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christianity ::: n. --> The religion of Christians; the system of doctrines and precepts taught by Christ.
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christianity ::: n. --> The religion of Christians; the system of doctrines and precepts taught by Christ.
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Christianity, in addition to a great many so-called pagan ideas, also inherited and adapted Jewish sacrificial ideas, but the word became limited to the sacrifice of Christ for the sins of the world, and the sacrifice by man of his personal desires to the behests of his divinity. The true origin of the Christian atonement is in the Mysteries, when the hierophant offered his pure and sinless life as a sacrifice for his race to the gods whom he hoped to rejoin (IU 2:42). The general sense in theosophy is that of sacrificing one’s temporal interests to a lofty ideal.

Christianity II, 73.]

Christianity.] Raphael, as regent of the sun; Uriel,

Christianity, p. 44.]

Christianity II, p. 52.]

Christianity II, 150.] In Coptic texts the Virgin

Christianity. New Hyde Park, N.Y.: University Books


Christianity ::: A religion based on the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth, the Christ, that emphasizes his role as redeemer and savior for all of humanity and his mediation of the role of divinity in the lives of people.

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   17 Saint John of the Cross
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   3 Saint Vincent de Paul
   3 Robert Burton
   2 Venerable Bede
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   2 Desiderius Erasmus
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   6 R C Sproul
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   5 Mahatma Gandhi
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   4 S ren Kierkegaard
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1:God is greater than God. ~ Meister Eckhart,
2:Make friends with angels. ~ Saint Augustine,
3:Further up and further in. ~ C S Lewis,
4:God is all and all is God. ~ Meister Eckhart,
5:For in our hope we are saved. ~ Saint Augustine,
6:He who labours, prays. ~ Saint Augustine of Hippo,
7:Love God, and do what you like. ~ Saint Augustine,
8:Gods mill grinds slow, but sure. ~ George Herbert,
9:I light my candle from their torches. ~ Robert Burton,
10:What a man loves, a man is. ~ Saint Augustine of Hippo,
11:Beware the man of a single book. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas,
12:Humility is the forgetfulness of self. ~ Thomas Keating,
13:Understanding is the reward of faith. ~ Saint Augustine,
14:Life is the flight of the alone to the alone. ~ Plotinus,
15:The root of prayer is interior silence. ~ Thomas Keating,
16:The object of the intellect is being. ~ Meister Eckhart,
17:Tolle, lege: take up and read. ~ Saint Augustine of Hippo,
18:Truth is not private property. ~ Saint Augustine of Hippo,
19:Every infinity... is made finite to God. ~ Saint Augustine,
20:I gave in, and admitted that God was God. ~ C S Lewis,
21:To see more is to become more. ~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin,
22:God is at home. We are in the far country. ~ Meister Eckhart,
23:Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ. ~ Saint Jerome,
24:Always place a definite purpose before thee. ~ Thomas A Kempis,
25:I require of you no more than to look. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
26:Joy is the sheer evidence of God. ~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin,
27:Faith has need of the whole truth. ~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin,
28:Give me chastity and continence, but not yet. ~ Saint Augustine,
29:He who allows oppression shares the crime. ~ Desiderius Erasmus,
30:Things are solved by walking around. ~ Saint Augustine of Hippo,
31:We come to God by love and not by navigation. ~ Saint Augustine,
32:We speak, but it is God who teaches. ~ Saint Augustine of Hippo,
33:Purity of soul cannot be lost without consent. ~ Saint Augustine,
34:Don't let your sins turn into bad habits. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
35:Everything that rises must converge. ~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin,
36:Faith is the union of God and the soul. ~ Saint John of the Cross,
37:Habit, if not resisted, soon becomes necessity. ~ Saint Augustine,
38:Carnal lust rules where there is no love of God. ~ Saint Augustine,
39:Christ has no body now on earth but yours. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
40:God is a dark night to man in this life. ~ Saint John of the Cross,
41:Humility is the mark of a genuine disciple. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas,
42:Love takes up where knowledge leaves off. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas,
43:We should never use the truth to wound. ~ Saint Augustine of Hippo,
44:By your work you show what you love and what you know. ~ Saint Bruno,
45:My fondness for good books was my salvation. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
46:The whole life lies in the verb seeing. ~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin,
47:In the end, only the truth will survive. ~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin,
48:One earns Paradise with one's daily task. ~ Saint Gianna Beretta Mola,
49:The things that we love tell us what we are. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas,
50:What we are looking for is what is looking. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi,
51:Anyone who truly loves God travels securely. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
52:Mankind is poised midway between the gods and the beasts. ~ Plotinus,
53:Rarely affirm, seldom deny, always distinguish. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas,
54:Research is the highest form of adoration ~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin,
55:A school without music is like a body without a soul ~ Saint John Bosco,
56:God loves each of us as if there were only one of us. ~ Saint Augustine,
57:True friendship ought never to conceal what it thinks. ~ Saint Jerome,
58:Before God can deliver us we must undeceive ourselves. ~ Saint Augustine,
59:Complete abstinence is easier than perfect moderation. ~ Saint Augustine,
60:Put no faith in salvation through the political order. ~ Saint Augustine,
61:Do exactly what you would do if you felt most secure. ~ Meister Eckhart,
62:Without God, man cannot, and without man, God will not. ~ Saint Augustine,
63:In my deepest wound I saw your glory, and it dazzled me. ~ Saint Augustine,
64:The hour I have long wished for is now come. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
65:What does it take to become a saint? Will it. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas,
66:You must overcome death by finding God in it. ~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin,
67:Anything done against faith or conscience is sinful. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas,
68:The best thing must be to flee from all to the All. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
69:The dog knows, but does not know that he knows. ~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin,
70:The feeling remains that God is on the journey, too. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
71:What draws people to be friends is that they see the same truth. ~ C S Lewis,
72:Never affirm anything unless you are sure it is true. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
73:The future is more beautiful than all the pasts. ~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin,
74:Matter is spirit moving slowly enough to be seen. ~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin,
75:You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. ~ C S Lewis,
76:The world is so round, friendship may encircle it. ~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin,
77:Is any man skillful enough to have fashioned himself? ~ Saint Augustine of Hippo,
78:It is only mercenaries who expect to be paid by the day. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
79:Know that, by nature, every creature seeks to become like God. ~ Meister Eckhart,
80:Never did eye see the sun unless it had first become sunlike ~ Plotinus, Enneads ,
81:Whatever you do, think of the Glory of God as your main goal. ~ Saint John Bosco,
82:Whoever has God lacks nothing. God alone suffices. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
83:Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again. ~ C S Lewis,
84:All my words are but chaff next to the faith of a simple man. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas,
85:A man does not always choose what his guardian angel intends. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas,
86:Friendship is . . . the sort of love one can imagine between the angels. ~ C S Lewis,
87:If the only prayer you said was thank you, that would be enough. ~ Meister Eckhart,
88:However softly we speak, God is near enough to hear us. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
89:If you want to be saved look at the face of your Christ. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas,
90:The knowledge of God is received in divine silence. ~ Saint John of the Cross,
91:The past has revealed to me the structure of the future. ~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin,
92:Humility is nothing but truth, and pride is nothing but lying. ~ Saint Vincent de Paul,
93:We meet no ordinary people in our lives. ~ C S Lewis, Inspirational Christian Library ,
94:For what is faith unless it is to believe what you do not see? ~ Saint Augustine of Hippo,
95:Let us sing a new song, not with our lips, but with our lives. ~ Saint Augustine of Hippo,
96:Perhaps the shortest and most powerful prayer in human language is help. ~ Thomas Keating,
97:No one can begin a new life, unless he repent of the old. ~ Saint Augustine of Hippo,
98:There is no greater invitation to love than loving first. ~ Saint Augustine of Hippo,
99:Angels surround and help the priest when he is celebrating Mass. ~ Saint Augustine of Hippo,
100:Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn. ~ C S Lewis,
101:God is inexhaustibly attainable in the totality of our action. ~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin,
102:Never do anything which you could not do in the sight of all. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
103:The price of inaction is far greater than the cost of making a mistake. ~ Meister Eckhart,
104:Pride changes angels into devils, humility makes man into angels. ~ Saint Augustine of Hippo,
105:Settle yourself in solitude, and you will come upon God in yourself. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
106:All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle. ~ Saint Francis,
107:Recognize what is before you and what is hidden shall be revealed to you. ~ Gospel of Thomas,
108:The task for us now, if we are to survive, is to build the earth. ~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin,
109:Characteristics which define beauty are wholeness, harmony and radiance. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas,
110:You cannot see things till you know roughly what they are. ~ C S Lewis, Out of the Silent Planet ,
111:At the heart of our universe, each soul exists for God, in our Lord. ~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin,
112:Faith is a dark night for man, but in this very way it gives him light. ~ Saint John of the Cross,
113:God had one son on earth without sin, but never one without suffering. ~ Saint Augustine of Hippo,
114:How is it, Lord, that we are cowards in everything save in opposing thee? ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
115:It is the destiny of things real to destroy those that are artifice. ~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin,
116:A free curiosity is more effective in learning than a rigid discipline. ~ Saint Augustine of Hippo,
117:I am striving to give back the Divine in myself to the Divine in the All. ~ Plotinus,
118:Love is the most powerful and still most unknown energy in the world. ~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin,
119:The truth is, indeed, that love is the threshold of another universe. ~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin,
120:We never find out the strength of the evil impulse inside us until we try to fight it. ~ C S Lewis,
121:I was no longer the centre of my life and therefore I could see God in everything. ~ Venerable Bede,
122:The greatest kindness one can render to any man is leading him to truth. ~ Saint Augustine of Hippo,
123:Yet we must say something when those who say the most are saying nothing. ~ Saint Augustine of Hippo,
124:The words printed here are concepts. You must go through the experiences. ~ Saint Augustine of Hippo,
125:The first degree of humility is prompt obedience. ~ Saint Benedict of Nursia, The Rule of Saint Benedict ,
126:We laugh at honor and are shocked to find traitors in our midst. ~ C S Lewis, The Abolition of Man (1943) ,
127:He who has God has everything; he who has everything but God has nothing. ~ Saint Augustine of Hippo,
128:Beside each believer stands an Angel as protector and shepherd, leading him to life. ~ Saint Basil the Great,
129:Love is a sacred reserve of energy; it is like the blood of spiritual evolution. ~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin,
130:Not everyone who is enlightened by an angel knows that he is enlightened by him. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas,
131:In deliberation we may hesitate; but a deliberated act must be performed swiftly. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas,
132:You can't go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending. ~ C S Lewis,
133:Faith has to do with things that are not seen and hope with things that are not at hand. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas,
134:Reach beyond your grasp. Your goals should be grand enough to get the best of you. ~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin,
135:The world is a great book, of which they that never stir from home read only a page. ~ Saint Augustine of Hippo,
136:All truth and understanding is a result of a divine light which is God Himself. ~ Saint Augustine of Hippo,
137:Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you. ~ Saint Augustine of Hippo,
138:The consciousness of each of us is evolution looking at itself and reflecting upon itself. ~ Teilhard de Chardin,
139:There is almost a sensual longing for communion with others who have a large vision. ~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin,
140:The true religion has always been one from the beginning, and will always be the same. ~ Saint Augustine of Hippo,
141:Whatever good work you begin to do, beg of God with most earnest prayer to perfect it. ~ Saint Benedict of Nursia,
142:What you are must always displease you, if you would attain to that which you are not. ~ Saint Augustine of Hippo,
143:A scrap of knowledge about sublime things is worth more than any amount about trivialities. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas,
144:When I get a little money, I buy books. If any is left, I buy food and clothes. ~ Desiderius Erasmus, (16th cent.) ,
145:Faith is the art of holding on to things your reason has once accepted in spite of your changing moods. ~ C S Lewis,
146:God is more truly imagined than expressed, and He exists more truly than He is imagined. ~ Saint Augustine of Hippo,
147:I believe it all. If I seem not to, it is only that my joy is too great to let my belief settle itself. ~ C S Lewis,
148:Practical sciences proceed by building up; theoretical science by resolving into components. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas,
149:To see everything in God and to see God in everything normally takes a lifetime of practice. ~ Thomas Keating,
150:How can we live in harmony? First we need to know we are all madly in love with the same God. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas,
151:It is not fitting, when one is in God's service, to have a gloomy face or a chilling look. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi,
152:He who is drawn to something desirable does not desire to have it as a thought but as a thing. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas,
153:In failing to confess, Lord, I would only hide You from myself, not myself from You. ~ Saint Augustine of Hippo,
154:Yearning: It needs to hurt in order to be worthy of the word. Otherwise it is just wanting. ~ Saint John of the Cross,
155:For those with faith, no evidence is necessary; for those without it, no evidence will suffice. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas,
156:If one completes the journey to one's own heart, one will find oneself in the heart of everyone else. ~ Thomas Keating,
157:My idea of God is not a divine idea. It has to be shattered time after time. He shatters it Himself. ~ C S Lewis,
158:To love is to be transformed into what we love. To love God is therefore to be transformed into God. ~ John of the Cross,
159:If you are looking for the way by which you should go, take Christ, because he himself is the way. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas,
160:More primordial than any idea, beauty will be manifest as the herald and generator of ideas. ~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin,
161:In all created things discern the providence and wisdom of God, and in all things give Him thanks. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
162:I can't imagine a man really enjoying a book and reading it only once. ~ C S Lewis, Letter to Arthur Greeves (February 1932) ,
163:Do not read to satisfy curiosity or to pass the time, but study such things as move your heart to devotion. ~ Thomas a Kempis,
164:Do not wander far and wide but return into yourself. Deep within man there dwells the truth. ~ Saint Augustine of Hippo,
165:Start by doing what's necessary, then what's possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi,
166:To dye oneself with paints in order to have a rosier or a paler complexion is a lying counterfeit. ~ Saint Augustine of Hippo,
167:It doesnt matter if the water is cold or warm if youre going to have to wade through it anyway. ~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin,
168:We always find that those who walked closest to Christ were those who had to bear the greatest trials. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
169:The Age of Nations is past. The task before us now, if we would not perish, is to build the Earth. ~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin,
170:Activate yourself to duty by remembering your position, who you are, and what you have obliged yourself to be. ~ Thomas a Kempis,
171:Beloved, all that is harsh and difficult I want for myself, and all that is gentle and sweet for thee. ~ Saint John of the Cross,
172:He who denies the existence of God, has some reason for wishing that God did not exist. ~ Saint Augustine of Hippo,
173:I know by myself how incomprehensible God is, seeing I cannot comprehend the parts of my own being. ~ Saint Bernard of Clairvaux,
174:In the shadow of death may we not look back to the past, but seek in utter darkness the dawn of God. ~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin,
175:The most satisfying thing in life is to have been able to give a large part of one's self to others. ~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin,
176:Two works of mercy set a person free: Forgive and you will be forgiven, and give and you will receive. ~ Saint Augustine of Hippo,
177:When regard for truth has been broken down or even slightly weakened, all things will remain doubtful. ~ Saint Augustine of Hippo,
178:Science will, in all probability,be increasingly impregnatedby mysticism. ~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, My Universe (1924) ,
179:We should not be upset that others hide the truth from us, when we hide it so often from ourselves. ~ François de La Rochefoucauld,
180:You have told me, O God, to believe in hell. But you have forbidden me to think...of any man as damned ~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin,
181:Be not angry that you cannot make others as you wish them to be, since you cannot make yourself as you wish to be. ~ Thomas A Kempis,
182:God seems willing to act as the most sublime psychologist, psychotherapist, or even psychiatrist if we are willing. ~ Thomas Keating,
183:Specialisation paralyses, ultra-specialisation kills. Palaeontology is littered with such catastrophes. ~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin,
184:The future is in the hands of those who can give tomorrow's generations valid reasons to live and hope. ~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin,
185:It is requisite for the relaxation of the mind that we make use, from time to time, of playful deeds and jokes. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas,
186:Learn the lesson that, if you are to do the work of a prophet, what you need is not a sceptre but a hoe. ~ Saint Bernard of Clairvaux,
187:Matter was not ultra-materialized as I would at first have believed, but was instead metamorphosed into Psyche. ~ Teilhard de Chardin,
188:We are one, after all, you and I;together we suffer.together exist,and forever will recreate each other. ~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin,
189:Better to illuminate than merely to shine; to deliver to others contemplated truths than merely to contemplate. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas,
190:Let nothing disturb you. Let nothing frighten you. Everything passes away except God. God alone is sufficient. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
191:The stars are laboratories in which the evolution of matter proceeds in the direction of large molecules. ~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin,
192:The Study of philosophy is not that we may know what men have thought, but what the truth of things is. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas,
193:We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience. ~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin,
194:God desires the smallest degree of purity of conscience in you more than all the works you can perform. ~ Saint John of the Cross,
195:The conclusion is always the same: love is still the most powerful and still the most unknown energy of the world. ~ Teilhard de Chardin,
196:The human person is the sum total of a 15 billion year chain of unbroken evolution now thinking about itself ~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin,
197:We can only learn to know ourselves and do what we can - namely, surrender our will and fulfill God's will in us. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
198:Mental prayer is nothing else but being on terms of friendship with God, frequently conversing in secret with Him. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
199:What do people mean when they say, 'I am not afraid of God because I know He is good'? Have they never even been to a dentist? ~ C S Lewis,
200:Seek in reading and thou shalt find in meditation; knock in prayer and it shall be opened in contemplation. ~ Saint John of the Cross,
201:Excellence in any department can be attained only by the labor of a lifetime; it is not to be purchased at a lesser price ~ Samuel Johnson,
202:It is of great importance, when we begin to practise prayer, not to let ourselves be frightened by our own thoughts. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
203:For where I found Truth, there found I my God, the Truth itself; which since I learnt, I have not forgotten. ~ Saint Augustine of Hippo,
204:Science, philosophy and religion are bound to converge as they draw nearer to the whole. ~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, The Phenomenon Of Man ,
205:So the world, grounded in a timeless movement by the Soul which suffuses it with intelligence, becomes a living and blessed being. ~ Plotinus,
206:Democracy has travelled from the East to the West in the shape of Christianity. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Bande Mataram - II Asiatic Democracy,
207:I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else. ~ C S Lewis,
208:It takes a great talent and skill to conceal one's talent and skill. ~ François de La Rochefoucauld, Reflections; or Sentences and Moral Mixims ,
209:Many often err and accomplish little or nothing because they try to become learned rather than to live well. ~ Saint Bernard of Clairvaux,
210:By virtue of Creation, and still more the Incarnation, nothing here below is profane for those who know how to see. ~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin,
211:In centering prayer, the sacred word is not the object of the attention but rather the expression of the intention of the will. ~ Thomas Keating,
212:In sorrow and suffering, go straight to God with confidence, and you will be strengthened, enlightened and instructed. ~ Saint John of the Cross,
213:The more I contemplate God, the more God looks on me. The more I pray to him, the more he thinks of me too. ~ Saint Bernard of Clairvaux,
214:The soul ... when it sees ... a trace of its kindred reality, is delighted and thrilled and returns to itself and remembers itself. ~ Plotinus,
215:You have been called to heal wounds, to unite what has fallen apart, and to bring home those who have lost their way. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi,
216:Live as though only God and yourself were in this world, so that your heart may not be detained by anything human. ~ Saint John of the Cross,
217:Love is an adventure and a conquest. It survives and develops, like the universe itself, only by perpetual discovery. ~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin,
218:Learn to self-conquest, persevere thus for a time, and you will perceive very clearly the advantage which you gain from it. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
219:Our duty, as men and women, is to proceed as if limits to our ability did not exist. We are collaborators in creation. ~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin,
220:The least insight that one can obtain into sublime things is more desirable than the most certain knowledge of lower things. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas,
221:In light of heaven, the worst suffering on earth will be seen to be no more serious than one night in an inconvenient hotel. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
222:Of all the pursuits open to men, the search for wisdom is most perfect, more sublime, more profitable and more full of joy. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas,
223:Should you ask me what is the first thing in religion, I should reply that the first, second, and third thing therein is humility. ~ Saint Augustine,
224:To wisdom belongs the intellectual apprehension of eternal things; to knowledge, the rational knowledge of temporal things. ~ Saint Augustine of Hippo,
225:To wisdom belongs the intellectual apprehension of things eternal; to knowledge, the rational apprehension of things temporal. ~ Saint Augustine,
226:Friendship ... is born at the moment when one man says to another 'What! You too? I thought that no one but myself' . . . ~ C S Lewis, The Four Loves ,
227:In no case does the energy required for synthesis appear to be provided by an influx of fresh capital, but by expenditure. ~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin,
228:In no case does the energy required for synthesis appear to be provided by an influx of fresh capital, but by expenditure. ~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin,
229:In the twilight of life, God will not judge us on our earthly possessions and human successes, but on how well we have loved. ~ Saint John of the Cross,
230:They can be like the sun, words.They can do for the heart what light can for a field. ~ Saint John of the Cross, The Poems of St. John of the Cross ,
231:And he departed from our sight that we might return to our hearts and find him there. For he left us, and behold, he is here. ~ Saint Augustine of Hippo,
232:Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending. You plan a tower that will pierce the clouds? Lay first the foundation of humility. ~ Saint Augustine of Hippo,
233:How can you draw close to God when you are far from your own self? Grant, Lord, that I may know myself that I may know thee. ~ Saint Augustine of Hippo,
234:We are always in the presence of God, yet it seems to me that those who pray are in His presence in a very different sense. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
235:What paralyzes life is lack of faith and lack of audacity. The difficulty lies not in solving problems but identifying them. ~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin,
236:Love God and do whatever you please: for the soul trained in love to God will do nothing to offend the One who is Beloved. ~ Saint Augustine of Hippo,
237:God bestows more consideration on the purity of the intention with which our actions are performed than on the actions themselves. ~ Saint Augustine of Hippo,
238:The day is not far distant when humanity will realize that biologically it is faced with a choice between suicide and adoration. ~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin,
239:For it is in giving that we receive, It is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi,
240:God will bring people and events into our lives, and whatever we may think about them, they are designed for the evolution of His life in us. ~ Thomas Keating,
241:Never stop working on your statue until the divine glory of virtue shines out on you, until you see self-mastery enthroned upon its holy seat. ~ Plotinus,
242:The creative operation of God does not simply mold us like soft clay. It is a Fire that animates all it touches...that gives life. ~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin,
243:Where there is Isness, there God is. Creation is the giving of isness from God. And that is why God becomes where any creature expresses God. ~ Meister Eckhart,
244:Instead of standing on the shore and proving to ourselves that the ocean cannot carry us, let us venture on its waters just to see. ~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin,
245:the value...of life is not so much to do conspicuous to do ordinary things with the perception of their enormous value. ~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin,
246:By faithfulness we are collected and wound up into unity within ourselves, whereas we had been scattered abroad in multiplicity. ~ Saint Augustine of Hippo,
247:Love is the affinity which links and draws together the elements of the world. Love, in fact, is the agent of universal synthesis ~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin,
248:The whole future of the Earth, as of religion, seems to me to depend on the awakening of our faith in the future. ~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, The Future of Man ,
249:As for ourselves, let each one of us dig down after the root of evil which is within one and let one pluck it out of one's heart from the root. ~ Gospel of Thomas,
250:If you do not learn to deny yourself, you can make no progress in perfection. ~ Saint John of the Cross, The Collected Works of Saint John of the Cross (1991) ,
251:Mankind is still embryonic ... [man is] the bud from which something more complicated and more centered than man himself should emerge. ~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin,
252:Historically, the stuff of the universe goes on becoming concentrated into ever more organized forms of matter. ~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, The Phenomenon of Man ,
253:To fall in love with God is the greatest romance; to seek him the greatest adventure; to find him, the greatest human achievement. ~ Saint Augustine of Hippo,
254:Never relax, for you will not attain to the possession of true spiritual delights if first you do not learn to deny your every desire. ~ Saint John of the Cross,
255:Nothing is more helpful to reduce pride than the actual experience of self-knowledge. If we are discouraged by it, we have misunderstood its meaning. ~ Thomas Keating,
256:God is not remote from us. He is at the point of my pen, my (pick) shovel, my paint brush, my (sewing) needle - and my heart and thoughts. ~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin,
257:That which others hear or read of, I felt and practised myself; they get their knowledge by books, I mine by melancholizing. ~ Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy ,
258:When the soul, through its own fault... becomes rooted in a pool of pitch-black, evil smelling water, it produces nothing but misery and filth. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
259:Union is as if in a room there were two large windows through which the light streamed in; it enters in different places but it all becomes one. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
260:We are often unable to tell people what they need to know, because they want to know something else, and would therefore only misunderstand what we said. ~ George MacDonald,
261:Arrive at knowledge over small streamlets, and do not plunge immediately into the ocean, since progress must go from the easier to the more difficult. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas,
262:Behind each priest, there is a demon fighting for his fall. If we have the language to criticize them, we must have twice as much to pray for them. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
263:For then alone do we know God truly, when we believe that He is far above all that man can possibly think of God. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas, Summa contra Gentiles I,
264:What I really wanted was to fall in love with God. It's amazing what obstacles there are within us, or at least in me, that seem to slow this process. ~ Thomas Keating,
265:O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console, to be understood as to understand, to be loved, as to love. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi,
266:Bestow upon me, O Lord my God, understanding to know thee, diligence to seek thee, wisdom to find thee, and a faithfulness that may finally embrace thee. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas,
267:Try to acquire the virtues you believe lacking in your brothers. Then you will no longer see their defects, for you will no longer have them yourself. ~ Saint Augustine of Hippo,
268:Three things are necessary for the salvation of man : to know what he ought to believe, to know what he ought to desire, and to know what he ought to do. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas,
269:For loving draws us more to things than knowing does, since good is found by going to the thing, whereas the true is found when the thing comes to us. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas,
270:Let your old age be childlike, and your childhood like old age; that is, so that neither may your wisdom be with pride, nor your humility without wisdom. ~ Saint Augustine of Hippo,
271:I am as sure as I live that nothing is so near to me as God. God is nearer to me than I am to myself; my existence depends on the nearness and the presence of God. ~ Meister Eckhart,
272:Our hands imbibe like roots,so I place them on what is beautiful in this world.And I fold them in prayer, and they draw from the heavens, light. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi,
273:"I wish I had never been born," she said. "What are we born for?" "For infinite happiness," said the Spirit. "you can step out into it at any moment..." ~ C S Lewis, The Great Divorce ,
274:The most powerful weapon to conquer the devil is humility. For, as he does not know at all how to employ it, neither does he know how to defend himself from it. ~ Saint Vincent de Paul,
275:Christianity was an assertion of human equality in the spirit, a great assertion of the unity of the divine spirit in man. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Bande Mataram - II Asiatic Democracy,
276:Make your choice, adventurous Stranger, Strike the bell and bide the danger, Or wonder, till it drives you mad, What would have followed if you had. ~ C S Lewis, The Magician's Nephew ,
277:The eye through which I see God is the same eye through which God sees me; my eye and God's eye are one eye, one seeing, one knowing, one love. ~ Meister Eckhart, Sermons of Meister Eckhart ,
278:We must be on our guard against giving interpretations which are hazardous or opposed to science, and so exposing the word of God to the ridicule of unbelievers. ~ Saint Augustine of Hippo,
279:Late have I loved you, O Beauty ever ancient, ever new, late have I loved you! You were within me, but I was outside, and it was there that I searched for you. ~ Saint Augustine of Hippo,
280:A Christian is: a mind through which Christ thinks, a heart through which Christ loves, a voice through which Christ speaks, and a hand through which Christ helps. ~ Saint Augustine of Hippo,
281:The history of the living world can be summarised as the elaboration of ever more perfect eyes within a cosmos in which there is always something more to be seen. ~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin,
282:Desire to see God, be fearful of losing Him, and find joy in everything that can lead to Him. If you act in this way, you will always live in great peace. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
283:An Angel can illuminate the thought and mind of man by strengthening the power of vision and by bringing within his reach some truth which the Angel himself contemplates. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas,
284:Because philosophy arises from awe, a philosopher is bound in his way to be a lover of myths and poetic fables. Poets and philosophers are alike in being big with wonder. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas,
285:Humility is the foundation of all the other virtues hence, in the soul in which this virtue does not exist there cannot be any other virtue except in mere appearance. ~ Saint Augustine of Hippo,
286:Truth has to appear only once, in one single mind, for it to be impossible for anything ever to prevent it from spreading universally and setting everything ablaze. ~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin,
287:Practice is the act of rehearsing a behavior over and over, or engaging in an activity again and again, for the purpose of improving or mastering it, as in the phrase practice makes perfect. ~ ,
288:He [the child] does not despise real woods because he has read of enchanted woods: the reading makes all real woods a little enchanted. ~ C S Lewis, "On Three Ways of Writing for Children" (1952) ,
289:Love alone is capable of uniting living beings in such a way as to complete and fulfill them, for it alone takes them and joins them by what is deepest in themselves. ~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin,
290:We rarely think of the air we breathe, yet it is in us and around us all the time. In similar fashion, the presence of God penetrates us, is all around us, is always embracing us. ~ Thomas Keating,
291:Do not be afraid to throw yourself on the Lord! He will not draw back and let you fall! Put your worries aside and throw yourself on him; He will welcome you and heal you. ~ Saint Augustine of Hippo,
292:Here 'neath veils, my Saviour darkly I behold; To my thirsting spirit all thy light unfold; Face to face in heaven let me come to thee, And the blessed vision of thy glory see. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas,
293:Music, that is the science or the sense of proper modulation, is likewise given by God's generosity to mortals having rational souls in order to lead them to higher things. ~ Saint Augustine of Hippo,
294:Out of suffering comes the serious mind; out of salvation, the grateful heart; out of endurance, fortitude; out of deliverance faith. Patient endurance attends to all things. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
295:I wrote the books I should have liked to read. That's always been my reason for writing. People won't write the books I want, so I have to do it for myself. ~ C S Lewis, quoted by Roger Lancelyn Green ,
296:Three things are necessary for the salvation of man: to know what he ought to believe; to know what he ought to desire; and to know what he ought to do. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas, Two Precepts of Charity (1273) ,
297:The zest for life, which is the source of all passion and all insight, even divine, does not come to us from ourselves.... It is God who has to give us the impulse of wanting him. ~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin,
298:The good man, though a slave, is free; the wicked, though he reigns, is a slave, and not the slave of a single man, but- what is worse - the slave of as many masters as he has vices. ~ Saint Augustine of Hippo,
299:Jesus said, 'I am the light that is over all things. I am all: from me all came forth, and to me all attained. Split a piece of wood; I am there. Lift up the stone, and you will find me there.' ~ Gospel of Thomas,
300:Angels transcend every religion, every philosophy, every creed. In fact Angels have no religion as we know it... Their existence precedes every religious system that has ever existed on Earth. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas,
301:See that you are not suddenly saddened by the adversities of this world, for you do not know the good they bring, being ordained in the judgments of God for the everlasting joy of the elect. ~ Saint John of the Cross,
302:Every judgement of conscience, be it right or wrong, be it about things evil in themselves or morally indifferent, is obligatory, in such wise that he who acts against his conscience always sins. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas,
303:Have courage and do not fear the assaults of the Devil. Remember this forever; it is a healthy sign if the devil shouts and roars around your conscience, since this shows that he is not inside your will. ~ Saint Padre Pio,
304:Knowledge for its own sake. But also, and perhaps still more, knowledge for power. ... Increased power for increased action. But, finally and above all, increased action for increased being. ~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin,
305:Virtues are formed by prayer. Prayer preserves temperance. Prayer suppresses anger. Prayer prevents emotions of pride and envy. Prayer draws into the soul the Holy Spirit, and raises man to Heaven. ~ Saint Ephrem of Syria,
306:He who labors as he prays lifts his heart to God with his hands. Whenever you begin any good work you should first of all make a most pressing appeal to Christ our Lord to bring it to perfection. ~ Saint Benedict of Nursia,
307:Wherefore let us consider how it behoveth us to be in the sight of God and the angels, and so let us take our part in the psalmody that mind and voice accord together. ~ Saint Benedict of Nursia, The Rule of Saint Benedict ,
308:He who is not angry when there is just cause for anger is immoral. Why? Because anger looks to the good of justice. And if you can live amid injustice without anger, you are immoral as well as unjust. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas,
309:Just as all men naturally desire to know the truth, so there is inherent in men a natural desire to avoid errors, and refute them when they are able to do so. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas, De Unitate Intellectus Contra Averroistas ,
310:Do you know when people really become spiritual? It is when they become the slaves of God and are branded with His sign, which is the sign of the Cross, in token that they have given Him their freedom. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
311:Each element of the cosmos is positively woven from all the others...The universe holds together, and only one way of considering it is really possible, that is, to take it as a whole, in one piece. ~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin,
312:However high be your endeavors, unless you renounce and subjugate your own will - unless you forget yourself and all that pertains to yourself - not one step will you advance on the road to perfection. ~ Saint John of the Cross,
313:Someday, after mastering the winds, the waves, the tides and gravity, we shall harness for God the energies of love, and then, for a second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire. ~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin,
314:To live in the presence of God on a continuous basis can become a kind of fourth dimension to our three-dimensional world, forming an invisible but real background to everything that we do or that happens in our lives. ~ Thomas Keating,
315:People must believe what they can, and those who believe more must not be hard upon those who believe less. I doubt if you would have believed it all yourself if you hadn't seen some of it. ~ George MacDonald, The Princess and the Goblin ,
316:Blessed be you, mighty matter, irresistible march of evolution, reality ever newborn; you who, by constantly shattering our mental categories, force us to go ever further and further in our pursuit of the truth. ~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin,
317:Psychotherapy is what God has been secretly doing for centuries by other names; that is, he searches through our personal history and heals what needs to be healed - the wounds of childhood or our own self-inflicted wounds. ~ Thomas Keating,
318:What is reprehensible is that while leading good lives themselves and abhorring those of wicked men, some, fearing to offend, shut their eyes to evil deeds instead of condemning them and pointing out their malice. ~ Saint Augustine of Hippo,
