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description - wikipedia:Theology is the systematic study of the nature of the divine and, more broadly, of religious belief. It is taught as an academic discipline, typically in universities and seminaries.[1] It occupies itself with the unique content of analyzing the supernatural, but also deals with religious epistemology, asks and seeks to answer the question of revelation. Revelation pertains to the acceptance of God, gods, or deities, as not only transcendent or above the natural world, but also willing and able to interact with the natural world and, in particular, to reveal themselves to humankind. While theology has turned into a secular field, religious adherents still consider theology to be a discipline that helps them live and understand concepts such as life and love and that helps them lead lives of obedience to the deities they follow or worship.

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Theology ::: From Greek, “study of deity”; a general term for discussions and investigations of things pertaining to God(s), and by extension, to religious matters. One who engages formally in theological studies is called a “theologian.”

Theology: (Gr. theos, god, logos, study) Simply stated, theology is a study of the question of God and the relation of God to the world of reality. Theology, in the widest sense of the term, is a branch of philosophy, i.e., a special field of philosophical inquiry having to do with God. However, the term is widely employed to mean the theoretical expression of a particuhr religion. In the latter sense, theology becomes "Christian", "Jewish", "Presbyterian", "Reformed", etc. When thus employed, theology becomes in a narrow sense "historic", "systematic", "polemic", "ecclesiastical", "apologetic", etc., -- phases of theoretical discussions within a particular religious faith. Theology need not have any necessary reference to religion, it may be a purely theoretical discussion about God and God's relation to the world on a disinterested plane of free inquiry. -- V.F.

Theology: The study of the question of God and the relation of God to the world of reality.

theology ::: 1. Ironically or humorously used to refer to religious issues.2. Technical fine points of an abstruse nature, especially those where the resolution is of theoretical interest but is relatively marginal with respect to heavy AI or language-design component, such as the smart-data vs. smart-programs dispute in AI.[Jargon File]

1. Ironically or humorously used to refer to {religious
2. Technical fine points of an abstruse nature, especially
those where the resolution is of theoretical interest but is
relatively {marginal} with respect to actual use of a design
or system. Used especially around software issues with a
heavy AI or language-design component, such as the smart-data
vs. smart-programs dispute in AI.
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THEOLOGY Theology lies within the domain of subjective consciousness, and its dogmas belong to the superphysical. Religion is that feeling, attraction, which has no need for reason, or at any rate is impaired if it is locked up in untenable conceptions of reason. K 5.45.1

theology, Michael is the angel of death who “leads

theology ::: n. --> The science of God or of religion; the science which treats of the existence, character, and attributes of God, his laws and government, the doctrines we are to believe, and the duties we are to practice; divinity; (as more commonly understood) "the knowledge derivable from the Scriptures, the systematic exhibition of revealed truth, the science of Christian faith and life."

THEOLOGY—The science that treats of the being of God, the attributes of God, the doctrine of the Trinity and creation and providence.

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   6 Kelly M Kapic
   6 J I Packer
   6 Gilbert K Chesterton
   5 Will Durant
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1:Theology is never any help; it is searching in a dark cellar at midnight for a black cat that isn't there.
   ~ Robert Heinlein, JOB: A Comedy of Justice, (1984).,
2:In Christian theology, kenosis (Greek: κένωσις, kénōsis, lit. emptiness) is the self-emptying of ones own will and becoming entirely receptive to Gods divine will.
   ~ Wikipedia,
3:One man's theology is another man's belly laugh.
   ~ Robert Heinlein, Notebooks of Lazarus Long, from Time Enough for Love (1973). This is sometimes misquoted as One man's religion is another man's belly laugh.,
4:God split himself into a myriad parts that he might have friends. This may not be true, but it sounds good, and is no sillier than any other theology.
   ~ Robert Heinlein, Notebooks of Lazarus Long, from Time Enough for Love (1973).,
5:Law was and is to protect the past and present status of society and, by its very essence, must be very conservative, if not reactionary. Theology and law are both of them static by their nature. ~ Alfred Korzybski, Manhood of Humanity,
6:I've never understood how God could expect His creatures to pick the one true religion by faith - it strikes me as a sloppy way to run a universe.
   ~ Robert Heinlein, Jubal Harshaw in Stranger in a Strange Land, (1961).Quotes About Religion & Theology,
7:Apotheosis (from Greek ἀποθέωσις from ἀποθεοῦν, apotheoun to deify; in Latin deificatio making divine; also called divinization and deification) is the glorification of a subject to divine level. The term has meanings in theology, where it refers to a belief, and in art, where it refers to a genre. this seems particularily important relative to define, which seems to be attempt at the highest potential of the word.
   ~ Wikipedia,
8:By religion, then, I understand a propitiation or conciliation of powers superior to man which are believed to direct and control the course of nature and of human life. Thus defined, religion consists of two elements, a theoretical and a practical, namely, a belief in powers higher than man and an attempt to propitiate or please them. Of the two, belief clearly comes first, since we must believe in the existence of a divine being before we can attempt to please him. But unless the belief leads to a corresponding practice, it is not a religion but merely a theology; in the language of St. James, "faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone." In other words, no man is religious who does not govern his conduct in some measure by the fear or love of God. On the other hand, mere practice, divested of all religious belief, is also not religion. Two men may behave in exactly the same way, and yet one of them may be religious and the other not. If the one acts from the love or fear of God, he is religious; if the other acts from the love or fear of man, he is moral or immoral according as his behaviour comports or conflicts with the general good. ~ James George Frazer, The Golden Bough,
9:I have been accused of a habit of changing my opinions. I am not myself in any degree ashamed of having changed my opinions. What physicist who was already active in 1900 would dream of boasting that his opinions had not changed during the last half century? In science men change their opinions when new knowledge becomes available; but philosophy in the minds of many is assimilated rather to theology than to science. The kind of philosophy that I value and have endeavoured to pursue is scientific, in the sense that there is some definite knowledge to be obtained and that new discoveries can make the admission of former error inevitable to any candid mind. For what I have said, whether early or late, I do not claim the kind of truth which theologians claim for their creeds. I claim only, at best, that the opinion expressed was a sensible one to hold at the time when it was expressed. I should be much surprised if subsequent research did not show that it needed to be modified. I hope, therefore, that whoever uses this dictionary will not suppose the remarks which it quotes to be intended as pontifical pronouncements, but only as the best I could do at the time towards the promotion of clear and accurate thinking. Clarity, above all, has been my aim.
   ~ Bertrand Russell,
10:... Every one knew how laborious the usual method is of attaining to arts and sciences; whereas, by his contrivance, the most ignorant person, at a reasonable charge, and with a little bodily labour, might write books in philosophy, poetry, politics, laws, mathematics, and theology, without the least assistance from genius or study." He then led me to the frame, about the sides, whereof all his pupils stood in ranks. It was twenty feet square, placed in the middle of the room. The superfices was composed of several bits of wood, about the bigness of a die, but some larger than others. They were all linked together by slender wires. These bits of wood were covered, on every square, with paper pasted on them; and on these papers were written all the words of their language, in their several moods, tenses, and declensions; but without any order. The professor then desired me "to observe; for he was going to set his engine at work." The pupils, at his command, took each of them hold of an iron handle, whereof there were forty fixed round the edges of the frame; and giving them a sudden turn, the whole disposition of the words was entirely changed. He then commanded six-and-thirty of the lads, to read the several lines softly, as they appeared upon the frame; and where they found three or four words together that might make part of a sentence, they dictated to the four remaining boys, who were scribes. This work was repeated three or four times, and at every turn, the engine was so contrived, that the words shifted into new places, as the square bits of wood moved upside down. ~ Jonathan Swift, Gullivers Travels,
   The Chonyid is the period of the appearance of the peaceful and wrathful deities-that is to say, the subtle realm, the Sambhogakaya. When the Clear Light of the causal realm is resisted and contracted against, then that Reality is transformed into the primordial seed forms of the peaceful deities (ishtadevas of the subtle sphere), and these in turn, if resisted and denied, are transformed into the wrathful deities.
   The peaceful deities appear first: through seven successive substages, there appear various forms of the tathagatas, dakinis, and vidyadharas, all accompanied by the most dazzlingly brilliant colors and aweinspiring suprahuman sounds. One after another, the divine visions, lights, and subtle luminous sounds cascade through awareness. They are presented, given, to the individual openly, freely, fully, and completely: visions of God in almost painful intensity and brilliance.
   How the individual handles these divine visions and sounds (nada) is of the utmost significance, because each divine scenario is accompanied by a much less intense vision, by a region of relative dullness and blunted illuminations. These concomitant dull and blunted visions represent the first glimmerings of the world of samsara, of the six realms of egoic grasping, of the dim world of duality and fragmentation and primitive forms of low-level unity.
   According to the Thotrol. most individuals simply recoil in the face of these divine illuminations- they contract into less intense and more manageable forms of experience. Fleeing divine illumination, they glide towards the fragmented-and thus less intense-realm of duality and multiplicity. But it's not just that they recoil against divinity-it is that they are attracted to the lower realms, drawn to them, and find satisfaction in them. The Thotrol says they are actually "attracted to the impure lights." As we have put it, these lower realms are substitute gratifications. The individual thinks that they are just what he wants, these lower realms of denseness. But just because these realms are indeed dimmer and less intense, they eventually prove to be worlds without bliss, without illumination, shot through with pain and suffering. How ironic: as a substitute for God, individuals create and latch onto Hell, known as samsara, maya, dismay. In Christian theology it is said that the flames of Hell are God's love (Agape) denied.
   Thus the message is repeated over and over again in the Chonyid stage: abide in the lights of the Five Wisdoms and subtle tathagatas, look not at the duller lights of samsara. of the six realms, of safe illusions and egoic dullness. As but one example:
   Thereupon, because of the power of bad karma, the glorious blue light of the Wisdom of the Dharmadhatu will produce in thee fear and terror, and thou wilt wish to flee from it. Thou wilt begat a fondness for the dull white light of the devas [one of the lower realms].
   At this stage, thou must not be awed by the divine blue light which will appear shining, dazzling, and glorious; and be not startled by it. That is the light of the Tathagata called the Light of the Wisdom of the Dharmadhatu.
   Be not fond of the dull white light of the devas. Be not attached to it; be not weak. If thou be attached to it, thou wilt wander into the abodes of the devas and be drawn into the whirl of the Six Lokas.
   The point is this: ''If thou are frightened by the pure radiances of Wisdom and attracted by the impure lights of the Six Lokas [lower realms], then thou wilt assume a body in any of the Six Lokas and suffer samsaric miseries; and thou wilt never be emancipated from the Ocean of Samsara, wherein thou wilt be whirled round and round and made to taste the sufferings thereof."
   But here is what is happening: in effect, we are seeing the primal and original form of the Atman project in its negative and contracting aspects. In this second stage (the Chonyid), there is already some sort of boundary in awareness, there is already some sort of subject-object duality superimposed upon the original Wholeness and Oneness of the Chikhai Dharmakaya. So now there is boundary-and wherever there is boundary, there is the Atman project. ~ Ken Wilber, The Atman Project, 129,
12:SECTION 1. Books for Serious Study
   Liber CCXX. (Liber AL vel Legis.) The Book of the Law. This book is the foundation of the New Æon, and thus of the whole of our work.
   The Equinox. The standard Work of Reference in all occult matters. The Encyclopaedia of Initiation.
   Liber ABA (Book 4). A general account in elementary terms of magical and mystical powers. In four parts: (1) Mysticism (2) Magical (Elementary Theory) (3) Magick in Theory and Practice (this book) (4) The Law.
   Liber II. The Message of the Master Therion. Explains the essence of the new Law in a very simple manner.
   Liber DCCCXXXVIII. The Law of Liberty. A further explanation of The Book of the Law in reference to certain ethical problems.
   Collected Works of A. Crowley. These works contain many mystical and magical secrets, both stated clearly in prose, and woven into the Robe of sublimest poesy.
   The Yi King. (S. B. E. Series [vol. XVI], Oxford University Press.) The "Classic of Changes"; give the initiated Chinese system of Magick.
   The Tao Teh King. (S. B. E. Series [vol. XXXIX].) Gives the initiated Chinese system of Mysticism.
   Tannhäuser, by A. Crowley. An allegorical drama concerning the Progress of the Soul; the Tannhäuser story slightly remodelled.
   The Upanishads. (S. B. E. Series [vols. I & XV.) The Classical Basis of Vedantism, the best-known form of Hindu Mysticism.
   The Bhagavad-gita. A dialogue in which Krishna, the Hindu "Christ", expounds a system of Attainment.
   The Voice of the Silence, by H.P. Blavatsky, with an elaborate commentary by Frater O.M. Frater O.M., 7°=48, is the most learned of all the Brethren of the Order; he has given eighteen years to the study of this masterpiece.
   Raja-Yoga, by Swami Vivekananda. An excellent elementary study of Hindu mysticism. His Bhakti-Yoga is also good.
   The Shiva Samhita. An account of various physical means of assisting the discipline of initiation. A famous Hindu treatise on certain physical practices.
   The Hathayoga Pradipika. Similar to the Shiva Samhita.
   The Aphorisms of Patanjali. A valuable collection of precepts pertaining to mystical attainment.
   The Sword of Song. A study of Christian theology and ethics, with a statement and solution of the deepest philosophical problems. Also contains the best account extant of Buddhism, compared with modern science.
   The Book of the Dead. A collection of Egyptian magical rituals.
   Dogme et Rituel de la Haute Magie, by Eliphas Levi. The best general textbook of magical theory and practice for beginners. Written in an easy popular style.
   The Book of the Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage. The best exoteric account of the Great Work, with careful instructions in procedure. This Book influenced and helped the Master Therion more than any other.
   The Goetia. The most intelligible of all the mediæval rituals of Evocation. Contains also the favourite Invocation of the Master Therion.
   Erdmann's History of Philosophy. A compendious account of philosophy from the earliest times. Most valuable as a general education of the mind.
   The Spiritual Guide of [Miguel de] Molinos. A simple manual of Christian Mysticism.
   The Star in the West. (Captain Fuller). An introduction to the study of the Works of Aleister Crowley.
   The Dhammapada. (S. B. E. Series [vol. X], Oxford University Press). The best of the Buddhist classics.
   The Questions of King Milinda. (S. B. E. Series [vols. XXXV & XXXVI].) Technical points of Buddhist dogma, illustrated bydialogues.
   Liber 777 vel Prolegomena Symbolica Ad Systemam Sceptico-Mysticæ Viæ Explicandæ, Fundamentum Hieroglyphicam Sanctissimorum Scientiæ Summæ. A complete Dictionary of the Correspondences of all magical elements, reprinted with extensive additions, making it the only standard comprehensive book of reference ever published. It is to the language of Occultism what Webster or Murray is to the English language.
   Varieties of Religious Experience (William James). Valuable as showing the uniformity of mystical attainment.
   Kabbala Denudata, von Rosenroth: also The Kabbalah Unveiled, by S.L. Mathers. The text of the Qabalah, with commentary. A good elementary introduction to the subject.
   Konx Om Pax [by Aleister Crowley]. Four invaluable treatises and a preface on Mysticism and Magick.
   The Pistis Sophia [translated by G.R.S. Mead or Violet McDermot]. An admirable introduction to the study of Gnosticism.
   The Oracles of Zoroaster [Chaldæan Oracles]. An invaluable collection of precepts mystical and magical.
   The Dream of Scipio, by Cicero. Excellent for its Vision and its Philosophy.
   The Golden Verses of Pythagoras, by Fabre d'Olivet. An interesting study of the exoteric doctrines of this Master.
   The Divine Pymander, by Hermes Trismegistus. Invaluable as bearing on the Gnostic Philosophy.
   The Secret Symbols of the Rosicrucians, reprint of Franz Hartmann. An invaluable compendium.
   Scrutinium Chymicum [Atalanta Fugiens]¸ by Michael Maier. One of the best treatises on alchemy.
   Science and the Infinite, by Sidney Klein. One of the best essays written in recent years.
   Two Essays on the Worship of Priapus [A Discourse on the Worship of Priapus &c. &c. &c.], by Richard Payne Knight [and Thomas Wright]. Invaluable to all students.
   The Golden Bough, by J.G. Frazer. The textbook of Folk Lore. Invaluable to all students.
   The Age of Reason, by Thomas Paine. Excellent, though elementary, as a corrective to superstition.
   Rivers of Life, by General Forlong. An invaluable textbook of old systems of initiation.
   Three Dialogues, by Bishop Berkeley. The Classic of Subjective Idealism.
   Essays of David Hume. The Classic of Academic Scepticism.
   First Principles by Herbert Spencer. The Classic of Agnosticism.
   Prolegomena [to any future Metaphysics], by Immanuel Kant. The best introduction to Metaphysics.
   The Canon [by William Stirling]. The best textbook of Applied Qabalah.
   The Fourth Dimension, by [Charles] H. Hinton. The best essay on the subject.
   The Essays of Thomas Henry Huxley. Masterpieces of philosophy, as of prose.
   ~ Aleister Crowley, Liber ABA, Appendix I: Literature Recommended to Aspirants
13:For all the series of the ruling Gods (θεοὶ ἄρχοντες), are collected into the intellectual fabrication as into a summit, and subsist about it. And as all the fountains are the progeny of the intelligible father, and are filled from him with intelligible union, thus likewise, all the orders of the principles or rulers, are suspended according to nature from the demiurgus, and participate from thence of an intellectual life. ~ Proclus, The Theology of Plato
14:Theology without practice is the theology of demons ~ Saint Maximus the Confessor

