“Why is there such a fury against religion now? Because religion is the one reliable force that stands in the way of the power of the strong over the weak. The one reliable force that forms the foundation of the concept of the rule of law.
The one reliable force that restrains the hand of the man of power. In an age of powerworship, the Christian religion has become the principal obstacle to the desire of earthly utopians for absolute power.”
Peter Hitchens, The Rage Against God: How Atheism Led Me to Faith
“By removing the Bible from schools we would be wasting so much time and money in punishing criminals and so little pains to prevent crime. Take the Bible out of our schools and there would be an explosion in crime.”
Benjamin Rush, Signer of the Declaration of Independence
“Every person that does any evil, that gratifies any passion, is sufficiently punished by the evil he has committed, by the passion he serves, but chiefly by the fact that he withdraws himself from God, and God withdraws Himself from him: it would therefore be insane and most inhuman to nourish anger against such a man; it would be the same as to drown a sinking man, or to push into the fire a person who is already being devoured by the flame. To such a man, as to one in danger of perishing, we must show double love, and pray fervently to God for him; not judging him, not rejoicing at his misfortune.”
St. John of Kronstadt, My Life in Christ
“Are we at last brought to such humiliating and debasing degradation, that we cannot be trusted with arms for our defense?”
Saint Crispin was martyred during the reign of Diocletian. He died on 25 October of 285, or 286. His feast day is often associated with the battle of Agincourt, which was on the same day in 1415.
The speech below is from one of Shakespeare’s most well known plays, and from what I think is Kenneth Branagh’s best film.
“It is a little difficult to explain how I feel that though you have taken a way which is not for me, I nevertheless can congratulate you — I suppose because of your faith and joy which are so obviously increased. Naturally, I do not draw from that the same conclusions as you — but there is no need for us to start a controversial correspondence! I believe that we are very dear to one another but not because I am at all on the Rome-ward frontier of my own communion. I believe that in the present divided state of Christendom, those who are at the heart of each division are closer to one another than those who are at the fringes.”
C.S. Lewis (letter written to a friend who had converted to the Catholic Church)
“No culture in history has ever embraced moral relativism and survived. Our own culture, therefore, will either (1) be the first, and disprove history’s clearest lesson, or (2) persist in its relativism and die, or (3) repent of its relativism and live. There is no other option.”