Theology Quotes

Benjamin Franklin Wade

Go to heaven for the climate and hell for the company.

Peter Kreeft

We sinned for no reason but an incomprehensible lack of love, and He saved us for no reason but an incomprehensible excess of love.

Calvin Miller

With what dread and apprehension we entrust important jobs into the hands of others. Imagine the love of a needless God who is willing to want our work.

Martin Luther King Jr.

Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of
Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.

Karl Rahner

When man is with God in awe and love, then he is praying.

Umberto Eco

Not bad, not bad at all," Diotallevi said. "To arrive at the truth through the painstaking reconstruction of a false text.

Peter Kreeft

Only God may be adored, because only God is unlimited goodness, truth, and beauty, and thus only God deserves unlimited love.

Peter Kreeft

God gives us not only the truth but also the ability to believe it; not only the new thing to see but also the new eye to see it with.

Alan W. Watts

Man suffers only because he takes seriously what the gods made for fun.

Flannery O'Connor

If you live today, you breath in nihilism ... it's the gas you breathe. If I hadn't had the Church to fight it with or to tell me the necessity of fighting it, I would be the stinkingest logical positivist you ever saw right now.

Vladimir Nabokov

All religions are based on obsolete terminology.

Peter Kreeft

The heart is like a woman, and the head is like a man, and although man is the head of woman, woman is the heart of man, and she turns man's head because she turns his heart.

Peter Kreeft

If your life is Christ, then your death will be only more of Christ, forever. If your life is only Christlessness, then your death will be only more Christlessness, forever. That's not fundamentalism, that's the law of non-contradiction.

H.L. Mencken

A philosopher is a blind man in a dark room looking for a black cat that isn't there. A theologian is the man who finds it.

Scott Hahn

We...sin not because we want what is evil, but because we want what isn't good enough.

Peter Kreeft

Our culture has filled our heads but emptied our hearts, stuffed our wallets but starved our wonder. It has fed our thirst for facts but not for meaning or mystery. It produces "nice" people, not heroes.

Peter Kreeft

The rich fop Francis of Assisi was bored all his life―until he fell in love with Christ and gave all his stuff away and became the troubadour of Lady Poverty.

Craig M. Mullaney

Question the answers, I repeated every class. Reevaluate your conclusions when the evidence changes.

Peter Kreeft

By the way, if you get mad at your Mac laptop and wonder who designed this demonic device, notice the manufacturer's icon on top: an apple with a bite out of it.

Peter Kreeft

Like apes, we breed, sleep, and die. Yet like God we say, "I am." We are ontological oxymorons.

Peter Kreeft

Those who meet Jesus always experience either joy or its opposites, either foretastes of Heaven or foretastes of Hell. Not everyone who meets Jesus is pleased, and not everyone is happy, but everyone is shocked.

Peter Kreeft

It is closer to the truth to say that God is crazy than that God is reasonable. I suspect God merely smiles when someone calls him crazy, but shakes His head and frowns when someone calls Him reasonable.

David Bentley Hart

God's pleasure-the beauty creation possesses in his regard-underlies the distinct being of creation, and so beauty is the first and truest word concerning all that appears within being; beauty is the showing of what is; God looked upon what he had wrought and saw that it was good.

Peter Kreeft

The most total opposite of pleasure is not pain but boredom, for we are willing to risk pain to make a boring life interesting.

Peter Kreeft

Everything smaller than Heaven bores us because only Heaven is bigger than our hearts.

Jeremy Aldana

Theology, philosophy, metaphysics, and quantum physics are merely ways for God to have his smart people believe in him

Peter Kreeft

Love gives you eyes.

Peter Kreeft

It is just as crazy not to be crazy about Christ as it is to be crazy about anything else.

Peter Kreeft

It is reasonable to love the Absolute absolutely for the same reason it is reasonable to love the relative relatively.

Peter Kreeft

Violence is spiritual junk food, and boredom is spiritual anorexia.

Josef Pieper

The delight we take in our senses is an implicit desire to know the ultimate reason for things, the highest cause. The desire for wisdom that philosophy etymologically is is a desire for the highest or divine causes. Philosophy culminates in theology. All other knowledge contains the seeds of contemplation of the divine.

Craig M. Mullaney

I wanted that future officer to weigh decisions with a supple mind and to be comfortable with nuance and uncertainty.

Ludwig Feuerbach

To theology, ... only what it holds sacred is true, whereas to philosophy, only what holds true is sacred.

Walpola Rahula

There is no unmoving mover behind the movement. It is only movement. It is not correct to say that life is moving, but life is movement itself. Life and movement are not two different things. In other words, there is no thinker behind the thought. Thought itself is the thinker. If you remove the thought, there is no thinker to be found.

Soren Kierkegaard

A poet is not an apostle; he drives out devils only by the power of the devil.

Peter Kreeft

The connection between art and Christ is like the connection between sunlight and the sun. It is, in fact, the connection between Sonlight and the Son.

