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

theology, Michael is the angel of death who “leads

Theology and the Celestial Hierarchies.

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

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]

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 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





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1:We are, because God is. ~ Emanuel Swedenborg,
2:The universe is a machine for the making of Gods. ~ Henri Bergson,
3:One can always reason with reason. ~ Henri Bergson,
4:Religion is to mysticism what popularization is to science ~ Henri Bergson,
5:The major task of the twentieth century will be to explore the unconscious, to investigate the subsoil of the mind. ~ Henri Bergson,
6:The pure present is an ungraspable advance of the past devouring the future. In truth, all sensation is already memory. ~ Henri Bergson,
7:To perceive means to immobilize. To say this is to say that we seize, in the act of perception, something which outruns perception itself. ~ Henri Bergson,
8:The inner self is as distinct from the outer self as heaven is from earth. ~ Emanuel Swedenborg, Secrets of Heaven ,
9:Such as the love is, such is the wisdom, consequently such is the man (n. 368) (Divine Love and Wisdom, 1763) ~ Emanuel Swedenborg,
10: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).,
11: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,
12:Practice is the act of rehearsing a behavior over and over, or engaging in an activity again and again, for the purpose of improving or mastering it, as in the phrase practice makes perfect. ~ ,
13:Everything good or true that the angels inspire in us is God's, so God is constantly talking to us. He talks very differently, though, to one person than to another. ~ Emanuel Swedenborg, Secrets of Heaven ,
14: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.,
15:The idea of the future, pregnant with an infinity of possibilities, is thus more fruitful than the future itself, and this is why we find more charm in hope than in possession, in dreams than in reality. ~ Henri Bergson,
16: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).,
17: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 ,
18: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,
19: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,
20:I believe faith is a human universal. We are endowed at birth with nascent capacities for faith. How these capacities are activated and grow depends to a large extent on how we are welcomed into the world and what kinds of environments we grow in. Faith is interactive and social; it requires community, language, ritual and nurture. Faith is also shaped by initiatives from beyond us and other people, initiatives of spirit or grace. How these latter initiatives are recognized and imaged, or unperceived and ignored, powerfully affects the shape of faith in our lives. ~ James W Fowler, Stages Of Faith ,
21:Faith is a coat against ... nakedness. For most of us, most of the time, faith functions so as to screen off the abyss of mystery that surrounds us. But we all at certain times call upon faith to provide nerve to stand in the presence of the abyss--naked, stripped of life supports, trusting only in the being, the mercy and the power of the Other in the darkness. Faith helps us form a dependable 'life space,' an ultimate environment. At a deeper level, faith undergirds us when our life space is punctured and collapses, when the felt reality of our ultimate environment proves to be less than ultimate. ~ James W Fowler, Stages Of Faith ,
22: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 ,
23: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,
24:... 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 ,
25:STAGE TWO: THE CHONYID 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,
26: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,

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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,
17:UNSETTLED QUESTIONS FOR THEOLOGY TODAY (1920) ~ Karl Barth,
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 ~ 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,
119:...science 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: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,
337: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,
338: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,
339: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,
340: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,
341: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,
342: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,
343: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,
344: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,
345: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,
346: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,
347: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,
348: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,
349: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,
350: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,
351: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,
352: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,
353: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,
354:most of us happily disavow fairies, astrology and the Flying Spaghetti Monster, without first immersing ourselves in books of Pastafarian theology etc. ~ Richard Dawkins,
355: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,
356: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,
357: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,
358: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,
359:[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,
360: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,
361: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,
362: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,
363: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,
364: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,
365: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,
366: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,
367:Ultimately there can be no disagreement between history, science, philosophy, and theology. Where there is disagreement, there is either ignorance or error. ~ Mortimer Adler,
368: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,
369: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,
370: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,
371: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,
372: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,
373: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,
374: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,
375: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,
376: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,
377: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,
378: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,
379: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,
380: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,
381: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,
382: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,
383: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,
384: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,
385: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,
386: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,
387: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,
388: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,
389: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,
390: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,
391: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,
392: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,
393: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,
394: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,
395: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,
396: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,
397: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,
398: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,
399:Sadducees viewed the Jewish adoption of the resurrection doctrine as traditionalist Christians regard suggestions that reincarnation be worked into Christian theology. ~ Robert M Price,
400: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,
401: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,
402: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,
403: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,
404: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,
405: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,
406: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,
407: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,
408: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,
409: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,
410: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,
411: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,
412: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,
413: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,
414: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,
415: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,
416: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,
417: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,
418: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,
419: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,
420: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,
421: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,
422: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,
423: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,
424: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,
425: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,
426: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,
427: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,
428: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,
429: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,
430: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,
431: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,
432: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,
433: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,
434: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,
435: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,
436: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,
437: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,
438: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,
439: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,
440: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,
441: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,
442: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,
443: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,
444: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,
445: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,
446: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,
447: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,
448: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,
449: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,
450: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,
451: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,
452: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,
453: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,
454: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,
455: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,
456: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,
457: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,
458: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,
459: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,
460: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,
461: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,
462: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,
463: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,
464: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,
465: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,
466: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,
467: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,
468: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,
469: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,
470: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,
471: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,
472: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,
473: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,
474: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,
475: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,
476: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,
477:[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,
478: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,
479: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,
480: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,
481: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,
482: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,
483: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,
484: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,
485: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,
486: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,
487: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,
488: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,
489: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,
490: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,
491: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,
492: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,
493:By Tertullian’s time, the catholic (universal) church was recognized as a collection of any churches that had an affection for each other based on a shared theology passed down from apostolic times. ~ William J Bennett,
494:In Reformed theology, if God is not sovereign over the entire created order, then he is not sovereign at all. The term sovereignty too easily becomes a chimera. If God is not sovereign, then he is not God. ~ R C Sproul,
495:Barth's approach tears up any possibility of dialogue between faith and unfaith or between theology and other human sciences. Theology just says what it says on the basis of scripture, and that's that. ~ George Pattison,
496:The whole of natural theologyresolves itself into one simple, though somewhat ambiguous proposition, That the cause or causesof order in the universe probably bear some remote analogy to human intelligence. ~ David Hume,
497:The Protestant theology of Martin Luther was a thing that no modern Protestant would be seen dead in a field with; or if the phrase be too flippant, would be specially anxious to touch with a barge-pole. ~ G K Chesterton,
498:The renaissance of Christian philosophy has been accompanied by a resurgence of interest in natural theology, that branch of theology that seeks to prove God's existence apart from divine revelation. ~ William Lane Craig,
499:The trouble with a lot of modern theology and a lot of modern thinking about God, is that we think of God a sort of being like ourselves, but bigger and better with likes and dislikes similar to our own. ~ Karen Armstrong,
500:Formal theological teaching in Africa is deeply rooted in the Western missionary movement . However, in practice, the church wrestles with how to bring theology to bear on the realities it faces in the context. ~ Ed McBain,

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   19 Philosophy
   9 Occultism
   1 Christianity


   14 Aldous Huxley
   8 Aleister Crowley
   4 Friedrich Nietzsche
   3 Carl Jung
   2 Sri Aurobindo
   2 Saint Teresa of Avila


   14 The Perennial Philosophy
   6 The Secret Doctrine
   5 Magick Without Tears
   5 Liber ABA
   3 Twilight of the Idols
   3 Aion
   2 The Life Divine


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

1.00a_-_Introduction, #Magick Without Tears, #Aleister Crowley, #Philosophy
  
  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
  --
  loving, pure in heart and poor in spirit. This being so, it is hardly surprising that a
  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

1.01_-_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, heathen 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_-_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.
  
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  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, #Jean Gebser, #Integral
  
  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.

1.04_-_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 worldbut 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.
  

