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Samuel Rutherford Quotes and Sayings

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When I am in the cellar of affliction,
I look for the Lord's choicest wines.
- Samuel Rutherford

Think it not hard if you get not your will,
nor your delights in this life; God will have you to
rejoice in nothing but himself.
- Samuel Rutherford

To believe Christ's cross to be a friend,
as he himself is a friend, is also a special act of faith.
- Samuel Rutherford

Let your children be as so many flowers,
borrowed from God.
If the flowers die or wither, thank God for a summer loan of them.
- Samuel Rutherford

 

You will not be carried to Heaven lying at ease upon a feather bed.
- Samuel Rutherford

I have been benefited by praying for others;
for by making an errand to God for them I have gotten something for myself.
- Samuel Rutherford

My faith has no bed to sleep upon but omnipotence.
- Samuel Rutherford

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Jesus Christ came into my prison cell last night,
and every stone flashed like a ruby.
- Samuel Rutherford

Millions of hells of sinners cannot come near to exhaust infinite grace.
- Samuel Rutherford

Verily, we know not what an evil it is to indulge ourselves,
and to make an idol of our will.
- Samuel Rutherford

Grace tried is better than grace, and more than grace;
it is glory in its infancy.
- Samuel Rutherford

We take nothing to the grave with us,
but a good or evil conscience...
It is true, terrors of conscience cast us down;
and yet without terrors of conscience we cannot be raised up again.
- Samuel Rutherford

See that you buy the field where the Pearl is;
sell all,
and make a purchase of salvation.
Think it not easy: for it is a steep ascent to eternal glory:
many are lying dead by the way,
slain with security.
- Samuel Rutherford

Theology is never any help; it is searching in a dark
cellar at midnight for a black cat that isn't there.
Theologians can persuade themselves of anything.
- Robert A. Heinlein

They can do without architecture
who have no olives nor wines in the cellar.
- Henry David Thoreau

When I first came down stairs, for two or three minutes
I went down cellar to the water closet.
- Lizzie Andrew Borden

Can anyone remember love? It's like trying to summon
up the smell of roses in a cellar.
You might see a rose, but never the perfume.
- Arthur Miller

Born in a cellar...
and living in a garret.
- Samuel Foote

Letters are like wine; if they are sound they ripen with keeping.
A man should lay down letters as he does a cellar of wine.
- Samuel Butler

Whatever is dirty, it is women's job to clean up,
or drive some man to clean up, and that goes for everything from cellar to senate.
- Agnes Macphail

I knew there was an old axe down cellar;
that is all I knew.
- Lizzie Andrew Borden

To die is as if one's eyes had been put out and one
cannot see anything any more.
Perhaps it is like being shut in a cellar.
One is abandoned by all.
They have slammed the door and are gone.
One does not see anything and notices only the damp smell of putrefaction.
- Edvard Munch

Buddhism has the characteristics of what would be expected
in a cosmic religion for the future:
It transcends a personal God, avoids dogmas and theology;
it covers both the natural and the spiritual,
and it is based on a religious sense
aspiring from the experience of all things,
natural and spiritual, as a meaningful unity.
- Albert Einstein

One man's theology is another man's belly laugh.
- Robert A. Heinlein

I do not believe in the God of theology
who rewards good and punishes evil.
- Albert Einstein

The best theology is rather a divine life than a divine knowledge.
- Jeremy Taylor

The best theology would need no advocates;
it would prove itself.
- Karl Barth

The function of Theology? The recitation of the incomprehensible
by the unspeakable to pick the pockets of the unthinking.
- Robert Anton Wilson

The first revolt is against the supreme tyranny of theology,
of the phantom of God.
As long as we have a master in heaven,
we will be slaves on earth.
- Mikhail Bakunin

Theology is the logic of the Devil.
- Jose Bergamin

Our theology is still in a time of crisis,
and I think this will last for some years more.
- Godfried Danneels

Theology made no provision for evolution.
The biblical authors had missed the most important revelation of all!
Could it be that they were not really privy to the thoughts of God?
- E. O. Wilson

If the president is going to use so much language of theology and the Bible,
then let's use that language for a serious discussion about the war in Iraq.
And that was never done.
- Jim Wallis

Let us put theology out of religion.
Theology has always sent the worst to heaven,
the best to hell.
- Robert Green Ingersoll

My theology, briefly, is that the universe was dictated but not signed.
- Christopher Morley

Catholic theology believes that God gave man free will,
and you can't give somebody free will and then send
in a play from the sidelines.
- Roger Ebert

What makes you a Christian is whether or not you really
are in accord with biblical theology and whether you
know Jesus Christ as your Saviour.
- Walter Martin

