Great Quotations

From the Old Testament  (NRSV wording)

      1. Micah 6:8 “What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.”
      2. The Priestly Benediction (Numbers 6.22-27)
        “The Lord bless you and keep you;
        the Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you;
        the Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace.”

From the New Testament 
(NRSV wording)

      1. John 1:1 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
      2. In Rom 8:38-39, St. Paul writes “For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
      3. 1 Cor 13:4-7 “Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude.  It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth.  It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”
      4. Phil 4:8 Paul said  “Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”
      5. Col 3:11 “In that renewal there is no longer Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and free; but Christ is all and in all!”
      6. Heb 11:1 “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”

From Other Sources

    1. The book Catholicism for Dummies quotes this ‘adage’: “For those who believe, no explanation is necessary, and for those who do not believe, no explanation is possible.” [RCD, 48]
    2. Bertrand Russell said “the universe is just there and that’s all.” [JL1,7]
    3. Christian Professor of Mathematics John Lennox wrote “The atheist’s ultimate fact is the universe; the theist’s ultimate fact is God.” [JL1, 186].
    4. Anthony Flew said “a super intelligence is the only good explanation of the origin of life and the complexity of nature”. [JL1,10]
    5. In 2006, the atheist Sam Harris wrote: “44% of the American population is convinced that Jesus will return to judge the living and the dead sometime in the next fifty years.” [SH1, xi]
    6. Sam Harris also says that here is what a typical Christian believes: “the creator of the universe takes an interest in me, approves of me, loves me, and will reward me after death; my current beliefs, drawn from scripture, will remain the best statement of the truth until the end of the world;  everyone who disagrees with me will spend eternity in hell.”  [SH1,74].
    7. Paula Fredriksen said “Belief that the world is imminently to end has been, paradoxically, one of the longest-lived convictions of Christian culture. . . . the movement succeeded precisely as its central prophecy failed.”  [PF3, 132].



  • JL1      Lennox, John C.  God’s Undertaker: has science buried God?  Oxford, England: Lion Hudson plc, 2007.  Dr. Lennox is a Christian and a mathematician.

  • RCD    Trigilio, John, Jr. and Kenneth Brighenti. Catholicism for Dummies. Wiley, 2003.  The authors both have PhDs, and are active as Roman Catholic pastors and teachers.

  • SH1     Harris, SamLetter to a Christian Nation.  Knopf, 2006.  Harris is an atheist.