319:The fact that we experience anxiety and annoyance is the certain sign that, in the unconscious, there is an emotional program for happiness that has just been frustrated. ~ Thomas Keating, The Human Condition: Contemplation and Transformation ,
320:When we receive with an entire and perfect resignation the afflictions which God sends us they become for us favors and benefits; because conformity to the will of God is a gain far superior to all temporal advantages. ~ Saint Vincent de Paul,
321:To live in the presence of God on a continuous basis can become a kind of fourth dimension to our three-dimensional world, forming an invisible but real background to everything that we do or that happens in our lives. ~ Thomas Keating, On Prayer ,
322:There are those who seek knowledge for the sake of knowledge; that is curiosity. There are those who seek knowledge to be known by others; that is vanity. There are those who seek knowledge in order to serve; that is Love. ~ Saint Bernard of Clairvaux,
323:When the presence of God emerges from our inmost being into our faculties, whether we walk down the street or drink a cup of soup, divine life is pouring into the world. ~ Thomas Keating, Open Mind Open Heart: The Contemplative Dimension of the Gospel,
324:My chief reason for choosing Christianity was because the mysteries were incomprehensible. What's the point of revelation if we could figure it out ourselves? If it were wholly comprehensible, then it would just be another philosophy. ~ Mortimer J Adler,
325:When people are empty of Christ, a thousand and one other things come and fill them up: jealousies, hatreds, boredom, melancholy, resentment, a worldly outlook, worldly pleasures. Try to fill your soul with Christ so that it's not empty. ~ Saint Porphyrios,
326:Blessed be you, universal matter, immeasurable time, boundless ether, triple abyss of stars and atoms and generations: you who by overflowing and dissolving our narrow standards or measurement reveal to us the dimensions of God. ~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin,
327:For those who use their intelligence and their study as a weapon, the Rosary is most effective. Because that apparently monotonous way of beseeching Our Lady as children do their Mother, can destroy every seed of vainglory and pride. ~ Saint Josemaria Escriva,
328:There is almost a sensual longing for communion with others who have a large vision. The immense fulfillment of the friendship between those engaged in furthering the evolution of consciousness has a quality impossible to describe. ~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin,
329:The stuff of the universe, woven in a single piece according to one and the same system, but never repeating itself from one point to another, represents a single figure. Structurally it forms a Whole. ~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, The Phenomenon of Man (1959) ,
330:God has to work in the soul in secret and in darkness because if we fully knew what was happening, and what Mystery, transformation, God and Grace will eventually ask of us, we would either try to take charge or stop the whole process. ~ Saint John of the Cross,
331:And out of that hopeless attempt has come nearly all that we call human history-money, poverty, ambition, war, prostitution, classes, empires, slavery-the long terrible story of man trying to find something other than God which will make him happy. ~ C S Lewis,
332:Gregory the Great (sixth century), summarizing the Christian contemplative tradition, expressed it as "resting in God." This was the classical meaning of Contemplative Prayer in the Christian tradition for the first sixteen centuries. ~ Thomas Keating, On Prayer ,
333:Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love, Where there is injury, pardon; Where there is doubt, faith; Where there is despair, hope; Where there is darkness, light; And where there is sadness, joy. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi,
334:We are bidden to 'put on Christ', to become like God. That is, whether we like it or not, God intends to give us what we need, not what we now think we want. Once more, we are embarrassed by the intolerable compliment, by too much love, not too little. ~ C S Lewis,
335:Whoever, then, thinks that he understands the Holy Scriptures, or any part of them, but puts such an interpretation upon them as does not tend to build up this twofold love of God and our neighbor, does not yet understand them as he ought. ~ Saint Augustine of Hippo,
336:For it is necessary in every practical science to proceed in a composite (i.e. deductive) manner. On the contrary in speculative science, it is necessary to proceed in an analytical manner by breaking down the complex into elementary principles. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas,
337:The study of truth requires a considerable effort - which is why few are willing to undertake it out of love of knowledge - despite the fact that God has implanted a natural appetite for such knowledge in the minds of men. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas, Summa Contra Gentiles ,
338:Again, it is self-evident that truth exists. For truth exists if anything at all is true, and if anyone denies that truth exists, he concedes that it is true that it does not exist, since if truth does not exist it is then true that it does not exist. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas,
339:'In order for an individual to consciously let go of a thing, he must have something that he feels is stronger to which he can anchor. As students become conscious of this, the confidence and strength will come to them to take the step.' ~ Saint Germain, The I am discourses ,
340:Once you were a child. Once you knew what inquiry was for. There was a time when you asked questions because you wanted answers, and were glad when you had found them. Become a child again, even now... You have gone wrong. Thirst was made for water; inquiry for truth. ~ C S Lewis,
341:Almighty God, give me wisdom to perceive You, intelligence to understand You, diligence to seek You, patience to wait for You, eyes to behold You, a heart to meditate upon You and life to proclaim You, through the power of the Spirit of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen. ~ Saint Benedict of Nursia,
342:For me, reason is the natural organ of truth; but imagination is the organ of meaning. Imagination, producing new metaphors or revivifying old, is not the cause of truth, but its condition. ~ C S Lewis, "Bluspels and Flalansferes: A Semantic Nightmare" Rehabilitations and Other Essays (1939),
343:As St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) taught, whatever we say about God is more unlike God than saying nothing. If we do say something, it can only be a pointer toward the Mystery that can never be articulated in words. All that words can do is point in the direction of the Mystery. ~ Thomas Keating, On Prayer ,
344:For just as the first general precepts of the law of nature are self-evident to one in possession of natural reason, and have no need of promulgation, so also that of believing in God is primary and self-evident to one who has faith: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas,
345:If God is Love, He is, by definition, something more than mere kindness. And it appears, from all the records, that though He has often rebuked us and condemned us, He has never regarded us with contempt. He has paid us the intolerable compliment of loving us, in the deepest, most tragic, most inexorable sense. ~ C S Lewis,
346:A beginner must look on himself as one setting out to make a garden for his Lord's pleasure, on most unfruitful soil which abounds in weeds. His Majesty roots up the weeds and will put in good plants instead. Let us reckon that this is already done when the soul decides to practice prayer and has begun to do so. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
347:Don't bother much about your feelings. When they are humble, loving, brave, give thanks for them; when they are conceited, selfish, cowardly, ask to have them altered. In neither case are they you, but only a thing that happens to you. What matters is your intentions and your behaviour. ~ C S Lewis, letter to Genia Goelz June 13,
348:Give me yourself, O my God, give yourself back to me. Lo, I love you, but if my love is too mean, let me love more passionately. I cannot gauge my love, nor know how far it fails, how much more love I need for my life to set its course straight into your arms, never swerving until hidden in the covert of your face. ~ Saint Augustine of Hippo,
349:Stronger than every obstacle and counter-argument is the instinct which tells us that, to be faithful to Life, we must know; we must know more and still more; we must tirelessly and increasingly search for Something, we know not what, which will appear in the end to those who have penetrated to the very heart of reality. ~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin,
350:Almost certainly God is not in time. His life does not consist of moments one following another...Ten-thirty-- and every other moment from the beginning of the world--is always Present for Him. If you like to put it this way, He has all eternity in which to listen to the split second of prayer put up by a pilot as his plane crashes in flames. ~ C S Lewis,
351:I would take it for granted that everyone who becomes a Christian would undertake [our New Testament regimental orders]. It is enjoined upon us by Our Lord; and since they are his commands, I believe in following them. It is always just possible that Jesus Christ meant what he said when He told us to seek the secret place and to close the door. ~ C S Lewis,
352:Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle, be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil; may God rebuke him, we humbly pray; and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God, cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who prowl through the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen. ~ Pope Leo XIII, Leonine Prayers Prayer to Saint Michael,
353:Is evolution a theory, a system, or a hypothesis? It is much more it is a general postulate to which all theories, all hypotheses, all systems must henceforward bow and which they must satisfy in order to be thinkable and true. Evolution is a light which illuminates all facts, a trajectory which all lines of thought must follow this is what evolution is. ~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin,
354:Before prayer, endeavour to realise Whose Presence you are approaching and to Whom you are about to speak, keeping in mind Whom you are addressing. If our lives were a thousand times as long as they are we should never fully understand how we ought to behave towards God, before Whom the very Angels tremble, Who can do all He wills, and with Whom to wish is to accomplish. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
355:There is something which unites magic and applied science while separating both from the wisdom of earlier ages. For the wise men of old the cardinal problem had been how to conform the soul to reality, and the solution had been knowledge, self-discipline, and virtue. For magic and applied science alike the problem is how to subdue reality to the wishes of men. ~ C S Lewis, The Abolition of Man (1943) ,
356:Christianity has a built-in defense system: anything that questions a belief, no matter how logical the argument is, is the work of Satan by the very fact that it makes you question a belief. It's a very interesting defense mechanism and the only way to get by it -- and believe me, I was raised Southern Baptist -- is to take massive amounts of mushrooms, sit in a field, and just go, "Show me.". ~ Bill Hicks,
357:The striking discoveries of contemporary science are continually telling us new things about how material creation came to be and how it continues to evolve. Although we do not have all the answers, we are clearly going in a direction that transcends the cosmology in which the great world religions came into existence. Our vision, understanding, and our attitudes about God inevitably must change. ~ Thomas Keating,
358:Without you, without your onslaughts, without your uprootings of us, we should remain all our lives inert, stagnant, puerile, ignorant both of ourselves and of God. You who batter us and then dress our wounds, you who resist us and yield to us, you who wreck and build, you who shackle and liberate, the sap of our souls, the hand of God, the flesh of Christ: it is you, matter, that I bless. ~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin,
359:"The born lover... has a certain memory of beauty but severed from it now, he longer comprehends it; spellbound by visible loveliness he clings amazed about that. His lesson must be to fall down no longer in bewildered delight before some, one embodied form, he must be led under a system of mental discipline, to beauty everywhere and made to discern the One Principle underlying all." ~ Plotinus, 1st Ennead 3 tractate,
360:You should not imagine that your reason can evolve to the extent of understanding God. Rather, if God is to shine divinely within you, your natural light cannot assist this process but must become a pure nothingness, going out of itself. Only then can God enter with his light, bringing back with him all that you have renounced and a thousand times more, including a new form which contains all things in itself. ~ Meister Eckhart,
361:The occultist and the philosopher are entirely willing to accept the mystical truths of Christianity for they are a part of all truth, all revelation, and all mysteries. What the mystic seeks to escape is not true Christianity but the contendings of unnumbered jarring sects that have theologized Jesus out of existence and put in his place a figure of their own conception. ~ Manly P Hall, The Students Monthly Letter 4th year,
362:Humanity has been sleeping-and still sleeps-lulled within the narrowly confining joys of its little closed loves. In the depths of the human multitude there slumbers an immense spiritual power which will manifest itself only when we have learnt how to break through the dividing walls of our egoism and raise ourselves up to an entirely new perspective, so that habitually and in a practical fashion we fix our gaze on the universal realities. ~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin,
363:St. Teresa of Avila wrote: 'All difficulties in prayer can be traced to one cause: praying as if God were absent.' This is the conviction that we bring with us from early childhood and apply to everyday life and to our lives in general. It gets stronger as we grow up, unless we are touched by the Gospel and begin the spiritual journey. This journey is a process of dismantling the monumental illusion that God is distant or absent. ~ Thomas Keating, Fruits & Gifts of the Spirit ,
364:Good and evil both increase at compound interest. That is why the little decisions you and I make every day are of such infinite importance. The smallest good act today is the capture of a strategic point from which, a few months later, you may be able to go on to victories you never dreamed of. An apparently trivial indulgence in lust or anger today is the loss of a ridge or railway line or bridgehead from which the enemy may launch an attack otherwise impossible. ~ C S Lewis,
365:Far be it from us to doubt that all number is known to Him 'Whose understanding is infinite' (Ps. 147:5). The infinity of number, though there be no numbering of infinite numbers, is yet not incomprehensible by Him Whose understanding is infinite. And thus, if everything which is comprehended is defined or made finite by the comprehension of him who knows it, then all infinity is in some ineffable way made finite to God, for it is comprehensible by His knowledge. ~ Saint Augustine of Hippo,
366:They are now beginning to realise that even the most objective of their observations are steeped in the conventions they adopted at the outset and by forms or habits of thought developed in the course of the growth of research; so that, when they reach the end of their analyses they cannot tell with any certainty whether the structure they have reached is the essence of the matter they are studying, or the reflection of their own thought. ~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, The Phenomenon Of Man ,
367:To seek the greatest good is to live well, and to live well is nothing other than to love God with the whole heart, the whole soul, and the whole mind: It is therefore obvious that this love must be kept whole and uncorrupt, that is temperance; it should not be overcome with difficulties, that is fortitude, it must not be subservient to anything else, that is justice; it must discriminate among things so as not to be deceived by falsity or fraud, that is prudence. ~ Saint Augustine of Hippo,
368:Jesus said, "If those who lead you say to you, 'See, the kingdom is in the sky,' then the birds of the sky will precede you. If they say to you, 'It is in the sea,' then the fish will precede you. Rather, the kingdom is inside of you, and it is outside of you. When you come to know yourselves, then you will become known, and you will realize that it is you who are the sons of the living fatheR But if you will not know yourselves, you dwell in poverty and it is you who are that poverty. ~ Gospel of Thomas,
369:The most dangerous thing you can do is to take any one impulse of your own nature and set it up as the thing you ought to follow at all costs. There is not one of them which will not make us into devils if we set it up as an absolute guide. You might think love of humanity in general was safe, but it is not. If you leave out justice you will find yourself breaking agreements and faking evidence in trials 'for the sake of humanity', and become in the end a cruel and treacherous man. ~ C S Lewis, Mere Christianity ,
370:Help yourself during this troubled period by reading holy books. This reading provides excellent food for the soul and conduces to great progress along the path of perfection. By no means is it inferior to what we obtain through prayer and holy meditation. In prayer and meditation it is ourselves who speak to the Lord, while in holy reading it is God who speaks to us. Before beginning to read, raise your mind to the Lord and implore Him to guide your mind Himself, to speak to your heart and move your will. ~ Saint Padre Pio,
371:By means of all created things, without exception, the divine assails us, penetrates us and moulds us. We imagined it as distant and inaccessible, whereas in fact we live steeped in its burning layers. In eo vivimus. As Jacob said, awakening from his dream, the world, this palpable world, which we were wont to treat with the boredom and disrespect with which we habitually regard places with no sacred association for us, is in truth a holy place, and we did not know it. Venite, adoremus. ~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, The Divine Milieu ,
372:To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable. ~ C S Lewis, The Four Loves ,
373:Give yourself unto reading. The man who never reads will never be read; he who never quotes will never be quoted. He who will not use the thoughts of other men's brains, proves that he has no brains of his own. You need to read. . . . We are quite persuaded that the very best way for you to be spending your leisure time, is to be either reading or praying. You may get much instruction from books which afterwards you may use as a true weapon in your Lord and Master's service. Paul cries, "Bring the books" - join in the cry. ~ Charles Haddon Spurgeon,
374:Creator of all things, true source of light and wisdom, origin of all being, graciously let a ray of your light penetrate the darkness of my understanding. Take from me the double darkness in which I have been born, an obscurity of sin and ignorance. Give me a keen understanding, a retentive memory, and the ability to grasp things correctly and fundamentally. Grant me the talent of being exact in my explanations and the ability to express myself with thoroughness and charm. Point out the beginning, direct the progress, and help in the completion. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas,
375:Man came silently into the world. As a matter of fact he trod so softly that, when we first catch sight of him as revealed by those indestructible stone instruments, we find him sprawling all over the old world from the Cape of Good Hope to Peking. Without doubt he already speaks and lives in groups ; he already makes fire. After all, this is surely what we ought to expect. As we know, each time a new living form rises up before us out of the depths of history, it is always complete and already legion. ~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, The Phenomenon Of Man The Birth of Thought,
376:Now let us return to our beautiful and charming castle and discover how to enter it. This appears incongruous: if this castle is the soul, clearly no one can have to enter it, for it is the person himself: one might as well tell some one to go into a room he is already in! There are, however, very different ways of being in this castle; many souls live in the courtyard of the building where the sentinels stand, neither caring to enter farther, nor to know who dwells in that most delightful place, what is in it and what rooms it contains. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila, The Interior Castle ,
377:What art Thou then, my God? what, but the Lord God? For who is Lord but the Lord? or who is God save our God? Most highest, most good, most potent, most omnipotent; most merciful, yet most just; most hidden, yet most present; most beautiful, yet most strong; stable, yet incomprehensible; unchangeable, yet all-changing; never new, never old; all-renewing, and bringing age upon the proud, and they know it not; ever working, ever at rest; still gathering, yet nothing lacking; supporting, filling, and overspreading; creating, nourishing, and maturing; seeking, yet having all things. ~ Saint Augustine of Hippo,
378:We ought not to have or let ourselves be satisfied with any thought of God. When the thought goes, our God goes with it. No, what we want is a real (subsistent) God who far transcends the thoughts of men and creatures. This God does not disappear unless we turn our back on him of our own accord. He who has God thus, in reality, has gotten God divinely; to him God is apparent in all things. Everything smacks to him of God; everywhere God's image stares him in the face. God is gleaming in him all the time. In him there is riddance and return; the vision of his God is ever present to his mind. ~ Meister Eckhart,
379:In dangers, in doubts, in difficulties, think of Mary, call upon Mary. Let not her name depart from your lips, never suffer it to leave your heart. And that you may obtain the assistance of her prayer, neglect not to walk in her footsteps. With her for guide, you shall never go astray; while invoking her, you shall never lose heart; so long as she is in your mind, you are safe from deception; while she holds your hand, you cannot fall; under her protection you have nothing to fear; if she walks before you, you shall not grow weary; if she shows you favor, you shall reach the goal. ~ Saint Bernard of Clairvaux,
380:8. Now let us turn at last to our castle with its many mansions. You must not think of a suite of rooms placed in succession, but fix your eyes on the keep, the court inhabited by the King.23' Like the kernel of the palmito,24' from which several rinds must be removed before coming to the eatable part, this principal chamber is surrounded by many others. However large, magnificent, and spacious you imagine this castle to be, you cannot exaggerate it; the capacity of the soul is beyond all our understanding, and the Sun within this palace enlightens every part of it. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila, The Interior Castle ,
381:It is the devil's greatest triumph when he can deprive us of the joy of the Spirit. He carries fine dust with him in little boxes and scatters it through the cracks in our conscience in order to dim the soul's pure impulses and its luster. But the joy that fills the heart of the spiritual person destroys the deadly poison of the serpent. But if any are gloomy and think that they are abandoned in their sorrow, gloominess will continuously tear at them or else they will waste away in empty diversions. When gloominess takes root, evil grows. If it is not dissolved by tears, permanent damage is done. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi,
382:The event of falling in love is of such a nature that we are right to reject as intolerable the idea that it should be transitory. In one high bound it has overleaped the massive of our selfhood; it has made appetite itself altruistic, tossed personal happiness aside as a triviality and planted the interests of another in the centre of our being. Spontaneously and without effort we have fulfilled the law (towards one person) by loving our neighbour as ourselves. It is an image, a foretaste, of what we must become to all if Love Himself rules in us without a rival. It is even (well used) a preparation for that. ~ C S Lewis,
383:I have devoted my energies to the study of the scriptures, observing monastic discipline, and singing the daily services in church; study, teaching, and writing have always been my delight . . . The ultimate Mystery of being, the ultimate Truth, is Love. This is the essential structure of reality. When Dante spoke of the 'love which moves the sun and the other stars', he was not using a metaphor, but was describing the nature of reality. There is in Being an infinite desire to give itself in love and this gift of Self in love is for ever answered by a return of love....and so the rhythm of the universe is created. ~ Venerable Bede,
384:Withdraw into yourself and look. And if you do not find yourself beautiful yet, act as does the creator of a statue that is to be made beautiful: he cuts away here, he smoothes there, he makes this line lighter, this other purer, until a lovely face has grown upon his work. So do you also: cut away all that is excessive, straighten all that is crooked, bring light to all that is overcast, labour to make all one glow of beauty and never cease chiselling your statue, until there shall shine out on you from it the godlike splendour of virtue, until you shall see the perfect goodness surely established in the stainless shrine. ~ Plotinus, The Enneads ,
385:The Kingdom is most powerful where we least expect to find it. God does not take away our problems and trials but rather joins us in them. Such is the profound meaning of the incarnation: God becoming a human being. The Kingdom will manifest itself, not because of our efforts to keep trying, even when all effort seems hopeless, but because God loves us so much that God won't be able to stand seeing us struggle and always failing. God will do the impossible. He will give us a new attitude toward suffering. Such is the heart of the Christian ascesis, or self-discipline, and the mystery of transformation. It is the meaning of the Gospel as Therese perceived it. ~ Thomas Keating, St. Therese of Lisieux: A Transformation in Christ ,
386:Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of - throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself. ~ C S Lewis,
387:If you want to identify me, ask me not where I live, or what I like to eat, or how I comb my hair, but ask me what I am living for, in detail, ask me what I think is keeping me from living fully for the thing I want to live for . . . To be grateful is to recognize the Love of God in everything He has given us - and He has given us everything. Every breath we draw is a gift of His love, every moment of existence is a grace, for it brings with it immense graces from Him.Gratitude therefore takes nothing for granted, is never unresponsive, is constantly awakening to new wonder and to praise of the goodness of God. For the grateful person knows that God is good, not by hearsay but by experience. And that is what makes all the difference. ~ Thomas Merton,
388:For primitive man the world is full of demons and mysterious powers which he fears; the whole of Nature is animated by these forces, which are nothing but man's own inner powers projected into the outside world. Christianity and modern science have de-demonized Nature, which means that the European has consistently taken back the demonic powers out of the world into himself, and has steadily loaded his unconscious with them. Out of man himself the demonic powers rise up in revolt against the supposed spiritual constraints of Christianity. The demons begin to break out in Baroque art: the columns writhe, the furniture sprouts satyr's feet. Man is slowly transformed into a uroboros, the "tail-eater" who devours himself, from ancient times a symbol of the demon-ridden man. ~ Carl Jung,
389:The Soul watches the ceaselessly changing universe and follows all the fate of all its works: this is its life, and it knows no respite from this care, but is ever labouring to bring about perfection, planning to lead all to an unending state of excellence- like a farmer, first sowing and planting and then constantly setting to rights where rainstorms and long frosts and high gales have played havoc... Well, perhaps even the less good has its contributory value in the All. Perhaps there is no need that everything be good. Contraries may co-operate; and without opposites there could be no ordered Universe: all living beings of the partial realm include contraries. The better elements are compelled into existence and moulded to their function by the Reason-Principle directly ~ Plotinus, 2 Ennead C S Lewis, Mere Christianity ,
391:10.: I do not know whether I have put this clearly; self-knowledge is of such consequence that I would not have you careless of it, though you may be lifted to heaven in prayer, because while on earth nothing is more needful than humility. Therefore, I repeat, not only a good way, but the best of all ways, is to endeavour to enter first by the room where humility is practised, which is far better than at once rushing on to the others. This is the right road;-if we know how easy and safe it is to walk by it, why ask for wings with which to fly? Let us rather try to learn how to advance quickly. I believe we shall never learn to know ourselves except by endeavouring to know God, for, beholding His greatness we are struck by our own baseness, His purity shows our foulness, and by meditating on His humility we find how very far we are from being humble. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila, The Interior Castle 1.02,
392:Above all, trust in the slow work of God. We are quite naturally impatient in everything to reach the end without delay. We should like to skip the intermediate stages. We are impatient of being on the way to something unknown, something new. And yet it is the law of all progress that it is made by passing through some stages of instability- and that it may take a very long time. And so I think it is with you; your ideas mature gradually-let them grow, let them shape themselves, without undue haste. Don't try to force them on, as though you could be today what time (that is to say, grace and circumstances acting on your own good will) will make of you tomorrow. Only God could say what this new spirit gradually forming within you will be. Give Our Lord the benefit of believing that his hand is leading you, and accept the anxiety of feeling yourself in suspense and incomplete. ~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin,
393:[E]very man hath liberty to write, but few ability. Heretofore learning was graced by judicious scholars, but now noble sciences are vilified by base and illiterate scribblers, that either write for vain-glory, need, to get money, or as Parasites to flatter and collogue with some great men, they put out trifles, rubbish and trash. Among so many thousand Authors you shall scarce find one by reading of whom you shall be any whit better, but rather much worse; by which he is rather infected than any way perfected... What a catalogue of new books this year, all his age (I say) have our Frankfurt Marts, our domestic Marts, brought out. Twice a year we stretch out wits out and set them to sale; after great toil we attain nothing...What a glut of books! Who can read them? As already, we shall have a vast Chaos and confusion of Books, we are oppressed with them, our eyes ache with reading, our fingers with turning. For my part I am one of the number-one of the many-I do not deny it... ~ Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy ,
394:God reveals himself everywhere, beneath our groping efforts, as a universal milieu, only because he is the ultimate point upon which all realities converge. Each element of the world, whatever it may be, only subsists, hic et nunc, in the manner of a cone whose generatrices meet in God who draws them together-(meeting at .the term of their individual perfection and at the term of the general perfection of the world which contains them). It follows that all created things, every one of them, cannot be looked at, in their nature and action, without the same reality being found in their innermost being-like sunlight in the fragments of a broken mirror-one beneath its multiplicity, unattainable beneath its proximity, and spiritual beneath its materiality. No object can influence us by its essence without our being touched by the radiance of the focus of the universe. Our minds are incapable of grasping a reality, our hearts and hands of seizing the essentially desirable in it, without our being compelled by the very structure of things to go back to the first source of its perfections. This focus, this source, is thus everywhere. ~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, The Divine Milieu ,
395:Why God sometimes allows people who are genuinely good to be hindered in the good that they do. God, who is faithful, allows his friends to fall frequently into weakness only in order to remove from them any prop on which they might lean. For a loving person it would be a great joy to be able to achieve many great feats, whether keeping vigils, fasting, performing other ascetical practices or doing major, difficult and unusual works. For them this is a great joy, support and source of hope so that their works become a prop and a support upon which they can lean. But it is precisely this which our Lord wishes to take from them so that he alone will be their help and support. This he does solely on account of his pure goodness and mercy, for God is prompted to act only by his goodness, and in no way do our works serve to make God give us anything or do anything for us. Our Lord wishes his friends to be freed from such an attitude, and thus he removes their support from them so that they must henceforth find their support only in him. For he desires to give them great gifts, solely on account of his goodness, and he shall be their comfort and support while they discover themselves to be and regard themselves as being a pure nothingness in all the great gifts of God. The more essentially and simply the mind rests on God and is sustained by him, the more deeply we are established in God and the more receptive we are to him in all his precious gifts - for human kind should build on God alone. ~ Meister Eckhart,
396:For invincible reasons of homogeneity and coherence, the fibers of cosmogenesis require to be prolonged in ourselves far more deeply than flesh and bone. We are not being tossed about and drawn along in the vital current merely by the material surface of our being. But like a subtle fluid, space-time, having drowned our bodies, penetrates our soul. It fills it and impregnates it. It mingles with its powers, until the soul soon no longer knows how to distinguish space-time from its own thoughts. Nothing can escape this flux any longer, for those who know how to see, even though it were the summit of our being, because it can only be defined in terms of increases of consciousness. For is not the very act by which the fine point of our mind penetrates the absolute a phenomenon of emergence? In short, recognized at first in a single point of things, then inevitably having spread to the whole of the inorganic and organic volume of matter, whether we like it or not evolution is now starting to invade the psychic zones of the world.... The human discovers that, in the striking words of Julian Huxley, we are nothing else than evolution become conscious of itself. It seems to me that until it is established in this perspective, the modern mind...will always be restless. For it is on this summit and this summit alone that a resting place and illumination await us.... All evolution becomes conscious of itself deep within us.... Not only do we read the secret of its movements in our slightest acts, but to a fundamental extent we hold it in our own hands: responsible for its past and its future. ~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, The Phenomenon of Man ,
397:Hence, it's obvious to see why in AA the community is so important; we are powerless over ourselves. Since we don't have immediate awareness of the Higher Power and how it works, we need to be constantly reminded of our commitment to freedom and liberation. The old patterns are so seductive that as they go off, they set off the association of ideas and the desire to give in to our addiction with an enormous force that we can't handle. The renewal of defeat often leads to despair. At the same time, it's a source of hope for those who have a spiritual view of the process. Because it reminds us that we have to renew once again our total dependence on the Higher Power. This is not just a notional acknowledgment of our need. We feel it from the very depths of our being. Something in us causes our whole being to cry out, "Help!" That's when the steps begin to work. And that, I might add, is when the spiritual journey begins to work. A lot of activities that people in that category regard as spiritual are not communicating to them experientially their profound dependence on the grace of God to go anywhere with their spiritual practices or observances. That's why religious practice can be so ineffective. The real spiritual journey depends on our acknowledging the unmanageability of our lives. The love of God or the Higher Power is what heals us. Nobody becomes a full human being without love. It brings to life people who are most damaged. The steps are really an engagement in an ever-deepening relationship with God. Divine love picks us up when we sincerely believe nobody else will. We then begin to experience freedom, peace, calm, equanimity, and liberation from cravings for what we have come to know are damaging-cravings that cannot bring happiness, but at best only momentary relief that makes the real problem worse. ~ Thomas Keating, Divine Therapy and Addiction ,
398:Our culture, the laws of our culture, are predicated on the idea that people are conscious. People have experience; people make decisions, and can be held responsible for them. There's a free will element to it. You can debate all that philosophically, and fine, but the point is that that is how we act, and that is the idea that our legal system is predicated on. There's something deep about it, because you're subject to the law, but the law is also limited by you, which is to say that in a well-functioning, properly-grounded democratic system, you have intrinsic value. That's the source of your rights. Even if you're a murderer, we have to say the law can only go so far because there's something about you that's divine.Well, what does that mean? Partly it means that there's something about you that's conscious and capable of communicating, like you're a whole world unto yourself. You have that to contribute to everyone else, and that's valuable. You can learn new things, transform the structure of society, and invent a new way of dealing with the world. You're capable of all that. It's an intrinsic part of you, and that's associated with the idea that there's something about the logos that is necessary for the absolute chaos of the reality beyond experience to manifest itself as reality. That's an amazing idea because it gives consciousness a constitutive role in the cosmos. You can debate that, but you can't just bloody well brush it off. First of all, we are the most complicated things there are, that we know of, by a massive amount. We're so complicated that it's unbelievable. So there's a lot of cosmos out there, but there's a lot of cosmos in here, too, and which one is greater is by no means obvious, unless you use something trivial, like relative size, which really isn't a very sophisticated approach.Whatever it is that is you has this capacity to experience reality and to transform it, which is a very strange thing. You can conceptualize the future in your imagination, and then you can work and make that manifest-participate in the process of creation. That's one way of thinking about it. That's why I think Genesis 1 relates the idea that human beings are made in the image of the divine-men and women, which is interesting, because feminists are always criticizing Christianity as being inexorably patriarchal. Of course, they criticize everything like that, so it's hardly a stroke of bloody brilliance. But I think it's an absolute miracle that right at the beginning of the document it says straightforwardly, with no hesitation whatsoever, that the divine spark which we're associating with the word, that brings forth Being, is manifest in men and women equally. That's a very cool thing. You got to think, like I said, do you actually take that seriously? Well, what you got to ask is what happens if you don't take it seriously, right? Read Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment. That's the best investigation into that tactic that's ever been produced. ~ Jordan Peterson, Biblical Series 1,
399:There's an idea in Christianity of the image of God as a Trinity. There's the element of the Father, there's the element of the Son, and there's the element of the Holy Spirit. It's something like the spirit of tradition, human beings as the living incarnation of that tradition, and the spirit in people that makes relationship with the spirit and individuals possible. I'm going to bounce my way quickly through some of the classical, metaphorical attributes of God, so that we kind of have a cloud of notions about what we're talking about, when we return to Genesis 1 and talk about the God who spoke chaos into Being.There's a fatherly aspect, so here's what God as a father is like. You can enter into a covenant with it, so you can make a bargain with it. Now, you think about that. Money is like that, because money is a bargain you make with the future. We structured our world so that you can negotiate with the future. I don't think that we would have got to the point where we could do that without having this idea to begin with. You can act as if the future's a reality; there's a spirit of tradition that enables you to act as if the future is something that can be bargained with. That's why you make sacrifices. The sacrifices were acted out for a very long period of time, and now they're psychological. We know that you can sacrifice something valuable in the present and expect that you're negotiating with something that's representing the transcendent future. That's an amazing human discovery. No other creature can do that; to act as if the future is real; to know that you can bargain with reality itself, and that you can do it successfully. It's unbelievable.It responds to sacrifice. It answers prayers. I'm not saying that any of this is true, by the way. I'm just saying what the cloud of ideas represents. It punishes and rewards. It judges and forgives. It's not nature. One of the things weird about the Judeo-Christian tradition is that God and nature are not the same thing, at all. Whatever God is, partially manifest in this logos, is something that stands outside of nature. I think that's something like consciousness as abstracted from the natural world. It built Eden for mankind and then banished us for disobedience. It's too powerful to be touched. It granted free will. Distance from it is hell. Distance from it is death. It reveals itself in dogma and in mystical experience, and it's the law. That's sort of like the fatherly aspect.The son-like aspect. It speaks chaos into order. It slays dragons and feeds people with the remains. It finds gold. It rescues virgins. It is the body and blood of Christ. It is a tragic victim, scapegoat, and eternally triumphant redeemer simultaneously. It cares for the outcast. It dies and is reborn. It is the king of kings and hero of heroes. It's not the state, but is both the fulfillment and critic of the state. It dwells in the perfect house. It is aiming at paradise or heaven. It can rescue from hell. It cares for the outcast. It is the foundation and the cornerstone that was rejected. It is the spirit of the law.The spirit-like aspect. It's akin to the human soul. It's the prophetic voice. It's the still, small voice of conscience. It's the spoken truth. It's called forth by music. It is the enemy of deceit, arrogance, and resentment. It is the water of life. It burns without consuming. It's a blinding light.That's a very well-developed set of poetic metaphors. These are all...what would you say...glimpses of the transcendent ideal. That's the right way of thinking about it. They're glimpses of the transcendent ideal, and all of them have a specific meaning. In part, what we're going to do is go over that meaning, as we continue with this series. What we've got now is a brief description, at least, of what this is. ~ Jordan Peterson, Biblical Series 1,

