Themes and Thoughts
Food From Thought


“God loves me whether I ‘feel’ it or not. Christians who gauge their relationship with Christ only by their feelings seldom have a stable spiritual life” – Billy Graham, Hope for each day. Words of wisdom and faith, Nashville, Thomas Nelson, 2002, p. 220 (reading for July 17).


“There are those who hate Christianity and call their hatred an all-embracing love for all religions” – attributed to G. K. Chesterton.


“We [Christians] must divest ourselves of hope which … is reliance on things turning out well for ourselves … in the future. This kind of hope would be ‘hope for the wrong thing’, that is, for satisfaction or fulfilment, for improvement and well-being, in temporal affairs. Christian hope demands the laying aside of this kind of ‘hope’. It involves a trust which would survive the defeat or disappointment of all earthly hopes.” – Harry Blamires, Word Unheard. A Guide Through Eliot’s Four Quartets, London and New York, Routledge, 2016 (originally Methuen, 1969) p. 62.


“C. S. Lewis described hell as ‘a state where everyone is perpetually concerned about his own dignity and advancement, where everyone has a grievance, and where everyone lives with the deadly serious passions of envy, self-importance and resentment.’ That sums up Twitter nicely”. – Freddy Gray, The Catholic Herald, 19 January 208, p. 19.


A new prisoner “…had gone to the doctor complaining of depression (no one uses the word unhappiness these days, all deviation from the state of permanent bliss being considered an illness), and his doctor had prescribed him antidepressants, as doctors almost always do these days in these circumstances.” – Theodore Dalrymple, The knife went in. Murder and the decline of our culture. Memoirs of a prison doctor and psychiatrist, London, Gibson Square, 2017, p. 86.


“The deep cultural forces that have been separating the West from God for centuries will not be halted or reversed by a single election [eg. that of Donald Trump as US President], or any election at all.” (p. 99) and “Ideology is the enemy of joyful community life, and the most destructive ideology is the belief that creating utopia is possible” (p. 139) – Rod Dreher, The Benedict Option. A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation, New York, Sentinel (Penguin Random House), 2017.


“Perhaps a greater tragedy than a broken dream is a life forever defined by it” – Sheridan Voysey, Resurrection Year. Turning Broken Dreams Into New Beginnings, Nashville, Thomas Nelson, 2013, p. xii.


“Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all” – attributed to Dale Carnegie.



“It appears that we’re expected to base our [theological/religious] views on how people feel, rather than what God has said.” – an unnamed Blackburn Diocesan Synod member quoted by Andrew Symes (Anglican Mainstream), in connection with the Blackburn Diocese decision to create a liturgy to “mark and celebrate someone’s ‘gender transition’” – Trans equality in Blackburn: a new doctrine of humanity?, 26 May 2015,


“We are moving against the tide of our culture. If we are not moving forward we will be swept backwards. Standing still is not an option” – Steve Silvester, WordLive (Scripture Union), 26 February 2016.