1.05_-_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 attributed 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_Universe_The_0_=_2_Equation, #Magick Without Tears, #Aleister Crowley, #Philosophy
  
  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.
  
  Theology as we know it has been formed by the great mystics, especially St Augustine and St Thomas. Plenty of other great theologiansespecially St Gregory and St Bernard, even down to Suarezwould not have had such insight without mystic super-knowledge.
  
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  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.
  
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  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.
  
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  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 bepolytheists, 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
  
  _Renan._--Theology, or the corruption of reason by original sin
  (Christianity). Proof of this,--Renan who, even in those rare cases
  --
  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

1.10_-_GRACE_AND_FREE_WILL, #The Perennial Philosophy, #Aldous Huxley, #Philosophy
  
  St. Paul drew a very useful and illuminating distinction between the psyche and the pneuma. But the latter word never achieved any degree of popularity, and the hopelessly ambiguous term, psyche, came to be used indifferently for either the personal consciousness or the spirit. And why, in the Western church, did devotional writers choose to speak of mans anima (which for the Romans signified the lower, animal soul) instead of using the word traditionally reserved for the rational soul, namely animus? The answer, I suspect, is that they were anxious to stress by every means in their power the essential femininity of the human spirit in its relations with God. Pneuma, being grammatically neuter, and animus, being masculine, were felt to be less suitable than anima and psyche. Consider this concrete example; given the structure of Greek and Latin, it would have been very difficult for the speakers of these languages to identify anything but a grammatically feminine soul with the heroine of the Song of Songsan allegorical figure who, for long centuries, played the same part in Christian thought and sentiment as the Gopi Maidens played in the Theology and devotion of the Hindus.
  

1.12_-_TIME_AND_ETERNITY, #The Perennial Philosophy, #Aldous Huxley, #Philosophy
  
  Passing now from theory to historical fact, we find that the religions, whose Theology has been least preoccupied with events in time and most concerned with eternity, have been consistently the least violent and the most humane in political practice. Unlike early Judaism, Christianity and Mohammedanism (all of them obsessed with time), Hinduism and Buddhism have never been persecuting faiths, have preached almost no holy wars and have refrained from that proselytizing religious imperialism, which has gone hand in hand with the political and economic oppression c the coloured peoples. For four hundred years, from the beginning of the sixteenth century to the beginning of the twentieth, most of the Christian nations of Europe have spent a good part of their time and energy in attacking, conquering and exploiting their non-Christian neighbours in other continents. In the course of these centuries many individual churchmen did their best to mitigate the consequences of such iniquities; but none of the major Christian churches officially condemned them. The first collective protest against the slave system, introduced by the English and the Spaniards into the New World, was made in 1688 by the Quaker Meeting of Germantown. This fact is highly significant. Of all Christian sects in the seventeenth century, the Quakers were the least obsessed with history, the least addicted to the idolatry of things in time. They believed that the inner light was in all human beings and that salvation came to those who lived in conformity with that light and was not dependent on the profession of belief in historical or pseudo-historical events, nor on the performance of certain rites, nor on the support of a particular ecclesiastical organization. Moreover their eternity-philosophy preserved them from the materialistic apocalypticism of that progress-worship which in recent times has justified every kind of iniquity from war and revolution to sweated labour, slavery and the exploitation of savages and childrenhas justified them on the ground that the supreme good is in future time and that any temporal means, however intrinsically horrible, may be used to achieve that good. Because Quaker Theology was a form of eternity-philosophy, Quaker political theory rejected war and persecution as means to ideal ends, denounced slavery and proclaimed racial equality. Members of other denominations had done good work for the African victims of the white mans rapacity. One thinks, for example, of St. Peter Claver at Cartagena. But this heroically charitable slave of the slaves never raised his voice against the institution of slavery or the criminal trade by which it was sustained; nor, so far as the extant documents reveal, did he ever, like John Woolman, attempt to persuade the slave-owners to free their human chattels. The reason, presumably, was that Claver was a Jesuit, vowed to perfect obedience and constrained by his Theology to regard a certain political and ecclesiastical organization as being the mystical body of Christ. The heads of this organization had not pronounced against slavery or the slave trade. Who was he, Pedro Claver, to express a thought not officially approved by his superiors?
  

1.13_-_Gnostic_Symbols_of_the_Self, #Aion, #Carl Jung, #Psychology
  
  3 01 Meister Eckhart's Theology knows a "Godhead" of which no
  qualities, except unity and being, 26 can be predicated; 27 it "is

1.13_-_SALVATION,_DELIVERANCE,_ENLIGHTENMENT, #The Perennial Philosophy, #Aldous Huxley, #Philosophy
  
  In the theologies of the various religions, salvation is also regarded as a deliverance out of folly, evil and misery into happiness, goodness and wisdom. But political and economic means are held to be subsidiary to the cultivation of personal holiness, to the acquiring of personal merit and to the maintenance of personal faith in some divine principle or person having power, in one way or another, to forgive and sanctify the individual soul. Moreover the end to be achieved is not regarded as existing in some Utopian future period, beginning, say, in the twenty-second century or perhaps even a little earlier, if our favourite politicians remain in power and make the right laws; the end exists in heaven. This last phrase has two very different meanings. For what is probably the majority of those who profess the great historical religions, it signifies and has always signified a happy posthumous condition of indefinite personal survival, conceived of as a reward for good behaviour and correct belief and a compensation for the miseries inseparable from life in a body. But for those who, within the various religious traditions, have accepted the Perennial Philosophy as a theory and have done their best to live it out in practice, heaven is something else. They aspire to be delivered out of separate selfhood in time and into eternity as realized in the unitive knowledge of the divine Ground. Since the Ground can and ought to be unitively known in the present life (whose ultimate end and purpose is nothing but this knowledge), heaven is not an exclusively posthumous condition. He only is completely saved who is delivered here and now. As to the means to salvation, these are simultaneously ethical, intellectual and spiritual and have been summed up with admirable clarity and economy in the Buddhas Eightfold Path. Complete deliverance is conditional on the following: first, Right Belief in the all too obvious truth that the cause of pain and evil is craving for separative, ego-centred existence, with its corollary that there can be no deliverance from evil, whether personal or collective, except by getting rid of such craving and the obsession of I, me, mine"; second, Right Will, the will to deliver oneself and others; third, Right Speech, directed by compassion and charity towards all sentient beings; fourth, Right Action, with the aim of creating and maintaining peace and good will; fifth, Right Means of Livelihood, or the choice only of such professions as are not harmful, in their exercise, to any human being or, if possible, any living creature; sixth, Right Effort towards Self-control; seventh, Right Attention or Recollectedness, to be practised in all the circumstances of life, so that we may never do evil by mere thoughtlessness, because we know not what we do"; and, eighth, Right Contemplation, the unitive knowledge of the Ground, to which recollectedness and the ethical self-naughting prescribed in the first six branches of the Path give access. Such then are the means which it is within the power of the human being to employ in order to achieve mans final end and be saved. Of the means which are employed by the divine Ground for helping human beings to reach their goal, the Buddha of the Pali scriptures (a teacher whose dislike of footless questions is no less intense than that of the severest experimental physicist of the twentieth century) declines to speak. All he is prepared to talk about is sorrow and the ending of sorrowthe huge brute fact of pain and evil and the other, no less empirical fact that there is a method, by which the individual can free himself from evil and do something to diminish the sum of evil in the world around him. It is only in Mahayana Buddhism that the mysteries of grace are discussed with anything like the fulness of treatment accorded to the subject in the speculations of Hindu and especially Christian Theology. The primitive, Hinayana teaching on deliverance is simply an elaboration of the Buddhas last recorded words: Decay is inherent in all component things. Work out your own salvation with diligence. As in the well-known passage quoted below, all the stress is upon personal effort.
  