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1:Christianity is a fighting religion. ~ C S Lewis,
2:Nothing in Christianity is original. ~ Dan Brown,
3:Christianity is a pestilent superstition. ~ Tacitus,
4:Christianity is a religion in a rush. ~ Yann Martel,
5:Christianity is such a silly religion. ~ Gore Vidal,
6:My goal is to destroy Christianity. ~ Erwin McManus,
7:True Christianity is love in action. ~ David O McKay,
8:Christianity... is an Eastern religion. ~ Tom Robbins,
9:Christianity is the salt of the earth. ~ Matthew Henry,
10:In the name of Christ, I quit Christianity. ~ Anne Rice,
11:Christianity is Christ plus nothing! ~ Leonard Ravenhill,
12:Culture eats Christianity for breakfast. ~ Peter Drucker,
13:Why not give Christianity a trial? ~ George Bernard Shaw,
14:Humor (is) intrinsitc to Christianity. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
15:I think Arminianism is death to Christianity! ~ R C Sproul,
16:Christianity is not a do-it-yourself thing. ~ Jerry Bridges,
17:Christianity is part of the laws of England. ~ Matthew Hale,
18:Christianity made us think there's one heaven. ~ Patti Smith,
19:Imagine that Christianity is about loving God. ~ Marcus Borg,
20:Christmas is the Disneyfication of Christianity. ~ Don Cupitt,
21:Freedom is the cornerstone of Christianity. ~ Brennan Manning,
22:The Bible is the Constitution of Christianity. ~ Billy Graham,
23:Christianity does not provide the reason for ~ Timothy Keller,
24:Christianity is a hangman’s metaphysics… ~ Friedrich Nietzsche,
25:Deity indwelling men! That, I say is Christianity! ~ A W Tozer,
26:If evolution wins, Christianity goes! ~ William Jennings Bryan,
27:The virtue of Christianity is obedience. ~ Julius Charles Hare,
28:Christianity is Platonism for the people. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche,
29:Voltaire abolished Christianity by believing in God. ~ Voltaire,
30:Christianity and monarchy are twin principles. ~ Honor de Balzac,
31:Christianity is a strangely cheery religion. ~ Flannery O Connor,
32:I see Christianity in very humanistic terms. ~ John Shelby Spong,
33:Christianity is a myth that has been literalised. ~ Timothy Freke,
34:Christianity is part of the Common Law of England. ~ Matthew Hale,
35:The best cure for Christianity is reading the Bible. ~ Mark Twain,
36:The major religions, Christianity, Judaism, Islam, ~ Paulo Coelho,
37:Christianity is called the religion of pity. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche,
38:Christianity is the hangman's metaphysics... ~ Friedrich Nietzsche,
39:I did not set out to convert anyone to Christianity. ~ J K Rowling,
40:Christianity did not destroy paganism; it adopted it. ~ Will Durant,
41:Christianity is a metaphysics of the hangman. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche,
42:Christianity is a misogynistic hierarchy of oppression. ~ Anonymous,
43:Christianity is God's marriage proposal to the soul. ~ Peter Kreeft,
44:Christianity is religion for the executioner. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche,
45:Christianity is the only true and perfect religion. ~ Benjamin Rush,
46:Christianity ruined emperors, but saved peoples. ~ Alfred de Musset,
47:Christianity, to be effective in Japan, must change. ~ Shusaku Endo,
48:too many church rules got in the way of Christianity. ~ Helen Bryan,
49:Christianity is the highest perfection of humanity. ~ Samuel Johnson,
50:If you want to kill Christianity you must abolish Sunday. ~ Voltaire,
51:The original language of Christianity is translation. ~ Lamin Sanneh,
52:There is something very unhealthy about Christianity. ~ Adolf Hitler,
53:Christianity is not about morality. It's about reality. ~ Henry Cloud,
54:Christianity is not a religion, it is a relationship. ~ Robert Thieme,
55:Christianity is the enemy of liberty and civilization. ~ August Bebel,
56:Christianity is the metaphysics of the hangman. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche,
57:The heart of Christianity is a myth which is also a fact. ~ C S Lewis,
58:A sophiological Christianity focuses on the path. ~ Cynthia Bourgeault,
59:Christianity is art and not money. Money is its curse. ~ William Blake,
60:Hatred of Judaism is at bottom hatred of Christianity. ~ Sigmund Freud,
61:Humility is first, second and third in Christianity. ~ Saint Augustine,
62:Liquor and Christianity, the European narcotics. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche,
63:The idea of Christ is much older than Christianity. ~ George Santayana,
64:Voltaire abolished Christianity by believing in God. ~ Lytton Strachey,
65:Christianity is completed Judaism or it is nothing. ~ Benjamin Disraeli,
66:Christianity is not a creed for good men, but for men. ~ G K Chesterton,
67:The glory of Christianity is to conquer by forgiveness. ~ William Blake,
68:The Great Commission is the Great Adventure of Christianity. ~ Ron Luce,
69:The two great European narcotics, alcohol and Christianity. ~ Anonymous,
70:Union and Communion: this is the essence of Christianity. ~ Heidi Baker,
71:Christianity has always embraced both reason and faith. ~ Dinesh D Souza,
72:I'm all for Christianity, but insolence must be put down. ~ J P Donleavy,
73:Is your Christianity ancient history--or current events? ~ Sam Shoemaker,
74:National Socialism and Christianity are irreconcilable. ~ Martin Bormann,
75:Refinement is the delicate aroma of Christianity. ~ Charlotte Mary Yonge,
76:Catholicism is the most philosophical branch of Christianity. ~ Tim Crane,
77:Millennials aren't looking for a hipper Christianity. ~ Rachel Held Evans,
78:Only Christianity dares to make God's love unconditional. ~ Philip Yancey,
79:THE COMPLACENCY of CHRISTIANS is the scandal of Christianity. ~ A W Tozer,
80:The opposite of Christianity is not atheism, but idolatry. ~ Peter Kreeft,
81:Christianity demands the crucifixion of the intellect. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
82:Christianity isn't the only group that has fundamentalists. ~ Tony Campolo,
83:Christianity is part of the law of England. ~ John Scott 1st Earl of Eldon,
84:Christianity and Buddhism are a lot alike, especially Buddhism. ~ C S Lewis,
85:Christianity is an entirely new way of being human. ~ Maximus the Confessor,
86:Christianity is not just for the strong; it's for everyone. ~ Timothy Keller,
87:If Christianity was morality, Socrates would be the Saviour. ~ William Blake,
88:I was raised Jewish. I didn't know anything about Christianity. ~ Josh Young,
89:Peanut butter is the greatest invention since Christianity. ~ Diana Vreeland,
90:We shall not rest until we have rooted out Christianity . ~ Heinrich Himmler,
91:Christianity is greatest when it is hated by the world. ~ Ignatius of Antioch,
92:Christianity is the key that fits the lock of the universe. ~ Nancy R Pearcey,
93:I am a believer in the fundamental doctrines of Christianity. ~ Joseph Lister,
94:I never gave up Christianity until I was forty years of age. ~ Charles Darwin,
95:The only thing Christianity can not moderately important. ~ C S Lewis,
96:Two great European narcotics, alcohol and Christianity. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche,
97:Christianity, alcohol the two great means of corruption. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche,
98:Christianity is much more about living and doing than thinking. ~ Richard Rohr,
99:Christianity not only saves you from sin, but from cynicism. ~ E Stanley Jones,
100:For Christianity begins not with a big do, but with a big done. ~ Watchman Nee,
101:It is no fault of Christianity that a hypocrite falls into sin. ~ Saint Jerome,
102:To destroy Christianity, we must first destroy the British Empire. ~ Karl Marx,
103:When I got older, I chose to look at Christianity as another myth. ~ Tori Amos,
104:Christianity, boring? So is television...if we don't plug in. ~ Reinhard Bonnke,
105:Similarly, the presence of God is the central fact of Christianity. ~ A W Tozer,
106:Socialism, like Christianity destroyed itself to gain power ~ Alexander Berkman,
107:There is no biblical Christianity without the cross at its center. ~ John Stott,
108:There is no way you can harmonize neo-Darwinism and Christianity. ~ Lee Strobel,
109:Fundamentalism is to Christianity what paint-by-numbers is to art. ~ Brian Zahnd,
110:I do not find in orthodox Christianity one redeeming feature. ~ Thomas Jefferson,
111:In Christianity, nobody wins until everybody crosses the line. ~ Christine Caine,
112:The truly simple way of presenting Christianity is to do it. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
113:What brought me to Christianity is Incarnation, not Ressurection. ~ Paul Virilio,
114:Wherever you encounter truth, look upon it as Christianity. ~ Desiderius Erasmus,
115:But Jesus and Christianity have a tenuous relationship at best. ~ David Javerbaum,
116:But the real story of Christianity is a lot less streamlined. ~ Rachel Held Evans,
117:Christianity is a faith in which God sent his Son to die for you. ~ John Ashcroft,
118:Christianity is warfare, and Christians are spiritualsoldiers. ~ Robert Southwell,
119:Christianity might be a good thing if anyone ever tried it. ~ George Bernard Shaw,
120:Cuz all they have is bigotry and they're calling it Christianity. ~ Thom Hartmann,
121:No nations are more warlike than those which profess Christianity. ~ Pierre Bayle,
122:Authentic Christianity is a roller-coaster ride, not a merry-go-round. ~ Mark Hart,
123:Christianity neither is, nor ever was a part of the common law. ~ Thomas Jefferson,
124:Christianity was simple: fight your desires in order to please God. ~ Francis Chan,
125:Self-denial is the shining sore on the leprous body of Christianity. ~ Oscar Wilde,
126:The Templars lost their Christianity when they discovered banking, ~ Oliver Bowden,
127:The wedding of Christianity or Judaism with nationalism is lethal. ~ Arthur Miller,
128:values of Christianity—sacrifice, redemption, forgiveness—because ~ Paul Kalanithi,
129:Without the cross we have a meaningless and powerless Christianity. ~ Michael Catt,
130:Christianity has done a great deal for love by making a sin of it. ~ Anatole France,
131:Christianity is an adventure of the spirit or it is not Christianity. ~ Alan Hirsch,
132:Good-nature is one of the richest fruits of true Christianity. ~ Henry Ward Beecher,
133:The Christian idea of 'putting on Christ' is the whole of Christianity. ~ C S Lewis,
134:The greatest enemy to the movement of Jesus Christ is Christianity. ~ Erwin McManus,
135:There is nothing in Islam that is more violent than Christianity. ~ Karen Armstrong,
136:Too often we argue about Christianity instead of marveling at Jesus. ~ John Ortberg,
137:Christianity and Buddhism are very much alike, especially Buddhism. ~ G K Chesterton,
138:If ISIS represents Islam, then the KKK represents Christianity ~ Kareem Abdul Jabbar,
139:Organized Christianity that fails to make a disturbance is dead. ~ G Campbell Morgan,
140:The only thing wrong with Christianity is the lack of suffering. ~ Winston Churchill,
141:Christianity has made martyrdom sublime, and sorrow triumphant. ~ Edwin Hubbel Chapin,
142:Christianity isn't true because it works; it works because it's true. ~ Lynn Anderson,
143:Christianity taught men that love is worth more than intelligence. ~ Jacques Maritain,
144:Fundamentalism is to Christianity what paint-by-numbers is to art. With ~ Brian Zahnd,
145:I love Christianity, Islam and many other faiths - through Hinduism. ~ Mahatma Gandhi,
146:The essential point of view of Christianity is sin. ~ Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel,
147:We're rediscovering Christianity as an Eastern religion, as a way of life. ~ Rob Bell,
148:We would be much worse without Christianity; but we wouldn't know it. ~ Joseph Sobran,
149:All the advantages of Christianity and alcohol; none of their defects. ~ Aldous Huxley,
150:A naturalistic Christianity leaves out all that is specifically Christian. ~ C S Lewis,
151:Christianity is a fine religion and I wish more Christians practiced it. ~ John Scalzi,
152:Christianity is the very root and foundation of Western civilization. ~ Dinesh D Souza,
153:Christianity is word-centered because God rules through his gospel word. ~ Tim Chester,
154:If you take away the cross as an atoning act, you take away Christianity. ~ R C Sproul,
155:The idea of heaven is Christianity's way of creating a hell on earth. ~ Marilyn Manson,
156:Be living witnesses of the greatness and beauty of Christianity. ~ Gianna Beretta Molla,
157:Christianity has not message for those who do not realize they are sinners. ~ C S Lewis,
158:The rapid spread of Christianity is forcing an official rethink on religion ~ Anonymous,
159:[The United States is] founded on the principles of Christianity ~ Franklin D Roosevelt,
160:Democracy, as has been said of Christianity, has never really been tried. ~ Stuart Chase,
161:I do not believe profanity has anything to do with Christianity, thank you. ~ Dee Snider,
162:In order to see Christianity, one must forget all the Christians. ~ Henri Frederic Amiel,
163:Sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll is easy. True christianity…that's rebellion. ~ Alice Cooper,
164:[167] Submission and use of reason; that is what makes true Christianity. ~ Blaise Pascal,
165:Christianity is radically different from every other religion in the world. ~ David Platt,
166:Christianity is the complete negation of common sense and sound reason. ~ Mikhail Bakunin,
167:No one can say Christianity has failed. It has never been tried. ~ Adam Clayton Powell Jr,
168:Nothing is more depressing and more illogical than aggressive Christianity. ~ Gerald Vann,
169:Christianity is never as weak as it appears, nor as strong as it appears. ~ Philip Jenkins,
170:[Christianity is] the most ... perverted system that ever shone on man. ~ Thomas Jefferson,
171:Surely the principles of Christianity lead to action as well as meditation. ~ William Pitt,
172:Christianity [is] a rebellion against natural law, a protest against nature. ~ Adolf Hitler,
173:Christianity is the root of all democracy, the highest fact in the rights of men. ~ Novalis,
174:Christianity remains to this day the greatest misfortune of humanity. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche,
175:Christianity teaches that the human race is depraved, fallen, and sinful. ~ D James Kennedy,
176:Socialism appeals to me. It's like imposed Christianity. You've got to share. ~ Lewis Black,
177:The only thing Christianity ever contributed to Satanism was the name ~ Anton Szandor LaVey,
178:This is the crux of Christianity: to remember and give thanks, 'eucharisteo'. ~ Ann Voskamp,
179:Without Christianity we might, of course, merely sink into an apathetic decline ~ T S Eliot,
180:Women are a new race, recreated since the world received Christianity. ~ Henry Ward Beecher,
181:Christianity gutted of Christ is devoid of both its beauty and its power. ~ Paul David Tripp,
182:Christianity is not a mere religion but an experimentally testable science. ~ Frank J Tipler,
183:I can't believe in Christianity, but I think Jesus was a wonderful teacher. ~ Billy Connolly,
184:I have always considered Christianity as the strong ground of republicanism. ~ Benjamin Rush,
185:II. Medieval Christianity, from Gregory I to the Reformation. A.D. 590–1517. ~ Philip Schaff,
186:Regarding Christianity: Ten thousand difficulties do not make one doubt. ~ John Henry Newman,
187:But Paul is saying that in Christianity, the verdict leads to performance. ~ Timothy J Keller,
188:One cannot refute Christianity; one cannot refute a disease of the eye. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche,
189:One is not converted to christianity; one must be morbid enough for it. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche,
190:The virtue of Paganism was strength: the virtue of Christianity is obedience. ~ Augustus Hare,
191:Christianity in my youth wasn’t just the right choice; it was the only choice. ~ Scott Douglas,
192:Christianity is not a religion, it’s a relationship with God through Christ. ~ Jerry B Jenkins,
193:Christianity without discipleship is always Christianity without Christ. ~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer,
194:I am no friend of present-day Christianity, though its Founder was sublime. ~ Vincent Van Gogh,
195:If Christianity had asserted itself in Germany, six million Jews would have lived. ~ Malcolm X,
196:If Christianity needed an Anti-Christ, they needed look no farther than Paul. ~ Jeremy Bentham,
197:Christianity has made more lunatics than it ever provided asylums for. ~ Robert Green Ingersoll,
198:Christianity is not just about what we believe; it’s also about how we behave. ~ John R W Stott,
199:Christianity is not primarily about lifestyle change; it is about knowing God. ~ Michael Reeves,
200:Prayer is the hard-work business of Christianity, and it nets amazing results. ~ David Jeremiah,
201:What many people today assume Christianity to be is basically Plutarch plus Jesus. ~ N T Wright,
202:When you enter the voting booth, don't leave your Christianity in the parking lot. ~ R C Sproul,
203:Bad theology begets ugly Christianity. Good theology begets beautiful Christianity. ~ Tony Jones,
204:Christendom has done away with Christianity without being quite aware of it. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
205:Christianity has always seemed to fight a losing battle against race. ~ Charles Hamilton Houston,
206:Christianity is the greatest civilizing, moulding, uplifting power on this globe. ~ Mark Hopkins,
207:Christmas shows us that Christianity is not good advice. It is good news. THE ~ Timothy J Keller,
208:Every exceptional bias against Christianity I find to be evidence for its validity. ~ Criss Jami,
209:Every other religion is a salvation by self, Christianity is a salvation by Christ. ~ Max Lucado,
210:Hopefully, I'll be remembered as the person who brought an end to Christianity. ~ Marilyn Manson,
211:If you're not a thorn in somebody's side, you aren't doing Christianity right. ~ Mother Angelica,
212:It is not Christianity, but priestcraft that has subjected woman as we find her. ~ Lucretia Mott,
213:Only Judaism and Christianity are religions of public record, eyewitnessed facts. ~ Peter Kreeft,
214:People who have failed at Christianity aren't likely to make great Buddhists. ~ Robertson Davies,
215:The primary declaration of Christianity is not "This do!" but "This happened! ~ Evelyn Underhill,
216:The real truth, I thought, in terms of what faith is and what Christianity is. ~ Martin Scorsese,
217:The underground appeared in this novel as the failure and reversal of Christianity. ~ Ren Girard,
218:Christianity commands us to pass by injuries; policy, to let them pass by us. ~ Benjamin Franklin,
219:Christianity is an extreme call to a radical life following a revolutionary leader. ~ Steve Saint,
220:Christianity is not a consumer good. You should turn to it only if it is true. ~ Timothy J Keller,
221:Christianity is not something you do, so much as something that is done to you. ~ Ian Morgan Cron,
222:Mindless Christianity is no Christianity at all. You can't love what you don't know. ~ R C Sproul,
223:Now, if it were the case that Christianity were true, would you want to know it? ~ Nabeel Qureshi,
224:Oliver was beginning to think too many church rules got in the way of Christianity. ~ Helen Bryan,
225:There is no doctrine of Christianity but what has been anticipated by the Vedas. ~ Horace Greeley,
226:American Christianity is based more on a godless culture than it is the word of God. ~ Paul Washer,
227:Christianity does not set faith against thinking. It sets faith against assuming. ~ Timothy Keller,
228:Christianity is so much more than getting your doctrine right, but it is not less. ~ Kevin DeYoung,
229:If Christianity is really true it will be offending and correcting you somewhere. ~ Timothy Keller,
230:I think they do more damage to Christianity than the most committed atheist. ~ John F MacArthur Jr,
231:Seek each day to do or say something to further Christianity among the heathen. ~ Jonathan Goforth,
232:Christianity is just as threatening as radical Islam in a country like America... ~ Rosie O Donnell,
233:ironically the term tolerance is used to justify intolerance toward Christianity. ~ Nancy R Pearcey,
234:It is our taste that decides against Christianity now, no longer our reasons. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche,
235:It was through the Hindu religion that I learnt to respect Christianity and Islam. ~ Mahatma Gandhi,
236:Jesus was a lover of life, a very affirmative person, but Christianity is life-negative. ~ Rajneesh,
237:We do not have time to waste our lives coasting out casual, comfortable Christianity. ~ David Platt,
238:Christianity is not a religion; it is the announcement of the end of religion. ~ Robert Farrar Capon,
239:In the process of replacing the old religions, Christianity became a religion. ~ Alexander Schmemann,
240:Religion is man's attempt to reach God and Christianity is God's attempt to reach man. ~ Greg Laurie,
241:Spreading Christianity abroad is sometimes an excuse for not having it at home. ~ Henry Ward Beecher,
242:The fable of a god or gods visiting the earth did not originate with Christianity. ~ Richard Carlile,
243:Those who say Islam is a warlike religion must ask if Christianity has been as well. ~ Wendell Berry,
244:We should invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity. ~ Ann Coulter,
245:With the rise of Christianity, faith replaced thought as the bringer of immortality. ~ Hannah Arendt,
246:Christianity contains within itself a germ hostile to the Church (Dietrich Bonhoeffer) ~ Eric Metaxas,
247:Christianity is neither a system of ideas nor of morality but a way, a way of life. ~ Kevin Vanhoozer,
248:I know nothing about Christianity, nothing about football, and I'm not a Republican. ~ Sandra Bullock,
249:The more I see of Italy and her treasures, the more I see paganism in Christianity. ~ Henrietta Szold,
250:We're going to protect Christianity. We don't have to be politically correct about it. ~ Donald Trump,
251:Authentic Christianity is a supernatural walk with a living, dynamic, communicating God. ~ Bill Hybels,
252:Cargo cults fascinate me partly because Christianity itself is in many ways a cargo cult. ~ Nick Laird,
253:Christianity does not begin with our pursuit of Christ, but with Christ’s pursuit of us. ~ David Platt,
254:Christianity is an idea, and as such is indestructible and immortal, like every idea. ~ Heinrich Heine,
255:Everything about Christianity is contained in the pathetic image of 'the flock. ~ Christopher Hitchens,
256:Justification by faith alone, is the hinge upon which the whole of Christianity turns ~ Charles Simeon,
257:o be entirely honest, I know of nothing quite so boring as Christianity without Christ. ~ W Ian Thomas,
258:Research for this book has made me aware of aspects of Christianity I find disturbing. ~ Elaine Pagels,
259:A nation's religion is its life, and as such white Christianity is a miserable failure. ~ W E B Du Bois,
260:Christianity can be condensed into four words: Admit, Submit, Commit and Transmit. ~ Samuel Wilberforce,
261:Christianity is haunted by the theory of a God with a craving for bloody sacrifices. ~ John B S Haldane,
262:If anything is to be done, one must try to introduce Christianity into Christendom. ~ S ren Kierkegaard,
263:If Christianity is only one more bit of good advice, then Christianity is of no importance. ~ C S Lewis,
264:Isn't that the story for many of us in America? Christianity is our default setting. ~ Jefferson Bethke,
265:No Christian can be a pessimist, for Christianity is a system of radical optimism. ~ William Ralph Inge,
266:Of all religions, Christianity is without a doubt the one that should inspire tolerance most ~ Voltaire,
267:The philosophy of the discoveries, the emigration, and the colonisation was Christianity. ~ Hugh Thomas,
268:A Christian might be tired of the Christianity, but certainly he is scared of the Islam. ~ M F Moonzajer,
269:And my Christianity, first and foremost, governed the way that I tried to deal with people. ~ Mike Pence,
270:Besides, Christianity is not a doctrine to be taught, but rather a life to be lived. ~ S ren Kierkegaard,
271:Christianity is simply the ideal form of manhood represented to us by Jesus Christ. ~ Henry Ward Beecher,
272:Christianity promises to make men free; it never promises to make them independent. ~ William Ralph Inge,
273:Christianity spreads through the joy of disciples who know that they are loved and saved. ~ Pope Francis,
274:I learned more about Christianity from my mother than from all the theologians in England. ~ John Wesley,
275:the essence of Christianity is not about religion at all, but about the person of Christ. ~ Eric Metaxas,
276:The longer I live, the more convinced I am that Christianity is one long shout of joy! ~ Geoffrey Fisher,
277:We live in a culture that is paradoxically both jaded by and ignorant about Christianity. ~ Holly Ordway,
278:We're (millennials) looking for a truer Christianity, a more authentic Christianity. ~ Rachel Held Evans,
279:Christianity is not about behavior modification. It is about inward heart transformation. ~ Joseph Prince,
280:Christianity is not a spectator sport. It's something in which we become totally involved. ~ Billy Graham,
281:FREUDIANISM interprets man in terms of sex; Christianity interprets sex in terms of man. ~ Fulton J Sheen,
282:Not the way to God but the way of God to humanity: that is the sum of Christianity. ~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer,
283:Christianity has nothing to offer a happy man living in a natural, intelligible universe. ~ George H Smith,
284:if Christianity is true, then the end of our exploring will be joy and goodness and life. ~ G K Chesterton,
285:If you’re too chicken to repent, then please don’t ever say Christianity is for weak people. ~ Bill Hybels,
286:In discussing Barbarism and Christianity I have actually been discussing the Fall of Rome. ~ Edward Gibbon,
287:The sacrifice that Christianity asks of us is not ultimately a sacrifice of the intellect. ~ Marcus J Borg,
288:According to the legends, Christianity first arrived in Ireland on a spring night in AD 433. ~ Neil Hegarty,
289:Art cannot be used to show the validity of Christianity; it should rather be the reverse. ~ Hans Rookmaaker,
