"Next to faith this is the highest art— to be content with the calling in which God has placed you."Martin Luther (via notyourgramma)
"men are undoubtedly more in danger from prosperity than from adversity, for when matters go smoothly, they flatter themselves, and are intoxicated by their success."John Calvin (via notyourgramma)
"There is a difficulty about disagreeing with God. He is the source from which all your reasoning power comes: you could not be right and He wrong any more than a stream can rise higher than its own source. When you are are arguing against Him you are arguing against the very power that makes you able to argue at all: it is like cutting off the branch you are sitting on."C.S. Lewis (1898-1963), Mere Christianity (1952), (via notyourgramma)
"If you believe what you like in the Gospel, and reject what you don’t like, it is not the Gospel you believe, but yourself."Augustine of Hippo (354–430 A.D.)
“Once you grant that the world words this way, anyone who comes bustling up to you with stories about men who came back from the dead is a prima facie nutjob. Simple. But you need to look at your closed-system-universe again and look more closely at the price tag this time. Not only is this vast concourse of atoms spared the spectacle of a Jewish carpenter coming back from the grave, it is also spared all forms of immaterial realities. This would include, unfortunately, your arguments and thoughts. They are as immaterial as Farley’s ghost. Show me your arguments for atheism under a microscope. Then I will think about believing them. What color are they? How much do they weigh? What are they made of?” (Doug Wilson, Letters From a Christian Citizen, pp. 80-81).
"A desperate longing thirst in the desert doesn’t turn every mirage into water. But surely it argues that there is such a thing as water."Doug Wilson, The Deluded Atheist, p. 77
The Son of God died; it is by all means to be believed, because it is absurd. - Tertuillian (via verydewarsontherocks)
“‘Tis finished!” now aloud He cries,
No more the Law requires
And now, amazing sacrifice,
The Lord of Life expires!
O Love incomprehensible
That made Thee bleed for me
The Judge of all has suffered death
To set His prisoner free.
I had a friend once who, when he was a boy, was taken by his father for a tour of skid row. His father, who was not yet then a believer, wanted his son to see consequences that come from certain choices. I thought of that, more than once, during the course of my study of philosophy. I thought that the unbelieving Academy ought to be treated more like an intellectual skid row, and less like a haven for “Brights,” to use the howl-worthy Dawkins moniker. Fathers ought to take their sons for a walk through all the smart people departments, and ought to finish with a stern warning, when they are out in the car about to head home, that if the son doesn’t play outside more, and if he decides not to try out for the football team, this could happen to him. - Doug Wilson, And Not Like Jake Elwood on His Knees, Blog and Mablog