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In the Church of Jesus Christ there can and should be no non-theologians

~ Karl Barth

Theologians

But the biggest reason most of us write unclearly is that we don’t know when readers will think we are unclear, much less why. Our own writing always seems clearer to us than to our readers, because we read into it what we want them to get out of it. And so instead of revising our writing to meet our readers’ needs, send it off the moment it meets ours.

– Style: The Basics of Clarity and Grace, p. 4

Why You Should Write Your Paper/Everything Early

Truth is so obscure in these times, and falsehood so established, that, unless we love the truth, we cannot know it.

~ Pascal

Love the Truth

Beauty is mysterious as well as terrible. God and devil are fighting there, and the battlefield is the heart of man.

~ Fyodor Dostoevsky

Beauty, Mysterious and Terrible

Supposing there was no intelligence behind the universe, no creative mind. In that case, nobody designed my brain for the purpose of thinking. It is merely that when the atoms inside my skull happen, for physical or chemical reasons, to arrange themselves in a certain way, this gives me, as a by-product, the sensation I call thought. But, if so, how can I trust my own thinking to be true? It’s like upsetting a milk jug and hoping that the way it splashes itself will give you a map of London. But if I can’t trust my own thinking, of course I can’t trust the arguments leading to Atheism, and therefore have no reason to be an Atheist, or anything else. Unless I believe in God, I cannot believe in thought: so I can never use thought to disbelieve in God.

—C.S. Lewis

Reasoning to Atheism

The sea of God’s mercies should swallow up all our particular afflictions. Name any affliction that is upon you: there is a sea of mercy to swallow it up. If you pour a pailful of water on the floor of your house, it makes a great show, but if you throw it into the sea, there is no sign of it. So, afflictions considered in themselves, we think are very great, but let them be considered with the sea of God’s mercies we enjoy, and then they are not so much, they are nothing in comparison.

 – Martin Luther

The Sea of God’s Mercy