290:...centre of the centre, the real heart of Christianity as it has been until now. ~ David Friedrich Strauss,
291:Christianity in China from 150 years prior to the time of its inscription, circa 780. ~ Sinclair B Ferguson,
292:If a man is going to write on chemistry, he learns chemistry. The same is true of Christianity. ~ C S Lewis,
293:Love is the most attractive quality in the world. And it lies at the heart of Christianity. ~ Michael Green,
294:That is one of the reasons I believe Christianity. It is a religion you could not have guessed. ~ C S Lewis,
295:The resurrection makes Christianity the most irritating religion on the face of the earth. ~ Timothy Keller,
296:What is happening within Christianity is that it doesn't know it needs to promote itself. ~ Stephen Baldwin,
297:Christianity even when watered down is hot enough to boil all modern society to rags. ~ Gilbert K Chesterton,
298:Christianity is not "Jesus is our example." Christianity is "Jesus is our substitute." ~ Tullian Tchividjian,
299:Christianity is perfectly easy or perfectly impossible. It depends on who’s running the ship. ~ John Crowder,
300:He who affirms that Christianity makes men miserable, is himself an utter stranger to it. ~ Charles Spurgeon,
301:I consider a decent respect for Christianity among the best recommendations for public service. ~ John Adams,
302:I don't perceive an anti-religious agenda, especially with regard to Christians and Christianity. ~ Bill Nye,
303:If Mere Christianity helps make Christianity comprehensible, Orthodoxy makes it weird again. ~ Leah Libresco,
304:It is an alarming experience to be, in your person, representing Christianity to the natives. ~ Isak Dinesen,
305:The way that I see Christianity is that its role is to enhance the life of every person. ~ John Shelby Spong,
306:What a solace Christianity must be to one who has an undoubted conviction of its truth! ~ Napoleon Bonaparte,
307:At the centre of Christianity is community; we are gathered by the Lord around the altar. ~ Timothy Radcliffe,
308:Christianity is a very historical religion - it makes specific claims that are open to testing. ~ Lee Strobel,
309:Christianity is not a purely intellectual, internal faith. It can only be lived in community. ~ Philip Yancey,
310:Now Christianity sounded good at first to the naive convert. Love, peace and charity - ~ William S Burroughs,
311:The First Amendment was written by the Founders to protect the free exercise of Christianity. ~ Bryan Fischer,
312:There have been two great narcotics in European civilisation: Christianity and alcohol. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche,
313:You know, the one with all the well meaning rules that don't work out in real life, uh, Christianity. ~ Homer,
314:But as St. Francis did not love humanity but men, so he did not love Christianity but Christ. ~ G K Chesterton,
315:Christianity has done more to elevate the status of women than any other movement in history. ~ Stasi Eldredge,
316:Christianity without discipleship is always Christianity without Christ. DIETRICH BONHOEFFER ~ John Ortberg Jr,
317:Giving every man a vote has no more made men wise and free than Christianity has made them good. ~ H L Mencken,
318:Has the pope questioned the Christianity of the Castro brothers, of any other private citizen? ~ Rush Limbaugh,
319:I consider Western Christianity in its practical working a negation of Christ's Christianity. ~ Mahatma Gandhi,
320:If Christianity was something we were making up, of course we could make it easier. But it is not. ~ C S Lewis,
321:I have a great mind to believe in Christianity for the mere pleasure of fancying I may be damned. ~ Lord Byron,
322:In Science we have been reading only the notes to a poem; in Christianity we find the poem itself. ~ C S Lewis,
323:The idea of waste only comes into our Christianity when we underestimate the worth of our Lord. ~ Watchman Nee,
324:The main point of Christianity was this: that Nature is not our mother: Nature is our sister. ~ G K Chesterton,
325:We wish to fill our culture once more with the spirit of Christianity - but not only in theory. ~ Adolf Hitler,
326:A Christianity that is walled off from the culture around it is a Christianity that dies. The ~ Russell D Moore,
327:evangelical Christianity needs to recover the form and beauty that are intrinsic to Christianity. ~ Brian Zahnd,
328:I like to read about different religions - Judaism, Islam, Christianity, Hinduism and Buddhism. ~ Wesley Snipes,
329:The conversion of a savage to Christianity is the conversion of Christianity to savagery. ~ George Bernard Shaw,
330:Today we are engaged in a final, all-out battle between communistic atheism and Christianity. ~ Joseph McCarthy,
331:Christianity and Western civilization-what countless crimes have been committed in thy name! ~ Ngugi wa Thiong o,
332:Christianity is a superhuman paradox whereby two opposite passions may blaze beside each other. ~ G K Chesterton,
333:Christianity is supposed to be all about love but it’s utterly useless when you’re in love. ~ Jane Gardam,
334:[Christianity] neither enjoins the nastiness of the Cynic, nor the insensibility of the Stoic. ~ George Berkeley,
335:Do you know what Christianity is? We believe your religion [Judaism], but you [Jews] have to obey. ~ Ann Coulter,
336:In Christianity neither morality nor religion come into contact with reality at any point. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche,
337:It is an invention of the devil, an infernal falsity for the destruction of all Christianity. ~ Michael Servetus,
338:Only Christianity dares to make God’s love unconditional (What’s So Amazing About Grace, 45). ~ Warren W Wiersbe,
339:The essential fact of Christianity is that God thought all men worth the sacrifice of his son. ~ William Barclay,
340:Why does so much Christianity smack of power and aggression when Jesus was humble and subversive? ~ Jen Hatmaker,
341:Because this is the world that science built, with the henchmen of capitalism and Christianity. ~ Terence McKenna,
342:blunt conclusion was that “Christianity has an image problem” among American youth.48 Similarly, ~ Robert P Jones,
343:Catholic, I discovered, meant a type of Christianity for humans who like gold leaf, Latin, and guilt. ~ Matt Haig,
344:Catholicism, I discovered, was a type of Christianity for humans who like gold leaf, Latin and guilt. ~ Matt Haig,
345:Chase God's heart today. Christianity has got to be more than a label, a lingo, and a lifestyle. ~ Lysa TerKeurst,
346:Christianity stretches back through the ages, but in essence it exists only at one time: right now. ~ Yann Martel,
347:Christianity supplies a Hell for the people who disagree with you and a Heaven for your friends. ~ Elbert Hubbard,
348:Christianity will doubtless still survive in the earth ten centuries hence- stuffed and in a museum. ~ Mark Twain,
349:If you want a religion to make you feel really comfortable, I certainly don't recommend Christianity. ~ C S Lewis,
350:In religion, you obey because God is useful. In Christianity, you obey because God is beautiful. ~ Timothy Keller,
351:Their opposition to Christianity is not intellectual. They simply do not want Christ to reign over them! ~ Carman,
352:The sincere Christian knows that what died in Auschwitz was not the Jewish people but Christianity. ~ Elie Wiesel,
353:The Son of God became a man to enable men to become sons of God." ~ Mere Christianity, By C. S. Lewis ~ C S Lewis,
354:The spiritualization of sensuality is called love: it is a great triumph over Christianity. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche,
355:We're more popular than Jesus now; I don't know which will go first, rock 'n' roll or Christianity. ~ John Lennon,
356:If you take the 'love your enemy' out of Christianity, you've 'unChristianed' the Christian faith. ~ Miroslav Volf,
357:PART OF THE GENIUS of genuine Christianity is that each generation has to think it through afresh. ~ Scot McKnight,
358:Spirituality is what is left when authentic Christianity is evacuated from the public square. ~ R Albert Mohler Jr,
359:the Romans first neutralized Greek philosophy, then turned Christianity into a prop for their empire. ~ Ian Morris,
360:This was the bonus to liberal Christianity: I could use my reason and believe at the same time. ~ Nadia Bolz Weber,
361:To me [Christianity] was all nonsense based on that profane compilation of fables called the Bible. ~ Bill Haywood,
362:We must view humility as one of the most essential things that characterizes true Christianity. ~ Jonathan Edwards,
363:Christianity is not about moving away from vice to virtue. It's moving away from virtue to Christ. ~ Rod Rosenbladt,
364:Christianity is the only religion in the world where a man's God comes and lives inside of Him! ~ Leonard Ravenhill,
365:Every spiritual tradition has this idea of death and resurrection. It's not unique to Christianity. ~ Deepak Chopra,
366:For even those who have renounced Christianity and attack it still follow the Christian ideal. ~ Fyodor Dostoyevsky,
367:HE who affirms that Christianity makes men miserable, is himself an utter stranger to it. ~ Charles Haddon Spurgeon,
368:I believe in Christianity, Judaism and Islamism, but I stay away from churches, synagogues and mosques. ~ Ted Lange,
369:Jesus was a real revolutionary and that Christianity had unfortunately given the guy a bad name. ~ Nadia Bolz Weber,
370:Judaism is not complete without Christianity and without Judaism, Christianity would not exist. ~ Benjamin Disraeli,
371:Men have not got tired of Christianity; they have never found enough Christianity to get tired of. ~ G K Chesterton,
372:The peculiar doctrine of Christianity is that of a universal sacrifice and perpetual propitiation. ~ Samuel Johnson,
373:The practical effect of Christianity is happiness, therefore let it be spread abroad everywhere! ~ Charles Spurgeon,
374:We can’t understand Christian history without Asia—or, indeed, Asian history without Christianity. ~ Philip Jenkins,
375:We live in a culture where the truth claims of Christianity are not only rejected, they are ridiculed. ~ R C Sproul,
376:Catholic doctrine and discipline may be walls; but they are the walls of a playground. Christianity ~ G K Chesterton,
377:Christianity has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and not tried. ~ D Martyn Lloyd Jones,
378:Christianity has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and not tried. ~ Gilbert K Chesterton,
379:Men had been living a proud life, having felt no need for the spirit-until Christianity invented it. ~ Yukio Mishima,
380:My concern is that somebody would make a decision against Christianity because of Mr. Trump's behavior. ~ Max Lucado,
381:Riches naturally beget pride, love of the world, and every temper that is destructive of Christianity. ~ John Wesley,
382:The main point of Christianity was this: that Nature is not our mother: Nature is our sister. ~ Gilbert K Chesterton,
383:The next challenge for Christianity is to remind Europeans that we are called to seek the truth. ~ Timothy Radcliffe,
384:The trouble with Communism is the Communists, just as the trouble with Christianity is the Christians. ~ H L Mencken,
385:Christianity is the most ridiculous, the most absurd and bloody religion that has ever infected the world. ~ Voltaire,
386:Christianity teaches us to love our neighbor as ourself; modern society acknowledges no neighbor. ~ Benjamin Disraeli,
387:It seems true that the growth of science and secularism made organized Christianity feel under threat. ~ Mary Douglas,
388:the American church is a difficult place to fit in if you want to live out New Testament Christianity. ~ Francis Chan,
389:There are those who hate Christianity and call their hatred an all-embracing love for all religions. ~ G K Chesterton,
390:The sanctification of political power by Christianity is blasphemy; it is the negation of Christianity. ~ Leo Tolstoy,
391:Until then he had believed they justified colonialism: Christianity, civilization, and commerce. ~ Mario Vargas Llosa,
392:A single friar who goes counter to all Christianity for a thousand years must be wrong. ~ Charles V Holy Roman Emperor,
393:Chesterton said once that there is only one unanswerable argument against Christianity: Christians. And ~ Peter Kreeft,
394:Christianity is strange: it requires human beings to recognize that they are vile and even abominable. ~ Blaise Pascal,
395:Instead of making Christianity a vehicle of truth, you make truth only a horse for Christianity. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson,
396:Religion says, 'I obey; therefore I am accepted.' Christianity says, 'I'm accepted, therefore I obey. ~ Timothy Keller,
397:Christianity gave Eros poison to drink; he did not die of it, certainly, but degenerated to Vice. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche,
398:Christianity may be OK between consenting adults in private but should not be taught to young children. ~ Francis Crick,
399:One cannot worship the false god of nationalism and the God of Christianity at the same time. . ~ Martin Luther King Jr,
400:There is much, of course, in the exclusive claims of Christianity which make it hostile to other faiths. ~ Annie Besant,
401:You told me that Christianity is the religion of peace."
"Ah, no. It is the faith for forgiveness. ~ Neal Stephenson,
402:A kind, courteous Christian is the most powerful argument that can be produced in favor of Christianity. ~ Ellen G White,
403:All distinctions between the many different kinds of love are essentially abolished by Christianity. ~ S ren Kierkegaard,
404:Christianity is most admirably adapted to the training of slaves, to the perpetuation of a slave society. ~ Emma Goldman,
405:Christianity is not a life system that operates on the basis of speculative reason or pragmatic expediency. ~ R C Sproul,
406:Compassion is the key in Islam and Buddhism and Judaism and Christianity. They are profoundly similar. ~ Karen Armstrong,
407:Love is the hardest lesson in Christianity; but, for that reason, it should be most our care to learn it. ~ William Penn,
408:Of all the duties enjoined by Christianity none is more essential and yet more neglected than prayer. ~ Francois Fenelon,
409:Perhaps, after all, it is Christianity that is sane and all its critics that are mad—in various ways. I ~ G K Chesterton,
410:The power of Christianity lies in its revelation in act, of that which Plato divined in theory. ~ Alfred North Whitehead,
411:where would Christianity be today if Jesus had been given ten to twenty with time off for good behavior ~ William Gaddis,
412:At this time of year it's easy to forget the true meaning of Christianity - the lies, the corruption, the abuse. ~ Banksy,
413:One of the great wonders of Christianity is that you were born into your times, to set your times aright. ~ John Eldredge,
414:That old queer Nietzsche had it right: Christianity was, at the end of the day, a feminine religion. ~ Michel Houellebecq,
415:The time has come for a new kind of conversation, a new kind of Christianity, a new kind of revolution. ~ Shane Claiborne,
416:Christianity does not start with an invitation we offer to Jesus, but with an invitation Jesus offers to us. ~ David Platt,
417:Christianity gave eroticism its savor of sin and legend when it endowed the human female with a soul. ~ Simone de Beauvoir,
418:I do regard Islam to be a religion of peace in the same sense as Christianity, Buddhism and Hinduism are. ~ Mahatma Gandhi,
419:If your Christianity depends upon a pastor's preaching, then you're a long way from being where you should be. ~ A W Tozer,
420:The general principles on which the fathers achieved independence were the general principles of Christianity ~ John Adams,
421:Christianity in India is inextricably mixed up for the last hundred and fifty years with the British rule. ~ Mahatma Gandhi,
422:Christianity is about learning to love like Jesus loved and Jesus loved the poor and Jesus loved the broken. ~ Rich Mullins,
423:Christianity's goal is not escape from this world. It loves this world and seeks to change it for the better. ~ Marcus Borg,
424:If following Jesus Christ doesn't cost you anything, it's because you've bought into 'American Christianity.' ~ Paul Washer,
425:If the Christian faith gets too identified with a party, it reduces Christianity to a political position ~ Timothy J Keller,
426:There are those who hate Christianity and call their hatred an all-embracing love for all religions. ~ Gilbert K Chesterton,
427:Christianity is not about learning how to live within the lines; Christianity is about the joy of coloring. ~ Mike Yaconelli,
428:Existentialism is possible only in a world where God is dead or a luxury, and where Christianity is dead. ~ Gabriel Vahanian,
429:III. Modern Christianity, from the Reformation of the sixteenth century to the present time. A.D. 1517–1880. ~ Philip Schaff,
430:I left Christianity because I wanted to be a moral person. That is why I left. I no longer believed in its lies. ~ Anne Rice,
431:I see no contradiction between Buddhism and Christianity ... I intend to become as good a Buddhist as I can. ~ Thomas Merton,
432:Socialism isn't a dirty word; it just means sharing. Really, it's just the bureaucratic arm of Christianity. ~ Russell Brand,
433:To the corruptions of Christianity I am indeed opposed; but not to the genuine precepts of Jesus himself. ~ Thomas Jefferson,
434:Well, I am a Christian who believes that there are certainly many more paths to God other than Christianity. ~ Oprah Winfrey,
435:With Christianity, freedom and equality became the two basic concepts of Europe; they are themselves Europe. ~ Peter Drucker,
436:A crossless Christianity isn’t just a deficient Christianity; it’s the same old satanism of human striving. ~ Russell D Moore,
437:Christianity's goal is not escape from this world. It loves this world and seeks to change it for the better. ~ Marcus J Borg,
438:For Christianity does not mean what you think or what I think concerning Christ, but what IS OF Christ. My ~ George MacDonald,
439:I think this lack of a center has something to do with the loss of certainties that Christianity had to offer ~ Bridget Riley,
440:Christianity is not consistency to conscience or to convictions; Christianity is being true to Jesus Christ. ~ Oswald Chambers,
441:G. K. Chesterton famously quipped, “There is only one unanswerable argument against Christianity: Christians. ~ Dallas Willard,
442:If a man cannot serve two masters, neither can Christianity, or several thousand of them as the case may be. ~ E A Bucchianeri,
443:Jews show so near an affinity to you... Where is your Christianity if you do not believe in their Judaism? ~ Benjamin Disraeli,
444:That Christianity should never have been a religion. What it should be is an ethic: a way of living right. ~ Kenneth C Johnson,
445:The Declaration of Independence laid the cornerstone of human government upon the first precepts of Christianity. ~ John Adams,
446:The first nation to separate Christianity from government produced perhaps the most religious nation on earth. ~ Philip Yancey,
447:The influence of the Jews had helped also to undermine heathenism and thus to prepare the ground for Christianity. ~ Anonymous,
448:if Christianity is really true, then it involves the whole man, including his intellect and creativeness. ~ Francis A Schaeffer,
449:In the Christianity of Christendom the Cross has become something like the child’s hobby-horse and trumpet. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
450:In the Christianity of Christendom the Cross has become something like the child’s hobby-horse and trumpet. ~ S ren Kierkegaard,
451:I think we have to recover our spiritual nature. The way we have interpreted Christianity does not do that. ~ John Shelby Spong,
452:I would not have you exchange the gold of individual Christianity for the base metal of Christian Socialism. ~ Charles Spurgeon,
453:Look, don't judge Christianity by the imperfect examples that we have seen in history. Judge it by Jesus Christ. ~ Chuck Smith,
454:One of the reasons why it needs no special education to be a Christian is that Christianity is an education itself. ~ C S Lewis,
455:The version of Christianity that is dying today is rooted in the grossly misunderstood concept of atonement ~ John Shelby Spong,
456:What right have such men to represent Christianity—as if it were an institution for getting up idiots genteelly? ~ George Eliot,
457:Where Christianity disappears, greed, envy, and lust invent a thousand ideologies to justify themselves. ~ Nicol s G mez D vila,
458:Christianity is in no way a stoic faith. It fundamentally rejects the "stiff upper lip" school of thought. ~ Tullian Tchividjian,
459:Christianity is our foe. If animal rights is to succeed, we must destroy the Judeo-Christian religious tradition. ~ Peter Singer,
460:Either communism must die or Christianity must die because it's actually a battle between Christ and Anti-Christ. ~ Billy Graham,
461:Everyone says forgiveness is a lovely idea, until they have something to forgive. —C. S. LEWIS, MERE CHRISTIANITY ~ Sheila Walsh,
462:If you are looking for a religion centered around yourself, Ben, I must agree that Christianity is a poor choice. ~ Randy Alcorn,
463:I know the greatness of Christianity; it is a past greatness.. I live in 1924, and the Christian venture is done. ~ D H Lawrence,
464:M. How do you think Christianity started? Or anything else? With a little group of people who didn’t give up hope. ~ John Fowles,
465:Properly understood, Christianity is by no means the opiate of the people. It’s more like the smelling salts. ~ Timothy J Keller,
466:The cross of the Cruxifixion without the cross of the Resurrection is the symbol of a mutilated Christianity. ~ Frederick Franck,
467:Autonomous Christianity never works, because our spiritual life was designed by God to be a community project. ~ Paul David Tripp,
468:Christianity does not direct us to focus on finding the right person; it calls us to become the right person. Our ~ Gary L Thomas,
469:Christianity is not a message which has to be believed, but an experience of faith that becomes a message. ~ Edward Schillebeeckx,
470:Christianity is not engrossed by this transitory world, but measures all things by the thought of eternity. ~ John Gresham Machen,
471:Christianity is preached by the ignorant and believed by the learned. And in this way is like no other thing. ~ Joseph de Maistre,
472:Christianity stamped its character on jurisprudence; for empire has ever a connection with the priesthood. ~ Baron de Montesquieu,
473:For Shakespeare, in the matter of religion, the choice lay between Christianity and nothing. He chose nothing. ~ George Santayana,
474:If Christianity is going to mean anything at all for us now, then the humanity of God cannot be a half measure. ~ Christian Wiman,
475:If Jesus had known that his image would end up on Justin Bieber's calf, he would've never started Christianity. ~ Natasha Leggero,
476:I see with greater and greater clearness that consistent Christianity is the easiest Christianity to defend ~ John Gresham Machen,
477:I think a lot of bands are influenced by religious symbolism and not even necessarily Christianity or Catholicism. ~ Chino Moreno,
478:People are so inoculated in childhood with small doses of Christianity that they seldom catch the real thing. ~ Richard Wurmbrand,
479:The teaching of the Buddha is called the Dhamma. He did not teach Buddhism, any more than Jesus taught Christianity. ~ Ayya Khema,
480:Though the ancients were ignorant of the principles of Christianity there were in them the germs of its spirit. ~ Herman Melville,
481:To the frivolous Christianity is certainly not glad tidings, for it wishes first of all to make them serious. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
482:When we Christians behave badly, or fail to behave well, we are making Christianity unbelievable to the outside world ~ C S Lewis,
483:As with early Judaism and early Christianity, early Islam would be rooted in opposition to a corrupt status quo. ~ Lesley Hazleton,
484:Bonhoeffer's emphasis on the deep this-worldliness of Christianity does not lead to de-escahtologizing the gospel. ~ G C Berkouwer,
485:Christianity has enriched the erotic meal with the appetizer of curiosity and spoiled it with the dessert of remorse. ~ Karl Kraus,
486:I am told that only two groups carry very little negative baggage inside of Christianity: Franciscans and Quakers. ~ Mirabai Starr,
487:It is fatally easy to think of Christianity as something to be discussed and not as something to be experienced. ~ William Barclay,
488:It is important to show people ways that we can reclaim Christianity from some of the misunderstandings of our time. ~ Marcus Borg,
489:Morality is: the mediocre are worth more than the exceptions ... I abhore Christianity with a deadly hatred. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche,
490:The deeper our insight into the methods of nature . . . the more incredible the popular Christianity seems to us. ~ John Burroughs,
491:When we Christians behave badly, or fail to behave well, we are making Christianity unbelievable to the outside world. ~ C S Lewis,
492:Christianity teaches salvation by grace through faith, every other religion teaches salvation through works and merit. ~ Max Lucado,
493:Religion is spelled DO. Christianity is spelled DONE. One endlessly works to earn love. The other simply receives it! ~ Bill Hybels,
494:Any person who only sticks with Christianity as long as things are going his or her way, is a stranger to the cross ~ Timothy Keller,
495:As our culture has become increasingly hostile to Christianity, it has become correspondingly open to wickedness. ~ Rick Scarborough,
496:Christianity is not the faith of the complacent, the comfortable or of the timid. It demands and creates heroic souls. ~ Mitt Romney,
497:religion was a dead, man-made thing, and at the heart of Christianity was something else entirely—God himself, alive. ~ Eric Metaxas,
498:The "Donation of Constantine" purported to date from Constantine’s alleged conversion to Christianity in A.D. 312. ~ Michael Baigent,
499:There is enough Christianity in our country's history to make it a significant component of our heritage and identity. ~ Joel Hunter,
500:Almost every sect of Christianity is a perversion of its essence, to accommodate it to the prejudices of the world. ~ William Hazlitt,

