Category Archives: Quotations

The native habitat of reason

‘Lewis was an imaginative genius. But more than that, he was a man who understood that a rightly ordered imagination was a fortress for the rational capacities of man. It is not the way we normally suppose. It is easy … Continue reading

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The pleasure of rewriting

‘The greatest pleasure in writing is rewriting. My early drafts are always wretched.’ Donald Hall, Essays After Eighty (HMHCO, 2014), p13 Let the blogger take note.

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Science and “I”

I’m currently reading Roger Scruton’s “The Soul of the World“, which is a typically articulate and, at times, entertaining demonstration of how a reductionist and materialist explanation of the world cannot account for intuitively necessary elements of existence, such as personality, relationships, moral … Continue reading

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Sharpening the reason of the Scripture

Now the souls of the men whose good is sought in this work are no less precious in the sight of God, though they are unacquainted with philosophical terms and ways of arguing, than the souls of the most learned. … Continue reading

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Perceiving God

God always uses a means – whether taken from among creatures or chosen freely – by which he reveals himself to human beings. By signs and symbols he makes his presence felt by them; by acts he proclaims his attributes; … Continue reading

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Make it attractive

Men despise religion. They hate it and are afraid it may be true. The cure for this is first to show that religion is not contrary to reason, but worthy of reverence and respect. Next make it attractive, make good … Continue reading

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The Apologist’s Evening Prayer

From all my lame defeats and oh! much more From all the victories that I seemed to score; From cleverness shot forth on Thy behalf At which, while angels weep, the audience laugh; From all my proofs of Thy divinity, … Continue reading

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John Owen on Knowledge

The difference between believers and unbelievers as to knowledge is not so much in the matter of their knowledge as in the manner of knowing. Unbelievers, some of them, may know more and be able to say more of God, his perfections, … Continue reading

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Unintelligible Evidences

The evidences that we usually think of presenting to the unbeliever are not truly evidential of scriptural veracity unless they are interpreted by proper presuppositions [i.e. the system of scriptural truth]. Without those presuppositions, these things are not intelligible as … Continue reading

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Murray on the Ground of Faith

The nature of faith is acceptance on the basis of testimony, and the ground of faith is therefore testimony or evidence. In this matter it is the evidence God has provided, and God provides the evidence in his Word, and … Continue reading

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