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1:Theology is unnecessary. ~ Stephen Hawking
2:Science is the true theology. ~ Thomas Paine
3:An Animated Cartoon Theology: ~ E L Doctorow
4:Theology is ignorance with wings. ~ Sam Harris
5:The cross alone is our theology. ~ Martin Luther
6:Academic theology is false. ~ Alexander Schmemann
7:Communion is deeper than theology. ~ Samuel Chadwick
8:Liberty's chief foe is theology. ~ Charles Bradlaugh
9:Theology is a subject without an object ~ Dan Barker
10:Theology is Classified Superstition. ~ Elbert Hubbard
11:Theology made no provision for evolution. ~ E O Wilson
12:Prayer turns theology into experience. ~ Timothy Keller
13:All theology is rooted in geography. ~ Eugene H Peterson
14:Men are better than this theology. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
15:Bad theology dishonors God and hurts people. ~ John Piper
16:Prayer turns theology into experience. ~ Timothy J Keller
18:theology is to religion what poisons are to food ~ Voltaire
19:Theology is the science of the divine lie. ~ Mikhail Bakunin
20:Theology is to religion what poisons are to food. ~ Voltaire
21:Theology, it turns out, is Satan's favorite game. ~ Mike Mason
22:One man's pornography is another man's theology. ~ Clive Barker
23:theology touches every dimension of our lives. The ~ R C Sproul
24:Theology is a science of mind applied to God. ~ Henry Ward Beecher
25:Preaching is theology coming through a man who is on fire. ~ Martyn
26:Theosophy blesses the world; Theology is its curse. ~ H P Blavatsky
27:To downgrade the human mind is bad theology. ~ Gilbert K Chesterton
28:A God-centered theology has to be a missionary theology ~ John Piper
29:One man's theology is another man's belly laugh. ~ Robert A Heinlein
30:Theology is a superstition—Humanity a religion. ~ Robert G Ingersoll
31:Theology is only thought applied to religion. ~ Gilbert K Chesterton
32:Theology is the doctrine or teaching of living to God. ~ William Ames
33:Theology must have the character of a living procession. ~ Karl Barth
34:Theology without love is simply very bad theology. ~ Paul David Tripp
35:Art is so often better at theology than theology is. ~ Christian Wiman
36:A theology whose god is a metaphor is wasting its time. ~ Mason Cooley
37:Christian theology is the grandmother of Bolshevism. ~ Oswald Spengler
38:I consider theology to be the rhetoric of morals. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
39:[Theology is a] web of contradictions and delusions. ~ Ludwig Feuerbach
40:In theology the conservative temper tends to formalism. ~ Edith Hamilton
41:Life offers no theology. There is but music and dance. ~ L E Modesitt Jr
42:Theology: (15) Somebody made everything for some reason. ~ Kurt Vonnegut
43:Theology must begin and end with the question of truth. ~ Peter L Berger
44:What I mean by spirituality is not theology, but attitude. ~ Mary Oliver
45:You attacked reason," said Father Brown. "It's bad theology. ~ Anonymous
46:Christian theology is a hair's breadth away from nihilism. ~ John Milbank
47:Show me a church's songs and I'll show you their theology. ~ Gordon D Fee
48:Theology: (15.) Somebody made everything for some reason. ~ Kurt Vonnegut
49:Theology, like fiction, is largely autobiographical. ~ Frederick Buechner
50:Theology is now little more than a branch of human ignorance. ~ Sam Harris
51:Theology without practice is the theology of demons ~ Saint Maximus the Confessor
52:We want Paul's theology and his results but not his methods. ~ Roland Allen
53:In all systems of theology, the devil figures as a male person. ~ Don Herold
54:I think that gardening is nearer to godliness than theology. ~ Vigen Guroian
55:There is no philosophy that is not to some extent also theology. ~ Karl Barth
56:The spirit of dogmatic theology poisons anything it touches. ~ Jeremy Bentham
57:You attacked reason," said Father Brown. "It's bad theology. ~ G K Chesterton
58:You attacked reason,” said Father Brown. “It’s bad theology. ~ G K Chesterton
59:Any old woman can love God better than a doctor of theology can. ~ Bonaventure
60:Once people get hung up on theology, they've lost sanity forever. ~ Gore Vidal
61:The best theology would need no advocates; it would prove itself. ~ Karl Barth
62:Theology” is a stuffy word, but it should be an everyday one. ~ Dallas Willard
63:Christian theology: nothing so grotesque could possibly be true. ~ Edward Abbey
64:The church today is dominated by this theology of silly women. ~ Douglas Wilson
65:The Puritans made me aware that all theology is also spirituality. ~ J I Packer
66:Preaching is theology coming through a man who is on fire. ~ John F MacArthur Jr
67:Theology is but our ideas of truth classified and arranged. ~ Henry Ward Beecher
68:Theology is taught by God, teaches God, and leads to God. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
69:Aside from theology and sex there is really nothing to talk about. ~ Harold Laski
70:Imprisoned professors taught imprisoned students free theology. ~ Jurgen Moltmann
71:Politics moves upward into ethics, and ethics ascends to theology. ~ Russell Kirk
72:Theology is a means to enjoying and worshiping God, or it is useless. ~ John Piper
73:We would do our theology better if more was at stake in what we said. ~ John Piper
74:...foreign policy is a matter of costs and benefits, not theology. ~ Fareed Zakaria
75:Theology masters the man; the man is never to master the theology. ~ Carl R Trueman
76:The call is to do theology in loving community with other people. ~ Paul David Tripp
77:Theology must work itself out in the most practical relationships. ~ Oswald Chambers
78:Theology is simply that part of religion that requires brains. ~ Gilbert K Chesterton
79:Theology is the post hoc rationalization of what you want to believe. ~ Jerry A Coyne
80:Aesthetics is really a much better approach to ethics than theology is. ~ Alan W Watts
81:A professorship of theology should have no place in our institution. ~ Richard Dawkins
82:As in art, poetry, music, etc., the best theology is worked out in pain ~ Steve Chalke
83:Don't create theology about God so that you can feel better about Him. ~ Matt Chandler
84:Exactly halfway between exegesis and practical theology stands dogmatics, ~ Karl Barth
85:Exactly halfway between exegesis and practical theology stands dogmatics. ~ Karl Barth
86:I don't judge people by their theology, I judge them by their behavior ~ Dennis Prager
87:A theology without spirituality would be a sterile academic exercise. ~ John Macquarrie
88:I am fascinated in religion and theology and what people believe. ~ Sarah Wayne Callies
89:After theology I give to music the highest place and the greatest honor. ~ Martin Luther
90:Every one of us loves Pauline theology, but few of us want Pauline pain. ~ Matt Chandler
91:Grace is the essence of theology and gratitude is the essence of ethics. ~ G C Berkouwer
92:Not everyone can be a theologian, but everyone should know some theology. ~ Carl E Olson
93:Theology is that discipline whereby we stop talking nonsense about God. ~ Herbert McCabe
94:Men will never be great in theology until they are great in suffering. ~ Charles Spurgeon
95:Life is a mess. And theology must be lived out in the midst of that mess. ~ Charles Colson
96:The more fantastic an ideology or theology, the more fanatic its adherents. ~ Edward Abbey
97:There is too much theology in the Church now, and too little of the Gospel. ~ Lewis Tappan
98:Without action and fruit, all the theology in the world has little meaning. ~ Francis Chan
99:Be assured, there is nothing new in theology except that which is false. ~ Charles Spurgeon
100:Religious conservatives still lack a theology of direct political action. ~ Ralph E Reed Jr
101:The essence of theology is grace; the essence of Christian ethics is gratitude. ~ Anonymous
102:We have to determine our theology from the Word of God, not from what we feel. ~ R C Sproul
103:It is impossible to exaggerate the evil work theology has done in the world. ~ Lydia M Child
104:Life is a mess. And theology must be lived out in the midst of that mess. ~ Charles W Colson
105:My entire theology can be condensed into four words, 'JESUS DIED FOR ME'. ~ Charles Spurgeon
106:Theology being the work of males, original sin was traced to the female. ~ Barbara W Tuchman
107:True theology is an actual determination and claiming of man by the acting God. ~ Karl Barth
108:Barth refused to enlist theology merely to sustain Western civilization. ~ William H Willimon
109:Every political theology is exorcising demons—the question is which demons. ~ James K A Smith
110:I do not believe in the God of theology who rewards good and punishes evil. ~ Albert Einstein
111:My theology, briefly, is that the universe was dictated, but not signed. ~ Christopher Morley
112:Keep this in mind, though: loving people the way Jesus did is always great theology ~ Bob Goff
113:Theology tells us how we should think while ethics tells us how we should live. ~ Wayne Grudem
114:This one word 'grace' contains within itself the whole of New Testament theology. ~ J I Packer
115:Theology very naturally follows belief, but belief very rarely follows judgment. ~ Jen Hatmaker
116:Bad theology begets ugly Christianity. Good theology begets beautiful Christianity. ~ Tony Jones
117:EXTINCTION, n. The raw material out of which theology created the future state. ~ Ambrose Bierce
118:God doesn’t just want us to have good theology; He wants us to know and love Him. ~ Francis Chan is the kind of sacred cow which theology was five hundred years ago.... ~ John Lukacs
120:This was a commercial situation, not some exercise in an Applied Theology course. ~ Vernor Vinge
121:My entire theology can be condensed into four words. Jesus died for me. ~ Charles Haddon Spurgeon
122:No theology is genuinely Christian which does not arise from and focus on the cross. ~ John Stott
123:Theology is the effort to explain the unknowable in terms of the not worth knowing. ~ H L Mencken
124:So there are no nontheologians; there is just good theology and bad theology. ~ William H Willimon
125:Theology is not only about understanding the world; it is about mending the world. ~ Miroslav Volf
126:Theology is the effort to explain the unknowable in terms of the not worth knowing. ~ H L Mencken
127:Any theology that does not lead to song is, at a fundamental level, a flawed theology. ~ J I Packer
128:This is the purpose of theology. By it my life becomes clearer and more conscious. ~ Dorothee Solle
129:All theology consists in finding out what is meant by the words “He is.” Let us begin. ~ Frank Sheed
130:Bad theology will eventually hurt people and dishonor God in proportion to its badness. ~ John Piper
131:Medicine makes people ill, mathematics make them sad and theology makes them sinful. ~ Martin Luther
132:The theology that matters is not the theology we profess but the theology we practice. ~ Tim Chester
133:Theology is ignorance of natural causes; a tissue of fallacies and contradictions. ~ Paul Henri Thiry
134:The sooner the doctrine of original sin disappears, the better it is for theology. ~ Georgia Harkness
135:The story [of the Sacrifice of Isaac ] is much more a part of theology than of history. ~ Elie Wiesel
136:The theology that matters is not the theology we profess but the theology we practice. ~ Francis Chan
137:Theology in general seems to me a substitution of human ingenuity for divine wisdom. ~ Julia Ward Howe
138:Theology is not what we know about God, but what we do not know about Nature. ~ Robert Green Ingersoll
139:The study of theology, as it stands in the Christian churches, is the study of nothing. ~ Thomas Paine
140:Faith is the only thing that will ever close the gap between our theology and our reality. ~ Beth Moore
141:The world does not understand theology or dogma, but it understands love and sympathy. ~ Dwight L Moody
142:Attempting to separate life and theology is to lose the beauty and truthfulness of both. ~ Kelly M Kapic
143:Pelagianism is the natural heresy of zealous Christians who are not interested in theology. ~ J I Packer
144:All true theology has an evangelistic thrust, and all true evangelism is theology in action. ~ J I Packer
145:Except, perhaps, that he was an atheist in theology, he was a strict orthodox Christian. ~ Sinclair Lewis
146:Politics is not religion and we should govern on the basis of evidence, not theology. ~ William J Clinton
147:This new project of hers was in experimental theology. But so is all of science she thought. ~ Carl Sagan
148:I consider Christian theology to be one of the great disasters of the human race. ~ Alfred North Whitehead
149:In brief, the Tree of Life is a compendium of science, psychology, philosophy and theology. ~ Dion Fortune
150:There is no more hateful person than a Christian who thinks you’ve got your theology wrong. ~ Sarah Bessey
151:All men matter. You matter. I matter. It's the hardest thing in theology to believe. ~ Gilbert K Chesterton
152:A professorship of theology should have
no place in our institution. —THOMAS JEFFERSON ~ Richard Dawkins
153:History has the relation to truth that theology has to religion — ie., none to speak of ~ Robert A Heinlein
154:How do we protect the soul of democracy against bad theology in service of an imperial state? ~ Bill Moyers
155:I study theology in the works of creation and find in it new reasons for adoring the creator. ~ Jan Potocki
156:To reject theology is to reject the knowledge of God. This is not an option for the Christian. ~ R C Sproul
157:William Ames (1576-1633) defined theology as the “teaching [doctrina] of living to God.”[2] ~ Kelly M Kapic
158:If our theology does not quicken the conscience and soften the heart, it actually hardens both. ~ J I Packer
159:The Epistle to the Romans is an extremely important synthesis of the whole theology of St. Paul. ~ Hans Kung
160:For the progressive left, social activism grounded in faith and theology crested in the 1960s. ~ Mike McCurry
161:If you meet with a system of theology which magnifies man, flee from it as far as you can. ~ Charles Spurgeon
162:I read science for the same reason I read theology: because I am a seeker after truth. ~ Barbara Brown Taylor
163:Nelson had to smile. ‘Theology? David, this is the Church of England. We don’t do theology. ~ Terry Pratchett
164:The Scriptures were written with built-in tension between texts and its resultant theology. ~ James MacDonald
165:Could the highest level of “right theology” involve loving God and people like Jesus suggested? ~ Jen Hatmaker
166:For the first time in our history, ideology and theology hold a monopoly of power in Washington. ~ Bill Moyers
167:I still love the theology of the Mormon religion and think it is a wonderful way to grow up. ~ Katherine Heigl
168:Our theology is still in a time of crisis, and I think this will last for some years more. ~ Godfried Danneels
169:When ideology and theology couple, their offspring are not always bad but they are always blind. ~ Bill Moyers
170:Astronomy is what we have now instead of theology. The terrors are less, but the comforts are nil’. ~ Brian Cox
171:Conversation with God leads to an encounter with God. Prayer turns theology into experience. ~ Timothy J Keller
172:I do not believe that God intended the study of theology to result in confusion and frustration. ~ Wayne Grudem
173:It is the prerogative of the theologian to make fine distinctions; that is what theology is about. ~ R C Sproul
174:Liberation theology often ends up as little more than theological frosting on a Marxist cake. ~ Nancy R Pearcey
175:One of the things we in the Reformed tradition are very good at is writing doctrinal theology! ~ Oliver D Crisp
176:Since there was no Heaven in ancient Jewish theology,231 virtue had to be rewarded here or never. ~ Will Durant
177:A theology should be like poetry, which takes us to the end of what words and thoughts can do. ~ Karen Armstrong
178:Holy theology arises from knees bend before the mystery of the divine child in the stable. ~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer
179:Paul created a theology of which none but the vaguest warrants can be found in the words of Christ. ~ Will Durant
180:The Christ of Theology is not alive for us today. He is wrapped in the grave cloths of dogma. ~ Albert Schweitzer
181:We may not play with the new theology even if we may think we can turn it to our advantage. ~ Francis A Schaeffer
182:As Barrett puts it: “From nature the Greeks have evolved not natural theology but natural idolatry. ~ C Kavin Rowe
183:I think the devil has tricked us into thinking so much of biblical theology is story fit for kids. ~ Donald Miller
184:Reformed theology so far transcends the mere five points of Calvinism that it is an entire worldview. ~ R C Sproul
185:A professorship of Theology should have no place in our institution [the University of Virginia] ~ Thomas Jefferson
186:Everywhere, except in theology, there has been a vigorous growth of skepticism about skepticism itself. ~ C S Lewis
187:One can’t found a novel theology on Nothing, and nothing is so secure a foundation as a contradiction. ~ Gene Wolfe
188:When theology recognizes one thing properly, it mis-recognizes something else all the more thoroughly. ~ Karl Barth
189:Besides the missionary theology cultivated by many churches, we also need a theology of extinction. ~ Philip Jenkins
190:There's probably no concept in theology more repugnant to modern America than the idea of divine wrath. ~ R C Sproul
191:while theology should inform a Christian's relationship with God, it should never take its place. ~ Henry T Blackaby
192:The Institutes is not only the classic of Christian theology; it is also a model of Christian devotion. ~ John Calvin
193:Damn, but science is just a constant feed of cool new facts and theories. Theology doesn't come close. ~ Jerry A Coyne
194:Kant certainly was sympathetic with the metaphysical tradition of rational theology that he criticized. ~ Allen W Wood
195:Like all great rationalists you believed in things that were twice as incredible as theology. ~ Halld r Kiljan Laxness
196:Not only had I got rid of the theology and the supernatural, but I had found the truth of evolution. ~ Andrew Carnegie
197:Philosophy, as I shall understand the word, is something intermediate between theology and science. ~ Bertrand Russell
198:[...] the development of the Christian ethic slowly eroded Christian theology. Christ destroyed Jehovah. ~ Will Durant
199:The theology you live out is much more important to your daily life than the theology you claim to believe. ~ Tim Lane
200:Third, the church’s music and songs constitute what Richard Mouw describes as a “compacted theology. ~ James K A Smith
201:In theology we must consider the predominance of authority; in philosophy the predominance of reason. ~ Johannes Kepler
202:It's theology. Were you expecting sex, drugs, and rock and roll?"
"One out of the three would be nice. ~ Katie Henry
203:Really, theology is simply what we think about God and then living that truth out in our right-now life. ~ Sarah Bessey
204:In all systems of theology the devil figures as a male person. Yes, it is women who keep the church going. ~ Don Marquis
205:I would say that teleology is theology, and that God is not a "because," but rather an "in order to. ~ Miguel de Unamuno
206:Theology sits rouged at the window and courts philosophy's favor, offering to sell her charms to it. ~ Soren Kierkegaard
207:Theology sits rouged at the window and courts philosophy's favor, offering to sell her charms to it. ~ S ren Kierkegaard
208:There is no absurdity in theology so great that you cannot parallel it by a greater absurdity in Nature. ~ Thomas Huxley
209:In Science, Correlation does not imply Causation; while in Theology, Creation does not imply Causation. ~ Ibrahim Ibrahim
210:Man is the only animal that loves his neighbor as himself and cuts his throat if his theology isn't straight ~ Mark Twain
211:There is no conflict between science and theology, except where there is bad science or bad theology. ~ Theodore Hesburgh
212:all theology knowingly or not is by definition always engaged for or against the oppressed. ~ Elisabeth Schussler Fiorenza
213:Don’t belittle everyday pots and pans — they are the means to carry theology into the everyday of our lives. ~ Ann Voskamp
214:I learned more about God from the tears of homeless mothers than any systematic theology ever taught me. ~ Shane Claiborne
215:Infinite possibility in all things is a certainty. That pretty much covers theology and philosophy for me. ~ Robert Fulghum
216:Whatever I may believe in theology, I do not believe in the doctrine of vicarious atonement in politics. ~ James A Garfield
217:If our theology doesn't shift and change over our lifetimes, then I have to wonder if we're paying attention. ~ Sarah Bessey
218:I wanted to construct a black theology—a theology that would be black like Malcolm and Christian like Martin. ~ James H Cone
219:We are not all called to be PhDs in theology; we are each simply called to be faithful with what the Lord gives. ~ Anonymous
220:A dog is grateful for what is, which I am finding to be the soundest kind of wisdom and very good theology. ~ Carrie Newcomer
221:I should have been glad to acquire some sort of idea of Hindu theology, ... but the difficulties were too great. ~ Mark Twain
222:Let us put theology out of religion. Theology has always sent the worst to heaven, the best to hell. ~ Robert Green Ingersoll
223:Steven Hawking is a brilliant physicist and when it comes to theology I can say he's a brilliant physicist. ~ Guy Consolmagno
224:That is the great contribution of Reformed thinking to the Christian church: theology for a life well-lived. ~ Oliver D Crisp
225:The gods and myths of Babylon and Nineveh are in many cases modifications or developments of Sumerian theology; ~ Will Durant
226:The kingdom is not about chatter. It is about action. Nike has some great theology. It is time to just do it. ~ Thom S Rainer
227:To theology, ... only what it holds sacred is true, whereas to philosophy, only what holds true is sacred. ~ Ludwig Feuerbach
228:All great literature has an uncreeded and luminous theology behind it... Art [is] a form of active prayer. ~ Melissa Pritchard
229:Deep theology is the best fuel of devotion; it readily catches fire, and once kindled it burns long. ~ Frederick William Faber
230:Every single Biblical doctrine of theology, directly or indirectly, ultimately has its basis in the book of Genesis. ~ Ken Ham
231:Theology is for homemakers who need to know who God is, who they are, and what this mundane life is all about. ~ Gloria Furman
232:Any amount of theology can now be smuggled into people's minds under the cover of fiction without their knowing it. ~ C S Lewis
233:Before you call yourself a Christian, Buddhist, Muslim, Hindu or any other theology, learn to be human first. ~ Shannon L Alder
234:I fear theology is--in the words attributed to William Temple--"still in its infancy" when it comes to animals. ~ Andrew Linzey
235:Intelligent design is just the Logos theology of John's Gospel restated in the idiom of information theory. ~ William A Dembski
236:All civilized nations must unite in condemnation of a theology that now threatens to destabilize much of the earth. ~ Sam Harris
237:The rest is abortion and not-yet-science: which is to say metaphysics, theology, psychology, epistemology. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche
238:Governmental defense of any theology necessarily weakens the legitimacy of both the government and the theology. ~ Taslima Nasrin
239:Herbert Jemson was Methodist of the whole cloth: he was notoriously short on theology and a mile long on good works. ~ Harper Lee
240:the tight trousers that bulged offensively in the crotch in violation of all rules of theology and geometry. ~ John Kennedy Toole
241:A robust biblical theology tends to safeguard Christians against the most egregious reductionisms,” says D. A. Carson. ~ Anonymous
242:G. K. Chesterton once wrote, “All men matter. You matter. I matter. It’s the hardest thing in theology to believe. ~ Philip Yancey
243:The religion of the future will be cosmic religion. It will transcend personal God and avoid dogma and theology. ~ Albert Einstein
244:So I offer my definition of theology: theology is the application of Scripture, by persons, to every area of life.11 ~ John M Frame
245:theology requires metaphors and concepts that come from our understanding of nature and therefore from science. ~ William A Dembski
246:Even religion had to invent some kind of science for itself (Theology = The philosophy of divinity) To justify its existence. ~ Rius
247:I flip a cognitive coin while reading Dr. Briggs' take on life, theology, science, and the conception of human life. ~ Asa Don Brown
248:If you don't listen to theology, that won't mean you have no ideas about God, it will mean you have a lot of wrong ones. ~ C S Lewis
249:One of my former teachers repeatedly reminded us that an imbalance in theology was the same as doctrinal insanity. ~ Charles C Ryrie
250:This is the reason why our Theology is certain: because it seizes us from ourselves and places us outside ourselves. ~ Martin Luther
251:While some friends declared my faith dead on arrival, others insisted on defibrillation via systematic theology. ~ Rachel Held Evans
252:Theology, philosophy, metaphysics, and quantum physics are merely ways for God to have his smart people believe in him ~ Jeremy Aldana
253:Today's vivid demonstration of that which ancient Egypt had is not of a technology, it is rather that of a Theology. ~ Ibrahim Ibrahim
254:Certain new theologians dispute original sin, which is the only part of Christian theology which can really be proved. ~ G K Chesterton
255:God must not engage in theology. The writer must not destroy by human reasonings the faith that art requires of us. ~ Jorge Luis Borges
256:Satan could make an "A" in my Systematic Theology course. He knows the information and knows that the information is true. ~ R C Sproul
257:theology is the serious and joyful attempt to live blessedly with others, before God, in Christ, through the Spirit ~ Kevin J Vanhoozer
258:I had a big event in my personal life. Then I reevaluated and started going to theology class, and then I found my husband. ~ Ali Landry
259:I very rarely read any fiction. I love biographies; I read about all kinds of people. I love theology and some philosophy. ~ Al Sharpton
260:The claim to be the infallible mouthpiece of God is as odious to me in art as in theology.. ~ Carl Jung [Letter to Walter Mertens, 1932]
261:I am convinced of the afterlife, independent of theology. If the world is rationally constructed, there must be an afterlife ~ Kurt Godel
262:The miracle of the Resurrection, and the theology of that miracle, comes first: the biography comes later as a comment on it. ~ C S Lewis
263:Evangelical theology is modest theology, because it is determined to be so by its object, that is, by him who is its subject. ~ Karl Barth
264:Grace easily turns to hyper-grace in a world that has lost its view of God's throne room and a biblical theology of sin. ~ James MacDonald
265:Philosophy — the power of separate thought and the thought of separate power — was never by itself able to supersede theology. ~ Anonymous
266:Theology is a thing of unreason altogether, an edifice of assumptions and dreams, a superstructure without a substructure ~ Ambrose Bierce
267:The riot, then, was an exercise in science and theology—a seeking after clues by the living as to what life was all about. ~ Kurt Vonnegut
268:If we take science as our sole guide, if we accept and hold fast that alone which is verifiable, the old theology must go. ~ John Burroughs
269:If you walk in the Spirit, know your Bible, and spend sufficient time alone with God, your theology will take care of itself. ~ R T Kendall
270:In the devil's theology, the important thing is to be absolutely right and to prove that everybody else is absolutely wrong. ~ Thomas Merton
271:And Richard Phillips writes, "Theology bores today's Christians, which is another way of saying we are bored with God himself. ~ Tim Challies
272:Certain new theologians dispute original sin, which is the only part of Christian theology which can really be proved. ~ Gilbert K Chesterton
273:I think that our popular theology has gained in decorum, and not in principle, over the superstitions it has displaced. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
274:the central Christian theology (sufficiently summarized in the Apostles’ Creed) is the best root of energy and sound ethics. ~ G K Chesterton
275:Theology is the mistress-science, without which the whole educational structure will necessarily lack its final synthesis. ~ Dorothy L Sayers
276:[I]ndeed, one hears, in early Christian theology, as many echoes of Persian dualism as of Hebrew Puritanism or Greek philosophy. ~ Will Durant
277:[...] central Christian theology (sufficiently summarized in the Apostles' Creed) is the best root of energy and sound ethics. ~ G K Chesterton
278:Our theology and experience of the Spirit must be more interwoven if our experienced life of the Spirit is to be more effective. ~ Gordon D Fee
279:The cure for false theology is motherwit. Forget your books and traditions, and obey your moral perceptions at this hour. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
280:For there is some danger of falling into a soft and effeminate Christianity, under the plea of a lofty and ethereal theology. ~ Charles Spurgeon
281:I went to Notre Dame. I don't know if that has any relevance, but maybe we all had a little too much philosophy and theology. ~ William Mapother
282:The function of Theology? The recitation of the incomprehensible by the unspeakable to pick the pockets of the unthinking. ~ Robert Anton Wilson
283:A thoughtless or uninformed theology grips and guides our life with just as great a force as does a thoughtful and informed one. ~ Dallas Willard
284:whenever we feel there is something odd in Christian theology, we shall generally find that there is something odd in the truth. ~ G K Chesterton
285:If you do not listen to theology, that will not mean that you have no ideas about God. It will mean that you have a lot of wrong ones! ~ C S Lewis
286:I have become convinced that we must put an end to atonement theology or there will be no future for the Christian faith. This ~ John Shelby Spong
287:A really religious person has no theology. Yes, he has the experience, he has the truth, he has that luminosity, but he has no theology. ~ Rajneesh
288:The literature of Ug is copious and of high merit, but consists altogether of fiction — mainly history, biography, theology and novels. ~ Anonymous
289:The religion of tomorrow will be less concerned with the dogmas of theology and more concerned with the social welfare of humanity. ~ Tommy Douglas
290:We are not a religious tradition with a creed, but a religious movement that has always wedded social justice work to theology ~ James Luther Adams
291:Bonhoeffer was not interested in intellectual abstraction. Theology must lead to the practical aspects of how to live as a Christian. ~ Eric Metaxas
292:I have yet to see any good reason to suppose that theology (as opposed to biblical history, literature, etc.) is a subject at all. ~ Richard Dawkins
293:Preaching is theology coming through a man who is on fire. A true understanding and experience of the Truth must lead to this. ~ John F MacArthur Jr
294:The atmosphere of our time is fast being cleared of the fumes and deadly gases that arose during the carboniferous age of theology. ~ John Burroughs
295:When you're writing theology, you have to say everything all the time, otherwise people think you've deliberately missed something out. ~ N T Wright
296:Religion is neither a theology nor a theosophy; it is more than that, it is a discipline, a law, a yoke, an indissoluble engagement. ~ Joseph Joubert
297:The theology of Christmas too easily gets lost under the gay wrappings, yet apart from its theological meaning it really has none at all. ~ A W Tozer
298:the theology of the Word of God is not an end in itself but a means to an end, and that end is a radically grace-transformed life. ~ Paul David Tripp
299:Thomas Aquinas: “Theology is taught by God, teaches of God and leads to God” (Theologia a Deo docetur, Deum docet, et ad Deum ducit). ~ Kelly M Kapic
300:Dogma? Faith? These are the right and left pillars of every soul-crushing theology. Theosophists have no dogmas, exact no blind faith. ~ H P Blavatsky
301:Catholic theology believes that God gave man free will, and you can't give somebody free will and then send in a play from the sidelines. ~ Roger Ebert
302:I know the established Christian theology... I know the enemy, but the enemy doesn't know me. Thus the enemy has already lost the war. ~ Sun Myung Moon
303:Persecution is used in theology, not in arithmetic, because in arithmetic there is knowledge, but in theology there is only opinion. ~ Bertrand Russell
304:Sound theology actually teaches the central importance of love and inclines us to love the God of the Scriptures and other people as well. ~ R C Sproul
305:The first is the fact that original sin is really original. Not merely in theology but in history it is a thing rooted in the origins. ~ G K Chesterton
306:I enjoy poetry where I can talk as bizarre as I please, but theology or philosophy, I always respect the truth by taking it a step further. ~ Criss Jami
307:The function of law and theology are the same: to keep the poor from taking back by violence what the rich have stolen by cunning. ~ Robert Anton Wilson
308:Allowing a person or thing to leave your life, without further pain is the basis of humanity. Everything else is the reason (theology). ~ Shannon L Alder
309:Reformed theology belongs to this confessional tradition, and Reformed theologians and churches continue to write confessions even today. ~ Oliver D Crisp
310:The best theology will not remove mystery from your life, so rest is found in trusting the One who rules, is all, and knows no mystery. ~ Paul David Tripp
311:Theology is reflection, a critical attitude. The commitment of love, of service, comes first. Theology follows; it is the second step. ~ Gustavo Gutierrez
312:I'm an enemy of what I call 'computer theology.' There's a class conflict out there. There's a techno-elite that lives in a different world. ~ Walt Mossberg
313:I recall hearing one of my professors in seminary say that one of the best tests of a person's theology was the effect it has on one's prayers. ~ John Piper
314:What is the difference between a Doctor of Medicine and a Doctor of Theology? One prescribes drugs, while the other might as well be on drugs. ~ Pat Condell
315:I think everyone who has an interest in Reformed theology, or just in Christian theology more generally, should read John Calvin Institutes. ~ Oliver D Crisp
316:Theology offers you a working arrangement, which leaves the scientist free to continue his experiments and the Christian to continue his prayers. ~ C S Lewis
317:The task of the modern era was the realization and humanization of God – the transformation and dissolution of theology into anthropology. ~ Ludwig Feuerbach
318:As the grace grows nearer my theology is growing strangely simple, and it begins and ends with Christ as the only Savior of the lost. ~ Henry Benjamin Whipple
319:Holy theology arises from knees bent before the mystery of the divine child in the stable. Without the holy night, there is no theology. ~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer
320:To so many people, the Lord is in danger of being no more than a patron saint of our systematic theology instead of the Christ Who is our life. ~ W Ian Thomas
321:To so many people, the Lord is in danger of being no more than a patron saint of our systematic theology instead of the Christ who is our life. ~ W Ian Thomas
322:Like all successful organizations—be they businesses or religions—SeaWorld had its holy writ, a kind of theology at the heart of its existence. ~ John Hargrove
323:Philosophy finds itself to be no longer anything but the heir to a fabulous mystical theology, but missing a God and wiping the slate clean. ~ Georges Bataille
324:The Bible gives us a theology which is more human than Calvinism, and more divine than Arminianism, and more Christian than either of them.1243 ~ Philip Schaff
325:The sociology of many white communities shapes the theology of their churches, making them “conformed to the world” and disobedient to the gospel. ~ Jim Wallis
326:What makes you a Christian is whether or not you really are in accord with biblical theology and whether you know Jesus Christ as your Saviour. ~ Walter Martin
327:But biblical and other ancient Near Eastern sources do not share Enlightenment theology of sophisticated intellectuals (ancient and modern). ~ Richard A Horsley
328:Fruitful discourse in science or theology requires us to believe that within the contexts of normal discourse there are some true statements. ~ Kenneth Lee Pike
329:Possession of anything new or expensive only reflected a person's lack of theology and geometry; it could even cast doubts upon one's soul. ~ John Kennedy Toole
330:Theology is an attempt to explain a subject by men who do not understand it. The intent is not to tell the truth but to satisfy the questioner. ~ Elbert Hubbard
331:All theology is a kind of birthday
Each one who is born
Comes into the world as a question
For which old answers
Are not sufficient… ~ Thomas Merton
332:Indifference to all the refinements of life--it's really shocking. Just Calvinism, that's all. Calvinism without the excuse of Calvin's theology. ~ Aldous Huxley
333:One of the main tasks of theology is to find words that do not divide but unite, that do not create conflict but unity, that do not hurt but heal. ~ Henri Nouwen
334:The minute your functional theology tells you that God is not good, it’s very hard to hold on to the confessional theology that declares he is. ~ Paul David Tripp
335:Theology, however implausible many of its truth claims, is one of the most ambitious theoretical arenas left in an increasingly specialized world ~ Terry Eagleton
336:Theology is never any help; it is searching in a dark cellar at midnight for a black cat that isn't there.
   ~ Robert Heinlein, JOB: A Comedy of Justice, (1984).,
337:Music is a fair and glorious gift of God. I am strongly persuaded that after theology, there is no art which can be placed on the level with music. ~ Martin Luther
338:Profound theology doesn’t make anyone righteous; what pleases me is an exemplary life. Regret for wrongdoing is better than knowing its definition. ~ Thomas Kempis
339:And though he had almost flunked in Greek, his thesis on 'Sixteen Ways of Paying a Church Debt' had won the ten-dollar prize in Practical Theology. ~ Sinclair Lewis
340:Theology created the fiction of Satan which represents the revolt if an infinite being against the existence of an absolute infinity, against God. ~ Mikhail Bakunin
341:We have to work harder to develop a profound theology of women within the church. The feminine genius is needed wherever we make important decisions. ~ Pope Francis
342:Liberation Theology led nowhere because it was neither a revolutionary nor a religious movement, but involved a weak, self-cancelling mixture of each. ~ Rodney Stark
343:We need theology in addition to Scripture because God has authorized teaching in the church, and because we need that teaching to mature in the faith. ~ John M Frame
344:The central belief of liberation theology - to provide a preferential option for the poor...providing medicine in the places that needed it the most... ~ Tracy Kidder
345:Theology, not morality, is the first business on the church's agenda of reform, and the church, not society, is the first target of divine criticism. ~ Michael Horton
346:The people don’t care about theology. They are passion and fear and anger and they need gods to fuel that passion, soothe that fear, stoke that anger. ~ Max Gladstone
347:Psychology as a science has its limitations, and, as the logical consequence of theology is mysticism, so the ultimate consequence of psychology is love. ~ Erich Fromm
348:The best Reformed theology isn't just about careful arguments for theologically sophisticated conclusions. It is about how to live the Christian life. ~ Oliver D Crisp
349:The first revolt is against the supreme tyranny of theology, of the phantom of God. As long as we have a master in heaven, we will be slaves on earth. ~ Mikhail Bakunin
350:The Giza Plateau was an observatory machine which were engineered using a level of sophistication that is found in Theology rather than in Technology. ~ Ibrahim Ibrahim
351:The hope of science is the perfection of the human race. The hope of theology is the salvation of a few, and the damnation of almost everybody. ~ Robert Green Ingersoll
352:The humanities need to be defended today against the encroachments of physical science, as they once needed to be against the encroachment of theology. ~ Irving Babbitt
353:Dante thought a state of eternal, rapturous contemplation, and few have proffered more specifics than that. Post-redemption theology seems an oxymoron. ~ Terryl L Givens
354:God split himself into a myriad parts that he might have friends. This may not be true, but it sounds good—and is no sillier than any other theology. ~ Robert A Heinlein
355:most of us happily disavow fairies, astrology and the Flying Spaghetti Monster, without first immersing ourselves in books of Pastafarian theology etc. ~ Richard Dawkins
356:God split himself into a myriad parts that he might have friends. This may not be true, but it sounds good, and is no sillier than any other theology. ~ Robert A Heinlein
357:The constant challenge in Christian theology is to preach the whole counsel of God, while not emphazing one point of doctrine in a way that denies another. ~ Joel R Beeke
358:Theology is to-day recognised to be the instrument of myth, philosophy to be the instrument of science. ~ Garrigue Masaryk, Thomas (1919), The Spirit of Russia, I, p. 208
359:All good and faithful theology comes from God, who is the ultimate theologian—the only one who can, without weakness or misunderstanding, speak of himself. ~ Kelly M Kapic
360:Die Theologie ist die Anthropologie. - Theology is Anthropology. ~ Ludwig Feuerbach, The Essence of Christianity ["Wesen des Christenthums"], Preface to the 2nd Ed. (1843)
361:Isaac Newton, the man who rejected the demonic Aryan theology of the Trinity and were recompensed by The Lord with CALCULUS as a reward for his fidelity. ~ Ibrahim Ibrahim
362:[John] Calvin's Institutes is often called a summary of Christian piety. You can't say that about many modern works of theology. You can say it of Calvin. ~ Oliver D Crisp
363:The atonement chapter [from the book Saving Calvinism] shows how there are real riches in Reformed theology that most Christians today have no idea about. ~ Oliver D Crisp
364:We are supposed to feel the weight and the power of the truth revealed in Scripture. Theology should do more than inform us—it should warm and stir our hearts. ~ Anonymous
365:Liberation Theology needs to be understood as a continuing process of re-contextualisation, a permanent exercise of serious doubting in theology. By ~ Marcella Althaus Reid
366:The more we know of God, the more unreservedly we will trust him; the greater our progress in theology, the simpler and more child-like will be our faith ~ J Gresham Machen
367:Theology moves back and forth between two poles, the eternal truth of its foundations and the temporal situation in which the eternal truth must be received. ~ Paul Tillich
368:Almost the whole of Christian theology could perhaps be deduced from the two facts (a) That men make coarse jokes, and (b) That they feel the dead to be uncanny. ~ C S Lewis
369:I am a student of universal spiritual principles, and I read theology and spiritual writings, so my grasp of basic spiritual principles is fairly good. ~ Marianne Williamson
370:Ultimately there can be no disagreement between history, science, philosophy, and theology. Where there is disagreement, there is either ignorance or error. ~ Mortimer Adler
371:We ought not speak too long about God with our minds before we turn and speak to God from our heart. We must stir a lot of prayer into the stew of our theology. ~ John Piper
372:Faith is certainly not theology to me. Church is just one of the places I look for answers to the only real question I have: Why do we long for meaning? For ~ Frank Schaeffer
373:Reformed theology is committed to Christianity as a revealed faith, a faith that rests not on human insight but on information that comes to us from God himself. ~ R C Sproul
374:Theology has not advanced an inch in the last 1,000 years. How much respect does a profession deserve if it cannot add to the knowledge and understanding of man? ~ Darrel Ray
375:I am too much of a sceptic to deny the possibility of anything especially as I am now so much occupied with theology but I don't see my way to your conclusion. ~ Thomas Huxley
376:The more we know of God, the more unreservedly we will trust him; the greater our progress in theology, the simpler and more child-like will be our faith ~ John Gresham Machen
377:Theology is never any help; it is searching in a dark cellar at midnight for a black cat that isn't there. Theologians can persuade themselves of anything. ~ Robert A Heinlein
378:The people has no definite disbelief in the temples of theology. The people has a very fiery and practical disbelief in the temples of physical science. ~ Gilbert K Chesterton
379:Promised Land theology becomes an earthbound reality only to those who cash in their fear and complacency for the one ticket out of their long-inhabited wilderness. ~ Beth Moore
380:The world doesn’t judge us by our theology; it judges us by our behavior. The validity of Scripture in the world’s view is determined by how it affects us. ~ John F MacArthur Jr
381:When you find that a theology has nothing more to offer than what the world already offers, then that theology as a theology is impractical, and therefore, useless. ~ Criss Jami
382:If after all my Atheology turns out wrong and your Theology right I feel I shall always be able to pass into Heaven (if I want to) as a friend of G.K.C.'s. Bless you. ~ H G Wells
383:In Christian theology, kenosis (Greek: κένωσις, kénōsis, lit. emptiness) is the self-emptying of ones own will and becoming entirely receptive to Gods divine will.
   ~ Wikipedia,
384:Surely there must come a time when we will acknowledge the obvious: theology is now little more than a branch of human ignorance. Indeed, it is ignorance with wings. ~ Sam Harris
385:Because patriarchy uses redemptive theology to legitimate itself, all believers who embrace the redeemer complex are accessory to the master scheme of domination. ~ John Lamb Lash