1.20_-_TANTUM_RELIGIO_POTUIT_SUADERE_MALORUM, #The Perennial Philosophy, #Aldous Huxley, #Philosophy
  
  Choosing Luther and Calvin instead of the spiritual reformers who were their contemporaries, Protestant Europe got the kind of Theology it liked. But it also got, along with other unanticipated by-products, the Thirty Years War, capitalism and the first rudiments of modern Germany. If we wish, Dean Inge has recently written, to find a scapegoat on whose shoulders we may lay the miseries which Germany has brought upon the world I am more and more convinced that the worst evil genius of that country is not Hitler or Bismarck or Frederick the Great, but Martin Luther It (Lutheranism) worships a God who is neither just nor merciful The Law of Nature, which ought to be the court of appeal against unjust authority, is identified (by Luther) with the existing order of society, to which absolute obethence is due. And so on. Right belief is the first branch of the Eightfold Path leading to deliverance; the root and primal cause of bondage is wrong belief, or ignorancean ignorance, let us remember, which is never completely invincible, but always, in the last analysis, a matter of will. If we dont know, it is because we find it more convenient not to know. Original ignorance is the same thing as original sin.
  

1.24_-_RITUAL,_SYMBOL,_SACRAMENT, #The Perennial Philosophy, #Aldous Huxley, #Philosophy
  
  Because of this indwelling of the Logos, writes Mr. Kenneth Saunders in his valuable study of the Fourth Gospel, the Gita and the Lotus Sutra, all things have a reality. They are sacraments, not illusions like the phenomenal word of the Vedanta. That the Logos is in things, lives and conscious minds, and they in the Logos, was taught much more emphatically and explicitly by the Vedantists than by the author of the Fourth Gospel; and the same idea is, of course, basic in the Theology of Taoism. But though all things in fact exist at the intersection between a divine manifestation and a ray of the unmanifest Godhead, it by no means follows that everyone always knows that this is so. On the contrary, the vast majority of human beings believe that their own selfness and the objects around them possess a reality in themselves, wholly independent of the Logos. This belief leads them to identify their being with their sensations, cravings and private notions and in its turn this self-identification with what they are not effectively walls them off from divine influence and the very possibility of deliverance. To most of us on most occasions things are not symbols and actions are not sacramental; and we have to teach ourselves, consciously and deliberately, to remember that they are.
  

1.68_-_The_God-Letters, #Magick Without Tears, #Aleister Crowley, #Philosophy
  
  As to Magick, the Gnostics were chili con carne plus molten platinum plus a few girls I have known on the vowels. Their incantations con- sist almost entirely of combinations of these.[132] Seven at a time is very frequent; in fact it seems sometimes as if their theurgy depended on variations of these combinations. Their Theology, too. Never mind that just now!
  

1.70_-_Morality_1, #Magick Without Tears, #Aleister Crowley, #Philosophy
  
  But the theological conception has steered a very wrong course, even for Theology; brought in Divine Injunction, and Conscience, and a whole host of bogeys. (Candles in hollow turnips deceive nobody out- side a churchyard!)
  

1.74_-_Obstacles_on_the_Path, #Magick Without Tears, #Aleister Crowley, #Philosophy
  
  The one passage in his snivelling Apologia which impressed me was a tale of his childhood before the real poet, lover and mystic had been buried beneath the dung-heap of Theology. He tells us that he read the Arabian Nights in a heavily Bowdlerized edition, bet you a tosser! and was enchanted, like the rest of us, so that he sighed "I wish these tales were true!" The same thing happened to me; but I set my teeth, and muttered: "I will make these tales true!"
  

1.A_-_ANTHROPOLOGY,_THE_SOUL, #Philosophy of Mind, #G. W. F. Hegel, #Philosophy
  Everything is in sensation (feeling): if you will, everything that emerges in conscious intelligence and in reason has its source and origin in sensation; for source and origin just means the first immediate manner in which a thing appears. Let it not be enough to have principles and religion only in the head: they must also be in the heart, in the feeling. What we merely have in the head is in consciousness, in a general way: the facts of it are objective - set over against consciousness, so that as it is put in me (my abstract ego) it can also be kept away and apart from me (from my concrete subjectivity). But if put in the feeling, the fact is a mode of my individuality, however crude that individuality be in such a form: it is thus treated as my very own. My own is something inseparate from the actual concrete self: and this immediate unity of the soul with its underlying self in all its definite content is just this inseparability; which, however, yet falls short of the ego of developed consciousness, and still more of the freedom of rational mind-life. It is with a quite different intensity and permanency that the will, the conscience, and the character, are our very own, than can ever be true of feeling and of the group of feelings (the heart): and this we need no philosophy to tell us. No doubt it is correct to say that above everything the heart must be good. But feeling and heart is not the form by which anything is
   legitimated as religious, moral, true, just, etc., and an appeal to heart and feeling either means nothing or means something bad. This should hardly need enforcing. Can any experience be more trite than that feelings and hearts are also bad, evil, godless, mean, etc.? That the heart is the source only of such feelings is stated in the words: 'From the heart proceed evil thoughts, murder, adultery, fornication, blasphemy, etc.' In such times when 'scientific' Theology and philosophy make the heart and feeling the criterion of what is good, moral, and religious, it is necessary to remind them of these trite experiences; just as it is nowadays necessary to repeat that thinking is the characteristic property by which man is distinguished from the beasts, and that he has feeling in common with them.
   401 What the sentient soul finds within it is, on one hand, the naturally immediate, as 'ideally' in it and made its own. On the other hand and conversely, what originally belongs to the central individuality (which as further deepened and enlarged is the conscious ego and free mind) gets the features of the natural corporeity, and is so felt. In this way we have two spheres of feeling. One, where what at first is a corporeal affection (e.g. of the eye or of any bodily part whatever) is made feeling

2.00_-_BIBLIOGRAPHY, #The Perennial Philosophy, #Aldous Huxley, #Philosophy
  
  DIONYSIUS THE AREOPAGITE. On the Divine Names and the Mystical Theology. Translated with an introduction by C. E. Rolt (London, 1920).
  
  --
  
  TENNANT, F. R. Philosophical Theology (Cambridge, 1923).
  

2.03_-_Karmayogin_A_Commentary_on_the_Isha_Upanishad, #Isha Upanishad, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  to the word, depends on the realization of oneself in others.
  If, as Sankhya and Christian Theology say, there are millions of
  different Purushas, if the real man in me is different and separate
  --
  her triumphant analysis and the almost irresistible authority of
  her ablest exponents to support the absurdity. Christian Theology
  was inconsistent enough when it degraded man to the dust as
  --
  same as the Self in another, not merely kin by origin as in the
  Christian Theology, not merely of the same kind and nature as
  in the Sankhya teaching, but absolutely identical. The sense of

2.04_-_The_Divine_and_the_Undivine, #The Life Divine, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  413
   affirmed an omnipresent Divinity and Reality pure, perfect and blissful, without whom, apart from whom nothing could exist, since all exists only by him and in his being. All thinking on the subject that is not atheistic or materialistic or else primitive and anthropomorphic, has to start from this admission or to arrive at this fundamental concept. It is true that certain religions seem to suppose an extracosmic Deity who has created a world outside and apart from his own existence; but when they come to construct a Theology or spiritual philosophy, these too admit omnipresence or immanence, - for this omnipresence imposes itself, is a necessity of spiritual thinking. If there is such a Divinity, Self or Reality, it must be everywhere, one and indivisible, nothing can possibly exist apart from its existence; nothing can be born from another than That; there can be nothing unsupported by That, independent of It, unfilled by the breath and power of Its being. It has been held indeed that the ignorance, the imperfection, the suffering of this world are not supported by the Divine Existence; but we have then to suppose two Gods, an Ormuzd of the good and an Ahriman of the evil or, perhaps, a perfect supracosmic and immanent Being and an imperfect cosmic Demiurge or separate undivine Nature. This is a possible conception but improbable to our highest intelligence, - it can only be at most a subordinate aspect, not the original truth or the whole truth of things; nor can we suppose that the one Self and Spirit in all and the one Power creator of all are different, contrary in the character of their being, separate in their will and purpose. Our reason tells us, our intuitive consciousness feels, and their witness is confirmed by spiritual experience, that the one pure and absolute Existence exists in all things and beings even as all things and beings exist in It and by It, and nothing can be or happen without this indwelling and all-supporting
  Presence.

