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“In the world it is called Tolerance [today, we might say “toleration], but in hell it is called Despair, the sin that believes in nothing, cares for nothing, seeks to know nothing, interferes with nothing, enjoys nothing, hates nothing, finds purpose in nothing, lives for nothing, and remains alive because there is nothing for which it will die.” – Dorothy L. Sayers, in Clouds of Witness (quoted in the Advent Meditation for Thursday 12 December 2015, by the Anglican Mainstream site, http://anglicanmainstream.org/advent-meditations-thursday-17-december/

183

“If you think there is no God, you had better be right” – words from a poster outside a Baptist church in Norfolk, England, which were the cause of the pastor’s being interviewed by the police. See Brendan O’Neil’s article, ‘The New Inquisition’ (11 November 2015), http://brendanoneill.co.uk/post/132996389494/the-new-inquisition

182

“There was never a more gracious teacher than Jesus; nor was there ever a severer. Perhaps, if we gave more attention to His “hard sayings” the quality of our discipleship would be stauncher. The general tendency to-day it to dwell on the lighter and easier aspects of discipleship. The austerer lines are smoothed out, and Christian discipleship is made to have a velvety feel about it. This is a cheap and easy way of recruiting new converts.  It brings to the Church’s banners many who can shout slogans and sing choruses; but these are the sort who soon become backsliders, and who are then more difficult to reclaim than they were to be first recruited.” – J. Sidlow Baxter, Studies in Problem Texts, London, Marshall, Morgan & Scott, Ltd., 1949, p. 41.

181

“The grandchildren of the all-too-politically-correct Germans will sit beside the Rhine in their poverty and weep in despair. They will curse their grandparents for allowing their civilization and their culture to snuff itself out. Our generation will all be gone by then, but those grandchildren of the modern-day Germans will witness the horror of one of the greatest transformations in history – the disintegration and collapse of Western Europe – a whole civilization.” – Alexios Komnenos commenting on Germany’s Impending Economic Decline (9 June 2015), by Marcus Roberts on Mercatornet’s Demography is Destiny blog, an article which outlines the effects of the demographic winter on Germany, and the replacement of the German people and culture with ones from outside Europe:

http://www.mercatornet.com/demography/view/germanys-impending-economic-decline/16290

 

180

“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, http://anglicanmainstream.org/trans-equality-in-blackburn-a-new-doctrine-of-humanity/

179

“As the nation declines in power and wealth, a universal pessimism gradually pervades the people, and itself hastens the decline”. – attributed to Sir John Glubb, The Fate of Empires (1978).

178

“The idea that we can create a heaven on earth through pharmacology and neuroscience is as utopian as the Marxist hope that we could create a perfect world by rearranging the means of production. The history of totalitarianism is the history of the quest to transcend the human condition and create a society where our deepest meaning and destiny are realized simply by virtue of the fact that we live in it. It cannot be done, and even if, as often in the case of liberal fascism, the effort is very careful to be humane and decent, it will still result in a kind of benign tyranny where some people get to impose their ideas of goodness and happiness on those who may not share them” – Jonah Goldberg, Liberal fascism. The secret history of the left from Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning, London, Penguin Books, 2009, pp. 20-21.

 

 

177

“Christianity as it is practised today [unlike in the Middle Ages] is a rather mild social philosophy …” – Fred Hoyle and N. C. Wickramsinghe, Evolution From Space, London, J. M. Dent, 1981, p. 133.

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“The only thing that’s taught one anything is suffering. Not success, not happiness, not anything like that. The only thing that really teaches one what life’s about … is suffering” – attributed to Malcolm Muggeridge.

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“Freedom is the ability not to insist on my rights, but to see that God gets his” -attributed to Oswald Chambers.