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How incessant and great are the ills with which a prolonged old age is replete.

    Topics: Suffering, Age

Part of every misery is, so to speak, the misery's shadow or reflection: the fact that you don't merely suffer but have to keep on thinking about the fact that you suffer. I not only live each endless day in grief, but live each day thinking about living each day in grief.

    Topics: Suffering, Grief

The real problem is not why some pious, humble, believing people suffer, but why some do not.

    Topics: Suffering, Believing, Piety

Christ, because He was the only Man who never yielded to temptation, is also the only Man who knows to the full what temptation means.

    Topics: Temptation
    Source: Today in the Word, November 1998, p. 24.

A young man who wishes to remain a sound Atheist cannot be too careful of his reading. There are traps everywhere--'Bibles laid open, millions of surprises,' as Herbert says, 'fine nets and stratagems.' God is, if I may say it, very unscrupulous.

    Topics: The Bible, Atheism, Youth

Unless the religious claims of the Bible are again acknowledged, its literary claims will, I think, be given only 'mouth honour' and that decreasingly.

    Topics: The Bible, Truth

Odd, the way the less the Bible is read the more it is translated.

    Topics: The Bible

Non-Christians seem to think that the Incarnation implies some particular merit or excellence in humanity. But of course it implies just the reverse: a particular demerit and depravity. No creature that deserved Redemption would need to be redeemed. They that are whole need not the physician. Christ died for men precisely because men are not worth dying for; to make them worth it.

    Topics: The Cross

An open mind, in questions that are not ultimate, is useful. But an open mind about the ultimate foundations either of Theoretical or of Practical Reason is idiocy.

    Topics: Theology, Truth
    Source: The Abolition of Man

Theology is practical, especially now... If you do not listen to Theology that will not mean that you have no ideas about God. It will mean that you have a lot of wrong ones - bad, muddled, out-of-date ideas.

    Topics: Theology
    Source: Mere Christianity.

The present is the only time in which any duty may be done or grace received.

    Topics: Time, Grace

No doubt those who really founded modern science were usually those whose love of truth exceeded their love of power.

    Topics: Truth
    Source: The Abolition of Man

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