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Those who would most scornfully repudiate Christianity as a mere "opiate of the people" have a contempt for the rich, that is, for all mankind except the poor.

    Source: The Problem of Pain
If you are really a product of a materialistic universe, how is it that you don't feel at home there?
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.
Atheism turns out to be too simple. If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that it has no meaning.

    Source: Mere Christianity
If naturalism were true then all thoughts whatever would be wholly the result of irrational causes. It cuts its own throat.

    Source: A Christian Reply to Professor Price
Unless thought is valid we have no reason to believe in the real universe.

    Source: Christian Reflections
A universe whose only claim to be believed in rests on the validity of inference must not start telling us the inference is invalid.

    Source: Christian Reflections
The notion that everyone would like Christianity to be true, and therefore all atheists are brave men who have accepted the defeat of all their deepest desires, is simply impudent nonsense.

    Source: Encounter With Light
Now that I am a Christian I do not have moods in which the whole thing looks very improbable: but when I was an atheist I had moods in which Christianity looked terribly probable.

    Source: Mere Christianity
Really, a young Atheist cannot guard his faith too carefully. Dangers lie in wait for him on every side.
A man can no more diminish God's glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word 'darkness' on the walls of his cell.
It is hard to have patience with people who say "There is no death" or "Death doesn't matter." There is death. And whatever is matters. And whatever happens has consequences, and it and they are irrevocable and irreversible. You might as well say that birth doesn't matter.
If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found that it has no meaning: just as, if there were no light in the universe and therefore no creatures with eyes, we should never know it was dark.
I gave in, and admitted that God was God, and knelt and prayed: perhaps, that night, the most dejected and reluctant convert in all England.
Atheists express their rage against God although in their view He does not exist.

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