the Nature of the Church by J.F. Powers on the 50th Anniversary of Vatican II

“This is a big old ship, Bill. She creaks, she rocks, she rolls, and at times she makes you want to throw up. But she gets where she’s going. Always has, always will, until the end of time. With or without you.”

–J.F. Powers’ Wheat that Springeth Green (New York: New York Review Books Classics edition of the 1988 original, 2000), p. 170

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