386:True theology is “teaching which accords with godliness” (1 Tim. 6:3), and theology when studied rightly will lead to growth in our Christian lives, and to worship. ~ Wayne Grudem
387:You will find all true theology summed up in these two short sentences: salvation is all of the grace of God; damnation is all of the will of man.”–1895, ~ Charles Haddon Spurgeon
388:For years I believed the bumper sticker theology that told me I was a “saved sinner” instead of the truth that I am now a saint (member of God’s family) who still sins. ~ Anonymous
389:Next to theology I give to music the highest place and honor. And we see how David and all the saints have wrought their godly thoughts into verse, rhyme, and song. ~ Martin Luther
390:One man's theology is another man's belly laugh. ~ Robert A. Heinlein (1974). Time Enough for Love (Twelfth Printing ed.). New York: Berkeley Medallion. p. 243. ISBN 9780425024935.
391:Sociologists and anthropologists tell us that religion has three dimensions: creed, code, and cult; or words, works, and worship; or theology, morality, and liturgy. ~ Peter Kreeft
392:God helps those who help themselves' is common sense, 'God helps those who cannot help themselves' is sound theology, and 'God helps all the living', a simple ideation. ~ Criss Jami
393:Like the Bible-a document that often contradicts itself and from which one can construct sharply different arguments-theology is the product of human hands and hearts. ~ Jon Meacham
394:She tried to argue, and tell him that he had mixed in his dull brain two matters, theology and morals, which in the primitive days of mankind had been quite distinct. ~ Thomas Hardy
395:Theology is not reserved for those in the academy; it is an aspect of thought and conversation for all who live and breathe, who wrestle and fear, who hope and pray. ~ Kelly M Kapic
396:We must always, always, remember that the theology of the Word of God is not an end in itself but a means to an end, and that end is a radically grace-transformed ~ Paul David Tripp
397:I wouldn't say philosophy and theology are dead. Brain science doesn't invent new philosophies but it helps remind us which of our existing philosophies are more true. ~ David Brooks
398:Once the highest view of Scripture is abandoned by any theologian, group, denomination, or church, the downhill slide in both its theology and practice is inevitable. ~ James R White
399:To be disrespectful of tradition and of historical theology is to be disrespectful of the Holy Spirit who has been actively enlightening the church in every century. ~ John R W Stott
400:Me? You are laughing at me. Put your hand here. This has no theology.' I mocked myself while I made love. I flung myself into pleasure like a suicide on to a pavement. ~ Graham Greene
401:Christian theology can fit in science, art, morality, and the sub-Christian religious. The scientific point of view cannot fit any of these things, not even science itself. ~ C S Lewis
402:I consider Christianity to be one of the great disasters of the human race... It would be impossible to imagine anything more un - Christianlike than theology. ~ Alfred North Whitehead
403:Once people get hung up on theology, they've lost sanity forever. More people have been killed in the name of Jesus Christ than any other name in the history of the world. ~ Gore Vidal
404:Sadducees viewed the Jewish adoption of the resurrection doctrine as traditionalist Christians regard suggestions that reincarnation be worked into Christian theology. ~ Robert M Price
405:The closer you get to the truth, the clearer becomes the beauty, and the more you will find worship welling up within you. That's why theology and worship belong together. ~ N T Wright
406:We cannot become starched Christians, too polite, who speak of theology calmly over tea. We have to become courageous Christians and seek out those (who need help most). ~ Pope Francis
407:Faith in the possibility of science, generated antecedently to the development of modern scientific theory, is an unconscious derivative from medieval theology. ~ Alfred North Whitehead
408:In Islamic theology, the phallic symbol is very important. Your biggest phallic symbol is New York City and your tallest building will be the phallic symbol they will hit. ~ Isser Harel
409:the necessity of systematic theology for teaching what the Bible says comes about primarily because we are finite in our memory and in the amount of time at our disposal. ~ Wayne Grudem
410:When it comes to the hijab - why to wear it, whether to wear it, how to wear it - there is theology and then there is practice, and there is huge diversity in both. ~ Randa Abdel Fattah
411:The New Testament writers were not religious thinkers who speculated on matters of doctrine. Rather, theology was born out of necessity—the necessity of preaching the gospel. ~ Anonymous
412:Theology isn't what drove them to their...theology." author writes on dealing with the embittering experience of those who protect a wounded place with abstract arguments. ~ Andy Stanley
413:One moment of prayer, of weak worship, confused contrition, tepid thanksgiving, or pitiful petition will bring us closer to God than all the books of theology in the world. ~ Peter Kreeft
414:Theology is practical: especially now. In the old days, when there was less education and discussion, perhaps it was possible to get on with a very few simple ideas about God. ~ C S Lewis
415:The truth is that Christian theology, like every other theology, is not only opposed to the scientific spirit; it is also opposed to all other attempts at rational thinking. ~ H L Mencken
416:Rest assured that there is nothing new in theology except that which is false; and that the facts of theology are today what they were eighteen hundred years ago. ~ Charles Haddon Spurgeon
417:The essence of science is that it is always willing to abandon a given idea for a better one; the essence of theology is that it holds its truths to be eternal and immutable. ~ H L Mencken
418:Wherever morality is based on theology, wherever right is made dependent on divine authority, the most immoral, unjust, infamous things can be justified and established. ~ Ludwig Feuerbach
419:James 2:19- 'You believe there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that- and shudder.' God doesn't just want us to have good theology; He wants us to know and love Him. ~ Francis Chan
420:One of the primary services the arts can render to theology is their integrative power, their ability to interrelate the intellect with the other facets of our human makeup. ~ Jeremy Begbie
421:When a denomination begins to consider doctrine divisive, theology troublesome, and convictions inconvenient, consider that denomination on its way to a well-deserved death. ~ Albert Mohler
422:A general problem with much of Western theology in my view is that the god portrayed is too small. It is a god of a tiny world and not a god of a galaxy much less of a universe. ~ Carl Sagan
423:I by no means say … God is nothing, the Trinity is nothing, the Word of God is nothing, … . I only show that they are not that which the illusions of theology make them[.] ~ Ludwig Feuerbach
424:The sensayer frowned. “You’re saying you discuss theology while having sex.”
“For beginners it’s before and after mostly, managing it during sex takes skill and concentration. ~ Ada Palmer
425:A theology of unknowing is necessary for a theology of knowing because without it God would not be worshipped as infinite but rather as a creature, and that would be idolatry.10 ~ Thomas Moore
426:Natural Theology says not only look up and look out-it also says look down and look in, and you will find the proofs of the reality of God in the depth of your own nature. ~ Christopher Dawson
427:Progressive revelation views the Bible not as a textbook on theology but as the continually unfolding revelation of God given by various means throughout the successive ages. ~ Charles C Ryrie
428:Theology made no provision for evolution. The biblical authors had missed the most important revelation of all! Could it be that they were not really privy to the thoughts of God? ~ E O Wilson
429:Wherever morality is based on theology, wherever the right is made dependent on divine authority, the most immoral, unjust, infamous things can be justified and established. ~ Ludwig Feuerbach
430:Conservative New Testament studies could also provide an intellectually satisfying alternative to German biblical criticism and to the liberal theology that accompanied it ~ John Gresham Machen
431:I do think that it is impossible to do Christian theology with integrity in America without asking the question, What has the gospel to do with the black struggle for liberation? ~ James H Cone
432:It is impossible to avoid the suspicion that historical Jesus research is a very safe place to do theology and call it history, to do autobiography and call it biography. ~ John Dominic Crossan
433:The hell to be endured hereafter, of which theology tells, is no worse than the hell we make for ourselves in this world by habitually fashioned our characters in the wrong way. ~ William James
434:What has been excluded from Liberation Theology has been the result of a selective process of contexts of poverty and experiences of marginalisation in the continent. For ~ Marcella Althaus Reid
435:John Paul II made it clear that... liberation theology based on the teaching of Jesus Christ was necessary, but liberation theology that used a Marxist analysis was unacceptable. ~ Claudio Hummes
436:Virtually the whole of the scriptures and the understanding of the whole of theology—the entire Christian life, even—depends upon the true understanding of the law and the gospel. ~ Martin Luther
437:I do not believe that God intended the study of theology to be dry and boring. Theology is the study of God and all his works! Theology is meant to be lived and prayed and sung! All ~ Wayne Grudem
438:The problem with a Separation Theology is that it produces a Separation Cosmology, a way of looking at all of life that says that everything is separate from everything else. ~ Neale Donald Walsch
439:Perhaps it’s not theology we’re missing, but rather theological integrity. Many have the knowledge but lack the courage to admit the discrepancy between what we know and how we live. ~ Francis Chan
440:Reformed theology’s doctrine of God and its emphasis on all of His attributes at every point in the unfolding of salvation sets it apart from other Christian understandings of the Lord. ~ Anonymous
441:History has the relation to truth that theology has to religion — i.e., none to speak of. ~ Robert A. Heinlein (1973). Time Enough for Love. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons. p. 13. ISBN 9780399111518.
442:Theology is faith seeking understanding, but understanding is more than theoretical. If we really grasp who and where we are as disciples, we should know how to live out our faith. ~ Kevin Vanhoozer
443:My theology is such that the God who loves Israel and will not forsake Israel - which is why I want to see Israel have a secure nation with secure borders - also loves the Palestinians. ~ Tony Campolo
444:Theology is Anthropology... [T]he distinction which is made, or rather supposed to be made, between the theological and anthropological predicates resolves itself into an absurdity. ~ Ludwig Feuerbach
445:Theology is in disrepute among most Western intellectuals. The word is taken to mean a passe form of religious thinking that embraces irrationality and dogmatism. So too, Scholasticism. ~ Rodney Stark
446:I don't know how your theology works, but if Jesus has a choice between stained glass windows and feeding starving kids in Haiti, I have a feeling he'd choose the starving kids in Haiti. ~ Tony Campolo
447:For students who have not been required to confess that it is easier to learn theology then live it, it is tempting to think maturity is more a matter of knowing in a matter of living ~ Paul David Tripp
448:With a background in science I am extremely interested in the meeting ground of science, theology, and philosophy, especially the ethical questions at the border of science and theology. ~ Alan Lightman
449:Maybe you are beginning to sense that if your experience of sin is not all that bitter, and your experience of marriage not all that sweet, maybe your theology is not all that it should be. ~ Dave Harvey
450:I didn't write much until I turned 40. Up until then I felt constrained by a sense of the discipline of New Testament studies and a sense of the ruling elite in theology and biblical studies. ~ N T Wright
451:A theology which is not based on revelation as a given reality but treats God as an idea would be as mad as a zoology which is no longer sure of the physical, tangible existence of animals. ~ Hannah Arendt
452:Bad theology dishonors God and hurts people. Churches that sever the root of truth may flourish for a season, but they will wither eventually or turn into something besides a Christian church. ~ John Piper
453:To my mind [ Jonathan Edwards] is an interesting figure because he is both a canonical Reformed thinker, and yet also someone that pushed the envelope in a number of key areas of theology. ~ Oliver D Crisp
454:When I was a young college teacher in my mid-twenties, an older colleague delighted in characterizing post-Enlightenment theology as “flat-tire theology”—“All the pneuma has gone out of it. ~ Marcus J Borg
455:It could plausibly be argued that far from Christian theology having hampered the study of nature for fifteen hundred years, it was Greek corruptions of biblical Christianity which hampered it. ~ Mary Hesse
456:Perhaps the greatest lesson [Huxley] learned from reading Carlyle was that real religion, that emotive feeling for Truth and Beauty, could flourish in the absence of an idolatrous theology. ~ Adrian Desmond
457:To theology, … only what it holds sacred is true, whereas to philosophy, only what holds true is sacred. ~ Ludwig Feuerbach, Lectures on the Essence of Religion, R. Manheim, trans. (1967), Lecture 2, p. 11.
458:Why shouldn't a mystical theology be possible? 'I want to touch God or become God,' I declared in my journal. All through that year I abandoned myself intermittently to these deliriums. ~ Simone de Beauvoir
459:An overemphasis upon imminence in preaching has banished transcendence and tended to a theology of God being technically present as an observer but effectively absent as a participant. When ~ James MacDonald
460:Even if nothing worse than wasted mental effort could be laid to the charge of theology, that alone ought to be sufficient to banish it from the earth, as one of the worst enemies of mankind. ~ Lydia M Child
461:I do not believe in the God of theology who rewards good and punishes evil. My God created laws that take care of that. His universe is not ruled by wishful thinking, but by immutable laws. ~ Albert Einstein
462:Me and my father went through a war period where we wasn't talking. He wanted me to go to theology school - I didn't want to go. I wanted to do music. I told him I was a minister through music. ~ Wyclef Jean
463:A theologian who does not love art, poetry, music and nature can be dangerous. Blindness and deafness toward the beautiful are not incidental; they necessarily are reflected in his theology. ~ Pope Benedict XVI
464:Bonhoeffer’s theology had always leaned toward the incarnational view that did not eschew “the world,” but that saw it as God’s good creation to be enjoyed and celebrated, not merely transcended. ~ Eric Metaxas
465:Imagine someone holding forth on biology whose only knowledge of the subject is 'The Book of British Birds,' and you have a rough idea of what it feels like to read Richard Dawkins on theology. ~ Terry Eagleton
466:Perhaps the gut issue is not how much theology we have studied or how much Scripture we have memorized. All that really matters is this: Have you experienced the furious longing of God or not? ~ Brennan Manning
467:But, as a matter of fact, another part of my trade, too, made me sure you weren’t a priest.” “What?” asked the thief, almost gaping. “You attacked reason,” said Father Brown. “It’s bad theology. ~ G K Chesterton
468:In too many modern churches there is no emphasis on theology at all. There is a kind of justification by works or by keeping up with modern trends anything that will drag in a few more people. ~ Robertson Davies
469:It is not I, but religion that worships man, although religion, or rather theology, denies this; it is not I, an insignificant individual, but religion itself that says: God is man, man is God ~ Ludwig Feuerbach
470:One man's theology is another man's belly laugh.
   ~ Robert Heinlein, Notebooks of Lazarus Long, from Time Enough for Love (1973). This is sometimes misquoted as One man's religion is another man's belly laugh.,
471:Possibly the most famous quote in all of Orthodox theology comes from Athanasius (c. 293–373), who in his book, On the Incarnation, wrote of Christ, “For he was made man so that we might become God. ~ Tony Jones
472:ANOTHER characteristic of the devil’s moral theology is the exaggeration of all distinctions between this and that, good and evil, right and wrong. These distinctions become irreducible divisions. ~ Thomas Merton
473:I have no pleasure in any man who despises music. It is no invention of ours: it is a gift of God. I place it next to theology. Satan hates music: he knows how it drives the evil spirit out of us. ~ Martin Luther
474:I have the same confidence in the ability of our people to reject noxious literature as I have in their capacity to sort out the true from the false in theology, economics, or any other field. ~ William O Douglas
475:For the next ten minutes we talked theology in the green corn while early summer clouds—the best clouds, the ones that float like schooners—sailed slowly above us, trailing their shadows like wakes. ~ Stephen King
476:If the main thing the next generations know about Jewish history is that we were persecuted and suffered, they will lose sight of the tremendous heritage of Jewish culture, theology, and wisdom. ~ Deborah Lipstadt
477:I have, alas! Philosophy, Medicine, Jurisprudence too, And to my cost Theology, With ardent labor, studied through. And here I stand, with all my lore, Poor fool, no wiser than before. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
478:Influential Swiss theologian and leader of *dialectical theology, known for, among other things, his opposition to liberalism, his emphatic Christocentrism and his fresh approach to *revelation. He ~ Kelly M Kapic
479:The purpose of theology is not to tickle our intellects but to instruct us in the ways of God, so that we can grow up into maturity and fullness of obedience to Him. That is why we engage in theology. ~ R C Sproul
480:The solution is to realize that theology is a kind of misdescribed anthropology. What we believe of God is really true of ourselves. Thus humanity can regain its essence, which in religion it has lost. ~ Anonymous
481:Alas, I have studied philosophy, the law as well as medicine, and to my sorrow, theology; studied them well with ardent zeal, yet here I am, a wretched fool, no wiser than I was before. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
482:English is so past,’ she said. ‘Sure, we need people who can write about what we do, but they don’t have to be English graduates. Theology graduates who don’t believe any of it – that would be useful. ~ Ken MacLeod
483:If I love a dose of (good) theology or philosophy, I probably also love discipline, improvement, wisdom, and challenges. If I hate it, I am probably too comfortable and proud to try to question myself. ~ Criss Jami
484:J. B. Jackson, a historian of landscapes, makes a crucial point about such things in his essay “The Necessity for Ruins.” Things in decay, he says, express a theology of birth, death, and redemption. ~ Thomas Moore
485:[Science] must be amoral by its very nature: The minute it begins separating facts into the two categories of good ones and bad ones it ceases to be science and becomes a mere nuisance, like theology. ~ H L Mencken
486:the deeper I immersed myself in evangelical theology, the more I felt compelled to mistrust many sectors of society. Evolution and the Big Bang became ideologies to confront, not theories to understand. ~ J D Vance
487:Well, it's because I gladly acknowledge some ideas that are part of process theology, but which I think are not tied to all the details of process thought, and are very illuminating and helpful. ~ John Polkinghorne
488:When I was in seminary," Father Edward had told other guests around the table when he was purchasing his books, "my spiritual director told me not to read theology. 'Read novels,' he said, and I have. ~ Gail Godwin
489:if they believe that their fortunes are inversely correlated with the foreigners’ fortunes, that the foreigners have to lose for them to win—then their theology will probably be less inclusive. Let’s ~ Robert Wright
490:It has been well observed that Constantine wrote as a tolerant and liberal-minded statesman, but he certainly was not properly informed on delicate matters of theology. ~ Manly P Hall, The Bible, the Story of a Book
491:One compelling alternative to land theology is the recognition that Judaism consists most elementally in interpretation of and obedience to the Torah in its requirements of justice and holiness. ~ Walter Brueggemann
492:Science has eradicated smallpox, can immunise against most previously deadly viruses, can kill most previously deadly bacteria. Theology has done nothing but talk of pestilence as the wages of sin. ~ Richard Dawkins
493:Witchcraft offers the model of a religion of poetry, not theology. It presents metaphors, not doctrines, and leaves open the possibility of reconciliation of science and religion, of many ways of knowing. ~ Starhawk
494:You have to realize that, compared with the Korean brand of Confucianism, Christianity is a walk in the park. Compared with what came before, Protestantism is almost a freaking liberation theology. ~ Gary Shteyngart
495:Christian theology, in other words, always has a certain ineradicable complexity, which has serious implications for the modern evangelical predilection for simple and very brief statements of faith. ~ Carl R Trueman
496:Theology is either true everywhere or it isn’t true anywhere. This helps untangle us from the American God Narrative and sets God free to be God instead of the My-God-in-a-Pocket I carried for so long. ~ Jen Hatmaker
497:Christianity ... that musty old theology, which already has its grave clothes on, and is about to be buried... A wall of Bible, brimstone, church and corruption has hitherto hemmed women into nothingness. ~ Lucy Stone
498:Fire-priests have an uncomplicated theology; immolating people purifies them from sin, so the more people you burn to death the less sin there is in the world, and the more holy you are for doing it ~ Graydon Saunders
499:the theology of the Word of God was never intended to be an end in itself, but a means to an end, and that end is a radically transformed life. The purpose of theology is not knowledge but holiness. ~ Paul David Tripp
500:WHEN IT COMES TO SPIRITUALITY, YOU DO WHAT' YOU DO BECAUSE you believe what you believe. Regardless of the importance you consciously place upon it, theology drives and determines your spirituality. ~ Donald S Whitney


