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Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Quotes 26 Apr 17

Our religion will be unprofitable if it does not change our heart, pervade our manners, and transform us into new creatures.- John Calvin‏ @JohnCalvinDaily

If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. –Alexandr Solzhenitsyn

Socialism does not rid a society of greed, it gives the government and its officials a monopoly on greed. And since all power has been concentrated into the hands of the government, it is omnipotent greed. -a New Yorker
http://philosophicalconservatism.com/post/159466452941/socialism-does-not-rid-a-society-of-greed-it

Men become susceptible to ideas not by discussion and argument, but by seeing them personified and loving the person who so embodies them. -Lewis Mumford (1895-1990) U.S. historian, The Conduct of Life, 4.3 (1951)

“It was not nails that held Jesus to that wretched cross; it was his unqualified resolution, out of love for his Father, to do his Father’s will—and it was his love for sinners like me.”― D.A. Carson

Quotes 25 Apr 17

The world hates the family. The state is the family’s enemy. The state grows by the family’s failure and the state has an interest in persuading people that the family can do nothing on its own. It hates fatherhood, and makes little pretense otherwise. It hates motherhood, though it makes a show of championing the unwed mother as well as the mother, who, as the ugly phrase puts it, “has it all,” though a moment’s reflection should suffice to show that no one can give his or her career to a career and a family and the local community. - Anthony Esolen, Out of the Ashes, 2017

“ We in the modern West are living under barbarism, though we do not recognise it. Our scientists, our judges, or princes, our scholars, and our scribes – they are at work demolishing the faith, the family, gender, even what it means to be human. Our barbarians have exchanged the animal pelts and spears of the past for designer suits and smart phones.”- Rod Dreher, The Benedict Option. p.17.

“Freud’s answer was to replace religion with psychology. In his therapeutic vision, we should stop the fruitless searching for a non-existent source of meaning and instead seek self-fulfillment. The pursuit of happiness was not a quest for unity with God, or sacrificial dedication to a cause greater than oneself rather a search to satisfy the Self” - Rod Dreher, The Benedict Option.p.41

“ For a Christian, there is only one right way to use the gift of sex: within marriage between one man and one woman. This is heresy to the modern world, and a hard saying upon which hearts, friendships, families, and even churches have been broken. There is no core teaching of the Christian faith that is less popular today, and perhaps none more important to obey.”- Rod Dreher, The Benedict Option P.196

We need digitally fast as an ascetic practice, take smartphones away from kids, keep social media out of worship, do things with our hands and question ‘Progress’. David Robertson reviewing -od Dreher, The Benedict Option in The Wee Flea

Monday, 24 April 2017

Quotes 24 Apr

Throughout most of our nation's history, immigrants
adopted the language, laws, and common customs of the
host country.  The term "melting pot" was a descriptive
metaphor, indicating that the potentially divisive attitudes
and customs of the old country would be left behind as
the newcomers blended into a new commonality of purpose.
But today it seems that the pot is no longer melting.
Some incoming groups defy cultural assimilation.  They
cluster into enclaves and demand special concessions
for their ethnic customs, beliefs, languages, and, in
some cases, even their laws.
According to former House Intelligence Committee
chairman Rep. Pete Hoekstra, assimilation is an
essential component to immigration:
 "What we need to do is make sure everyone coming
     into the United States understands who we are
     and that we are founded on Judeo-Christian
     values, that there is one rule of law and that's
     what's on the books and it's not Sharia and we
     need to make sure we don't engage in the same
     kind of mistakes in Europe where they did not
     engage in assimilation." -David Jeremiah (1941-    )
      _Is This The End?_ [2016], "The Bleeding Of Our Borders"

Let it simply be asked, where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation desert the oaths, which are the instruments of investigation in Courts of Justice? And let us with caution indulge the supposition, that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect, that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.
-George Washington, Farewell Address 1796

Friday, 21 April 2017

Quotes 22 Apr 17

“To understand the doctrine of the cross, you got to be willing to embrace, accept, and feel the offense of the cross. —@TimKellerNYC