--- IN CHAPTERS (in Dictionaries, in Quotes, in Chapters)


   23 Philosophy
   14 Christianity
   12 Occultism
   2 Yoga
   2 Integral Yoga

   12 Saint Augustine of Hippo
   12 Aldous Huxley
   11 Friedrich Nietzsche
   11 Aleister Crowley
   10 Carl Jung
   9 The Mother
   4 Sri Ramakrishna
   3 Sri Aurobindo
   2 Swami Vivekananda
   2 Satprem
   2 Nolini Kanta Gupta

   12 The Perennial Philosophy
   12 The Confessions of Saint Augustine
   10 Twilight of the Idols
   10 Aion
   9 The Mothers Agenda
   7 Liber ABA
   6 The Secret Doctrine
   5 The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna
   5 Magick Without Tears
   4 The Red Book Liber Novus
   4 The Bible
   3 Essays In Philosophy And Yoga
   3 A Garden of Pomegranates - An Outline of the Qabalah
   2 Walden
   2 The Hero with a Thousand Faces
   2 Talks
   2 Sri Aurobindo or the Adventure of Consciousness
   2 Isha Upanishad
   2 Essays On The Gita
   2 Essays Divine And Human
   2 Bhakti-Yoga

1.00a_-_Introduction, #Magick Without Tears, #Aleister Crowley, #Philosophy
  All the serious Orders of the world, or nearly all, begin by insisting that the aspirant should take a vow of poverty; a Buddhist Bhikku, for example, can own only nine objects his three robes, begging bowl, a fan, toothbrush, and so on. The Hindu and Mohammedan Orders have similar regulations; and so do all the important Orders of monkhood in Christianity.
  I fear your "Christianity" is like that of most other folk. You pick out one or two of the figures from which the Alexandrines concocted "Jesus" (too many cooks, again, with a vengeance!) and neglect the others. The Zionist Christ of Matthew can have no value for you; nor can the Asiatic "Dying-God" compiled from Melcarth, Mithras, Adonis, Bacchus, Osiris, Attis, Krishna, and others who supplied the miraculous and ritualistic elements of the fable.

