All historical experience demonstrates the following: Our earth cannot be changed unless in the not too distant future an alteration in the consciousness of individuals is achieved.
For many decades now - and certainly during my adult life in academe - the Western intellectual world has not been convinced that theology is a pursuit that can be engaged in with intellectual honesty and integrity.
There was a time when a man was so convinced that the world was round that he was determined to prove it.
Let's cut to the chase, the sharia controversy. I don't think I, or my colleagues, predicted just how enormous the reaction would be. I failed to find the right words. I succeeded in confusing people. I've made mistakes - that's probably one of them.
The Roosevelt enactment of Social Security was a moral revolution in our country: We were assured that we would never reach the very depths of poverty. And to be told, that we are now going to gamble it, on Wall Street, is nonsense!
Jesus is the only way because the Bible says it to be true. Why? Because only He can bridge the gap between God and man; there's no other way.
God is creating at every moment of the world's existence in and through the perpetually endowed creativity of the very stuff of the world.
What do I owe to my times, to my country, to my neighbors, to my friends? Such are the questions which a virtuous man ought often to ask himself.
If we really want to achieve true prayer, we must turn our backs upon everything temporal, everything external, everything that is not divine.
If I say, 'I forgive you,' I have implicitly said you have done something wrong to me. But what forgiveness is at its heart is both saying that justice has been violated and not letting that violation count against the offender.
Our age knows nothing but reaction, and leaps from one extreme to another.
I am calling attention just to the main points of these tremendously important matters, which can be understood better by pious meditation than explained by human language.
What we are seeking so frantically elsewhere may turn out to be the horse we have been riding all along.
For Christ, both God and man, must lay hold on us in order that there may be a union between Him and us.
Offendedness is just about the last shared moral currency in our country. And, I'm sorry, but it's really annoying. We don't discuss ideas or debate arguments, we try to figure out who is most offended.
The final wisdom of life requires not the annulment of incongruity but the achievement of serenity within and above it.
God touches and moves, warns and desires all equally, and He wants one quite as much as another. The inequality lies in the way in which His touch, His warnings, and His gifts are received.
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