   27 Philosophy
   21 Occultism
   12 Integral Yoga
   12 Christianity
   10 Psychology
   9 Poetry
   4 Science
   2 Fiction
   1 Theosophy
   1 Integral Theory
   1 Alchemy

   14 Aldous Huxley
   11 Carl Jung
   8 Sri Aurobindo
   8 Aleister Crowley
   6 Plato
   6 Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
   5 Nolini Kanta Gupta
   4 Saint Augustine of Hippo
   4 Friedrich Nietzsche
   3 Walt Whitman
   3 Jorge Luis Borges
   3 James George Frazer
   2 The Mother
   2 Saint Teresa of Avila
   2 Saint John of Climacus
   2 Robert Browning
   2 Jordan Peterson
   2 Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
   2 H P Lovecraft

   14 The Perennial Philosophy
   6 The Secret Doctrine
   6 Mysterium Coniunctionis
   5 Magick Without Tears
   5 Liber ABA
   4 City of God
   3 Whitman - Poems
   3 Twilight of the Idols
   3 The Golden Bough
   3 The Future of Man
   3 Labyrinths
   3 Aion
   2 The Life Divine
   2 The Ladder of Divine Ascent
   2 The Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious
   2 Questions And Answers 1957-1958
   2 Maps of Meaning
   2 Lovecraft - Poems
   2 Faust
   2 Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 02
   2 Browning - Poems