1.00_-_Gospel, #The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna, #Sri Ramakrishna, #Hinduism
  Christianity, they maintained, had given the white races position and power in this world and assurance of happiness in the next; therefore Christianity was the best of all religions. Many intelligent young Hindus became converted. The man in the street was confused. The majority of the educated grew materialistic in their mental outlook.
  Sri Ramakrishna realized his identity with Christ, as he had already realized his identity with Kli, Rm, Hanuman, Rdh, Krishna, Brahman, and Mohammed. The Master went into Samdhi and communed with the Brahman with attributes. Thus he experienced the truth that Christianity, too, was a path leading to God-Consciousness. Till the last moment of his life he believed that Christ was an Incarnation of God. But Christ, for him, was not the only Incarnation; there were others - Buddha, for instance, and Krishna.
  Without being formally initiated into their doctrines, Sri Ramakrishna thus realized the ideals of religions other than Hinduism. He did not need to follow any doctrine. All barriers were removed by his overwhelming love of God. So he became a Master who could speak with authority regarding the ideas and ideals of the various religions of the world. "I have practised", said he, "all religions - Hinduism, Islam, Christianity - and I have also followed the paths of the different Hindu sects. I have found that it is the same God toward whom all are directing their steps, though along different paths. You must try all beliefs and traverse all the different ways once. Wherever I look, I see men quarrelling in the name of religion - Hindus, Mohammedans, Brahmos, Vaishnavs, and the rest. But they never reflect that He who is called Krishna is also called iva, and bears the name of the Primal Energy, Jesus, and Allah as well - the same Rm with a thousand names. A lake has several G hts. At one, the Hindus take water in pitchers and call it 'Jal' ; at another the Mussalmans take water in leather bags and call it 'pni' . At a third the Christians call it 'water' . Can we imagine that it is not 'jal', but only 'pni' or 'water'? How ridiculous! The substance is One under different names, and everyone is seeking the same substance; only climate, temperament, and name create differences.
  Keshab was the leader of the Brhmo Samj, one of the two great movements that, during the latter part of the nineteenth century, played an important part in shaping the course of the renascence of India. The founder of the Brhmo movement had been the great Rj Rmmohan Roy (1774-1833). Though born in an orthodox brhmin family, Rmmohan Roy had shown great sympathy for Islam and Christianity. He had gone to Tibet in search of the Buddhist mysteries. He had extracted from Christianity its ethical system, but had rejected the divinity of Christ as he had denied the Hindu Incarnations.
  In 1878 a schism divided Keshab's Samj. Some of his influential followers accused him of infringing the Brhmo principles by marrying his daughter to a wealthy man before she had attained the marriageable age approved by the Samj. This group seceded and established the Sdhran Brhmo Samj, Keshab remaining the leader of the Navavidhn. Keshab now began to be drawn more and more toward the Christ ideal, though under the influence of Sri Ramakrishna his devotion to the Divine Mother also deepened. His mental oscillation between Christ and the Divine Mother of Hinduism found no position of rest. In Bengl and some other parts of India the Brhmo movement took the form of Unitarian Christianity, scoffed at Hindu rituals, and preached a crusade against image worship. Influenced by Western culture, it declared the supremacy of reason, advocated the ideals of the French Revolution, abolished the caste-system among, its own members, stood for the emancipation of women, agitate for the abolition of early marriage, sanctioned the remarriage of widows, and encouraged various educational and social-reform movements. The immediate effect of the Brhmo movement in Bengl was the checking of the proselytising activities of the Christian missionaries. It also raised Indian culture in the estimation of its English masters. But it was an intellectual and eclectic religious ferment born of the necessity of the time. Unlike Hinduism, it was not founded on the deep inner experiences of sages and prophets. Its influence was confined to a comparatively few educated men and women of the country, and the vast masses of the Hindus remained outside it. It sounded monotonously only one of the notes in the rich gamut of the Eternal Religion of the Hindus.
  The other movement playing an important part in the nineteenth-century religious revival of India was the rya Samj. The Brhmo Samj, essentially a movement of compromise with European culture, tacitly admitted the superiority of the West. But the founder of the rya Samj was a pugnacious Hindu sannysi who accepted the challenge of Islam and Christianity and was resolved to combat all foreign influence in India.
  Swmi Daynanda (1824-1883) launched this movement in Bombay in 1875, and soon its influence was felt throughout western India. The Swmi was a great scholar of the Vedas, which he explained as being strictly monotheistic. He preached against the worship of images and re-established the ancient Vedic sacrificial rites. According to him the Vedas were the ultimate authority on religion, and he accepted every word of them as literally true. The rya Samj became a bulwark against the encroachments of Islam and Christianity, and its orthodox flavour appealed to many Hindu minds. It also assumed leadership in many movements of social reform. The caste-system became a target of its attack. Women it liberated from many of their social disabilities. The cause of education received from it a great impetus. It started agitation against early marriage and advocated the remarriage of Hindu widows. Its influence was strongest in the Punjab, the battle-ground of the Hindu and Islamic cultures. A new fighting attitude was introduced into the slumbering Hindu society. Unlike the Brhmo Samj, the influence of the rya Samj was not confined to the intellectuals. It was a force that spread to the masses. It was a dogmatic movement intolerant of those disagreed with its views, and it emphasized only one way, the rya Samj way, to the realization of Truth. Sri Ramakrishna met Swmi Daynanda when the latter visited Bengl.
  Sri Ramakrishna also became acquainted with a number of people whose scholarship or wealth entitled them everywhere to respect. He had met, a few years before, Devendranth Tgore, famous all over Bengl for his wealth, scholarship, saintly character, and social position. But the Master found him disappointing; for, whereas Sri Ramakrishna expected of a saint complete renunciation of the world, Devendranth combined with his saintliness a life of enjoyment. Sri Ramakrishna met the great poet Michael Madhusudan, who had embraced Christianity "for the sake of his stomach". To him the Master could not impart instruction, for the Divine Mother "pressed his tongue".

1.00_-_Preliminary_Remarks, #Liber ABA, #Aleister Crowley, #Philosophy
  The lack of proof has been so severely felt by Christianity (and in a much less degree by Islam) that fresh miracles have been manufactured almost daily to support the tottering structure. Modern thought, rejecting these miracles, has adopted theories involving epilepsy and madness. As if organisation could spring from disorganization! Even if epilepsy were the cause of these great movements which have caused civilization after civilization to arise from barbarism, it would merely form an argument for cultivating epilepsy.
  Now this woman, though handicapped by a brain that was a mass of putrid pulp, and a complete lack of social status, education, and moral character, did more in the religious world than any other person had done for generations. She, and she alone, made Theosophy possible, and without Theosophy the world-wide interest in similar matters could never have been aroused. This interest is to the Law of Thelema what the preaching of John the Baptist was to Christianity.
  The history of Christianity shows precisely the same remarkable fact. Jesus Christ was brought up on the fables to the Old Testament, and so was compelled to ascribe his experiences to Jehovah, although his gentle spirit could have had nothing in common with the monster who was always commanding the rape of virgins and the murder of little children, and whose rites were then, and still are, celebrated by human sacrifice.1

1.01_-_Economy, #Walden, and On The Duty Of Civil Disobedience, #Henry David Thoreau, #Philosophy
  The man who independently plucked the fruits when he was hungry is become a farmer; and he who stood under a tree for shelter, a housekeeper. We now no longer camp as for a night, but have settled down on earth and forgotten heaven. We have adopted Christianity merely as an improved method of _agri_-culture. We have built for this world a family mansion, and for the next a family tomb. The best works of art are the expression of mans struggle to free himself from this condition, but the effect of our art is merely to make this low state comfortable and that higher state to be forgotten. There is actually no place in this village for a work of _fine_ art, if any had come down to us, to stand, for our lives, our houses and streets, furnish no proper pedestal for it. There is not a nail to hang a picture on, nor a shelf to receive the bust of a hero or a saint. When I consider how our houses are built and paid for, or not paid for, and their internal economy managed and sustained, I wonder that the floor does not give way under the visitor while he is admiring the gewgaws upon the mantel-piece, and let him through into the cellar, to some solid and honest though earthy foundation. I cannot but perceive that this so called rich and refined life is a thing jumped at, and I do not get on in the enjoyment of the _fine_ arts which adorn it, my attention being wholly occupied with the jump; for I remember that the greatest genuine leap, due to human muscles alone, on record, is that of certain wandering Arabs, who are said to have cleared twenty-five feet on level ground. Without factitious support, man is sure to come to earth again beyond that distance. The first question which I am tempted to put to the proprietor of such great impropriety is, Who bolsters you? Are you one of the ninety-seven who fail, or of the three who succeed? Answer me these questions, and then perhaps I may look at your bawbles and find them ornamental. The cart before the horse is neither beautiful nor useful. Before we can adorn our houses with beautiful objects the walls must be stripped, and our lives must be stripped, and beautiful housekeeping and beautiful living be laid for a foundation: now, a taste for the beautiful is most cultivated out of doors, where there is no house and no housekeeper.
  Arcadia, when I was there, I did not see any hammering stone. Nations are possessed with an insane ambition to perpetuate the memory of themselves by the amount of hammered stone they leave. What if equal pains were taken to smooth and polish their manners? One piece of good sense would be more memorable than a monument as high as the moon. I love better to see stones in place. The grandeur of Thebes was a vulgar grandeur. More sensible is a rod of stone wall that bounds an honest mans field than a hundred-gated Thebes that has wandered farther from the true end of life. The religion and civilization which are barbaric and heathenish build splendid temples; but what you might call
  Christianity does not. Most of the stone a nation hammers goes toward its tomb only. It buries itself alive. As for the Pyramids, there is nothing to wonder at in them so much as the fact that so many men could be found degraded enough to spend their lives constructing a tomb for some ambitious booby, whom it would have been wiser and manlier to have drowned in the Nile, and then given his body to the dogs. I might possibly invent some excuse for them and him, but I have no time for it. As for the religion and love of art of the builders, it is much the same all the world over, whether the building be an Egyptian temple or the United States Bank. It costs more than it comes to. The mainspring is vanity, assisted by the love of garlic and bread and butter. Mr.

1.01_-_Historical_Survey, #A Garden of Pomegranates - An Outline of the Qabalah, #Israel Regardie, #Occultism
  The confusion is also due to the efforts of those theo- logians in mediaeval times who, being desirous of saving their benighted Hebrew brethren from the pangs of eternal torture and damnation in the nether regions, muddled and tampered not only with the original texts but with extreme sectarian interpretations in order to show that the authors of the Qabalistic books were desirous that their Jewish posterity should become apostates to Christianity.

1.01_-_Prayer, #Bhakti-Yoga, #Swami Vivekananda, #Hinduism
  The one great advantage of Bhakti is that it is the easiest and the most natural way to reach the great divine end in view; its great disadvantage is that in its lower forms it oftentimes degenerates into hideous fanaticism. The fanatical crew in Hinduism, or Mohammedanism, or Christianity, have always been almost exclusively recruited from these worshippers on the lower planes of Bhakti. That singleness of attachment (Nishth) to a loved object, without which no genuine love can grow, is very often also the cause of the denunciation of everything else. All the weak and undeveloped minds in every religion or country have only one way of loving their own ideal, i.e. by hating every other ideal.

1.01_-_Soul_and_God, #The Red Book Liber Novus, #unset, #Buddhism
  The Draft continues: My friends, as you can see, mercy is granted to the developed, not the childish. I thank my God for this message. Do not let the teachings of Christianity deceive you!
  Its teachings are good for the most mature minds of bygone time. Today, it serves immature minds. Christianity no longer promises us grace, and yet we still need mercy. That which I tell you is the way of what is to come, my way to mercy (p. 27). i.e., Christ. C.G. Jung, Transformation symbolism in the mass (1942, CW II).

1.01_-_THAT_ARE_THOU, #The Perennial Philosophy, #Aldous Huxley, #Philosophy
  Philo was the exponent of the Hellenistic Mystery Religion which grew up, as Professor Goodenough has shown, among the Jews of the Dispersion, between about 200 B. C. and 100 A. D. Reinterpreting the Pentateuch in terms of a metaphysical system derived from Platonism, Neo-Pythagoreanism and Stoicism, Philo transformed the wholly transcendental and almost anthropomorphically personal God of the Old Testament into the immanent-transcendent Absolute Mind of the Perennial Philosophy. But even from the orthodox scribes and Pharisees of that momentous century which witnessed, along with the dissemination of Philos doctrines, the first beginnings of Christianity and the destruction of the Temple at Jerusalem, even from the guardians of the Law we hear significantly mystical utterances. Hillel, the great rabbi whose teachings on humility and the love of God and man read like an earlier, cruder version of some of the Gospel sermons, is reported to have spoken these words to an assemblage in the courts of the Temple. If I am here, (it is Jehovah who is speaking through the mouth of his prophet) everyone is here. If I am not here, no one is here.

1.01_-_The_Ideal_of_the_Karmayogin, #Essays In Philosophy And Yoga, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  We do not believe that by multiplying new sects limited within the narrower and inferior ideas of religion imported from the West or by creating organisations for the perpetuation of the mere dress and body of Hinduism we can recover our spiritual health, energy and greatness. The world moves through an indispensable interregnum of free thought and materialism to a new synthesis of religious thought and experience, a new religious world-life free from intolerance, yet full of faith and fervour, accepting all forms of religion because it has an unshakable faith in the One. The religion which embraces Science and faith,
  Theism, Christianity, Mahomedanism and Buddhism and yet is none of these, is that to which the World-Spirit moves. In our own, which is the most sceptical and the most believing of all, the most sceptical because it has questioned and experimented the most, the most believing because it has the deepest experience and the most varied and positive spiritual knowledge, - that wider Hinduism which is not a dogma or combination of dogmas but a law of life, which is not a social framework but the spirit of a past and future social evolution, which rejects nothing but insists on testing and experiencing everything and when tested and experienced turning it to the soul's uses, in this
  Hinduism we find the basis of the future world-religion. This sanatana dharma has many scriptures, Veda, Vedanta, Gita,

1.02_-_On_the_Service_of_the_Soul, #The Red Book Liber Novus, #unset, #Buddhism
  You still have to learn this, to succumb to no temptation, but to do everything of your own will, then you will be free and beyond
  20). The reference is to Augustine's Confessions (400CE), a devotional work written when he was forty-five years old, in which he narrates his conversion to Christianity in an autobiographical form (Confessions, tr. H. Chadwick [Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991]). The Confessions are addressed to God, and recount the years of his wandering from God and the manner of his return. Echoing this in the opening sections of Liber Novus, Jung addresses his soul and recounts the years of his wandering away from her, and the manner of his return. In his published works,
  Jung frequently cited Augustine, and referred to his Confessions several times in Transformations and Symbols of the Libido.

1.02_-_The_Divine_Teacher, #Essays On The Gita, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  India has from ancient times held strongly a belief in the reality of the Avatara, the descent into form, the revelation of the Godhead in humanity. In the West this belief has never really stamped itself upon the mind because it has been presented through exoteric Christianity as a theological dogma without any roots in the reason and general consciousness and attitude towards life. But in India it has grown up and persisted as a logical outcome of the Vedantic view of life and taken firm root in the consciousness of the race. All existence is a manifestation of God because He is the only existence and nothing can be except as either a real figuring or else a figment of that one reality. Therefore every conscious being is in part or in some way a descent of the Infinite into the apparent finiteness of

1.02_-_The_Eternal_Law, #Sri Aurobindo or the Adventure of Consciousness, #Satprem, #Integral Yoga
  However, if we expect India, the land where ancient Mysteries survive, to give us the practical solution we are seeking, we may be disappointed. Sri Aurobindo, who soon learned to appreciate the freedom, spiritual breadth, and immense experimental knowledge India offers a seeker, did not subscribe to everything there, far from it;
  not that there was anything to reject; there is nothing to reject anywhere, not in so-called Hinduism any more than in Christianity or in any other aspiration of man; but there is everything to widen, to widen endlessly. What we take for a final truth is most often only a partial experience of the Truth, and certainly the total Experience exists nowhere in time and space, in no place and no being however luminous he may be; for Truth is infinite, forever marching onward.
  But man always takes upon himself an endless burden, said the
  Mother in a talk about Buddhism. He refuses to let go of anything from his past, and so he stoops more and more beneath the weight of a useless accumulation. Have a guide for part of the way, but once you have travelled that part, leave it and the guide behind, and move on. This is something men do very reluctantly; once they get hold of something that helps them, they cling to it; they won't let go of it.
  Those who have made some progress with Christianity do not want to give it up, and carry it on their backs; those who have made some progress with Buddhism do not want to leave it, and carry it on their backs. This weighs you down and slows you terribly. Once you have passed through a stage, drop it; let it go! And move on! Yes, there is an eternal law, but it is eternally young and eternally progressive.
  Although India was also able to appreciate that God is the Eternal Iconoclast in his cosmic march, she did not always have the strength to withstand her own wisdom. The vast invisible that pervades this country was to extract from it a double ransom, both human and spiritual; human, because these people, saturated with the Beyond,

1.02_-_THE_NATURE_OF_THE_GROUND, #The Perennial Philosophy, #Aldous Huxley, #Philosophy
  Mahayana Buddhism teaches these same metaphysical doctrines in terms of the Three Bodies of Buddhathe absolute Dharmakaya, known also as the Primordial Buddha, or Mind, or the Clear Light of the Void; the Sambhogakaya, corresponding to Isvara or the personal God of Judaism, Christianity and Islam; and finally the Nirmanakaya, the material body, in which the Logos is incarnated upon earth as a living, historical Buddha.

1.02_-_THE_PROBLEM_OF_SOCRATES, #Twilight of the Idols, #Friedrich Nietzsche, #Philosophy
  they do not abolish it Socrates was a misunderstanding. _The whole
  of the morality of amelioration--that of Christianity as well--was
  a misunderstanding._ The most blinding light of day: reason at any

1.02_-_The_Three_European_Worlds, #The Ever-Present Origin, #Jean Gebser, #Integral
  As we shall see, these designations are valid not only with respect to art history, but also to aesthetics, cultural history, and the history of the psyche and the mind. The achievement of perspective indicates man's discovery and consequent coming to awareness of space, whereas the unrealized perspective indicates that space is dormant in man and that he is not yet awakened to it. Moreover, the unperspectival world suggests a state in which man lacks self-identity: he belongs to a unit, such as a tribe or communal group, where the emphasis is not yet on the person but on the impersonal, not an the "I" but on the communal group, the qualitative mode of the collective. The illuminated manuscripts and gilt ground of early Romanesque painting depict theunperspectival world that retained the prevailing constitutive elements of Mediterranean antiquity. Not until the Gothic, the forerunner of the Renaissance was there a shift in emphasis. Before that space is not yet our depth-space, rather a cavern (and vault), or simply an in-between space; in both instances it is undifferentiated space. This situation bespeaks for us a hardly conceivable enclosure in the world, an intimate bond between outer and inner suggestive of a correspondence only faintly discernible between soul and nature. This condition was gradually destroyed by the expansion and growing strength of Christianity whose teaching of detachment from nature transforms this destruction into an act of liberation.