2.07_-_The_Cup, #Liber ABA, #Aleister Crowley, #Philosophy
  68:The contemplation of the Universe must be at first almost pure anguish. It is this fact which is responsible for most of the speculations of philosophy.
  69:Mediaeval philosophers when hopelessly astray because their Theology necessitated the reference of all things to the standard of men's welfare.
  70:They even became stupid: Bernardin de St. Pierre (was it not?) said that the goodness of God was such that wherever men had built a great city, He had placed a river to assist them in conveying merchandise. But the truth is that in no way can we imagine the Universe as devised. If horses were made for men to ride, were not men made for worms to eat?

2.08_-_The_Sword, #Liber ABA, #Aleister Crowley, #Philosophy
  In the question of ethics it again becomes vital, for to many people it seems impossible to consider the merits of any act without dragging in a number of subjects which have no real connection with it.
  The Bible has been mistranslated by perfectly competent scholars because they had to consider the current Theology. The most glaring example is the "Song of Solomon," a typical piece of Oriental erotic1 By interpreting thus doggishly, the bark of a dog will remind you, for the next week or two, of this.
   ism. But since to admit that it was this would never do for a canonical book, they had to pretend that it was symbolical.

2.0_-_THE_ANTICHRIST, #Twilight of the Idols, #Friedrich Nietzsche, #Philosophy
  pronounce the words "Tbingen Seminary," in order to understand what
  German philosophy really is at bottom, Theology _in disguise_.... The
  Swabians are the best liars in Germany, they lie innocently.... Whence

2.2.02_-_Consciousness_and_the_Inconscient, #Essays Divine And Human, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  
  And again in this reading of the universe, more baffling than any unbelievable belief - credo quia incredibile, - with which ever dogmatic Theology or mystic philosophy has challenged us, man loses all his cosmic value. An infinitesimal little creature on a tiny speck of matter lost amidst a whirling multitude of stupendous universes most or all of them perhaps vacant of life and thought and made for no other end but simply to whirl, he is (justifying Scripture) even as the worm is - only an edition de luxe, with copious developments and commentaries, of the same laborious but useless text, the same minute, careful, well-arranged, painstaking but insignificant script that we see already in the ant and the termite. Individual man lasts for a few years which are in the aimless vastness of the universe of no more matter than the few days or weeks or months of the insect. The race indeed has endured for millions of years and may endure for some centuries, some thousands, myriads or millions of years longer; but what are these millions in the incalculable aeons of the cosmos? The termite perhaps was before man and may be there when he has
  

2.24_-_The_Evolution_of_the_Spiritual_Man, #The Life Divine, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  It is the foundation of the pure spiritual consciousness that is the first object in the evolution of the spiritual man, and it is this and the urge of that consciousness towards contact with the Reality, the Self or the Divine Being that must be the first and foremost or even, till it is perfectly accomplished, the sole preoccupation of the spiritual seeker. It is the one thing needful that has to be done by each on whatever line is possible to him, by each according to the spiritual capacity developed in his nature.
  In considering the achieved course of the evolution of the spiritual being, we have to regard it from two sides, - a consideration of the means, the lines of development utilised by Nature and a view of the actual results achieved by it in the human individual. There are four main lines which Nature has followed in her attempt to open up the inner being, - religion, occultism, spiritual thought and an inner spiritual realisation and experience: the three first are approaches, the last is the decisive avenue of entry. All these four powers have worked by a simultaneous action, more or less connected, sometimes in a variable collaboration, sometimes in dispute with each other, sometimes in a separate independence. Religion has admitted an occult element in its ritual, ceremony, sacraments; it has leaned upon spiritual thinking, deriving from it sometimes a creed or Theology, sometimes its supporting spiritual philosophy, - the former, ordinarily, is the occidental method, the latter the oriental: but spiritual experience is the final aim and achievement of religion, its sky and summit. But also religion has sometimes banned occultism or reduced its own occult element to a minimum; it has pushed away the philosophic mind as a dry intellectual alien, leaned with all its weight on creed and dogma, pietistic emotion and fervour and moral conduct; it has reduced to a minimum or dispensed with spiritual realisation and experience. Occultism has sometimes put forward a spiritual aim as its goal, and followed occult knowledge and experience as an approach to it, formulated some kind of mystic philosophy: but more often it has confined itself to occult knowledge and practice without any spiritual vistas; it has turned to thaumaturgy or mere magic or even deviated into diabolism. Spiritual philosophy has very usually leaned on religion as its support or its way to experience; it has been the outcome of realisation and experience or built its structures as an approach to it: but it has also rejected all aid - or all impediment - of religion and proceeded in its own strength, either satisfied with mental knowledge or confident to discover its own path of experience and effective discipline. Spiritual experience has used all the three means as a starting-point, but it has also dispensed with them all, relying on its own pure strength: discouraging occult knowledge and powers as dangerous lures and entangling obstacles, it has sought only the pure truth of the spirit; dispensing with philosophy, it has arrived instead through the heart's fervour or a mystic inward spiritualisation; putting behind it all religious creed, worship and practice and regarding them as an inferior stage or first approach, it has passed on, leaving behind it all these supports, nude of all these trappings, to the sheer contact of the spiritual Reality. All these variations were necessary; the evolutionary endeavour of Nature has experimented on all lines in order to find her true way and her whole way towards the supreme consciousness and the integral knowledge.
  For each of these means or approaches corresponds to something in our total being and therefore to something necessary to the total aim of her evolution. There are four necessities of man's self-expansion if he is not to remain this being of the surface ignorance seeking obscurely after the truth of things and collecting and systematising fragments and sections of knowledge, the small limited and half-competent creature of the cosmic Force which he now is in his phenomenal nature. He must know himself and discover and utilise all his potentialities: but to know himself and the world completely he must go behind his own and its exterior, he must dive deep below his own mental surface and the physical surface of Nature. This he can only do by knowing his inner mental, vital, physical and psychic being and its powers and movements and the universal laws and processes of the occult Mind and Life which stand behind the material front of the universe: that is the field of occultism, if we take the word in its widest significance. He must know also the hidden Power or Powers that control the world: if there is a Cosmic Self or Spirit or a Creator, he must be able to enter into relation with It or Him and be able to remain in whatever contact or communion is possible, get into some kind of tune with the master Beings of the universe or with the universal Being and its universal will or a supreme Being and His supreme will, follow the law It gives him and the assigned or revealed aim of his life and conduct, raise himself towards the highest height that It demands of him in his life now or in his existence hereafter; if there is no such universal or supreme Spirit or Being, he must know what there is and how to lift himself to it out of his present imperfection and impotence. This approach is the aim of religion: its purpose is to link the human with the Divine and in so doing sublimate the thought and life and flesh so that they may admit the rule of the soul and spirit. But this knowledge must be something more than a creed or a mystic revelation; his thinking mind must be able to accept it, to correlate it with the principle of things and the observed truth of the universe: this is the work of philosophy, and in the field of the truth of the spirit it can only be done by a spiritual philosophy, whether intellectual in its method or intuitive. But all knowledge and endeavour can reach its fruition only if it is turned into experience and has become a part of the consciousness and its established operations; in the spiritual field all this religious, occult or philosophical knowledge and endeavour must, to bear fruition, end in an opening up of the spiritual consciousness, in experiences that found and continually heighten, expand and enrich that consciousness and in the building of a life and action that is in conformity with the truth of the spirit: this is the work of spiritual realisation and experience.
  --
  The means by which this need can be satisfied and with which our nature of mind has provided us is philosophy, and in this field it must be a spiritual philosophy. Such systems have arisen in numbers in the East; for almost always, wherever there has been a considerable spiritual development, there has arisen from it a philosophy justifying it to the intellect. The method was at first an intuitive seeing and an intuitive expression, as in the fathomless thought and profound language of the Upanishads, but afterwards there was developed a critical method, a firm system of dialectics, a logical organisation. The later philosophies were an intellectual account8 or a logical justification of what had been found by inner realisation; or they provided, themselves, a mental ground or a systematised method for realisation and experience.9 In the West where the syncretic tendency of the consciousness was replaced by the analytic and separative, the spiritual urge and the intellectual reason parted company almost at the outset; philosophy took from the first a turn towards a purely intellectual and ratiocinative explanation of things. Nevertheless, there were systems like the Pythagorean,
  Stoic and Epicurean, which were dynamic not only for thought but for conduct of life and developed a discipline, an effort at inner perfection of the being; this reached a higher spiritual plane of knowledge in later Christian or Neo-pagan thought-structures where East and West met together. But later on the intellectualisation became complete and the connection of philosophy with life and its energies or spirit and its dynamism was either cut or confined to the little that the metaphysical idea can impress on life and action by an abstract and secondary influence. Religion has supported itself in the West not by philosophy but by a credal Theology; sometimes a spiritual philosophy emerges by sheer force of individual genius, but it has not been as in the East a necessary adjunct to every considerable line of spiritual experience and endeavour. It is true that a philosophic development of spiritual thought is not entirely indispensable; for the truths of spirit can be reached more directly and completely by intuition and by a concrete inner contact. It must also be said that the critical control of the intellect over spiritual experience can be hampering and unreliable, for it is an inferior light turned upon a field of higher illumination; the true controlling power is an inner discrimination, a psychic sense and tact, a superior intervention of guidance from above or an innate and luminous inner guidance. But still this line of development too is necessary, because there must be a bridge between the spirit and the intellectual reason: the light of a spiritual or at least a spiritualised intelligence is necessary for the fullness of our total inner evolution, and without it, if another deeper guidance is lacking, the inner movement may be erratic and undisciplined, turbid and mixed with unspiritual elements or one-sided or incomplete in its catholicity. For the transformation of the Ignorance into the integral Knowledge the growth in us of a spiritual intelligence ready to receive a higher light and canalise it for all the parts of our nature is an intermediate necessity of great importance.
  But none of these three lines of approach can by themselves entirely fulfil the greater and ulterior intention of Nature; they cannot create in mental man the spiritual being, unless and until they open the door to spiritual experience. It is only by an inner realisation of what these approaches are seeking after, by an overwhelming experience or by many experiences building up an inner change, by a transmutation of the consciousness, by a liberation of the spirit from its present veil of mind, life and body that there can emerge the spiritual being. That is the final line of the soul's progress towards which the others are pointing and, when it is ready to disengage itself from the preliminary approaches, then the real work has begun and the turning-point of the change is no longer distant. Till then all that the human mental being has reached is a familiarity with the idea of things beyond him, with the possibility of an other-worldly movement, with the ideal of some ethical perfection; he may have made too some contact with greater Powers or Realities which help his mind or heart or life. A change there may be, but not the transmutation of the mental into the spiritual being. Religion and its thought and ethics and occult mysticism in ancient times produced the priest and the mage, the man of piety, the just man, the man of wisdom, many high points of mental manhood; but it is only after spiritual experience through the heart and mind began that we see arise the saint, the prophet, the Rishi, the Yogi, the seer, the spiritual sage and the mystic, and it is the religions in which these types of spiritual manhood came into being that have endured, covered the globe and given mankind all its spiritual aspiration and culture.