0.06 - INTRODUCTION, #Dark Night of the Soul, #Saint John of the Cross, #Christianity
  prepared, for the reception of Divine influences and illuminations in greater
  abundance than before. The Saint here postulates a principle of dogmatic Theology
  that by himself, and with the ordinary aid of grace, man cannot attain to that
  quite so appealingly human; for, though he is human even in his loftiest and
  sublimest passages, this intermingling of philosophy with mystical Theology makes
  him seem particularly so. These treatises are a wonderful illustration of the

01.02 - Sri Aurobindo - Ahana and Other Poems, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 02, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
   The heart and its urges, the vital and its surges, the physical impulsesit is these of which the poets sang in their infinite variations. But the mind proper, that is to say, the higher reflective ideative mind, was not given the right of citizenship in the domain of poetry. I am not forgetting the so-called Metaphysicals. The element of metaphysics among the Metaphysicals has already been called into question. There is here, no doubt, some Theology, a good dose of mental cleverness or conceit, but a modern intellectual or rather rational intelligence is something other, something more than that. Even the metaphysics that was commandeered here had more or less a decorative value, it could not be taken into the pith and substance of poetic truth and beauty. It was a decoration, but not unoften a drag. I referred to the Upanishads, but these strike quite a different, almost an opposite line in this connection. They are in a sense truly metaphysical: they bypass the mind and the mental powers, get hold of a higher mode of consciousness, make a direct contact with truth and beauty and reality. It was Buddha's credit to have forged this missing link in man's spiritual consciousness, to have brought into play the power of the rational intellect and used it in support of the spiritual experience. That is not to say that he was the very first person, the originator who initiated the movement; but at least this seems to be true that in him and his au thentic followers the movement came to the forefront of human consciousness and attained the proportions of a major member of man's psychological constitution. We may remember here that Socrates, who started a similar movement of rationalisation in his own way in Europe, was almost a contemporary of the Buddha.

01.07 - Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 02, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
   "The zeal for the Lord hath eaten me up." Such has indeed been the case with Pascal, almost literally. The fire that burned in him was too ardent and vehement for the vehicle, the material instrument, which was very soon used up and reduced to ashes. At twenty-four he was already a broken man, being struck with paralysis and neuras thenia; he died at the comparatively early age of 39, emulating, as it were, the life career of his Lord the Christ who died at 33. The Fire martyrised the body, but kindled and brought forth experiences and realisations that save and truths that abide. It was the Divine Fire whose vision and experience he had on the famous night of 23 November 1654 which brought about his final and definitive conversion. It was the same fire that had blazed up in his brain, while yet a boy, and made him a precocious genius, a marvel of intellectual power in the exact sciences. At 12 this prodigy discovered by himself the 32nd proposition of Euclid, Book I. At sixteen he wrote a treatise on conic sections. At nineteen he invented a calculating machine which, without the help of any mathematical rule or process, gave absolutely accurate results. At twenty-three he published his experiments with vacuum. At twenty-five he conducted the well-known experiment from the tower of St. Jacques, proving the existence of atmospheric pressure. His studies in infinitesimal calculus were remarkably creative and original. And it might be said he was a pioneer in quite a new branch of mathematics, viz., the mathematical theory of probability. We shall see presently how his preoccupation with the mathematics of chance and probability coloured and reinforced his metaphysics and Theology.

03.05 - The Spiritual Genius of India, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 01, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
   The whole world, in fact, was more or less religious in the early stages of its evolution; for it is characteristic of the primitive nature of man to be god-fearing and addicted to religious rite and ceremony. And Europe too, when she entered on a new cycle of life and began to reconstruct herself after the ruin of the Grco-Latin culture, started with the religion of the Christ and experimented with it during a long period of time. But that is what wasTroja fuit. Europe has outgrown her nonage and for a century and a half, since the mighty upheaval of the French Revolution, she has been rapidly shaking off the last vestiges of her mediaevalism. Today she stands clean shorn of all superstition, which she only euphemistically calls religion or spirituality. Not Theology but Science, not Revelation but Reason, not Magic but Logic, not Fiction but Fact, governs her thoughts and guides her activities. Only India, in part under the stress of her own conservative nature, in part under compelling circumstances, still clings to her things of the past, darknesses that have been discarded by the modern illumination. Indian spirituality is nothing but consolidated mediaevalism; it has its companion shibboleth in the cry, "Back to the village" or "Back to the bullock-cart"! One of the main reasons, if not the one reason why India has today no place in the comity of nations, why she is not in the vanguard of civilisation, is precisely this obstinate atavism, this persistent survival of a spirit subversive of all that is modern and progressive.

1.00a - Introduction, #Magick Without Tears, #Aleister Crowley, #Occultism
  Every name is a number: and "Every number is infinite; there is no difference." (AL I, 4). But one Name, or system of Names, may be more convenient either (a) to you personally or (b) to the work you are at. E.g. I have very little sympathy with Jewish Theology or ritual; but the Qabalah is so handy and congenial that I use it more than almost any or all the others together for daily use and work. The Egyptian Theogony is the noblest, the most truly magical, the most bound to me (or rather I to it) by some inmost instinct, and by the memory of my incarnation as Ankh-f-n-Khonsu, that I use it (with its Grco-Phoenician child) for all work of supreme import. Why stamp my vitals, madam! The Abramelin Operation itself turned into this form before I could so much as set to work on it! Like the Duchess' baby (excuse this enthusiasm; but you have aroused the British Lion-Serpent.)

1.00b - INTRODUCTION, #The Perennial Philosophy, #Aldous Huxley, #Philosophy
  In recent years a number of attempts have been made to work out a system of
  empirical Theology. But in spite of the subtlety and intellectual power of such writers
  as Sorley, Oman and Tennant, the effort has met with only a partial success. Even in
  the hands of its ablest exponents empirical Theology is not particularly convincing.
  The reason, it seems to me, must be sought in the fact that the empirical theologians
   Theology based upon the experience of nice, ordinary, unregenerate people should
  carry so little conviction. This kind of empirical Theology is on precisely the same
  footing as an empirical astronomy, based upon the experience of naked-eye

1.00 - INTRODUCTORY REMARKS, #A Treatise on Cosmic Fire, #Alice Bailey, #Occultism
  The fire of Spirit finally, when blended with the two other fires (which blending commences in man at the first initiation), forms a basis of spiritual life or existence. As evolution proceeds in the fifth or spiritual kingdom, these three fires blaze forth simultaneously, producing perfected consciousness. This blaze results in the final [52] purification of matter and its consequent adequacy; at the close of manifestation it brings about eventually the destruction of the form and its dissolution, and the termination of existence as understood on the lower planes. In terms of Buddhistic Theology it produces annihilation; this involves, not loss of identity, but the cessation of objectivity and the escape of Spirit, plus mind, to its cosmic centre. It has its analogy in the initiation at which the adept stands free from the limitations of matter in the three worlds.