1.03_-_PERSONALITY,_SANCTITY,_DIVINE_INCARNATION, #The Perennial Philosophy, #Aldous Huxley, #Philosophy
  The doctrine that God can be incarnated in human form is found in most of the principal historic expositions of the Perennial Philosophyin Hinduism, in Mahayana Buddhism, in Christianity and in the Mohammedanism of the Sufis, by whom the Prophet was equated with the eternal Logos.
  What we do depends in large measure upon what we think, and if what we do is evil, there is good empirical reason for supposing that our thought patterns are inadequate to material. mental or spiritual reality. Because Christians believed that there had been only one Avatar, Christian history has been disgraced by more and bloother crusades, interdenominational wars, persecutions and proselytizing imperialism than has the history of Hinduism and Buddhism. Absurd and idolatrous doctrines, affirming the quasi-divine nature of sovereign states and their rulers, have led oriental, no less than Western, peoples into innumerable political wars; but because they have not believed in an exclusive revelation at one sole instant of time, or in the quasi-divinity of an ecclesiastical organization, oriental peoples have kept remarkably clear of the mass murder for religions sake, which has been so dreadfully frequent in Christendom. And while, in this important respect, the level of public morality has been lower in the West than in the East, the levels of exceptional sanctity and of ordinary individual morality have not, so far as one can judge from the available evidence, been any higher. If the tree is indeed known by its fruits, Christianitys departure from the norm of the Perennial Philosophy would seem to be philosophically unjustifiable.
  In the West, the mystics went some way towards liberating Christianity from its unfortunate servitude to historic fact. (or, to be more accurate, to those various mixtures of contemporary record with subsequent inference and phantasy, which have, at different epochs, been accepted as historic fact). From the writings of Eckhart, Tauler and Ruysbroeck, of Boehme, William Law and the Quakers, it would be possible to extract a spiritualized and universalized Christianity, whose narratives should refer, not to history as it was, or as someone afterwards thought it ought to be, but to processes forever unfolded in the heart of man. But unfortunately the influence of the mystics was never powerful enough to bring about a radical Mahayanist revolution in the West. In spite of them, Christianity has remained a religion in which the pure Perennial Philosophy has been overlaid, now more, now less, by an idolatrous preoccupation with events and things in timeevents and things regarded not merely as useful means, but as ends, intrinsically sacred and indeed divine. Moreover such improvements on history as were made in the course of centuries were, most imprudently, treated as though they themselves were a part of historya procedure which put a powerful weapon into the hands of Protestant and, later, of Rationalist controversialists. How much wiser it would have been to admit the perfectly avowable fact that, when the sternness of Christ the Judge had been unduly emphasized, men and women felt the need of personifying the divine compassion in a new form, with the result that the figure of the Virgin, mediatrix to the mediator, came into increased prominence. And when, in course of time, the Queen of Heaven was felt to be too awe-inspiring, compassion was re-personified in the homely figure of St. Joseph, who thus became methator to the methatrix to the methator. In exactly the same way Buddhist worshippers felt that the historic Sakyamuni, with his insistence on recollectedness, discrimination and a total dying to self as the principal means of liberation, was too stern and too intellectual. The result was that the love and compassion which Sakyamuni had also inculcated came to be personified in Buddhas such as Amida and Maitreyadivine characters completely removed from history, inasmuch as their temporal career was situated somewhere in the distant past or distant future. Here it may be remarked that the vast numbers of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, of whom the Mahayanist theologians speak, are commensurate with the vastness of their cosmology. Time, for them, is beginningless, and the innumerable universes, every one of them supporting sentient beings of every possible variety, are born, evolve, decay and the, only to repeat the same cycleagain and again, until the final inconceivably remote consummation, when every sentient being in all the worlds shall have won to deliverance out of time into eternal Suchness or Buddhahood This cosmological background to Buddhism has affinities with the world picture of modern astronomyespecially with that version of it offered in the recently published theory of Dr. Weiszcker regarding the formation of planets. If the Weiszcker hypothesis is correct, the production of a planetary system would be a normal episode in the life of every star. There are forty thousand million stars in our own galactic system alone, and beyond our galaxy other galaxies, indefinitely. If, as we have no choice but to believe, spiritual laws governing consciousness are uniform throughout the whole planet-bearing and presumably life-supporting universe, then certainly there is plenty of room, and at the same time, no doubt, the most agonizing and desperate need, for those innumerable redemptive incarnations of Suchness, upon whose shining multitudes the Mahayanists love to dwell.
  Can the many fantastic and mutually incompatible theories of expiation and atonement, which have been grafted onto the Christian doctrine of divine incarnation, be regarded as indispensable elements in a sane theology? I find it difficult to imagine how anyone who has looked into a history of these notions, as expounded, for example, by the author of the Epistle to the Hebrews, by Athanasius and Augustine, by Anselm and Luther, by Calvin and Grotius, can plausibly answer this question in the affirmative. In the present context, it will be enough to call attention to one of the bitterest of all the bitter ironies of history. For the Christ of the Gospels, lawyers seemed further from the Kingdom of Heaven, more hopelessly impervious to Reality, than almost any other class of human beings except the rich. But Christian theology, especially that of the Western churches, was the product of minds imbued with Jewish and Roman legalism. In all too many instances the immediate insights of the Avatar and the theocentric saint were rationalized into a system, not by philosophers, but by speculative barristers and metaphysical jurists. Why should what Abbot John Chapman calls the problem of reconciling (not merely uniting) Mysticism and Christianity be so extremely difficult? Simply because so much Roman and Protestant thinking was done by those very lawyers whom Christ regarded as being peculiarly incapable of understanding the true Nature of Things. The Abbot (Chapman is apparently referring to Abbot Marmion) says St John of the Cross is like a sponge full of Christianity. You can squeeze it all out, and the full mystical theory (in other words, the pure Perennial Philosophy) remains. Consequently for fifteen years or so I hated St John of the Cross and called him a Buddhist. I loved St Teresa and read her over and over again. She is first a Christian, only secondarily a mystic. Then I found I had wasted fifteen years, so far as prayer was concerned.

1.03_-_.REASON._IN_PHILOSOPHY, #Twilight of the Idols, #Friedrich Nietzsche, #Philosophy
  _Proposition Four._ To divide the world into a "true" and an "apparent"
  world, whether after the manner of Christianity or of Kant (after all
  a Christian in disguise), is only a sign of decadence,--a symptom of

1.03_-_The_Desert, #The Red Book Liber Novus, #unset, #Buddhism
  74. Black Book 2 continues: "I think of Christianity in the desert. Physically, those ancients went into the desert. Did they also enter into the desert of their own self? Or was their self not as barren and desolate as mine? There they wrestled with the devil. I wrestle with waiting. It seems to me not less since it is truly a hot hell" (p. 35).
  79. Christ preached: "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven" (Matthew
  5:3). In a number of Christian communities, members talce a vow of poverty. In I934, Jung wrote: "Just as in Christianity the vow of worldly poverty turned the mind away from the riches of this earth, so spiritual poverty seeks to renounce the false riches of the spirit in order to withdraw not only from the sorry remnants-which today call themselves the protestant 'churches' of a great past, but also from all the allurements of exotic aromas; in order, finally; to turn back to itself, where, in the cold light of consciousness, the blank barrenness of the world reaches to the very stars" ("On the archetypes of the collective unconscious," CW 9, I, 29).

1.03_-_The_Syzygy_-_Anima_and_Animus, #Aion, #Carl Jung, #Psychology
  not see them are in their hands, just as a typhus epidemic flour-
  ishes best when its source is undiscovered. Even in Christianity
  the divine syzygy has not become obsolete, but occupies the

1.04_-_Descent_into_Future_Hell, #The Red Book Liber Novus, #unset, #Buddhism
  [2] When the desert begins to bloom, it brings forth strange plants. You will consider yourself mad, and in a certain sense you will in fact be mad. 88 To the extent that the Christianity of this time lacks madness, it lacks divine life. Take note of what the ancients taught us in images: madness is divine. 89 But because the ancients lived this image concretely in events, it became a deception for us, since we became masters of the reality of the world. It is unquestionable: if you enter into the world of the soul, you are like a madman, and a doctor would consider you to be sick. What I say here can be seen as sickness, but no one can see it as sickness more than I do.
  89. The theme of divine madness has a long history. Its 10c1. .\s Classicus was Socrates's discussion of it in the Phaedrus: madness, provided it comes as a gift of heaven, is the channel by which we receive the greatest blessings (Plato, Phaedrus and Letters VII and VIII, tr. W Hamilton
  [London: Penguin, 1986], p. 46, line 244). Socrates distinguished four types of divine madness: (I) inspired divination, such as by the prophetess at Delphi; (2) instances in which individuals, when ancient sins have given rise to troubles, have prophesied and incited to prayer and worship; (3) possession by the Muses, since the technically skilled untouched by the madness of the Muses will never be a good poet; and (4) the lover. In the Renaissance, the theme of divine madness was talcen up by the Neoplatonists such as Ecino and by humanists such as Erasmus. Erasmus's discussion is particularly important, as it fuses the classical Platonic conception with Christianity.
  For Erasmus, Christianity was the highest type of inspired madness. Like Plato, Erasmus

1.04_-_GOD_IN_THE_WORLD, #The Perennial Philosophy, #Aldous Huxley, #Philosophy
  It is in the literature of Mahayana and especially of Zen Buddhism that we find the best account of the psychology of the man for whom Samsara and Nirvana, time and eternity, are one and the same. More systematically perhaps than any other religion, the Buddhism of the Far East teaches the way to spiritual Knowledge in its fulness as well as in its heights, in and through the world as well as in and through the soul. In this context we may point to a highly significant fact, which is that the incomparable landscape painting of China and Japan was essentially a religious art, inspired by Taoism and Zen Buddhism; in Europe, on the contrary, landscape painting and the poetry of nature worship were secular arts which arose when Christianity was in decline, and derived little or no inspiration from Christian ideals.

1.04_-_The_First_Circle,_Limbo_Virtuous_Pagans_and_the_Unbaptized._The_Four_Poets,_Homer,_Horace,_Ovid,_and_Lucan._The_Noble_Castle_of_Philosophy., #The Divine Comedy, #Dante Alighieri, #Christianity
  Which is the portal of the Faith thou holdest;
  And if they were before Christianity,
  In the right manner they adored not God;

1.05_-_Christ,_A_Symbol_of_the_Self, #Aion, #Carl Jung, #Psychology
  77 For anyone who has a positive attitude towards Christianity
  the problem of the Antichrist is a hard nut to crack. It is noth-
  chiefly a mask; it was not the spirit of antiquity that was reborn,
  but the spirit of medieval Christianity that underwent strange
  pagan transformations, exchanging the heavenly goal for an
  points of view. Yahweh is notoriously unjust, and injustice is
  not good. The God of Christianity, on the other hand, is only
  good. There is no denying that Clement's theology helps us to
  ">3 The author of the Homilies espouses a Petrine Christianity
  distinctly "High Church" or ritualistic in flavour. This, taken
  Homilies, belongs to the pre-Manichaean period (second cen-
  tury), when there was as yet no need for Christianity to fight
  against its Manichaean competitors. It might easily be a descrip-
  originated with the Jewish Christians living in Palestine. Inside
  Christianity itself the doctrine spread to the Bogomils and
  Cathars; in Judaism it influenced religious speculation and
  conception of the evil in human nature and for a too pessimistic
  view of the human soul. To offset this, early Christianity, with
  unerring logic, balanced Christ against an Antichrist. For how

1.05_-_MORALITY_AS_THE_ENEMY_OF_NATURE, #Twilight of the Idols, #Friedrich Nietzsche, #Philosophy
  that they may not ache again. On the other hand, it will be admitted
  with some reason, that on the soil from which Christianity grew, the
  idea of the "spiritualisation of passion" could not possibly have been
  The spiritualisation of sensuality is called _love:_ it is a great
  triumph over Christianity. Another triumph is our spiritualisation of
  hostility. It consists in the fact that we are beginning to realise
  grown more alien to us than that old desire--the "peace of the soul,"
  which is the aim of Christianity. Nothing could make us less envious
  than the moral cow and the plump happiness of a clean conscience. The

1.05_-_Solitude, #Walden, and On The Duty Of Civil Disobedience, #Henry David Thoreau, #Philosophy
  Pond of their own natures, and baited their hooks with darkness,but they soon retreated, usually with light baskets, and left the world to darkness and to me, and the black kernel of the night was never profaned by any human neighborhood. I believe that men are generally still a little afraid of the dark, though the witches are all hung, and
  Christianity and candles have been introduced.

1.06_-_MORTIFICATION,_NON-ATTACHMENT,_RIGHT_LIVELIHOOD, #The Perennial Philosophy, #Aldous Huxley, #Philosophy
  OUR kingdom go is the necessary and unavoidable corollary of Thy kingdom come. For the more there is of self, the less there is of God. The divine eternal fulness of life can be gained only by those who have deliberately lost the partial, separative life of craving and self-interest, of egocentric thinking, feeling, wishing and acting. Mortification or deliberate dying to self is inculcated with an uncompromising firmness in the canonical writings of Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism and most of the other major and minor religions of the world, and by every theocentric saint and spiritual reformer who has ever lived out and expounded the principles of the Perennial Philosophy. But this self-naughting is never (at least by anyone who knows what he is talking about) regarded as an end in itself. It possesses merely an instrumental value, as the indispensable means to something else. In the words of one whom we have often had occasion to cite in earlier sections, it is necessary for all of us to learn the true nature and worth of all self-denials and mortifications.

1.06_-_THE_FOUR_GREAT_ERRORS, #Twilight of the Idols, #Friedrich Nietzsche, #Philosophy
  of things," still continue to pollute the innocence of Becoming with
  punishment and guilt Christianity is the metaphysics of the hangman.

1.06_-_The_Sign_of_the_Fishes, #Aion, #Carl Jung, #Psychology
  neutic writings of the Church Fathers, which go right back to
  the days of primitive Christianity, Christ has a number of sym-
  bols or "allegories" in common with the devil. Of these I would
  originated in a conjunction of Jupiter with Saturn, Islam in
  U 6 2 , Christianity in if 6 S , and the Antichrist in U 6 d . 35
  a hostile relationship to it, which is peculiarly characteristic of
  Christianity. If we accept Gerhardt's calculation that the con-
  junction took place on May 29, in the year 7 B.C., then the posi-
  to Christianity, <$ T? to Judaism, $ d $ to Islam, and according to
  him (5 9 signifies idolatry ("Commentarium in Ptolemaeum De astrorum
  lated with Set, and this is interesting in view of the tradition that
  Christianity originated in a conjunction of Jupiter with Mer-
  cury. In the New Kingdom (XlXth dynasty) Set appears as
  journey to Rome to the great hieros gamos, sometime after a.d. 216. For the same
  reasons there are doubts about the Christianity of the Pectorios inscription at
  Autun, in which the fish figures too: *'E(T0ie irv . . . , ixOvv lx tj3V iraXa/xcus

1.07_-_THE_.IMPROVERS._OF_MANKIND, #Twilight of the Idols, #Friedrich Nietzsche, #Philosophy
  documents of the highest value; and the Book of Enoch is still more
  so. Christianity as sprung from Jewish roots and comprehensible only
  as grown upon this soil, represents the counter-movement against that
  morality of breeding, of race and of privilege:--it is essentially an
  anti-Aryan religion: Christianity is the transvaluation of all Aryan
  values, the triumph of Chandala values, the proclaimed gospel of the
  priests who "improve" mankind. Neither Manu, nor Plato, nor Confucius,
  nor the teachers of Judaism and Christianity, have ever doubted their
  right to falsehood. They have never doubted their right to quite a

1.07_-_The_Literal_Qabalah_(continued), #A Garden of Pomegranates - An Outline of the Qabalah, #Israel Regardie, #Occultism
  There attaches hereto, however, another problem of paramount importance upon which it is necessary to comment before proceeding any further. The fact that the Sephiros fall into triads or trinities, and the fact that such titles as the Father, the Mother, and the Son, have been ascribed to them, has been the means of encouraging many an apologist on behalf of Christianity to argue without sufficient basis that the Christian trinity is implicit in the
  Qabalah. I quote Prof. Abelson in connection with this argument :
  " It is beyond a doubt that the resemblance is quite a matter of accident. . . . The philosophy of Salomon Ibn
  Gabirol, Neoplatonism, Gnosticism, Philonism, and other systems have all left indelible traces (i.e. on the evolution of the Qabalah). But Christianity, be it remembered, besides being a debtor to Judaism, is a debtor to these sources as well ; so that what appears to be Christian may be, in reality, Jewish ; a development of the original material by an unbroken succession of Jewish minds. . . . But it is beyond dispute that the Christian Trinity and the trinities of the ten Sefirot lie in quite distinct planes."
  Christian faith ; doctrines with which to compel the sons of
  Israel to shave their beards and cut their forelocks ; to forsake the faith and counsel of their fathers, and partake of the communion according to the Rite of Rome. With but a few exceptions they failed in the latter, despite wilful perversion of Zoharic doctrine. Many a Rabbi of ortho- doxy, as a direct result, levelled venomous hatred and fiery vituperation against the Zohar, accepting a 'priori the belief of his uncircumcized persecutors that Christianity, or at least the contention that the Trinity and the nomination of Christ as the Jewish Messiah, appeared in the Zohar.
  The fault lies with them also for the neglect of so great a heritage.

1.07_-_The_Prophecies_of_Nostradamus, #Aion, #Carl Jung, #Psychology
  2 According to the old tradition the conjunction of Jupiter and Mercury, as
  mentioned above, is characteristic of Christianity. The quartile aspect between
  Mercury and Mars "injures" Mercury by "martial" violence. According to
  are ascribed to the crescent moon, but one never reflects that the opponent of
  Christianity dwells in the European unconscious. History repeats itself.
  be brought under astrological laws. He was alluding in particu-
  lar to Roger Bacon, who had revived the theory that Christianity
  was under the influence of the planet Mercury. Pierre d'Ailly

1.07_-_The_Three_Schools_of_Magick_2, #Magick Without Tears, #Aleister Crowley, #Philosophy
  This School being debased by nature, is not so far removed from conventional religion as either the White or the Yellow. Most primitive fetishistic religions may, in fact, be considered fairly faithful representatives of this philosophy. Where animism holds sway, the "medicine-man" personifies this universal evil, and seeks to propitiate it by human sacrifice. The early forms of Judaism, and that type of Christianity which we associate with the Salvation Army, Billy Sunday and the Fundamentalists of the back-blocks of America, are sufficiently simple cases of religion whose essence is the propitiation of a malignant demon.
  The basis of the Black philosophy is not impossibly mere climate, with its resulting etiolation of the native, its languid, bilious, anaemic, fever-prostrated, emasculation of the soul of man. We accordingly find few true equivalents of this School in Europe. In Greek philosophy there is no trace of any such doctrine. The poison in its foulest and most virulent form only entered with Christianity.*[AC17] But even so, few men of any real eminence were found to take the axioms of pessimism seriously. Huxley, for all of his harping on the minor key, was an eupeptic Tory. The culmination of the Black philosophy is only found in Schopenhauer, and we may regard him as having been obsessed, on the one hand, by the despair born of that false scepticism which he learnt from the bankruptcy of Hume and Kant; on the other, by the direct obsession of the Buddhist documents to which he was one of the earliest Europeans to obtain access. He was, so to speak, driven to suicide by his own vanity, a curious parallel to Kiriloff in The Possessed of Dostoiewsky.
  It appears that the Levant, from Byzantium and Athens to Damascus, Jerusalem, Alexandria and Cairo, was preoccupied with the formulation of this School in a popular religion, beginning in the days of Augustus Caesar. For there are elements of this central idea in the works of the Gnostics, in certain rituals of what Frazer conveniently calls the Asiatic God, as in the remnants of the Ancient Egyptian cult. The doctrine became abominably corrupted in committee, so to speak, and the result was Christianity, which may be regarded as a White ritual overlaid by a mountainous mass of Black doctrine, like the baby of the mother that King Solomon non-suited.
  Mysticism, both Catholic and Protestant, made a further attempt to free Christianity from the dark cloud of iniquity. They joined hands with the Sufis and the Vedantists. But this again led to the mere denial of the reality of evil. Thus drawing away, little by little, from clear appreciation of the facts of Nature, their doctrine became purely theoretical, and faded away, while the thundercloud of sin settled down more heavily than ever.
  The most important of all the efforts of the White School, from an exoteric point of view, is Islam. In its doctrine there is some slight taint, but much less than in Christianity. It is a virile religion. It looks facts in the face, and admits their horror; but it proposes to overcome them by sheer dint of manhood. Unfortunately, the metaphysical conceptions of its quasi-profane Schools are grossly materialistic. It is only the Pantheism of the Sufis which eliminates the conception of propitiation; and, in practice, the Sufis are too closely allied to the Vedantists to retain hold of reality.
   [AC18] N.B. Christianity was in its first stage a Jewish Communism, hardly distinguishable from Marxism.

1.07_-_TRUTH, #The Perennial Philosophy, #Aldous Huxley, #Philosophy
  The overvaluation of words and formulae may be regarded as a special case of that overvaluation of the things of time, which is so fatally characteristic of historic Christianity. To know Truth-as-Fact and to know it unitively, in spirit and in truth-as-immediate-apprehensionthis is deliverance, in this standeth our eternal life. To be familiar with the verbalized truths, which symbolically correspond to Truth-as-Fact insofar as it can be known in, or inferred from, truth-as-immediate-apprehension, or truth-as-historic-revelationthis is not salvation, but merely the study of a special branch of philosophy. Even the most ordinary experience of a thing or event in time can never be fully or adequately described in words. The experience of seeing the sky or having neuralgia is incommunicable; the best we can do is to say blue or pain, in the hope that those who hear us may have had experiences similar to our own and so be able to supply their own version of the meaning. God, however, is not a thing or event in time, and the time-bound words which cannot do justice even to temporal matters are even more inadequate to the intrinsic nature and our own unitive experience of that which belongs to an incommensurably different order. To suppose that people can be saved by studying and giving assent to formulae is like supposing that one can get to Timbuctoo by poring over a map of Africa. Maps are symbols, and even the best of them are inaccurate and imperfect symbols. But to anyone who really wants to reach a given destination, a map is indispensably useful as indicating the direction in which the traveller should set out and the roads which he must take.
  Away, then, with the fictions and workings of discursive reason, either for or against Christianity! They are only the wanton spirit of the mind, whilst ignorant of God and insensible of its own nature and condition. Death and life are the only things in question; life is God living and working in the soul; death is the soul living and working according to the sense and reason of bestial flesh and blood. Both this life and this death are of their own growth, growing from their own seed within us, not as busy reason talks and directs, but as the heart turns either to the one or to the other.
  Between the horns of Chuang Tzus dilemma there is no way but that of love, peace and joy. Only those who manifest their possession, in however small a measure, of the fruits of the Spirit can persuade others that the life of the spirit is worth living. Argument and controversy are almost useless; in many cases, indeed, they are positively harmful. But this, of course, is a thing that clever men with a gift for syllogisms and sarcasm, find it peculiarly hard to admit. Milton, no doubt, genuinely believed that he was working for truth, righteousness and the glory of God by exploding in torrents of learned scurrility against the enemies of his favourite dictator and his favourite brand of nonconformity. In actual fact, of course, he and the other controversialists of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries did nothing but harm to the cause of true religion, for which, on one side or the other, they fought with an equal learning and ingenuity and with the same foulmouthed intemperance of language. The successive controversies went on, with occasional lucid intervals, for about two hundred yearsPapists arguing with anti-Papists, Protestants with other Protestants, Jesuits with Quietists and Jansenists. When the noise finally died down, Christianity (which, like any other religion, can survive only if it manifests the fruits of the Spirit) was all but dead; the real religion of most educated Europeans was now nationalistic idolatry. During the eighteenth century this change to idolatry seemed (after the atrocities committed in the name of Christianity by Wallenstein and Tilly) to be a change for the better. This was because the ruling classes were determined that the horrors of the wars of religion should not be repeated and therefore deliberately tempered power politics with gentlemanliness. Symptoms of gentlemanliness can still be observed in the Napoleonic and Crimean wars. But the national Molochs were steadily devouring the eighteenth-century ideal. During the first and second World Wars we have witnessed the total elimination of the old checks and self-restraints. The consequences of political idolatry now display themselves without the smallest mitigation either of humanistic honour and etiquette or of transcendental religion. By its internecine quarrels over words, forms of organization, money and power, historic Christianity consummated the work of self-destruction, to which its excessive preoccupation with things in time had from the first so tragically committed it.