This worry is not just philosophical, it is also spiritual. The meaning of the world is enshrined in conceptions that science does not endorse: conceptions like beauty, goodness and the soul which grow in the thin top-soil of human discourse. This top-soil is quickly eroded when the flora are cleared from it, and nothing ever grows thereafter. You can see the process at work in the matter of sex. Human sexuality has usually been understood through ideas of love and belonging. An enchanted grove of literary ideas and images protected those conceptions, and lived within it happily -- or at any rate,with an unhappiness that they could manage and control. The sexologist clears all this tangled undergrowth away, to reveal the scientific truth of things: the animal organs, the unmoralized impulses, and the tingling sensations that figure in those grim reports on the behavior of American humanoids. The meaning of the experience plays no part in the scientific description. -Roger Scruton, Modern Philosophy: An Introduction and Survey (2012)

Historically, as Hadrian knew, walls are needed only when neighboring societies are opposites—and when large numbers of migrants cross borders  without necessarily wishing to become part of what they are fleeing to.These are harsh and ancient lessons about human nature, but they are largely true and timeless. -Victor Davis Hanson, "Writing on the Walls", Hoover Institution, Oct. 21, 2016
http://www.hoover.org/research/writing-walls

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Quotes 21 Apr 17

 To see him as he is, and to be like him! This is worth dying for, and worth living for.John Newton‏ @john__newton

Every Communist must grasp the truth, "Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun." Our principle is that the Party commands the gun, and the gun must never be allowed to command the Party. - Mao Zedong, speech at the sixth Plenary session of  the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China during August 1927 — Selected Works of Mao Tse-tung, Vol. II, pp. 224-225
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Political_power_grows_out_of_the_barrel_of_a_gun

America is the only nation in the world that is founded on a creed.  That creed is set forth with dogmatic and even theological lucidity in the Declaration of Independence;  perhaps the piece of practical politics that is also theoretical politics and also great literature.  It enunciates that all men are equal in their claim to justice, that governments exist to give them that justice, and that their authority is for that reason just.  It certainly does condemn anarchism,and it does also by inference condemn atheism, since it clearly names the Creator as the ultimate authority from whom these equal rights are derived.-G.K. Chesterton, _What I Saw in America_

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Quotes 20 Apr 17

“Jesus's resurrection is the beginning of God's new project not to snatch people away from earth to heaven but to colonize earth with the life of heaven.”  N.T. Wright, Surprised by Hope

Karl Marx was right, socialism works, it is just that he had the wrong species. --E.O Wilson (1929-) American biologist, _The Ants_, 1990.

Leftist movements begin with rebellion and end with conformity. No Utopian movement can tolerate rebels for long because there is no room for dissent in paradise. An ideal society, the goal of leftist political movements, not only has no room for war, racism, greed and all the other evils the conformist paradises of the left hope to eliminate, it also has no room for disagreement. - Daniel Greenfield, The Traditionalist Rebel
http://sultanknish.blogspot.com/2016/02/the-traditionalist-rebel.html

The President of the United States announced that refugees fleeing persecution by a totalitarian regime would be deported. It did not matter that they had risked their lives to come here. They would be sent back. No leftist lawyers crammed airports. No protesters chanted at terminals. No celebrities offered sanctimonious lectures about “who we are”. No one dared to call the lying thug behind it un-American. Because his last name was Obama and the refugees were Cubans fleeing socialism. - Daniel Greenfield, The Left's Persecution of Real Refugees from Islam and Communism
http://sultanknish.blogspot.com/2017/02/the-lefts-persecution-of-real-refugees.html

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Quotes 19 Apr 17

A false gospel always makes man bigger and God smaller.-D M Lloyd-Jones

"Manifestly Europe has entered a post-Christian era. But its Christianity was not killed by outsiders coming in. This was death by suicide. If Europe's Islamic population threatens anything, it is the cramped and arid secularism that long ago replaced Christianity as the Continent's reigning creed and is so plainly ill-equipped to meet today's challenges" (William McGurn in WSJ).

Among the eminent mercies of your life, reader, how many of them have been mere surprises to you! -  John Flavel (@FlavelJohn)

"A Christianity that avoids argument is not the Christianity of the New Testament."
--J. Gresham Machen

Dying societies accumulate laws like dying men accumulate remedies. -Nicolas Gomez Davila
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