1.01 - NIGHT, #Faust, #Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, #Poetry
  And Jurisprudence, Medicine,
  And even, alas! Theology,
  From end to end, with labor keen;

1.01 - THAT ARE THOU, #The Perennial Philosophy, #Aldous Huxley, #Philosophy
  The doctrine of the Inner Light achieved a clearer formulation in the writings of the second generation of Quakers. There is, wrote William Penn, something nearer to us than Scriptures, to wit, the Word in the heart from which all Scriptures come. And a little later Robert Barclay sought to explain the direct experience of tat tvam asi in terms of an Augustinian Theology that had, of course, to be considerably stretched and trimmed before it could fit the facts. Man, he declared in his famous theses, is a fallen being, incapable of good, unless united to the Divine Light. This Divine Light is Christ within the human soul, and is as universal as the seed of sin. All men, hea then as well as Christian, are endowed with the Inward Light, even though they may know nothing of the outward history of Christs life. Justification is for those who do not resist the Inner Light and so permit of a new birth of holiness within them.

1.01 - The Ideal of the Karmayogin, #Essays In Philosophy And Yoga, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  The task we set before ourselves is not mechanical but moral and spiritual. We aim not at the alteration of a form of government but at the building up of a nation. Of that task politics is a part, but only a part. We shall devote ourselves not to politics alone, nor to social questions alone, nor to Theology or philosophy or literature or science by themselves, but we include all these in one entity which we believe to be all-important, the dharma, the national religion which we also believe to be universal. There is a mighty law of life, a great principle of human evolution, a body of spiritual knowledge and experience of which India has always been destined to be guardian, exemplar and missionary. This is the sanatana dharma, the eternal religion. Under the stress of alien impacts she has largely lost hold not of the structure of that dharma, but of its living reality.

1.02 - In the Beginning, #unset, #Rabbi Moses Luzzatto, #Kabbalah
  In the beginning God. So runs the first word of all our occidental Theology, using the formulas of the traditional conception which it has borrowed from the Hebrew Genesis.
  And by God when it emerges at all from its puerile anthropomorphic notions, that Theology understands the first Unity, the pure Essence which is preexistent of all multiplicity. But by this conception it erects before it, in its very first affirmation, the most insoluble of problems. For out of absolute unity nothing at all can issue.
  This is why certain systems of Theology, in order to escape from the contradictory postulate of unity as a cause, have sought in a less unproductive dualism the explanation of the beginning of things. And although they have by a misdirected mysticism, falsified the term and distorted the idea, it is in them that we recover the tendencies most in harmony with the very data on which the belief in a divine Creator is founded.
  And wherever Philosophy has made itself, according to the ecclesiastical formula, the handmaid of Theology, it has ended by arriving at the entire negation of the Principle which Religion has abased.

1.02 - MAPS OF MEANING - THREE LEVELS OF ANALYSIS, #Maps of Meaning, #Jordan Peterson, #Psychology
  whereas Re, the Sun, is above all the manifest God....) The stages of creation cosmogony, theogony,
  creation of living beings, etc. are variously presented. According to the solar Theology of Heliopolis, a
  city situated at the apex of the Delta, the god Re-Atum-Khepri [three forms of the sun, noontime,
  ruined gods, as though they were his own creation; The lord who by holy incantation restore[s] the dead
  gods to life.255 This idea echoes through ancient Egyptian Theology, as described below. Marduk is
  Namshub, as well, the bright god who brightens our way256 which once again assimilates him to the sun
  John Wilson observes,264 it is at the beginning of Egyptian history that we find a doctrine that can be
  compared with the Christian Theology of the Logos [or Word].265
  The Egyptians realized that consciousness and linguistic ability were vital to the existence of things
  The ideas of kingship, creativity and renewal are given a different and more sophisticated slant
  in the central myth of Osiris, which served as an alternate basis for Egyptian Theology. The story of
  Osiris, and his son Horus, is much more complex, in some ways, than the Mesopotamian creation myth, or
  this move reminiscent of Marduks voluntary journey to the underworld of Tiamat that constitutes the
  brilliant and original contri bution of Egyptian Theology.

1.02 - THE NATURE OF THE GROUND, #The Perennial Philosophy, #Aldous Huxley, #Philosophy
  Coming as it does from a devout Catholic of the Counter-Reformation, this statement may seem somewhat startling. But we must remember that Olier (who was a man of saintly life and one of the most influential religious teachers of the seventeenth century) is speaking here about a state of consciousness, to which few people ever come. To those on the ordinary levels of being he recommends other modes of knowledge. One of his penitents, for example, was advised to read, as a corrective to St. John of the Cross and other exponents of pure mystical Theology, St. Gertrudes revelations of the incarnate and even physiological aspects of the deity. In Oliers opinion, as in that of most directors of souls, whether Catholic or Indian, it was mere folly to recommend the worship of God-without-form to persons who are in a condition to understand only the personal and the incarnate aspects of the divine Ground. This is a perfectly sensible attitude, and we are justified in adopting a policy in accordance with itprovided always that we clearly remember that its adoption may be attended by certain spiritual dangers and disadvantages. The nature of these dangers and disadvantages will be illustrated and discussed in another section. For the present it will suffice to quote the warning words of Philo: He who thinks that God has any quality and is not the One, injures not God, but himself.
  The extract which follows next is of great historical significance, since it was mainly through the Mystical Theology and the Divine Names of the fifth-century author who wrote under the name of Dionysius the Areopagite that mediaeval Christendom established contact with Neoplatonism and thus, at several removes, with the metaphysical thought and discipline of India. In the ninth century Scotus Erigena translated the two books into Latin and from that time forth their influence upon the philosophical speculations and the religious life of the West was wide, deep and beneficent. It was to the authority of the Areopagite that the Christian exponents of the Perennial Philosophy appealed, whenever they were menaced (and they were always being menaced) by those whose primary interest was in ritual, legalism and ecclesiastical organization. And because Dionysius was mistakenly identified with St. Pauls first Athenian convert, his authority was regarded as all but apostolic; therefore, according to the rules of the Catholic game, the appeal to it could not lightly be dismissed, even by those to whom the books meant less than nothing. In spite of their maddening eccentricity, the men and women who followed the Dionysian path had to be tolerated. And once left free to produce the fruits of the spirit, a number of them arrived at such a conspicuous degree of sanctity that it became impossible even for the heads of the Spanish Inquisition to condemn the tree from which such fruits had sprung.

1.02 - The Three European Worlds, #The Ever-Present Origin, #unset, #Kabbalah
  And this occurred in the wake of Petrus Hispanus (PetrusLucitanus), the later Pope John XXI (d. 1277), who had authored the first comprehensive European textbook on psychology (De anima), introducing via Islam and Spain the Aristotelian theory of the soul. Shortly thereafter, Duns Scotus (d. 1308) freed Theology from the hieratic rigors of scholasticism by teaching the primacy of volition and emotion. And the blindness of antiquity to time inherent in its unperspectival, psychically-stressed world (which amounted to a virtual timelessness) gave way to the visualization of and openness to time with a quantifiable, spatial character. This was exemplified by the erection of the first public clock in the courtyard of Westminister Palace in 1283,an event anticipated by Pope Sabinus, who in 604ordered the ringing of bells to announce the passing of the hours.
  Petrarch's letter is in the nature of a confession; it is addressed to the Augustinian professor of Theology who had taught him to treasure and emulate Augustine's Confessions. Now, a person makes a confession or an admission only if he believes he has transgressed against something; and it is this vision of space, as extended before him from the mountain top, this vision of space as a reality, and its overwhelming impression, together with his shock and dismay, his bewilderment at his perception and acceptance of the panorama, that are reflected in his letter. It marks him as the first European to step out of the transcendental gilt ground of the Siena masters, the first to emerge from a space dormant in time and soul, into "real" space where he discovers landscape.

1.03 - PERSONALITY, SANCTITY, DIVINE INCARNATION, #The Perennial Philosophy, #Aldous Huxley, #Philosophy
  St. Bernards doctrine of the carnal love of Christ has been admirably summed up by Professor tienne Gilson in his book, The Mystical Theology of St Bernard. Knowledge of self already expanded into social carnal love of the neighbour, so like oneself in misery, is now a second time expanded into a carnal love of Christ, the model of compassion, since for our salvation He has become the Man of Sorrows. Here then is the place occupied in Cistercian mysticism by the meditation on the visible Humanity of Christ. It is but a beginning, but an absolutely necessary beginning Charity, of course, is essentially spiritual, and a love of this kind can be no more than its first moment. It is too much bound up with the senses, unless we know how to make use of it with prudence, and to lean on it only as something to be surpassed. In expressing himself thus, Bernard merely codified the teachings of his own experience; for we have it from him that he was much given to the practice of this sensitive love at the outset of his conversion; later on he was to consider it an advance to have passed beyond it; not, that is to say, to have forgotten it, but to have added another, which outweighs it as the rational and spiritual outweigh the carnal. Nevertheless, this beginning is already a summit.
  This sensitive affection for Christ was always presented by St. Bernard as love of a relatively inferior order. It is so precisely on account of its sensitive character, for charity is of a purely spiritual essence. In right the soul should be able to enter directly into union, in virtue of its spiritual powers, with a God Who is pure spirit. The Incarnation, moreover, should be regarded as one of the consequences of mans transgression, so that love for the Person of Christ is, as a matter of fact, bound up with the history of a fall which need not, and should not, have happened. St. Bernard furthermore, and in several places, notes-that this affection cannot stand safely alone, but needs to be supported by what he calls science. He had examples before him of the deviations into which even the most ardent devotion can fall, when it is not allied with, and ruled by, a sane Theology.
  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
  end. What remains is abortive and not yet science--that is to say,
  metaphysics, Theology, psychology, epistemology, or formal science, or
  a doctrine of symbols, like logic and its applied form mathematics.

1.03 - The House Of The Lord, #Twelve Years With Sri Aurobindo, #Nirodbaran, #Integral Yoga
  The long stretch of silence ceased only with the arrival of his first and principal meal of the day. Still we hardly ever heard him express that his "stomach was getting unsteady". The day's second meal, supper, had to be quite light. Let me stress one thing at the very outset: in his whole tenor of life, he followed the rule laid down by the Gita, moderation in everything. This was his teaching as well as his practice. To look at the outward commonplaceness of his life, eating, sleeping, joking, etc., and to make a leaping statement that here was another man like oneself, would be logical, but not true. Similarly in Sri Aurobindo's Yoga, even a high experience must not disturb the normal rhythm of life. Naturally, I was extremely curious, and so were the others, I believe, to see what kind of food he took; had he any preference for a particular dish and how much had he in common with our taste? We had to wait a long time before he regained his health, and could sit up and "enjoy" a proper meal. As soon as people learnt about it, dishes from various sadhikas began to pour in as for the Deity in the temple. And just as the Deity does, so did he, or rather the Mother did on his behalf: only a little from a dish was offered to him and all the rest was sent back as prasd. For his regular meal, there were a few devotees like Amiya, Nolina and Mridu selected by the Mother for their good cooking, which Sri Aurobindo specially liked. Mridu was a simple Bengali village widow. She, like other ladies here, called Sri Aurobindo her father, and took great pride in cooking for him. Her "father" liked her luchis very much, she would boast, and these creations of hers have been immortalised by him in one of his letters to her. She was given to maniacal fits of threatening suicide, and Sri Aurobindo would console her with, "If you commit suicide, who will cook luchis for me?" Her cooking got such wide publicity that the house she lived in was named Prasd. Food from the devotees, though tasty, was sometimes too greasy or spicy, and once it did not agree with him. So a separate kitchen, known as the Mother's Kitchen, was started for preparing only the Mother's and Sri Aurobindo's food. It was done under the most perfect hygienic conditions following the Mother's own special instructions. Her insistence is always on cleanliness. (She said in a recent message: Cleanliness is the first indispensable step towards the supramental manifestation...) I questioned Sri Aurobindo about this: "I wonder why the Divine is so particular about contagion, infection, etc. Is he vulnerable to the virus and the microbe?" He replied, "And why on earth should you expect the Divine to feed himself on germs and bacilli and poisons of all kinds? Singular Theology, yours!"