Delwin Brown

For Christians . . . an unreflective faith is not possible if we take seriously the injunction to love God with the mind as well as the heart and soul.

Johann Baptist Metz

We must learn to accept ourselves in the painful experiment of living. We must embrace the spiritual adventure of becoming human, moving through the many stages that lie between birth and death.

Jake Jesser

How do you give something away with the knowledge that you will get it back in three days, and then claim it to be the 'Ultimate Sacrifice'?

Henri J.M. Nouwen

Theological formation is the gradual and often painful discovery of God's incomprehensibility. You can be competent in many things, but you cannot be competent in God.

Augustine Of Hippo

The peace of the celestial city is the perfectly ordered and harmonious enjoyment of God, and of one another in God. (City of God, Book 19)

Desmond Tutu

Like when you sit in front of a fire in winter - you are just there in front of the fire. You don't have to be smart or anything. The fire warms you.

Hans Urs Von Balthasar

To be a child means to owe one's existence to another, and even in our adult life we never quite reach the point where we no longer have to give thanks for being the person we are.

Peter Kreeft

Protestants believe that the sacraments are like ladders that God gave to us by which we can climb up to Him. Catholics believe that they are like ladders that God gave to Himself by which He climbs down to us.

Hans Urs Von Balthasar

The Church does not dispense the sacrament of baptism in order to acquire for herself an increase in membership but in order to consecrate a human being to God and to communicate to that person the divine gift of birth from God.

Stanisław Lem

What gave you this idea of an imperfect god?'

'I don't know. It seems quite feasible to me. That is the only god I could imagine believing in, a god whose passion is not a redemption, who saves nothing, fulfills no purpose-a god who simply is.

Alistair Begg

Prayer is an acknowledgment that our need of God's help is not partial but total.

Arthur C. Clarke

They had not yet attained the stupefying boredom of omnipotence; their experiments did not always succeed.

Hans Urs Von Balthasar

In Christ, for the first time, we see that in God himself there exists-within his inseparable unity-the distinction between the Father who gives and the Gift which is given (the Son), but only in the unity of the Holy Spirit.

Hans Urs Von Balthasar

What the Father gives is the capacity to be a self, freedom, and thus autonomy, but an autonomy which can be understood only as a surrender of self to the other.

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

We degrade God too much, ascribing to him our ideas, in vexation at being unable to understand Him.

Dan Phillips

How does "Let go and let God" measure up against Scripture? Remember, the test isn't what sounds deep, what sounds holy, or even what makes sense to us. For the Christian, the test is Scripture.

Jacques Ellul

No matter what God's power may be, the first aspect of God is never that of the absolute Master, the Almighty. It is that of the God who puts himself on our human level and limits himself.

Tim Keel

We imagine that our theological/conceptual systems are the means by which we know God as God is. I truly believe that such postures and perspectives put us in danger of conceptual idolatry, worshiping our ideas of and frameworks for God.

John Piper

The evil and suffering in this world are greater than any of us can comprehend. But evil and suffering are not ultimate. God is. Satan, the great lover of evil and suffering, is not sovereign. God is.

Johann Baptist Metz

Radi se mnogo više - i to isključivo - o pitanju kako uopće valja govoriti o Bogu pred neizmjernom poviješću trpljenja svijeta, 'njegovoga' svijeta. To je pitanje, kako ga ja vidim, glavno pitanje teologije; ona ga ne smije niti eliminirati niti svojim odgovorom prepuniti.

Johann Baptist Metz

Tko npr. formulira govor o Bogu Abrahamovu, Izakovu i Jakovljevu tako da se u njemu više ne čuje Jobov uzdisaj i tužaljka 'Ta dokle još?', taj se ne bavi teologijom nego mitologijom.

Alistair Begg

At best we are but clay, animated dust; but viewed as sinners, we are monsters indeed. Let it be published in heaven as a miracle that the Lord Jesus should set His heart's love upon people like us.

Roberta C. Bondi

To know myself as woman in the image of God to know God as Mother and to know my own mother as a window into God: these three are inseparable.If one is implausible to the heart the other two are as well.

Karl Rahner

The task of the theologian is to explain everything through God, and to explain God as unexplainable.

John Calvin

There is no knowing that does not begin with knowing God.

Desiderius Erasmus

Only a very few can be learned, but all can be Christian, all can be devout, and – I shall boldly add – all can be theologians.

Darvin Pruitt

Christ is the Lesson as well as the Teacher.

Thomm Quackenbush

She had experimented with Wicca eight years ago, found that her spells did not produce the desired results of making her every bully bald and fat, and threw it in the corner of her soul as effete and impractical, as she had with a series of other theological outfits.

Jonathan Edwards

He that has doctrinal knowledge and speculation only, without affection, never is engaged in the business of religion.

H.L. Mencken

Theology is the effort to explain the unknowable in terms of the not worth knowing.

Francis A. Schaeffer

We may not play with the new theology even if we may think we can turn it to our advantage.

