Category: Quotes

LifeQuotes

Augustine and Parental Ambition

Although she (Augustine's mother) had warned me to guard my virginity, she did not seriously pay heed to what her husband had told her about me, and which she felt to hold danger for the future: for she did not seek to restrain my sexual drive within the limit of the marriage bond, if it…

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QuotesTheology

“There, We Must Die”

Philosophy may expand our ideas of creation, but it neither inspires a love to the moral character of the Creator, nor a well-grounded hope of eternal life. Philosophy at most can only place us upon the top of Pisgah—there, like Moses, we must die. It gives us no possession of the good land: it is…

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CulturePoliticsQuotes

The Wrong Spite of History

Social media doesn't usually shock me, but it got me this week. I was genuinely taken aback by the bile and viciousness I saw toward Billy Graham and his family from progressives, especially LGBT progressives. What I saw in dozens of tweets from accounts with shiny blue checkmarks was hatred of the simplest and most…

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LifeQuotesTheology

When C.S. Lewis Met Billy Graham

Billy Graham passed this morning. I recommend Christianity Today's special coverage of their founder. There is arguably no more important evangelical in American history than Billy Graham. And yet, as my friend Justin Taylor remarked this morning, Graham's righteousness is the exact same righteousness of every other Christian. His robes are our robes, the robes…

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CultureQuotes

Safe, Legal, and Everywhere

Photo of the day: Here's what I wrote last year about the slow, underhanded, but very real disappearance of the center in the pro-choice camp. What’s happening for the abortion lobby is that its political myths are falling apart. “Safe, legal, and rare” was a carefully crafted slogan, built to elicit both protective instincts…

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Flattery Politics

What’s the value of a populist policy platform if the campaign is obsessed with celebrity glitz and glamour? Why was the Democratic convention a parade of celebrities? Why are you turning over your social media accounts to Lena Dunham, to post things about how white men are finished, when you desperately need to shore up…

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CultureMusingQuotes

C.S. Lewis on Christmas Gifts

From "What Christmas Means to Me" ...the idea that not only all friends but even all acquaintances should give one another presents, or at least send one another cards, is quite modern and has been forced upon us by the shopkeepers. Neither of these circumstances is in itself a reason for condemning it. I condemn…

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BooksLifeMusingQuotes

The Threat to Reading

One of the most widely quoted sentences of Sir Francis Bacon--it comes from his essay "Of Studies"--concerns the reading of books: "Some books are to be tasted, others are to be swallowed and some few to be chewed and digested; that is, some books are to be read only in parts; others to be read,…

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