Wednesday, February 27, 2008


A dog barks when his master is attacked. I would be a coward if I saw that God's truth is attacked and yet would remain silent.... John Calvin (1509-1564)

No man is to lower himself by showing tolerance towards any sort of heretic, least of all a Calvinist. Cardinal Caraffa 1542

The early Church was ascetic, but she proved that she was not pessimistic, simply by condemning the pessimists. The creed declared that man was sinful, but it did not declare that life was evil . . . The condemnation of the early heretics is itself condemned as something crabbed and narrow; but it was in truth the very proof that the Church meant to be brotherly and broad. It proved that the primitive Catholics were specially eager to explain that they did not think man utterly vile; that they did not think life incurably miserable; that they did not think marriage a sin or procreation a tragedy.
G K Chesterton {The Everlasting Man, Garden City, NY: Doubleday Image, 1925, p. 223}

By entertaining of strange persons, men sometimes entertain angels unawares: but by entertaining of strange doctrines, many have entertained devils unaware.-- John Flavel

The English Established Church... will more readily pardon an attack on 38 of its 39 articles than on 1/39 of its income. -- Karl Marx, _Capital_

Contempt of material things as such is, in fact, no more orthodox than pantheism -- it is the great dualist heresy which always lies in wait for an over-spiritualized Christianity.... Dorothy L. Sayers (1893-1957)

There are no heresies in a dead religion. --Andre Suares

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