1.03 - THE ORPHAN, THE WIDOW, AND THE MOON, #Mysterium Coniunctionis, #Carl Jung, #Psychology
  Luna is diminished that she may fill the elements. Therefore is this a great mystery. To her it was given by him who confers grace upon all things. He emptied her that he might fill her, as he also emptied himself that he might fill all things. He emptied himself that he might come down to us. He came down to us that he might rise again for all. . . . Thus has Luna proclaimed the mystery of Christ.194
  [29] Thus the changefulness of the moon is paralleled by the transformation of the pre-existent Christ from a divine into a human figure through the emptying, that passage in Philippians (2 : 6) which has aroused so much comment: . . . who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be clung to, but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men (RSV / DV).195 Even the most tortuous explanations of Theology have never improved on the lapidary paradox of St. Hilary: Deus homo, immortalis mortuus, aeternus sepultus (God-man, immortaldead, eternal-buried).196 According to Ephraem Syrus, the kenosis had the reverse effect of unburdening Creation: Because the creatures were weary of bearing the prefigurations of his glory, he disburdened them of those prefigurations, even as he had disburdened the womb that bore him.197
  [30] St. Ambroses reference to the kenosis makes the changing of the moon causally dependent on the transformation of the bridegroom. The darkening of Luna then depends on the sponsus, Sol, and here the alchemists could refer to the darkening of the beloveds countenance in Song of Songs 1 : 45. The sun, too, is equipped with darts and arrows. Indeed, the secret poisoning that otherwise emanates from the coldness and moisture of the moon is occasionally attri buted to the cold dragon, who contains a volatile fiery spirit and spits flames. Thus in Emblem L of the Scrutinium198 he is given a masculine role: he wraps the woman in the grave in a deadly embrace. The same thought occurs again in Emblem V, where a toad is laid on the breast of the woman so that she, suckling it, may die as it grows.199 The toad is a cold and damp animal like the dragon. It empties the woman as though the moon were pouring herself into the sun.200

1.04 - GOD IN THE WORLD, #The Perennial Philosophy, #Aldous Huxley, #Philosophy
  That Nirvana and Samsara are one is a fact about the nature of the universe; but it is a fact which cannot be fully realized or directly experienced, except by souls far advanced in spirituality. For ordinary, nice, unregenerate people to accept this truth by hearsay, and to act upon it in practice, is merely to court disaster. All the dismal story of antinomianism is there to warn us of what happens when men and women make practical applications of a merely intellectual and unrealized theory that all is God and God is all. And hardly less depressing than the spectacle of antinomianism is that of the earnestly respectable well-rounded life of good citizens who do their best to live sacramentally, but dont in fact have any direct acquaintance with that for which the sacramental activity really stands. Dr. Oman, in his The Natural and the Supernatural, writes at length on the theme that reconciliation to the evanescent is revelation of the eternal; and in a recent volume, Science, Religion and the Future, Canon Raven applauds Dr. Oman for having stated the principles of a Theology, in which there could be no ultimate antithesis between nature and grace, science and religion, in which, indeed, the worlds of the scientist and the theologian are seen to be one and the same. All this is in full accord with Taoism and Zen Buddhism and with such Christian teachings as St. Augustines Ama et fac quod vis and Father Lallemants advice to theocentric contemplatives to go out and act in the world, since their actions are the only ones capable of doing any real good to the world. But what neither Dr. Oman nor Canon Raven makes sufficiently clear is that nature and grace, Samsara and Nirvana, perpetual perishing and eternity, are really and experientially one only to persons who have fulfilled certain conditions. Fac quod vis in the temporal world but only when you have learnt the infinitely difficult art of loving God with all your mind and heart and your neighbor as yourself. If you havent learnt this lesson, you will either be an antinomian eccentric or criminal or else a respectable well-rounded-lifer, who has left himself no time to understand either nature or grace. The Gospels are perfectly clear about the process by which, and by which alone, a man may gain the right to live in the world as though he were at home in it: he must make a total denial of selfhood, submit to a complete and absolute mortification. At one period of his career, Jesus himself seems to have undertaken austerities, not merely of the mind, but of the body. There is the record of his forty days fast and his statement, evidently drawn from personal experience, that some demons cannot be cast out except by those who have fasted much as well as prayed. (The Cur dArs, whose knowledge of miracles and corporal penance was based on personal experience, insists on the close correlation between severe bodily austerities and the power to get petitionary prayer answered in ways that are sometimes supernormal.) The Pharisees reproached Jesus because he came eating and drinking, and associated with publicans and sinners; they ignored, or were unaware of, the fact that this apparently worldly prophet had at one time rivalled the physical austerities of John the Baptist and was practising the spiritual mortifications which he consistently preached. The pattern of Jesus life is essentially similar to that of the ideal sage, whose career is traced in the Oxherding Pictures, so popular among Zen Buddhists. The wild ox, symbolizing the unregenerate self, is caught, made to change its direction, then tamed and gradually transformed from black to white. Regeneration goes so far that for a time the ox is completely lost, so that nothing remains to be pictured but the full-orbed moon, symbolizing Mind, Suchness, the Ground. But this is not the final stage. In the end, the herdsman comes back to the world of men, riding on the back of his ox. Because he now loves, loves to the extent of being identified with the divine object of his love, he can do what he likes; for what he likes is what the Nature of Things likes. He is found in company with wine-bibbers and butchers; he and they are all converted into Buddhas. For him, there is complete reconciliation to the evanescent and, through that reconciliation, revelation of the eternal. But for nice ordinary unregenerate people the only reconciliation to the evanescent is that of indulged passions, of distractions submitted to and enjoyed. To tell such persons that evanescence and eternity are the same, and not immediately to qualify the statement, is positively fatalfor, in practice, they are not the same except to the saint; and there is no record that anybody ever came to sanctity, who did not, at the outset of his or her career, behave as if evanescence and eternity, nature and grace, were profoundly different and in many respects incompatible. As always, the path of spirituality is a knife-edge between abysses. On one side is the danger of mere rejection and escape, on the other the danger of mere acceptance and the enjoyment of things which should only be used as instruments or symbols. The versified caption which accompanies the last of the Oxherding Pictures runs as follows.

1.04 - Magic and Religion, #The Golden Bough, #unset, #Kabbalah
  can attempt to please him. But unless the belief leads to a
  corresponding practice, it is not a religion but merely a Theology;
  in the language of St. James, "faith, if it hath not works, is dead,

1.04 - THE STUDY (The Compact), #Faust, #Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, #Poetry
  O lucky he, whom you shall teach!
  I've almost for Theology decided.

1.05 - CHARITY, #The Perennial Philosophy, #Aldous Huxley, #Philosophy
  This remark seems, at first sight, to be incompatible with what precedes it. But in reality St. Thomas is merely distinguishing between the various forms of love and knowledge. It is better to love-know God than just to know about God, without love, through the reading of a treatise on Theology. Gold, on the other hand, should never be known with the misers love, or rather concupiscence, but either abstractly, as the scientific investigator knows it, or else with the disinterested love-knowledge of the artist in metal, or of the spectator, who love-knows the goldsmiths work, not for its cash value, not for the sake of possessing it, but just because it is beautiful. And the same applies to all created things, lives and minds. It is bad to love-know them with self-centred attachment and cupidity; it is somewhat better to know them with scientific dispassion; it is best to supplement abstract knowledge-without-cupidity with true disinterested love-knowledge, having the quality of aesthetic delight, or of charity, or of both combined.

1.05 - Christ, A Symbol of the Self, #Aion, #Carl Jung, #Psychology
  "no source that could be attri buted with any certainty to the 2nd century." He
  thinks that Islam is far superior to this Theology. Yahweh and Allah are un-
  reflected God-images, whereas in the Clementine Homilies there is a psychological
  not good. The God of Christianity, on the other hand, is only
  good. There is no denying that Clement's Theology helps us to
  get over this contradiction in a way that fits the psychological
  ral and unique; as an archetypal symbol it is a God-image and
  therefore universal and eternal. 77 Now if Theology describes
  Christ as simply "good" and "spiritual," something "evil" and

1.05 - THE HOSTILE BROTHERS - ARCHETYPES OF RESPONSE TO THE UNKNOWN, #Maps of Meaning, #Jordan Peterson, #Psychology
  This shows that the two spirits the one holy, the other wicked differ rather by choice than by nature.
  Zarathustras Theology is not dualistic in the strict sense of the term, since Ahura Mazda is not
  confronted by an anti-God; in the beginning, the opposition breaks out between the two Spirits. On the
  Jacobsen, T. (1943). Journal of Near Eastern Studies, 2, 159-170.
  Jaeger, W. (1968). The Theology of the early Greek philosophers: The Gifford lectures 1936. London:
  Oxford University Press.

1.05 - THE NEW SPIRIT, #The Future of Man, #Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, #Christianity
  that He should prevail in the nonexperimental, extracosmic
  sphere of the supernatural. Theology, in short, did not seem to re-
  alize that every kind of Universe might not be "compossible" with

1.05 - The Universe The 0 = 2 Equation, #Magick Without Tears, #Aleister Crowley, #Occultism
  This too, is very convenient, because it lends itself so readily to orthodox Theology; so we have Ormuzd and Ahriman, the Devas and the Asuras, Osiris and Set, et cetera and da capo, personifications of "Good" and "Evil." The foes may be fairly matched; but more often the tale tells of a revolt in heaven. In this case, "Evil" is temporary; soon, especially with the financial help of the devout, the "devil" will be "cast into the Bottomless Pit" and "the Saints will reign with Christ in glory for ever and ever, Amen!" Often a "redeemer," a "dying God," is needed to secure victory to Omnipotence; and this is usually what little vulgar boys might call a "touching story!"

1.07 - TRUTH, #The Perennial Philosophy, #Aldous Huxley, #Philosophy
  What is true of aesthetics is also true of Theology. Theological speculation is valuable insofar as it enables those who have had immediate experience of various aspects of God to form intelligible ideas about the nature of the divine Ground, and of their own experience of the Ground in relation to other experiences. And when a coherent system of Theology has been worked out, it is useful insofar as it convinces those who study it that there is nothing inherently self-contradictory about the postulate of the divine Ground and that, for those who are ready to fulfill certain conditions, the postulate may become a realized Fact. In no circumstances, however, can the study of Theology or the minds assent to theological propositions take the place of what Law calls the birth of God within. For theory is not practice, and words are not the things for which they stand.
  Against this we must set Dr. Tennants viewnamely, that religious experience is something real and unique, but does not add anything to the experiencers knowledge of ultimate Reality and must always be interpreted in terms of an idea of God derived from other sources. A study of the facts would suggest that both these opinions are to some degree correct. The facts of mystical insight (together with the facts of what is taken to be historic revelation) are rationalized in terms of general knowledge and become the basis of a Theology. And, reciprocally, an existing Theology in terms of general knowledge exercises a profound influence upon those who have undertaken the spiritual life, causing them, if it is low, to be content with a low form of experience, if it is high, to reject as inadequate the experience of any form of reality having characteristics incompatible with those of the God described in the books. Thus mystics make Theology, and Theology makes mystics.
  A person who gives assent to untrue dogma, or who pays all his attention and allegiance to one true dogma in a comprehensive system, while neglecting the others (as many Christians concentrate exclusively on the humanity of the Second Person of the Trinity and ignore the Father and the Holy Ghost), runs the risk of limiting in advance his direct apprehension of Reality. In religion as in natural science, experience is determined only by experience. It is fatal to prejudge it, to compel it to fit the mould imposed by a theory which either does not correspond to the facts at all, or corresponds to only some of the facts. Do not strive to seek after the true, writes a Zen master, only cease to cherish opinions. There is only one way to cure the results of belief in a false or incomplete Theology and it is the same as the only known way of passing from belief in even the truest Theology to knowledge or primordial Factselflessness, docility, openness to the datum of Eternity. Opinions are things which we make and can therefore understand, formulate and argue about. But to rest in the consideration of objects perceptible to the sense or comprehended by the understanding is to be content, in the words of St. John of the Cross, with what is less than God. Unitive knowledge of God is possible only to those who have ceased to cherish opinionseven opinions that are as true as it is possible for verbalized abstractions to be.
  The word intellect is used by Eckhart in the scholastic sense of immediate intuition. Intellect and reason, says Aquinas, are not two powers, but distinct as the perfect from the imperfect. The intellect means, an intimate penetration of truth; the reason, enquiry and discourse. It is by following, and then abandoning, the rational and emotional path of word and discrimination that one is enabled to enter upon the intellectual or intuitive path of realization. And yet, in spite of the warnings pronounced by those who, through selflessness, have passed from letter to spirit and from theory to immediate knowledge, the organized Christian churches have persisted in the fatal habit of mistaking means for ends. The verbal statements of Theologys more or less adequate rationalizations of experience have been taken too seriously and treated with the reverence that is due only to the Fact they are intended to describe. It has been fancied that souls are saved if assent is given to what is locally regarded as the correct formula, lost if it is withheld. The two words, filioque, may not have been the sole cause of the schism between the Eastern and Western churches; but they were unquestionably the pretext and casus belli.

1.08 - RELIGION AND TEMPERAMENT, #The Perennial Philosophy, #Aldous Huxley, #Philosophy
  Within the general population, as we have seen, variation is continuous, and in most people the three components are fairly evenly mixed. Those exhibiting extreme predominance of any one component are relatively rare. And yet, in spite of their rarity, it is by the thought-patterns characteristic of these extreme individuals that Theology and ethics, at any rate on the theoretical side, have been mainly dominated. The reason for this is simple. Any extreme position is more uncompromisingly clear and therefore more easily recognized and understood than the intermediate positions, which are the natural thought-pattern of the person in whom the constituent components of personality are evenly balanced. These intermediate positions, it should be noted, do not in any sense contain or reconcile the extreme positions; they are merely other thought-patterns added to the list of possible systems. The construction of an all-embracing system of metaphysics, ethics and psychology is a task that can never be accomplished by any single individual, for the sufficient reason that he is an individual with one particular kind of constitution and temperament and therefore capable of knowing only according to the mode of his own being. Hence the advantages inherent in what may be called the anthological approach to truth.
  The way of knowledge comes most naturally to persons whose temperament is predominantly cerebrotonic. By this I do not mean that the following of this way is easy for the cerebrotonic. His specially besetting sins are just as difficult to overcome as are the sins which beset the power-loving somatotonic and the extreme viscerotonic with his gluttony for food and comfort and social approval. Rather I mean that the idea that such a way exists and can be followed (either by discrimination, or through non-attached work and one-pointed devotion) is one which spontaneously occurs to the cerebrotonic. At all levels of culture he is the natural monotheist; and this natural monotheist, as Dr. Radins examples of primitive Theology clearly show, is often a monotheist of the tat tvam asi, inner-light school. Persons committed by their temperament to one or other of the two kinds of extraversion are natural polytheists. But natural polytheists can, without much difficulty, be convinced of the theoretical superiority of monotheism. The nature of human reason is such that there is an intrinsic plausibility about any hypothesis which seeks to explain the manifold in terms of unity, to reduce apparent multiplicity to essential identity. And from this theoretical monotheism the half-converted polytheist can, if he chooses, go on (through practices suitable to his own particular temperament) to the actual realization of the divine Ground of his own and all other beings. He can, I repeat, and sometimes he actually does. But very often he does not. There are many theoretical monotheists whose whole life and every action prove that in reality they are still what their temperament inclines them to bepoly theists, worshippers not of the one God they sometimes talk about, but of the many gods, nationalistic and technological, financial and familial, to whom in practice they pay all their allegiance.
  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 Historical Significance of the Fish, #Aion, #Carl Jung, #Psychology
  The early Christian prophecy concerning the Antichrist, and
  certain ideas in late Jewish Theology, could have suggested to us
  that the Christian answer to the problem of Job omits to men-

1.09 - SKIRMISHES IN A WAY WITH THE AGE, #Twilight of the Idols, #Friedrich Nietzsche, #Philosophy
  ill in moral females _ la_ Eliot. In England, every man who indulges
  in any trifling emancipation from Theology, must retrieve his honour
  in the most terrifying manner by becoming a moral fanatic. That is how


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