Robert G. Ingersoll

Let us account for all we see by the facts we know. If there are things for which we cannot account, let us wait for light. To account for anything by supernatural agencies is, in fact to say that we do not know. Theology is not what we know about God, but what we do not know about Nature.

Paul Tillich

Religion is the state of being grasped by an ultimate concern, a concern which qualifies all other concerns as preliminary and which itself contains the answer to the question of a meaning of our life." Paul Tillich

Marguerite Porete

Theologians and other clerks,
You won't understand this book,
- However bright your wits -
If you do not meet it humbly,
And in this way, Love and Faith
Make you surmount Reason, for
They are the protectors of Reason's house.

N.T. Wright

Unless a person can give reasons, there is, literally, no reason why anyone else should take that person seriously. But without reasons, all we are left with is emotional blackmail. We sometimes call it 'moral blackmail,' but it has nothing to do with morals, only with the implied juvenile threat of having a tantrum unless everyone else gives in.

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

I renounce the higher harmony altogether. It's not worth the tears of that one tortured child who...prayed..with...unexpiated tears to 'dear,kind God!

Alan Aldridge

Fundamentalism's strident denunciation of its opponents is a sign of its weakness, its dogmatic authoritarianism is a pathological mutation of faith.

Johann Baptist Metz

Tema 'Boga' ne dispenzira teologa od njegove biografije. To ga razlikuje od stručnjaka koji se bavi znanošću o religiji.

Ellis Peters

Oh, sometimes I like to put the sand of doubt into the oyster of my faith." (Br. Cadfael)

Matthew Henry

No sooner was the wound given than the remedy was provided and revealed.

Mark R. Trost

I write with the entire alphabet, not just the popular letters.

Readers don't want to lose themselves in the text. They want to find themselves in it.

Ann Druyan

And what greater might do we possess as human beings than our capacity to question and to learn?

Lee Smolin

One possibility is: God is nothing but the power of the universe to organize itself.

Ann Druyan

If you are searching for sacred knowledge and not just a palliative for your fears, then you will train yourself to be a good skeptic.

Ludwig Feuerbach

The task of the modern era was the realization and humanization of God – the transformation and dissolution of theology into anthropology.

John Ruskin

If only the Geologists would let me alone, I could do very well, but those dreadful Hammers! I hear the clink of them at the end of every cadence of the Bible verses

Dean Chavooshian



Lewis N. Roe

One of the most important things I have found is that no one
school of thought has all of the answers. Sometimes history plugs a
gap that science can't fill. Often philosophy has answers that
science relies on for its discoveries. Theology needs the support of
all of these things for any of its claims to make sense.

Unknown Author

Matthew 10:34
“Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.

Robin R. Meyers

Indeed, a quick glance around this broken world makes it painfully obvious that we don't need more arguments on behalf of God; we need more people who live as if they are in covenant with Unconditional Love, which is our best definition of God. (p. 21)

Pope John Paul II

The lust of the flesh directs these desires [of personal union], however, to satisfaction of the body, often at the cost of a real and full communion of persons.

Hans Urs Von Balthasar

It would be unjust toward children to introduce them to Christian teaching and existence only as little pagans and catechumens, in order to leave it up to them to choose the Faith on their own responsibility at a point in time difficult to determine.

Munia Khan

Faith is the only belief which remains alive between heaven and hell.

Jordan Wells

The Bible is the greatest love story ever told.

Jason Versey

Our comfort in theological traditions should never usurp our desire for spiritual Truth. If we vigorously pursue the rituals rather than a relational experience with God then we've missed His message entirely.

Martin Luther

Every book is a great action and every great action is a book!

John Howard Yoder

Nonviolent action on behalf of justice is no automatic forumla with promise of success: but neither is war. After all, at least half of the people who go to war for some cause deemed worthy of it are defeated.

Russell Kirk

If you want to have order in the commonwealth, you first have to have order in the individual soul.

Johann Baptist Metz

Očevidno je da ne postoji nikakav smisao povijesti koji bi se dao spasiti leđima okrenutim prema Auschwitzu niti postoji Bog kojemu se čovjek može klanjati leđa okrenutih prema Auschwitzu. Kao teološko-politička katastrofa Auschwitz ne ostavlja pošteđenima niti kršćanstvo i njegovu teologiju niti društvo i njegovu politiku.

Alistair Begg

The main things are the plain things, and the plain things are the main things.

Alistair Begg

If you live in such a manner as to stand the test of the last judgment, you can depend upon it that the world will not speak well of you.

Alistair Begg

Hold material goods and wealth on a flat palm and not in a clenched fist.

Henry Martyn

The spirit of Christ is the spirit of missions. The nearer we get to Him, the more intensely missionary we become.

Wesley Miller

God did create a world without sin. We just screwed it up.

Hans Urs Von Balthasar

It is to the Cross that the Christian is challenged to follow his Master: no path of redemption can make a detour around it.

Hans Urs Von Balthasar

Only the Christian religion, which in its essence is communicated by the eternal child of God, keeps alive in its believers the lifelong awareness of their being children, and therefore of having to ask and give thanks for things.

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