“It was the clear relativism of the Sophists, not the mystical insights of Plato, nor Aristotle’s aspiration after the supreme good, that dominated the thinking of the Classical Greeks in their decadence. The failure of the Greeks to find an enduring popular religious sanction for the order of civilization had been a main cause of the collapsed world of the polis.”
“Through the conflict of religion, through the conflict of philosophy, the depravity of the human heart ultimately showed its power over any other idea presented to civilization. Only God is big enough to deal with that.”
“The heart of the human problem is the problem of the human heart.”
-The maxim etched on the walls of Delphi
“It is in vain oh men that you seek within yourselves the cure of all your miseries. All your insight has led to the knowledge that it is not in yourselves that you discover the true and the good. The philosophers promised them to you, but they were not able to keep that promise, for they did not understand what your true nature is, or what your true good is. How, then, could they have provided for you a cure for the ills they have not even understood.”-Pascal
“Intense is the agony when the eye begins to see and when the ear begins to hear, when the mind begins to realize, and the heart begins to ache, when the soul feels the flesh and the flesh feel it’s chains.”
“If you want to know what water is don’t ask the fish.”-Chinese proverb
“It’s hard to see the tree’s when you are in the forest.”-Unknown
“After the Vietnam war-a lot of us-anti-war graduate students didn’t just crawl back into our library cubicles. We stepped into academic positions. With the war over; our visibility was lost; and it seemed for a while to the unobservant that we had disappeared. Now we have tenure; and the work of re-shaping the universities has begun in earnest.”
– J. Paraney, Professor at Middlebury College
“Can an individual or a society live with complete disregard for a moral and spiritual center and not suffer from the wounds of wickedness?”
“The response of some calling for a return morality is a scream in the dark because morality has no self sustaining light. It is a vacuous term which left at the mercy of our passions?”
“When the organizers opened the floor to questions, one woman stood and said to me, “I was very offended by your comment that the heart of humanity is evil.” Between the professor, who placed the power to live or die in human hands, and the questioner, who denied the depravity of the human heart, we had a garden of Eden in front of our eyes all over again. In Adam’s and Eve’s defense, they, at least, felt ashamed after they had made the wrong choice. By contrast, our brilliant contemporaries have a chest-out, clenched-fist audacity and think that by shouting louder their arguments become truer.
“I recall that Malcolm Muggeridge once said that human depravity is at once the most empirically verifiable fact yet most staunchly resisted datum by our intellectuals. For them, H2O as the formula for water is indisputable; but in ethics, man is still the measure—without stating which man. This is the fundamental difference between a transcendent worldview and a humanistic one.
“But the question arises as to what makes the Christian framework unique. Here we see the second cardinal difference between the Judeo-Christian worldview and the others. It is simply this: no amount of moral capacity can get us back into a right relationship with God.
“The Christian faith, simply stated, reminds us that our fundamental problem is spiritual. It is not just that we are immoral , but that a moral life alone cannot bridge what separates us from God. Herein lies the cardinal difference between the moralizing religions and Jesus’ offer to us. Jesus does not offer to make bad people good but to make dead people alive.”
-Ravi Zacarias in The Grand Weaver