There is too much theology in the Church now,
and too little of the Gospel.
- Lewis Tappan

Faith is more basic than language or theology.
- Sydney Carter

Conservative New Testament studies could also provide
an intellectually satisfying alternative to German
biblical criticism and to the liberal theology that accompanied it.
- John Gresham Machen

Theology is a science of mind applied to God.
- Henry Ward Beecher

Theology is anthropology.
- Anselm Feuerbach

In all systems of theology the devil figures as a male person.
Yes, it is women who keep the church going.
- Don Marquis

The humanities need to be defended to-day against the
encroachments of physical science,
as they once needed to be against the encroachment of theology.
- Irving Babbitt

For the first time in our history, ideology and theology
hold a monopoly of power in Washington.
- Bill Moyers

Theology in general seems to me a substitution of human
ingenuity for divine wisdom.
- Julia Ward Howe

Pastoral theology and care helps people look deeper
at the intersection between their inherited religious
traditions and their current life situations.
- Larry Graham

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

John Paul II made it clear that...
liberation theology based on the teaching of Jesus Christ was necessary,
but liberation theology that used a Marxist analysis was unacceptable.
- Claudio Hummes

Fruitful discourse in science or theology requires
us to believe that within the contexts of normal discourse
there are some true statements.
- Kenneth L. Pike

The hell to be endured hereafter, of which theology tells,
is no worse than the hell we make for ourselves in
this world by habitually fashioned our characters in the wrong way.
- William James

There is only one theology, but there are many theologians.
- Athenagoras I

Theology is the effort to explain the unknowable in
terms of the not worth knowing.
- H. L. Mencken

If we take science as our sole guide,
if we accept and hold fast that alone which is verifiable,
the old theology must go.
- John Burroughs

Life isn't like a book.
Life isn't logical or sensible or orderly.
Life is a mess most of the time.
And theology must be lived in the midst of that mess.
- Charles Caleb Colton

I very rarely read any fiction.
I love biographies; I read about all kinds of people.
I love theology and some philosophy.
- Al Sharpton

The Epistle to the Romans is an extremely important
synthesis of the whole theology of St.
Paul.
- Hans Kung

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

Me and my father went through a war period where we wasn't talking.
He wanted me to go to theology school -
I didn't want to go.
I wanted to do music.
I told him I was a minister through music.
- Wyclef Jean

I also think we need to maintain distinctions -
the doctrine of creation is different from a scientific cosmology,
and we should resist the temptation,
which sometimes scientists give in to,
to try to assimilate the concepts of theology to the concepts of science.
- John Polkinghorne

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

It seems obvious to me that the notion of God has never
been anything but a kind of ideal projection,
a reflection upward of the human personality,
and that theology never has been and never can be anything
but a more and more purified mythology.
- Alfred Loisy

When theology erodes and organization crumbles,
when the institutional framework of religion begins to break up,
the search for a direct experience which people can
feel to be religious facilitates the rise of cults.
- Daniel Bell

Science cannot tell theology how to construct a doctrine of creation,
but you can't construct a doctrine of creation without
taking account of the age of the universe and the evolutionary
character of cosmic history.
- John Polkinghorne

If atheism is to be used to express the state of mind
in which God is identified with the unknowable,
and theology is pronounced to be a collection of meaningless
words about unintelligible chimeras,
then I have no doubt, and I think few people doubt.
- Leslie Stephen

For many decades now - and certainly during my adult life in academe -
the Western intellectual world has not been convinced
that theology is a pursuit that can be engaged in with
intellectual honesty and integrity.
- Arthur Peacocke

Well, it's because I gladly acknowledge some ideas
that are part of process theology,
but which I think are not tied to all the details of process thought,
and are very illuminating and helpful.
- John Polkinghorne

I feel that the Christian experience and the Jewish
one have much to give each other.
If this open society continues and there is no return
to political anti-Semitism,
then this encounter, deeper than any theology,
may happen.
- Lionel Blue

What has 'theology' ever said that is of the smallest
use to anybody? When has 'theology' ever said anything
that is demonstrably true and is not obvious? What
makes you think that 'theology' is a subject at all?
- Richard Dawkins

What I think I have in common with the school of deconstruction
is the mode of negative thinking or negative awareness,
in the technical, philosophical sense of the negative,
but which comes to me through negative theology.
- Harold Bloom

The result has been that although few conservative
Presbyterian churches actually worship in the Puritan way,
the Puritan theology of worship remains the standard orthodoxy among them.
This discrepancy sometimes leads to guilty consciences.
- John Frame


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