2.40_-_2.49_-_THE_MASTER_AT_THE_HOUSES_OF_BALARM_AND_GIRISH, #The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna, #Sri Ramakrishna, #Hinduism
  
  M. picked up another book, Munger's New Theology. Dr. Sarkar noticed it.
  

3.00_-_The_Magical_Theory_of_the_Universe, #Liber ABA, #Aleister Crowley, #Philosophy
  2. More correctly, HERU-RA-HA, to include HOOR-PAAR-KRAAT.
  3. The basis of this Theology is given in Liber CCXX, AL vel Legis which forms
  Part IV of this Book 4. Here I can only outline the matter in a very crude way; it

3.19_-_Of_Dramatic_Rituals, #Liber ABA, #Aleister Crowley, #Philosophy
  presumably potent factors in its success.
  On the point of Theology, I doubt whether Dom Gorenflot successfully avoided
  eating meat in Lent by baptising the pullet a carp. For as the sacramentby its

3-5_Full_Circle, #unset, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  Unified Science's absolutes are permanent. So future shock--the fear that permanence is dead--has lost its sting.8 Jonas' book, from which I have been quoting, bears a predictive sub-title: Toward A Philosophy of Biology. In its Epilogue, he defines the objective toward which his work is directed, and clearly points the road by which it has here been reached: "Ontology as the ground of ethics was the original tenet of philosophy. Their divorce, which is the divorce of the `objective' and `subjective' realms, is the modern destiny. Their reunion can be affected, if at all, only from the `objective' end, that is to say, through a revision of the idea of nature. And it is becoming, rather than abiding, nature which would hold out any such promise."
  Unified Science is a profound revision of most peoples' idea of nature; and it is stated in terms precisely of process, of becoming. The insight which Jonas then shows us is prophetic: "From the immanent direction of its total evolution there may be elicited a destination of man by whose terms the person, in the act of fulfilling himself, would at the same time realize a concern of universal substance." Unified Science proclaims this immanent direction to be increasing organization; and its destination, ectropy's highest region, to be . "Hence," Jonas continues, "would result a principle of ethics which is ultimately grounded neither in the autonomy of the self nor in the needs of the community, but in an objective assignment by the nature of things (what Theology used to call the ordo creationis) such as could still be kept faith with by the last of a dying mankind in his solitude." p. 283.2 Some call this principle Omega, others call it God.
  In writing his book, Jonas was moving toward the kind of structure which Walter Lippmann has called the Public Philosophy,9 the structure which is shared by all great religions and ideologies. This structure has remained constant through all of the public philosophy's changes, from the animism of Lower Hunters, Period 1 ; through the Great Religions of the Literates, Period 5; to the emergence of the Higher Industrialists, Period 7, which the unification of sciences into a public philosophy permits and requires. In Figure IV-11 we have diagrammed this permanent ideocratic structure.