1.08_-_RELIGION_AND_TEMPERAMENT, #The Perennial Philosophy, #Aldous Huxley, #Philosophy
  In the course of history it has often happened that one or other of the imperfect religions has been taken too seriously and regarded as good and true in itself, instead of as a means to the ultimate end of all religion. The effects of such mistakes are often disastrous. For example, many Protestant sects have insisted on the necessity, or at least the extreme desirability, of a violent conversion. But violent conversion, as Sheldon has pointed out, is a phenomenon confined almost exclusively to persons with a high degree of somatotonia. These persons are so intensely extraverted as to be quite unaware of what is happening in the lower levels of their minds. If for any reason their attention comes to be turned inwards, the resulting self-knowledge, because of its novelty and strangeness, presents itself with the force and quality of a revelation and their metanoia, or change of mind, is sudden and thrilling. This change may be to religion, or it may be to something elsefor example, to psycho-analysis. To insist upon the necessity of violent conversion as the only means to salvation is about as sensible as it would be to insist upon the necessity of having a large face, heavy bones and powerful muscles. To those naturally subject to this kind of emotional upheaval, the doctrine that makes salvation dependent on conversion gives a complacency that is quite fatal to spiritual growth, while those who are incapable of it are filled with a no less fatal despair. Other examples of inadequate theologies based upon psychological ignorance could easily be cited. One remembers, for instance, the sad case of Calvin, the cerebrotonic who took his own intellectual constructions so seriously that he lost all sense of reality, both human and spiritual. And then there is our liberal Protestantism, that predominantly viscerotonic heresy, which seems to have forgotten the very existence of the Father, Spirit and Logos and equates Christianity with an emotional attachment to Christs humanity or, (to use the currently popular phrase) the personality of Jesus, worshipped idolatrously as though there were no other God. Even within all-comprehensive Catholicism we constantly hear complaints of the ignorant and self-centred directors, who impose upon the souls under their charge a religious dharma wholly unsuited to their naturewith results which writers such as St. John of the Cross describe as wholly pernicious. We see, then, that it is natural for us to think of God as possessed of the qualities which our temperament tends to make us perceive in Him; but unless nature finds a way of transcending itself by means of itself, we are lost. In the last analysis Philo is quite right in saying that those who do not conceive God purely and simply as the One injure, not God of course, but themselves and, along with themselves, their fellows.
  Primitive Buddhism is no less predominantly cerebrotonic than primitive Christianity, and so is Vedanta, the metaphysical discipline which lies at the heart of Hinduism. Confucianism, on the contrary, is a mainly viscerotonic systemfamilial, ceremonious and thoroughly this-worldly. And in Mohammedanism we find a system which incorporates strongly somatotonic elements. Hence Islams black record of holy wars and persecutionsa record comparable to that of later Christianity, after that religion had so far compromised with unregenerate somatotonia as to call its ecclesiastical organization the Church Militant.
  In traditional Christianity, as in all the great religious formulations of the Perennial Philosophy, it was axiomatic that contemplation is the end and purpose of action. Today the great majority even of professed Christians regard action (directed towards material and social progress) as the end, and analytic thought (there is no question any longer of integral thought, or contemplation) as the means to that end.
  In traditional Christianity, as in the other formulations of the Perennial Philosophy, the secret of happiness and the way to salvation were to be sought, not in the external environment, but in the individuals state of mind with regard to the environment. Today the all-important thing is not the state of the mind, but the state of the environment. Happiness and moral progress depend, it is thought, on bigger and better gadgets and a higher standard of living.
  Like technological progress, with which it is so closely associated in so many ways, modern war is at once a cause and a result of the somatotonic revolution. Nazi education, which was specifically education for war, had two principal aims: to encourage the manifestation of somatotonia in those most richly endowed with that component of personality, and to make the rest of the population feel ashamed of its relaxed amiability or its inward-looking sensitiveness and tendency towards self-restraint and tender-mindedness. During the war the enemies of Nazism have been compelled, of course, to borrow from the Nazis educational philosophy. All over the world millions of young men and even of young women are being systematically educated to be tough and to value toughness beyond every other moral quality. With this system of somatotonic ethics is associated the idolatrous and polytheistic theology of nationalisma pseudo-religion far stronger at the present time for evil and division than is Christianity, or any other monotheistic religion, for unification and good. In the past most societies tried systematically to discourage somatotonia. This was a measure of self-defense; they did not want to be physically destroyed by the power-loving aggressiveness of their most active minority, and they did not want to be spiritually blinded by an excess of extraversion. During the last few years all this has been changed. What, we may apprehensively wonder, will be the result of the current world-wide reversal of an immemorial social policy? Time alone will show.

1.08_-_The_Depths_of_the_Divine, #Sex Ecology Spirituality, #Ken Wilber, #Philosophy
  As for the use of the term "supernatural" by certain contemplatives (both East and West), care should be taken to differentiate what they mean by that term and what, for example, the mythic or religious literalist means by it.
  Literal or mythic Christianity, for example, originating from the magic-mythic and mythic stages of development, and beset by "mythic dissociation," imagines God as a Cosmic Father set above and apart from nature (ontologically divorced), and thus any action on God's part is and must be "supernatural"-a "miraculous" suspension of the laws of nature on behalf of "His children," activities that are all nonetheless variations on turning spinach into potatoes.
  This dissociation of "natural" and "supernatural," and a praying, a begging, for the latter to miraculously intervene in the former, Emerson calls "meanness and theft," a vicious craving for commodities:

1.08_-_The_Historical_Significance_of_the_Fish, #Aion, #Carl Jung, #Psychology
  in order to illustrate the idea that even the pagans bear invol-
  untary witness to the truth of Christianity.
  which is the hallmark of civilization. The result is bewilder-
  ment and confusion. Christianity has insisted on God's goodness
  as a loving Father and has done its best to rob evil of substance.
  which delegate the freedom of personality to the masses and
  thereby extinguish it. The advocates of Christianity squander
  their energies in the mere preservation of what has come down
  spiritual currents from the East made themselves felt in early
  Christianity, as we know from the reports of Hippolytus and
  Epiphanius. Nevertheless, there is no serious reason to derive
  notes the end of the astrological year and also a new beginning.
  This characteristic coincides with the claim of Christianity to
  be the beginning and end of all things, and with its eschato-

1.08_-_The_Three_Schools_of_Magick_3, #Magick Without Tears, #Aleister Crowley, #Philosophy
  During the last two generations the Masters of the Yellow School have been compelled to take notice of the progressive ruin of the White adepts. Christianity, which possessed at least the semblance of a White formula, is in the agonies of decomposition, even before it is actually dead. Materialistic science has overwhelmed the faith and hope of the Christians (they never possessed any charity to overwhelm) with a demonstration of the sorrow, transitoriness and cruel futility of the Universe. A vast wave of pessimism has engulfed the fortress of Mansoul.
  It was indeed a deadly blow to the adepts of the White School when Science, their own familiar friend in whom they trusted, lifted up his heel against them. It was in this conjuncture that the Yellow adepts sent forth into the Western world a messenger, Helena Petrowna Blavatsky, with the distinct mission to destroy, on the one hand, the crude schools of Christianity, and, on the other, to eradicate the materialism from Physical Science. She made the necessary connection with Edward Maitland and Anna Kingsford, who were trying rather helplessly to put the exoteric formulae of the White School into the hands of students, and with the secret representatives of the Rosicrucian Brotherhood. It is not for us in this place to estimate the degree of success with which she carried out her embassy; but at least we see today that Physical Science is at last penetrating to the spiritual basis of material phenomena. The work of Henry Poincar, Einstein, Whitehead, and Bertrand Russell is sufficient evidence of this fact.
  Christianity, too, has fallen into a lower degree of contempt than ever. Realizing that it was moribund, it made a supreme and suicidal effort, and plunged into the death-spasm of the first world-war. It was too far corrupt to react to the injections of the White formula which might have saved it. We see today that Christianity is more bigoted, further divorced from reality, than ever. In some countries it has again become a persecuting church.

1.08_-_THINGS_THE_GERMANS_LACK, #Twilight of the Idols, #Friedrich Nietzsche, #Philosophy
  for almost a thousand years: nowhere else have the two great European
  narcotics, alcohol and Christianity, been so viciously abused as in
  Germany. Recently a third opiate was added to the list, one which in

1.08_-_Worship_of_Substitutes_and_Images, #Bhakti-Yoga, #Swami Vivekananda, #Hinduism
  The same ideas apply to the worship of the Pratimas as to that of the Pratikas; that is to say, if the image stands for a god or a saint, the worship is not the result of Bhakti, and does not lead lo liberation; but if it stands for the one God, the worship thereof will bring both Bhakti and Mukti. Of the principal religions of the world we see Vedantism, Buddhism, and certain forms of Christianity freely using images; only two religions, Mohammedanism and Protestantism, refuse such help. Yet the Mohammedans use the grave of their saints and martyrs almost in the place of images; and the Protestants, in rejecting all concrete helps to religion, are drifting away every year farther and farther from spirituality till at present there is scarcely any difference between the advanced Protestants and the followers of August Comte, or agnostics who preach ethics alone. Again, in Christianity and Mohammedanism whatever exists of image worship is made to fall under that category in which the Pratika or the Pratima is worshipped in itself, but not as a "help to the vision" (Drishtisaukaryam) of God; therefore it is at best only of the nature of ritualistic Karmas and cannot produce either Bhakti or Mukti. In this form of image-worship, the allegiance of the soul is given to other things than Ishvara, and, therefore, such use of images, or graves, or temples, or tombs, is real idolatry; it is in itself neither sinful nor wicked it is a rite a Karma, and worshippers must and will get the fruit thereof.

1.09_-_SKIRMISHES_IN_A_WAY_WITH_THE_AGE, #Twilight of the Idols, #Friedrich Nietzsche, #Philosophy
  _Renan._--Theology, or the corruption of reason by original sin
  (Christianity). Proof of this,--Renan who, even in those rare cases
  where he ventures to say either Yes or No on a general question,
  English shallow-pates the point must be made ever more and more plain.
  Christianity is a system, a complete outlook upon the world, conceived
  as a whole. If its leading concept, the belief in God, is wrenched
  from it, the whole is destroyed; nothing vital remains in our grasp.
  Christianity presupposes that man does not and cannot know what is
  good or bad for him: the Christian believes in God who, alone, can
  intuitively, and of their own accord, what is good and evil; if,
  therefore, they assert that they no longer need Christianity as a
  guarantee of morality, this in itself is simply the outcome of the
  other, as the results of the denial, or of the need of the denial, of
  the "will"--the greatest forgery, Christianity always excepted, which
  history has to show. Examined more carefully, he is in this respect
  how to approve in a Christian fashion (_i.e._, nihilistically) even
  of the great facts of human culture, which Christianity completely
  repudiates. (He approved of them as paths to "salvation," as
  on the polluted soil of society with tropical luxuriance, now as a
  religion (Christianity), anon as a philosophy (Schopenhauerism). In
  certain circumstances the mere effluvia of such a venomous vegetation,
  of life itself. Everything precisely the opposite of the ghastly
  comedy which Christianity has made of the hour of death. We should
  never forgive Christianity for having so abused the weakness of the
  dying man as to do violence to his conscience, or for having used
  _first event in culture_--they knew and they _did_ what was needful.
  Christianity with its contempt of the body is the greatest mishap that
  has ever befallen mankind.

1.09_-_The_Ambivalence_of_the_Fish_Symbol, #Aion, #Carl Jung, #Psychology
  ruped, into a human being, and in so far as the Messiah became,
  in Christianity, the second Person of the Trinity, the human
  figure split off from the fish hints at God's incarnation. 13 What
  day of the first month. Doelger inclines to the view that this
  custom paved the way for the eucharistic fish in Christianity. 18

1.10_-_THINGS_I_OWE_TO_THE_ANCIENTS, #Twilight of the Idols, #Friedrich Nietzsche, #Philosophy
  among the Egyptians (--or among the Jews in Egypt?...) In the great
  fatality of Christianity, Plato is that double-faced fascination
  called the "ideal," which made it possible for the more noble natures
  to life itself, procreation, is pronounced _holy,_ ... It was only
  Christianity which, with its fundamental resentment against life, made
  something impure out of sexuality: it flung _filth_ at the very basis,

1.1.2_-_Commentary, #Kena and Other Upanishads, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  ago in India and it is now no longer dominant in the mind of
  the people; the similar lure in popular Christianity and popular
  Islam has no meaning for the conscience of modern humanity.

1.12_-_TIME_AND_ETERNITY, #The Perennial Philosophy, #Aldous Huxley, #Philosophy
  In the modern world the gods to whom human sacrifice is offered are personifications, not of Nature, but of mans own, home-made political ideals. These, of course, all refer to events in timeactual events in the past or the present, fancied events in the future. And here it should be noted that the philosophy which affirms the existence and the immediate realizableness of eternity is related to one kind of political theory and practice; the philosophy which affirms that what goes on in time is the only reality, results in a different kind of theory and justifies quite another kind of political practice. This has been clearly recognized by Marxist writers,* who point out that when Christianity is mainly preoccupied with events in time, it is a revolutionary religion, and that when, under mystical influences, it stresses the Eternal Gospel, of which the historical or pseudo-historical facts recorded in Scripture are but symbols, it becomes politically static and reactionary.
  This Marxian account of the matter is somewhat oversimplified. It is not quite true to say that all theologies and philosophies whose primary concern is with time, rather than eternity, are necessarily revolutionary. The aim of all revolutions is to make the future radically different from and better than the past. But some time-obsessed philosophies are primarily concerned with the past, not the future, and their politics are entirely a matter of preserving or restoring the status quo and getting back to the good old days. But the retrospective time-worshippers have one thing in common with the revolutionary devotees of the bigger and better future; they are prepared to use unlimited violence to achieve their ends. It is here that we discover the essential difference between the politics of eternity-philosophers and the politics of time-philosophers. For the latter, the ultimate good is to be found in the temporal worldin a future, where everyone will be happy because all are doing and thinking something either entirely new and unprecedented or, alternatively, something old, traditional and hallowed. And because the ultimate good lies in time, they feel justified in making use of any temporal means for achieving it. The Inquisition burns and tortures in order to perpetuate a creed, a ritual and an ecclesiastico-politico-financial organization regarded as necessary to mens eternal salvation. Bible-worshipping Protestants fight long and savage wars, in order to make the world safe for what they fondly imagine to be the genuinely antique Christianity of apostolic times. Jacobins and Bolsheviks are ready to sacrifice millions of human lives for the sake of a political and economic future gorgeously unlike the present. And now all Europe and most of Asia has had to be sacrificed to a crystal-gazers vision of perpetual Co-Prosperity and the Thousand-Year Reich. From the records of history it seems to be abundantly clear that most of the religions and philosophies which take time too seriously are correlated with political theories that inculcate and justify the use of large-scale violence. The only exceptions are those simple Epicurean faiths, in which the reaction to an all too real time is Eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we die. This is not a very noble, nor even a very realistic kind of morality. But it seems to make a good deal more sense than the revolutionary ethic: Die (and kill), for tomorrow someone else will eat, drink and be merry. In practice, of course, the prospect even of somebody elses future merriment is extremely precarious. For the process of wholesale dying and killing creates material, social and psychological conditions that practically guarantee the revolution against the achievement of its beneficent ends.
  Passing now from theory to historical fact, we find that the religions, whose theology has been least preoccupied with events in time and most concerned with eternity, have been consistently the least violent and the most humane in political practice. Unlike early Judaism, Christianity and Mohammedanism (all of them obsessed with time), Hinduism and Buddhism have never been persecuting faiths, have preached almost no holy wars and have refrained from that proselytizing religious imperialism, which has gone hand in hand with the political and economic oppression c the coloured peoples. For four hundred years, from the beginning of the sixteenth century to the beginning of the twentieth, most of the Christian nations of Europe have spent a good part of their time and energy in attacking, conquering and exploiting their non-Christian neighbours in other continents. In the course of these centuries many individual churchmen did their best to mitigate the consequences of such iniquities; but none of the major Christian churches officially condemned them. The first collective protest against the slave system, introduced by the English and the Spaniards into the New World, was made in 1688 by the Quaker Meeting of Germantown. This fact is highly significant. Of all Christian sects in the seventeenth century, the Quakers were the least obsessed with history, the least addicted to the idolatry of things in time. They believed that the inner light was in all human beings and that salvation came to those who lived in conformity with that light and was not dependent on the profession of belief in historical or pseudo-historical events, nor on the performance of certain rites, nor on the support of a particular ecclesiastical organization. Moreover their eternity-philosophy preserved them from the materialistic apocalypticism of that progress-worship which in recent times has justified every kind of iniquity from war and revolution to sweated labour, slavery and the exploitation of savages and childrenhas justified them on the ground that the supreme good is in future time and that any temporal means, however intrinsically horrible, may be used to achieve that good. Because Quaker theology was a form of eternity-philosophy, Quaker political theory rejected war and persecution as means to ideal ends, denounced slavery and proclaimed racial equality. Members of other denominations had done good work for the African victims of the white mans rapacity. One thinks, for example, of St. Peter Claver at Cartagena. But this heroically charitable slave of the slaves never raised his voice against the institution of slavery or the criminal trade by which it was sustained; nor, so far as the extant documents reveal, did he ever, like John Woolman, attempt to persuade the slave-owners to free their human chattels. The reason, presumably, was that Claver was a Jesuit, vowed to perfect obedience and constrained by his theology to regard a certain political and ecclesiastical organization as being the mystical body of Christ. The heads of this organization had not pronounced against slavery or the slave trade. Who was he, Pedro Claver, to express a thought not officially approved by his superiors?
  Another practical corollary of the great historical eternity-philosophies, such as Hinduism and Buddhism, is a morality inculcating kindness to animals. Judaism and orthodox Christianity taught that animals might be used as things, for the realization of mans temporal ends. Even St. Francis attitude towards the brute creation was not entirely unequivocal. True, he converted a wolf and preached sermons to birds; but when Brother Juniper hacked the feet off a living pig in order to satisfy a sick mans craving for fried trotters, the saint merely blamed his disciples intemperate zeal in damaging a valuable piece of private property. It was not until the nineteenth century, when orthodox Christianity had lost much of its power over European minds, that the idea that it might be a good thing to behave humanely towards animals began to make headway. This new morality was correlated with the new interest in Nature, which had been stimulated by the romantic poets and the men of science. Because it was not founded upon an eternity-philosophy, a doctrine of divinity dwelling in all living creatures, the modern movement in favour of kindness to animals was and is perfectly compatible with intolerance, persecution and systematic cruelty towards human beings. Young Nazis are taught to be gentle with dogs and cats, ruthless with Jews. That is because Nazism is a typical time-philosophy, which regards the ultimate good as existing, not in eternity, but in the future. Jews are, ex hypothesi, obstacles in the way of the realization of the supreme good; dogs and cats are not. The rest follows logically.

1.13_-_Gnostic_Symbols_of_the_Self, #Aion, #Carl Jung, #Psychology
  more authentic than that with the fish, but, for all that, it was
  not so popular in primitive Christianity. The Gnostics favoured
  it because it was an old-established symbol for the "good" genius
  the monuments show, it meant something in itself. Moreover,
  it acquired its meaning in primitive Christianity without any
  real support from the written tradition, whereas the serpent can
  (reXecWis) et ses voies dans le mystere paulinien," p. 419. Weiss (The History of
  Primitive Christianity, II, p. 576) declares that it is just the "consciousness of
  imperfection and the will to progress that is the sign of perfection." He bases

1.14_-_Bibliography, #Aion, #Carl Jung, #Psychology
  lation, see: Alexandrian Christianity. Selected Translations of
  Clement and Origen. ... By John Ernest Leonard Oulton and
  Weiss, Johannes. The History of Primitive Christianity. London,
  1937. 2 vols. (Original: Das Urchristentum. Gottingen, 1914-17.)

1.14_-_The_Secret, #Sri Aurobindo or the Adventure of Consciousness, #Satprem, #Integral Yoga
  254 - This ancient tradition, known also to the Hebrews, seems to have been revived, quite literally, by Christianity and the immaculate conception of the Virgin Mary.
  255 - The material Inconscient.

1.14_-_The_Structure_and_Dynamics_of_the_Self, #Aion, #Carl Jung, #Psychology
  dual meaning. This situation is altogether characteristic of the
  age of Gnosticism and early Christianity. Man in those days was
  close to the "kingless [i.e., independent] race," that is, to the

1.15_-_Index, #Aion, #Carl Jung, #Psychology
  Christianity: astrological origin, 76;
  divine syzygy in, 21; Germanic
  evil, 41, 46/f; absolute, 10; anima/
  animus and, 267; Christianity
  and, 109; and disposition of soul,
  bolism, 115/; Platonic month of,
  ix, 149; in primitive Christianity,
  188; "round," 127/f, 137-38, 140,
  individuation, 39, 40, 45, 200; apoc-
  atastasis in, 169; Christianity and,
  70; as mysterium coniunctionis,
  nature: Christianity and, 174; im-
  provement of, 143; individual, of
  266; in Clementine Homilies, 54;
  divine, in Christianity, 21; proto-
  type of divine couples, 34; Valen-

1.17_-_The_Divine_Birth_and_Divine_Works, #Essays On The Gita, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
   permanent, vital, universal effect of Buddhism and Christianity has been the force of their ethical, social and practical ideals and their influence even on the men and the ages which have rejected their religious and spiritual beliefs, forms and disciplines; later
  Hinduism which rejected Buddha, his sangha and his dharma, bears the ineffaceable imprint of the social and ethical influence of Buddhism and its effect on the ideas and the life of the race, while in modern Europe, Christian only in name, humanitarianism is the translation into the ethical and social sphere and the aspiration to liberty, equality and fraternity the translation into the social and political sphere of the spiritual truths of
  Christianity, the latter especially being effected by men who aggressively rejected the Christian religion and spiritual discipline and by an age which in its intellectual effort of emancipation tried to get rid of Christianity as a creed. On the other hand the life of Rama and Krishna belongs to the prehistoric past which has come down only in poetry and legend and may even be regarded as myths; but it is quite immaterial whether we regard them as myths or historical facts, because their permanent truth and value lie in their persistence as a spiritual form, presence, influence in the inner consciousness of the race and the life of the human soul. Avatarhood is a fact of divine life and consciousness which may realise itself in an outward action, but must persist, when that action is over and has done its work, in a spiritual influence; or may realise itself in a spiritual influence and teaching, but must then have its permanent effect, even when the new religion or discipline is exhausted, in the thought, temperament and outward life of mankind.
  It is these things that condition and determine the work of the Avatar. In the Buddhistic formula the disciple takes refuge from all that opposes his liberation in three powers, the dharma, the sangha, the Buddha. So in Christianity we have the law of Christian living, the Church and the Christ.

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