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  • She tried to argue, and tell him that he had mixed in his dull brain two matters, theology and morals, which in the primitive days of mankind had been quite distinct.
    (Thomas Hardy, "Tess of the D'Urbervilles")
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  • Two or three of the ladies had pronounced views on points of doctrine, particularly sin and damnation, which they never learned from me. I blame the radio for sowing a good deal of confusion where theology is concerned. And television is worse. You can spend forty years teaching people to be awake to the fact of mystery and then some fellow with no more theological sense than a jackrabbit gets himself a radio ministry and all your work is forgotten. I do wonder where it will end. p. 208
    (Marilynne Robinson, "Gilead")
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  • Do you think that I want to live in a communal society with people like that Battaglia acquaintance of yours, sweeping streets and breaking up rocks or whatever it is people are always doing in those blighted countries? What I want is a good, strong monarchy with a tasteful and decent king who has some knowledge of theology and geometry and to cultivate a Rich Inner Life.
    (John Kennedy Toole, "A Confederacy of Dunces")
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  • We reach in desperation beyond the fog, beyond the very stars, the voids of the universe are ransacked to justify the monster, and stamped with a human face. London is religions opportunity--not the decorous religion of theologians, but an anthropomorphic, crude. Yes, the continuous flow would be tolerable if a man of our own sort--not anyone pompous or tearful--were caring for us up in the sky.
    (E.M. Forster, "Howards End")
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  • Mostly things are not that way, that simple and pure, with so much focus given to each syllable of life as life sings itself. But that kind of attention is the prize. To be engrossed by something outside ourselves is a powerful antidote for the rational mind, the mind that so frequently has its head up its own ass--seeing things in such a narrow and darkly narcissistic way that it presents a colo-rectal theology, offering hope to no one.
    (Anne Lamott, "Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life")
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  • The most thoroughly and relentlessly Damned, banned, excluded, condemned, forbidden, ostracized, ignore, suppressed, repressed, robbed, brutalized and defamed of all Damned Things is the individual human being. The social engineers, statistician, psychologist, sociologists, market researchers, landlords, bureaucrats, captains of industry, bankers, governors, commissars, kings and presidents are perpetually forcing this Damned Thing into carefully prepared blueprints and perpetually irritated that the Damned Thing will not fit into the slot assigned it. The theologians call it a sinner and try to reform it. The governor calls it a criminal and tries to punish it. the psychologist calls it a neurotic and tries to cure it. Still, the Damned Thing will not fit into their slots.
    (Robert Wilson)
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  • I know the established Christian theology... I know the enemy, but the enemy doesn't know me. Thus the enemy has already lost the war.
    (Sun Myung Moon)
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  • Only a very bad theologian would confuse the certainty that follows revelation with the truths that are revealed. They are entirely different things.
    (Denis Diderot)
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  • Theologians always try to turn the Bible into a book without common sense.
    (G. C. Lichtenberg)
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  • Before Vatican II, in theology, as in other areas, the discipline was fixed. After the council there has been a revolution - a chaotic revolution - with free discussion on everything. There is now no common theology or philosophy as there was before.
    (Godfried Danneels)
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  • There is a line from Dante that says, 'The arrow seen before cometh less rudely.' President John F. Kennedy put one aspect of the same thought into one of his state of the union messages this way 'The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining.' The Boy Scouts say it best of all 'Be prepared.' That isnt just cracker-barrel wisdom with us it is theology. 'If ye are prepared ye shall not fear.' (DC 3830)
    (Jeffrey R. Holland)
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  • Theology never changes. A man's heart is the same. The Gospel is the same. There have been no additions to the Gospel that was preached in the first century, and there is no difference in the reading of the events of the first century morally, they're still the same. The same old sins, the same old problems, basically, that they faced in Egypt we face today in America.
    (Billy Graham)
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  • I say that democracy can never prove itself beyond cavil, until it founds and luxuriantly grows its own forms of art, poems, schools, theology, displacing all that exists, or that has been produced anywhere in the past, under opposite influences.
    (Walt Whitman)
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  • As set forth by theologians, the idea of 'God' is an argument that assumes its own conclusions, and proves nothing.
    (Johann Most)
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  • There is only one theology, but there are many theologians.
    (Athenagoras I)
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