3_-_Commentaries_and_Annotated_Translations, #Hymns to the Mystic Fire, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  or sense of immediate fitness. If I interpret a book of obscure
  Christian Theology, I am not at liberty to interpret freely the
  constantly recurring word grace sometimes as the influx of the

4.01_-_Sweetness_in_Prayer, #The Interior Castle or The Mansions, #Saint Teresa of Avila, #Christianity
  1.: Now that I commence writing about the fourth mansions, it is requisite, as I said,1' to commend myself to the Holy Ghost and to beg Him henceforth to speak for me, that I may be enabled to treat these matters intelligibly. Henceforth they begin to be supernatural and it will be most difficult to speak clearly about them,2' unless His Majesty undertakes it for me, as He did when I explained the subject (as far as I understood it) somewhat about fourteen years ago.3' I believe I now possess more light about the favours God grants some souls, but that is different from being able to elucidate them.4' May His Majesty enable me to do so if it would be useful, but not otherwise.
  2.: As these mansions are nearer the King's dwelling they are very beautiful, and so subtle are the things seen and heard in them, that, as those tell us who have tried to do so, the mind There are two kinds of contemplation: acquired or natural, and infused or supernatural. In their widest sense, including many remarkable phenomena of Natural religion, and, of course, the most wonderful manifestations recorded in the Old Testament, they form the system called Mysticism and are the proper object of Mystical Theology. Natural or acquired contemplation is based upon an idealistic turn of mind which enables the soul to gaze upon the Godhead (simple gaze, as St. Teresa calls it) without approaching Him by the laborious process of reasoning, and in so doing embraces Him with its affective powers; like a person who, devoid of technical skill, takes in and is enamoured by, the beauty of a painting. Infused contemplation is the highest act of the Gifts of the Holy Ghost of Knowledge and Wisdom. It is often impossible, nor is it always essential, to determine where acquired contemplation ends and infused contemplation begins. But it should be borne in mind that both the one and the other are operations and not merely a passive state or mere fruition. Even the highest form of contemplation, the Beatific Vision, is a supernatural act of the soul, an operation of unending duration. A ship moved by a gentle breeze is rightly said to be actually sailing though the rowers are at rest. cannot give a lucid idea of them to those inexperienced in the matter. People who have enjoyed these favours, especially if it was to any great extent, will easily comprehend me.
  3.: Apparently a person must have dwelt for a long time in the former mansions before entering these; although in ordinary cases the soul must have been in the last one spoken of, yet, as you must often have heard, there is no fixed rule, for God gives when, how, and to whom He wills5-the goods are His own, and His choice wrongs no one.6' The poisonous reptiles rarely come into these rooms, and, if they enter, do more good than harm. I think it is far better for them to get in and make war on the soul in this state of prayer; were it not tempted, the devil might sometimes deceive it about divine consolations, thus injuring it far more. Besides, the soul would benefit less, because all occasions of gaining merit would be withdrawn, were it left continually absorbed in God. I am not confident that this absorption is genuine when it always remains in the same state, nor does it appear to me possible for the Holy Ghost to dwell constantly within us, to the same extent, during our earthly exile.

APPENDIX_I_-_Curriculum_of_A._A., #Liber ABA, #Aleister Crowley, #Philosophy
      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.

BOOK_II._--_PART_I._ANTHROPOGENESIS., #The Secret Doctrine, #H P Blavatsky, #Theosophy
  the most controverted and questioned. This work is so heterodox, when confronted with the
  acknowledged standards of Theology and modern science, that no proof which tends to show that these
  standards often usurp an illegal authority should be neglected.

BOOK_II._--_PART_III._ADDENDA._SCIENCE_AND_THE_SECRET_DOCTRINE_CONTRASTED, #The Secret Doctrine, #H P Blavatsky, #Theosophy
  The pendulum of thought oscillates between extremes. Having now finally emancipated herself from
  the shackles of Theology, Science has embraced the opposite fallacy; and in the attempt to interpret
  Nature on purely materialistic lines, she has built up that most extravagant theory of the ages -- the
  --
  propositions or respective premises differ widely, but whose final conclusions are the same -- Science
  and Theology. And now our
  
  --
  Anthropologists who assign dates to man and nature which fit in with their own theories alone -- what
  could the writer do except what is being done? Namely, since Theology places the Deluge 2448 B.C.,
  and the World's Creation only 5890 years ago; and since the accurate researches by the methods of

BOOK_II._--_PART_II._THE_ARCHAIC_SYMBOLISM_OF_THE_WORLD-RELIGIONS, #The Secret Doctrine, #H P Blavatsky, #Theosophy
  theories contained in the Second Part of the Stanzas are even more difficult to assimilate than those
  which are embodied in Vol. 1, on Cosmogony. Theology, therefore, has to be questioned here, as
  Science will be in the Addenda (Part III.). Since our doctrines differ so widely from the current ideas
  of both Materialism and Theology, the Occultists must be ever prepared to repel the attacks of either
  or of both.
  --
  not in the human constitution to witness in silence the destruction of one's gods, whether they be true
  or false. And as Theology and materialism have combined together to destroy the old gods of antiquity
  and seek to disfigure every old philosophical conception, it is but just that the lovers of old wisdom
  --
  THE EVIL SPIRIT: WHO, AND WHAT?
  OUR present quarrel is exclusively with Theology. The Church enforces belief in a personal god and a
  personal devil, while Occultism shows the fallacy of such a belief. And though for the Pantheists and
  --
  most inextricable confusion. One of their most sinful achievements in this direction, was the
  transformation of the divine alter ego into the grotesque Satan of their Theology.
  As the whole philosophy of the problem of evil hangs upon the correct comprehension of the
  --
  whole of antiquity, standing for the guardian Spirit, an "Angel," not a devil of Satanic descent, as
  Theology will have it. The Roman Catholic Church shows its usual logic and consistency by accepting,
  as the ferouer of Christ, St. Michael, who was "his Angel Guardian," as proved by St. Thomas,***
  --
  They maintain, furthermore, along with the Roman Catholic Church, that in the Biblical and Christian
  Theology there does not exist a "higher celestial personality, after the Trinity, than that of the
  Archangel or the Seraphim, Michael." According to them, the conqueror of the Dragon is "the
  --
  may, as shown, be found in other and pagan traditions. There were no scholastics nor Montanists
  during Vedic times, nor yet far later in China. But Christian Theology had to be protected and saved.
  This was only natural. But why should truth be sacrificed in order to protect from destruction the
  --
  Egos destined to perform the whole cycle of incarnations. This sentence, qui circumambulat terram,
  however, is again referred to the DEVIL in Theology, the mythical father of Evil being said to "fall like
  lightning." Unfortunately for this interpretation, the "Son of Man," or Christ, is expected, on the
  --
  principle of all things." Hence Pymander, the "Thought divine," issues as light from DARKNESS.
  Behemoth* is the principle of Darkness, or Satan, in Roman Catholic Theology, and yet Job says of
  him that "Behemoth is the chief (principle) of the ways of God" (xl. 19) -- "Principium viarum Domini
  --
  does not prove that the said allegories are presentments or prophetic writings which all refer to
  Christian Theology.
  
  --
  were called the "Angels of Darkness," because that darkness is absolute light, a fact now neglected if
  not entirely forgotten in Theology. Nevertheless, the spirituality of those much abused "Sons of Light"
  which is Darkness, must be evidently as great in comparison with that of the Angels next in order, as
  --
  
