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CHRISTIANITY
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Without the way, there is no going; without the truth, there is no knowing; without the life, there is no living.
      - Thomas a Kempis

Now it is not good for the Christian's health
  To hustle the Aryan brown,
    For the Christian riles and the Aryan smiles,
      And it weareth the Christian down.
        And the end of the fight is a tombstone white
          With the name of the late deceased--
            And the epitaph drear: "A fool lies here
              Who tried to hustle the East."
      - Rudyard Kipling, Naulahka
         (heading of ch. V)

The Augustinian doctrine of the damnation of unbaptized infants and the Calvinistic doctrine of reprobation . . . surpass in atrocity any tenets that have ever been admitted into any pagan creed.
      - William Edward Hartpole Lecky,
        History of European Morals

What was invented two thousand years ago was the spirit of Christianity.
      - Gerald Stanley Lee, Crowds
         (bk. II, ch. XVIII)

Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important.
      - C.S. (Clive Staples) Lewis

I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.
      - C.S. (Clive Staples) Lewis

If Christianity has really come from heaven, it must renew the whole life of man; it must govern the life of nations no less than that of individuals; it must control a Christian when acting in his public and political capacity as completely as when he is engaged in the duties which belong to him as a member of a family circle.
      - Canon Henry P. Liddon

The real difficulty with thousands in the present day is not that Christianity has been found wanting, but that it has never been seriously tried.
      - Canon Henry P. Liddon

God must have loved the plain people; He made so many of them.
      - Abraham Lincoln

The real security of Christianity is to be found in its benevolent morality, in its exquisite adaptation to the human heart, in the facility, with which its scheme accommodates itself to the capacity of every human intellect, in the consolation which it bears to every house of mourning, in the light with which it brightens the great mystery of the grave.
      - Thomas Babington Macaulay

Great books are written for Christianity much oftener than great deeds are done for it. City libraries tell us of the reign of Jesus Christ but city streets tell us of the reign of Satan.
      - Horace Mann

Christian graces are like perfumes; the more they are pressed, the sweeter they smell; like stars that shine brightest in the dark; like trees, the more they are shaken, the deeper root they take, and the more fruit they bear.
      - John Mason

Every Christian is born great because he is born for heaven.
      - Jean Baptiste Massillon

When Christianity is received, it stimulates the faculties, and calls forth new ideas, new motives and new sentiments. It has been the mother of all modern education.
      - James McCosh

Christian theology is not only opposed to the scientific spirit; it is opposed to every other form of rational thinking.
      - Henry Louis Mencken

Servant of God, well done, well hast thou fought
  The better fight.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost (bk. VI, l. 29)

Persons of mean understandings, not so inquisitive, nor so well instructed, are made good Christians, and by reverence and obedience, implicity believe, and abide by their belief.
      - Michel Eyquem de Montaigne,
        Essays--Of Vain Subleties

Yes,--rather plunge me back in pagan night,
  And take my chance with Socrates for bliss,
    Than be the Christian of a faith like this,
      Which builds on heavenly cant its earthly sway,
        And in a convert mourns to lose a prey.
      - Thomas Moore, Intolerance (l. 68)

Christianity bears all the marks of a divine original; it came down from heaven, and its gracious purpose is to carry us up thither. Its author is God; it was foretold from the beginning, by prophecies, which grew clearer and brighter as they approached the period of their accomplishment. It was confirmed by miracles, which continued until the religion they illustrated was established. It was ratified by the blood of its author; its doctrines are pure, sublime, consistent; its precepts just and holy; its worship is spiritual; its service reasonable and rendered practicable by the offers of divine aid to human weakness. It is sanctioned by the promise of eternal happiness to the faithful, and the threat of everlasting misery to the disobedient.
      - Hannah More

Christianity does not consist in a proud priesthood, a costly church, an imposing ritual, a fashionable throng, a pealing organ, loud responses to the creed, and reiterated expressions of reverence for the name of Christ; but in the spirit of filial trust in God, and ardent, impartial, overflowing love to man.
      - Thomas James Mumford

Christianity ruined emperors, but saved peoples.
      - Louis Charles Alfred de Musset

Christianity makes suffering contagious.
      - Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

The Christian religion is derogatory to the Creator in all its articles. It puts the Creator in an inferior point of view, and places the Christian devil above him. It is he, according to the absurd story in Genesis, that outwits the Creator in the Garden Eden, and steals from Him His favorite creature, man, and at last obliges Him to beget a son, and put that son to death, to get man back again; and this the priests of the Christian religion call redemption.
      - Thomas Paine

The story of the redemption will not stand examination. That man should redeem himself from the sin of eating an apple by committing a murder on Jesus Christ, is the strangest system of religion ever set up.
      - Thomas Paine

We live in the midst of blessings, till we are utterly insensible to their greatness, and of the source from which they flow. We speak of our civilization, our arts, our freedom, our laws, and forget entirely how large a share of all is due to Christianity. Blot Christianity out of the page of man's history, and what would his laws have been?--what his civilization? Christianity is mixed up with our very being and our daily life; there is not a familiar object round us which does not wear its mark, not a being or a thing which does not wear a different aspect, because the light of Christian hope is on it; not a law which does not owe its truth and gentleness to Christianity, not a custom, which cannot be traced, in all its holy and healthful parts, to the Gospel.
      - James Allan Park


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