One way of getting a preliminary insight into [C. S.] Lewis’ argument [from reason] is to ask whether nature is a product of mind or mind is a product of nature. If God created nature, as Christians believe, then nature is understandable by reason because it is a product of reason.
—Richard Purtill, C. S. Lewis’ Case for the Christian Faith (San Francisco: Ignatius, 2004), 40.
If Christianity was something we were making up, of course we could make it easier. But it is not. We cannot compete, in simplicity, with people who are inventing religions. How could we? We are dealing with Fact. Of course anyone can be simple if he has no facts to bother about.
– C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity (New York: Macmillan, 1952), 145.
After an exhaustive ten-month effort, the [Warren] Commission concluded that Lee Harvey Oswald, acting alone, fired the shots that killed President Kennedy and wounded Governor Connally from the sixth-floor window of the Texas School Book Depository Building.
—Vincent Bugliosi, Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy (New York: Norton, 2007), 359.
Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.
— President John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Inaugural Address, January 20, 1961
Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ.
— St. Jerome, introduction to the book of the prophet Isaiah
The church is always more than a school…. But the church cannot be less than a school.
— Jaroslav Pelikan, The Emergence of the Catholic Tradition (100-600) (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1971), 1.
1. Christians should love God with all of their faculties.
2. The mind is a faculty.
3. Therefore Christians should love God with their mind.
— Kenneth Samples, Life of the Mind Syllogism 1
Human beings made in the image of God know about purpose and need purpose. Evolutionary naturalists themselves, as human beings, cannot do without it. And so they will have their redemptive story, however ungrounded it may be.
— Vern Poythress, In the Beginning Was the Word (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2009), 224.
Christianity is not instinctive to anyone, nor is it picked up casually without effort. It is a faith that has to be learned, and therefore taught, and so some sort of catechumenate [organized instruction] is an essential part of a church’s life.
—J.I. Packer, The Ten Commandments (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale, 1986), 6.