  decline nowadays as they did ten years ago. Science and Theology are against us: therefore we question
  both, and have to do so in self-defence. On the strength of hazy metaphors scattered throughout the
  prophets, and in St. John's Revelation, a grand but re-edited version of the Book of Enoch, on these
  insecure grounds Christian Theology built its dogmatic Epos of the War in Heaven. It did more: it used
  the symbolical visions, intelligible only to the Initiates, as pillars upon which to support the whole
  --
  confess that this devil was mankind, and never had any existence on earth outside of that mankind.*
  In this, Christian Theology, although following slavishly in the steps of Paganism, was only true to its
  own time-honoured policy. It had to isolate itself, and to assert its authority. Hence it could not do
  --
  which all these producers of light and shadow, all the Sun and the Moon Gods, were cursed, and thus
  the one God chosen out of the many, and Satan, were both anthropomorphised. But Theology seems to
  have lost sight of the human capacity for discriminating and finally analysing all that is artificially
  --
  with the same unconcern as the donkey eats a thistle, or the dove pecks at a grain of corn. If the Fall
  had the significance given to it by Theology; if that
  [[Footnote(s)]] -------------------------------------------------
  --
  told that they procreate their species in consequence of that same "original sin," for which God cursed
  the earth -- hence everything living on it -- we will put another question. We are told by Theology, as
  by Science, that the animal was on earth far earlier than man? We ask the former: How did it
  --
  Thus, esoteric philosophy shows that man is truly the manifested deity in both its aspects -- good and
  evil, but Theology cannot admit this philosophical truth. Teaching the dogma of the Fallen Angels in
  its dead-letter meaning, and having made of Satan the corner-stone and pillar of the dogma of
  --
  Hence, the endless and various national versions. The Greeks had Jupiter, the son of Chronos, the
  Father, who hurls him down into the depths of Kosmos. The Aryans had Brahma (in later Theology)
  precipitated by Siva into the Abyss of Darkness, etc., etc. But the fall of all these Logoi and Demiurgi
  --
  the "Lord." Hence, in saying that all the great adepts and mystics of antiquity -- like Orpheus, Hesiod,
  Pythagoras and Plato -- got the elements of their Theology from those hieroglyphics, he is right in one
  sense, and wrong in another; for he errs in accuracy. The Secret Doctrine teaches us that the arts,
  sciences, Theology, and especially the philosophy of every nation which preceded the last universally
  known, but not universal Deluge, had been recorded ideographically from the primitive oral records of
  --
  tumbled down into a godling of the fields, a rural god; and history will not recognize him, while
  Theology makes of him the devil. Yet his seven-piped flute, the emblem of the seven forces of nature,
  of the seven planets, the seven musical notes, of all the septenary harmony, in short, shows well his
  --
  intelligible triad, as is most satisfactorily shown by Proclus in the third book of his treatise on the
  Theology of Plato. And between these two triads (the double triangle), the one intelligible, and the
  other intellectual, another order of gods exists which partakes of both extremes." "The Pythagorean
  --
  finally Christian mystic thought, until it landed in and remained impressed indelibly on every exoteric
  Theology. The seven old books stolen out of Noah's ark by Ham, and given to Cush, his son, and the
  seven Brazen columns of Ham and Cheiron, are a reflection and a remem[[Footnote(s)]] -------------------------------------------------

BOOK_I._--_PART_I._COSMIC_EVOLUTION, #The Secret Doctrine, #H P Blavatsky, #Theosophy
  * See Max Muller's "Introduction to the Science of Religion." Lecture On False Analogies in
  comparative Theology, pp. 288 and 296 et seq. This relates to the clever forgery (on leaves inserted in
  old Puranic MSS.), in correct and archaic Sanskrit, of all that the Pundits of Col. Wilford had heard
  --
  to come, is given; to do justly, to love mercy, to walk humbly before thy God?" Provided we connote
  by the word God, not the crude anthropomorphism which is still the backbone of our current Theology,
  but the symbolic conception of that which is Life and Motion of the Universe, to know which in
  --
  
  * Called by Christian Theology: Archangels, Seraphs, etc., etc.
  ** "Pilgrim" is the appellation given to our Monad (the two in one) during its cycle of incarnations. It
  --
  and unknowable power, which we are obliged to recognise as without limit in Space and without
  beginning or end in time." It is only daring Theology -- never Science or philosophy -- which seeks to
  gauge the Infinite and unveil the Fathomless and Unknowable.
  --
  (a) By the Seven "Eternities," aeons or periods are meant. The word "Eternity," as understood in
  Christian Theology, has no meaning to the Asiatic ear, except in its application to the ONE existence;
  nor is
  --
  others belong, in the Christian theogony. Only while St. Michael, for instance, is allowed in dogmatic
  Latin Theology to watch over all the promontories and gulfs, in the Esoteric System, the Dhyanis
  watch successively over one of the Rounds and the great Root-races of our planetary chain. They are,
  --
  those ancient conceptions which are returning to the human mind in this century, as a consequence of
  its liberation from anthropomorphic Theology. Science, it is true, contents itself with tracing or
  postulating the signs of universal life, and has not yet been bold enough even to whisper "Anima
  --
  dogmatic Christian, but the Theosophist and the Occultist must award the palm of logic to the
  converted Hindu. The esoteric Christos in the gnosis is, of course, sexless, but in exoteric Theology he
  is male and female.
  --
  actualities, but the two aspects or facets of the same Unity. Now the best man living would appear, side
  by side with an Archangel -- as described in Theology -- a fiend. Hence a certain reason to depreciate a
  lower "double," immersed far deeper in matter than its original. But there is still as little cause to
  --
  The latter teaches that the whole universe is ruled by intelligent and semi-intelligent Forces and
  Powers, as stated from the very beginning. Christian Theology admits and even enforces belief in
  such, but makes an arbitrary division and refers to them as "Angels" and "Devils." Science denies the
  --
  within their own special and narrow barriers; for -- they can never do so. In this respect Science,
  Theology, and even Spiritualism show little more wisdom than the ostrich does, when it hides its head
  in the sand at its feet, feeling sure that there can be thus nothing beyond its own point of observation

BOOK_I._--_PART_III._SCIENCE_AND_THE_SECRET_DOCTRINE_CONTRASTED, #The Secret Doctrine, #H P Blavatsky, #Theosophy
  
  Besides which, even the Roman Catholic Theology speaks of "seventy planets that preside over the
  destinies of the nations of this globe"; and, save the erroneous application, there is more truth in this
  --
  Divine Light, which is their substance. It will be shown in Book II. why these "Lords of the Zodiac
  and Spheres" have been transformed by sectarian Theology into the rebellious angels of the Christians,
  who took them from the Seven Devs of the Magi, without understanding the significance of the
  --
  the last century into the hands of neither philosophy nor true religion, but simply into those of
  Theology. To be able to dispute the better the plurality of even material worlds, a belief thought by
  many churchmen incompatible with the teachings and doctrines of the Bible,* Maxwell had to
  --
  manifested Point, lost to our senses after its pregenetic appearance in the infinitude and incognizability
  of the Circle, that made a reconciliation between philosophy and Theology possible -- on condition that
  the latter should abandon its crude materialistic dogmas. And it is because it has so unwisely rejected
  the Pythagorean Monad and geometrical figures, that Christian Theology has evolved its self-created
  human and personal God, the monstrous Head from whence flow in two streams the dogmas of
  --
  principles of the truly unknown God of Science, called by them PHYSICAL NATURE!
  Theology is taken to task and ridiculed for believing in the union of three persons in one Godhead -one God as to substance, three persons as to individuality; and we are laughed at for our belief in
  unproved and unprovable doctrines, in Angels and Devils, Gods and Spirits. And,
  --
  
  indeed, that which made the Scientists win the day over Theology in the Great "Conflict between
  Religion and Science," was precisely the argument that neither the identity of that substance, nor the
  --
  then; what we have to do now, is to examine for the last time whether exact Science does not act
  precisely in the same way as Theosophy, Spiritualism, and Theology do.
  In a work by Mr. S. Laing, considered a standard book on Science, "Modern Science and Modern
  --
  time. Occult sciences claim less and give more, at all events, than either Darwinian Anthropology or
  Biblical Theology.
  Nor ought the Esoteric Chronology to frighten any one; for, with regard to figures, the greatest

