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When you are arguing against Him you are arguing against the very power that makes you able to argue at all.

    Topics: Rebellion
    Source: Mere Christianity

'How can I step out of God's will save into something that cannot be wished?'

    Topics: Rebellion
    Source: Perelandra

A creature revolting against a creator is revolting against the source of his own powers--including even his power to revolt. It is like the scent of a flower trying to destroy the flower.

    Topics: Rebellion
    Source: A Preface to Paradise Lost

Hatred obscures all distinctions.

    Topics: Rebellion, Hatred

The gravitation away from God, 'the journey homeward to habitual self', must, we think, be a product of the Fall.

    Topics: Rebellion
    Source: The Problem of Pain

All that we call human history--money, poverty, ambition, war, prostitution, classes, empires, slavery--[is] the long terrible story of man trying to find something other than God which will make him happy.

    Topics: Rebellion, Happiness, History

Fallen man is not simply an imperfect creature who needs improvement: he is a rebel who must lay down his arms.

    Topics: Rebellion

No Christian and, indeed, no historian could accept the epigram which defines religion as 'what a man does with his solitude.'

    Topics: Religion, History

If we retain only what can be justified by standards of prudence and convenience at the bar of enlightened common sense, then we exchange revelation for that old wraith Natural Religion.

    Topics: Religion
    Source: 'Notes on the Way', Time and Tide

For whatever else the religious life may be, it is the fountain of self-knowledge and disillusion, the safest form of psychoanalysis.

    Topics: Religion
    Source: Book Review, Review of English Studies

The essence of religion, in my view, is the thirst for an end higher than natural ends.

    Topics: Religion
    Source: A Christian Reply to Professor Price' Phoenix Quarterly

Talk to me about the truth of religion and I'll listen gladly. Talk to me about the duty of religion and I'll listen submissively. But don't come talking to me about the consolations of religion or I shall suspect that you don't understand.

    Topics: Religion

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