Ex Nihilo

The profound idea of a cosmos having been spawned from nothing, from the void, although it will enlighten some, will unsettle others. This is what the astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has concluded, and I must agree with this conclusion....

Metaphysical Comfort

Why is it assumed that human beings find comfort in the idea of God, in the notion of personal immortality?  I find the notion of eternal existence to be far more discomforting than the notion of eventual personal death and final non- ...

Christian Faith and Politics

"Social conflict . . . violence . . . revolution.  In a sense these are new themes for Christian concern which indicate a shift in theological thinking.  For a long period the church has tended to regard the contemporary world as a threat, ...

The Praxis of Love

"Ultimately, the praxis of love is an attempt to capture the mystery of God from a Johannine perspective:  'If God so loved us, we also ought to love one another' (1 Jn. 4:11).  That is to say, it is an attempt to grasp at the same time the...

Christian Hope

"Hope is an important element of the experience of God.  Hope hopes that the otherness of God will one day become fullness." -- Jon Sobrino (Spanish-born Jesuit Catholic priest and liberation theologian)                   

Change

"There is a time for departure even when there's no certain place to go." -- Tennessee Williams (Thomas Lanier Williams, 1914-, American writer)                                                                       

Deprivation

"Men cannot bear to be deprived long together of anything they are used to; not even of their fears." -- Walter Savage Landor (1775-1864, English writer and poet)                                       

The Wisdom of Silence

"Wise men say nothing in dangerous times." -- John Selden (1584-1654, English jurist, scholar, and philosopher)                                                            

Custom, Habit, Tradition

"What humanity abhors, custom reconciles and recommends to us." -- John Locke (1632-1704, English political philosopher)                               

Creativity

"The imagination imitates.  It is the critical spirit that creates." -- Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde (1854-1900, Irish writer and poet)                                 

Constitutions

"Some men look at constitutions with sanctimonious reverence, and deem them like the ark of the covenant, too sacred to be touched." -- Thomas Jefferson (letter to Samuel Kercheval, July 12, 1816)                                        

Life and Death

"The whole life instinct serves the one end of bringing about death." -- Sigmund Freud (born Sigismund Schlomo Freud, 1856-1939, Austrian    neurologist and founder of psychoanalysis)                                     

Life

"Life is the greatest bargain; we get it for nothing." -- Yiddish proverb                             

Love

"Every one has conscience enough to hate; few have religion enough to love." -- Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887, Congregationalist clergyman and social reformer)                                       

Marriage

"An ideal wife is any woman who has an ideal husband." -- Booth Tarkington (1869-1946, American novelist and dramatist)                                       

Thinking and Freedom

"Intellect annuls fate.  So far as a man thinks, he is free." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American essayist, lecturer, and poet)                                            

Thought

"What was once thought can never be unthought." -- Friedrich Dürrenmatt (1921-1990, Swiss author and dramatist)                                      

Tradition

"Tradition is a guide and not a jailer." -- William Somerset Maugham (1874-1965, English playwright, novelist, and    short story writer)                                         

Women

"Where neither love nor hatred is in the game, a woman's game is mediocre." -- Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (1844-1900, 19th-century German philosopher)                                              

Youth and Age

"A youth without fire is followedd by an old age without experience." -- Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832, English writer)                                           

War

"Men love war because it allows them to look serious.  Because it is the one thing that stops women laughing at them." -- John Robert Fowles (1926-2005, English-born American novelist and essayist)                                        

Interesting People

"The test of interesting people is that subject matter doesn't matter." -- Louis Kronenberger (1904-1980, American critic and author)                                                       

Opinion

"Men get opinions as boys learn to spell,  By reiteration chiefly." -- Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861, English poet)                                                    

Optimism

"Any time things appear to be going better, you have overlooked something." -- Anonymous                 

Purpose

"The one way to get thin is to re-establish a purpose in life." -- Cyril Vernon Connolly (1903-1974, English intellectual, literary critic, and writer)