BOOK_I._--_PART_II._THE_EVOLUTION_OF_SYMBOLISM_IN_ITS_APPROXIMATE_ORDER, #The Secret Doctrine, #H P Blavatsky, #Theosophy
  lunar myth and worship in historical antiquity, on our side of the globe. Its earlier origin is untraceable
  by exact science, rejecting as it does tradition; while for Theology, which, under the guidance of the
  crafty Popes, has put a brand on every fragment of literature that does not bear the imprimatur of the
  --
  
  and was made out later by Christian Theology to be the serpent and the Devil. She-He (Yah-hovah) is
  the supernal (Heh, and Eve). This Yah-hovah then or Jehovah, is identical with our Chaos -- Father,
  --
  disfigured by translation. Solar and Lunar worship, as well as that of the Stars and Elements, are
  traced, and figure in the Christian Theology; defended by Papists, they are stoutly denied by the
  Protestants only at their own risk and peril. Two instances may be given.
  --
  the secret. The great Serpent of the Garden of Eden and the "Lord God" are identical, and so are
  Jehovah and Cain ONE -- that Cain who is referred to in Theology as the "murderer" and the LIAR to
  God! Jehovah tempts the King of Israel to number the people, and Satan tempts him to do the same in
  --
  
  echoes -- distorted out of recognition by exotericism and Theology -- of the universal and
  philosophical dogmas in nature, so well understood by the primitive Sages. We find the same
  --
  Since the personification called Satan has been amply analyzed from its triple aspect -- in the Old
  Testament, Christian Theology and the ancient Gentile attitude of thought -- those who would learn
  more of it are referred to Vol. II. of ISIS UNVEILED, chap. x. See also several sections in Book II.,
  --
  brought as an exemplar of wisdom to follow, is now regarded as the symbol of the Devil. The esoteric
  pearl of Christ's religion degraded into Christian Theology, may indeed be said to have chosen a strange
  and unfitting shell to be born in and evolved from.
  --
  title of Jupiter Mundus; and who now, in modern Rome, has become the Deus Mundus, the one
  mundane god, who is made to swallow all others in the latest Theology -- by the arbitrary decision of
  his special ministers.

CHAPTER_36_-_Treats_of_these_words_in_the_Paternoster_"Dimitte_nobis_debita, #The Way of Perfection, #Saint Teresa of Avila, #Christianity
  Learned men have to observe this with regard to their studies (a matter of which I know nothing):
  anyone, for example, who has got as far as reading Theology must not descend and read philosophy-
  that is their kind of honour, according to which you must always be going up and never going down.

Evening_Talks_With_Sri_Aurobindo, #Talks With Sri Aurobindo, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  
  Sri Aurobindo: There is no objection to their doing that but it should not be compulsory. It should not be called a course in Metaphysics and Theology. Life Divine is not a Theology! Further, it should be kept optional. Religious instructions should not be made compulsory. It does not necessarily develop spiritually; many people come to spiritual life through atheism. Religious instruction makes man narrow, sectarian, etc. The objection to this scheme is that it is academic. It would lose all its like and become dry.
  

Liber_111_-_The_Book_of_Wisdom_-_LIBER_ALEPH_VEL_CXI, #unset, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
   and to dare many Shapes of Death; also he nurtured me in Concentration,
   the Art of the Mystics, but without Lumber of Theology. Allan Bennett
   bestowed upon me the right Art of Magic, and Our Holy Qabalah, with a

Liber_46_-_The_Key_of_the_Mysteries, #unset, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  
   SKETCH OF THE PROPHETIC Theology
   OF NUMBERS
  --
   twenty-two letters; but the first nineteen are the keys of occult
   Theology. The others are the keys of Nature; we shall return to them in
   the third part of this work.
  --
   letter, towards the end:
   "A doctor of Theology said to me: "In everything I should submit
   myself to the Council; everything would then be good and lawful for
  --
     FIRST ARTICLE . . . . . . . . 12
     SKETCH OF THE PROPHETIC Theology OF NUMBERS . . . 14
     ARTICLE II . . . . . . . . 72

Maps_of_Meaning_text, #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 contribution of Egyptian Theology.
  
  --
  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.

MoM_References, #unset, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  
  Jaeger, W. (1968). The Theology of the early Greek philosophers: The Gifford lectures 1936. London:
  Oxford University Press.

The_Act_of_Creation_text, #The Act of Creation, #Arthur Koestler, #Psychology
  Kepler did not start his career as an astronomer, but as a student of
  Theology (at the Lutheran University of Thuebingen); yet already as a
  student he was attracted by the Copernican idea of a sun-centred
  --
  also the century of the fatal mesalliance between Aristotelian physics and
  the Theology of St. Thomas Aquinas. Within a few generations this
  'faulty synthesis' was to create a new orthodoxy, which led to another
  --
  Celestial mechanics became dissociated from sublunary physics and
  married to Theology when Aristotle's 'first mover' became identified
  with God, and his star-spinning spirits with the hierarchy of angels.
  --
  imposed from outside, by religious or political pressures. Medieval
  astronomy had to embrace Theology, Soviet biology was wedded to a
  crude form of Lamarckism. The development of science cannot be
  --
  destiny defeats the will of man (cf. coincidence in comedy, p. 78). In
  Christian Theology, the ways of God become less arbitrary, but more
  inscrutable; man proposes, God disposes; original sin chokes his

The_Golden_Bough, #unset, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  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,
  --
  contributed its share to the gorgeous symbolism of the Catholic
  Church as well as to the pale abstractions of her Theology.
  Certainly in art the figure of Isis suckling the infant Horus is so
  --
  their naked simplicity, undisguised by the refinements of
  metaphysics and the subtleties of Theology.
  

The_Gospel_According_to_Mark, #The Bible, #Anonymous, #Various
  
  Nearly half of Mark's account of the public ministry of Jesus (Chapters 1-10) describes Miracles. Jesus performs miracles by driving out demons, healing the sick, and calming storms, but first meets a major obstacle: unbelief, and in his home town of Nazareth in Chapter 6. And even his own disciples misunderstand who He is or his Mission. The experience prompts him to say - "A prophet is not without honor except in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house." Mark 6:3 is key to Marian Theology, for it indicates that Jesus was an only child. Mark 6:7-13 records the debut of the mission of the Twelve - it is no longer Jesus but also his Apostles who bring healing, freedom, and blessings. 6:13 is part of the biblical basis for the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick. The chapter notes the beginning of the Bread Discourse (6:33-8:26) in which the word bread - is recorded seventeen times. Only three miracles are found in all four Gospels: the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, Healing the blind, and the Multiplication of the loaves in the feeding of the five thousand (Mark 6:35-44), which serves as a prefigurement of Communion or the Eucharist.
  

The_Logomachy_of_Zos, #unset, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  instance, the oldest and most lasting of religions, the earliest Egyptians-
  a complete Theology in itself- is now defunct, sans priests and followers.
  It maintained the most rigid of conventions and limits and, throughout,
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  Release from evil is more by aesthetics than by asceticism.
  Learned only of our solitude is a sound personal Theology.
  All things realize sensationally: noting comes out of anything except by

The_Way_of_Perfection, #unset, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  And here the Saint propounds a difficult question which has occasioned no little debate among
  writers on mystical Theology. Can a soul in grave sin enjoy supernatural contemplation? At first
  sight, and judging from what the author says in Chapter 16, the answer would seem to be that,
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  the most rudimentary principles of the religious life, which has all the clarity of any classical treatise,
  with instruction on the most sublime and elusive tenets of mystical Theology.
  ESCORIAL AUTOGRAPH-The Way of perfection-or Paternoster, as its author calls it, from
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  happened that I had to go about matters of consciences to a man who had taken a complete course
  in Theology; and he did me a great deal of mischief by telling me that certain things were of no
  importance. I know that he had no intention of deceiving me, or any reason for doing so: it was

Thus_Spoke_Zarathustra_text, #Thus Spoke Zarathustra, #Friedrich Nietzsche, #Philosophy
  last made fun of at the end of the song in Chapter i6),
  while the conscientious in spirit develops a new Theology
  -and suggests that Zarathustra himself is pretty close to

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