Quotes About Christendom

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“I can assure you that no kingdom has ever had as many civil wars as the kingdom of Christ.”
Montesquieu, Persian Letters

Alan Hirsch
“Whether [new Protestant church movements] place their emphasis on new worship styles, expressions of the Holy Spirit’s power, evangelism to seekers, or Bible teaching, these so-called new movements still operate out of the fallacious assumption that the church belongs firmly in the town square, that is, at the heart of Western culture. And if they begin with this mistaken belief about their position in Western society, all their church planting, all their reproduction will simply mirror this misapprehension.”
Alan Hirsch, The Shaping of Things to Come: Innovation and Mission for the 21st Century Church

Christopher Hitchens
“There's a certain amount of ambiguity in my background, what with intermarriages and conversions, but under various readings of three codes which I don’t much respect (Mosaic Law, the Nuremberg Laws, and the Israeli Law of Return) I do qualify as a member of the tribe, and any denial of that in my family has ceased with me. But I would not remove myself to Israel if it meant the continuing expropriation of another people, and if anti-Jewish fascism comes again to the Christian world—or more probably comes at us via the Muslim world—I already consider it an obligation to resist it wherever I live. I would detest myself if I fled from it in any direction. Leo Strauss was right. The Jews will not be 'saved' or 'redeemed.' (Cheer up: neither will anyone else.) They/we will always be in exile whether they are in the greater Jerusalem area or not, and this in some ways is as it should be. They are, or we are, as a friend of Victor Klemperer's once put it to him in a very dark time, condemned and privileged to be 'a seismic people.' A critical register of the general health of civilization is the status of 'the Jewish question.' No insurance policy has ever been devised that can or will cover this risk.”
Christopher Hitchens, Hitch-22: A Memoir

Rodney Stark
“Many critics of the Crusades would seem to suppose that after the Muslims had overrun a major portion of Christendom, they should have been ignored or forgiven; suggestions have been made about turning the other cheek. This outlook is certainly unrealistic and probably insincere. Not only had the Byzantines lost most of their empire; the enemy was at their gates. And the loss of Spain, Sicily, and southern Italy, as well as a host of Mediterranean islands, was bitterly resented in Europe. Hence, as British historian Derek Lomax (1933-1992) explained, 'The popes, like most Christians, believed war against the Muslims to be justified partly because the latter had usurped by force lands which once belonged to Christians and partly because they abused the Christians over whom they ruled and such Christian lands as they could raid for slaves, plunder and the joys of destruction.' It was time to strike back.”
Rodney Stark, God's Battalions: The Case for the Crusades

Tim Keel
“We live in a culture of reductionism. Or better, we are living in the aftermath of a culture of reductionism, and I believe we have reduced the complexity and diversity of the Scriptures to systematic theologies that insist on ideological conformity, even when such conformity flattens the diversity of the Scriptural witness. We have reduced our conception of gospel to four simple steps that short-circuit biblical narratives and notions of the kingdom of God on earth as it is in heaven in favor of a simplified means of entrance to heaven. Our preaching is often wed to our materialistic, consumerist cultural assumptions, and sermons are subsequently reduced to delivering messages that reinforce the worst of what American culture produces: self-centered end users who believe that God is a resource that helps an individual secure what amounts to an anemic and culturally bound understanding of the 'abundant life.”
Tim Keel, Intuitive Leadership: Embracing a Paradigm of Narrative, Metaphor, and Chaos

Tim Keel
“. . . I realized with a growing and startling sense of clarity that the seminary was educating and training me for a world that no longer existed. Moreover, the posture of this particular brand of Christianity toward the surrounding culture was one of enormous suspicion and at times hostility. It seemed that part of this evolving designation involved a posture of entrenchment and argument toward culture. But I loved culture. I loved the freedom to engage with people for the purpose of friendship and dialogue, not simply evangelism.”
Tim Keel, Intuitive Leadership: Embracing a Paradigm of Narrative, Metaphor, and Chaos

Dallas Willard
“Multitudes are now turning to Christ in all parts of the world. How unbearably tragic it would be, though, if the millions of Asia, South America and Africa were led to believe that the best we can hope for from the Way of Christ is the level of Christianity visible in Europe and America today, a level that has left us tottering on the edge of world destruction. The world can no longer be left to mere diplomats, politicians, and business leaders. They have done the best they could, no doubt. But this is an age for spiritual heroes-a time for men and women to be heroic in faith and in spiritual character and power. The greatest danger to the Christian church today is that of pitching its message TOO LOW.”
Dallas Willard, The Spirit of the Disciplines : Understanding How God Changes Lives

H.G. Wells
“{Wells discussing his experiences with Christianity}

I realised as if for the first time, the menace of these queer shaven men in lace and petticoats who had been intoning, responding, and going through ritual gestures at me. I realised something dreadful about them. They were thrusting an incredible and ugly lie upon the world and the world was making no such resistance as I was disposed to make to this enthronement of cruelty. Either I had to come into this immense luminous coop and submit, or I had to declare the Catholic Church, the core and substance of Christendom with all its divines, sages, saints, and martyrs, with successive thousands of believers, age after age, wrong.

...I found my doubt of his essential integrity, and the shadow of contempt it cast, spreading out from him to the whole Church and religion of which he with his wild spoutings about the agonies of Hell, had become the symbol. I felt ashamed to be sitting there in such a bath of credulity.”
H.G. Wells

Criss Jami
“Some of the simplest of truths are also some of the most difficult of truths, but such is Christianity: 'If it's not about Christ, it's not about life.”
Criss Jami, Healology

Criss Jami
“If your doctrine changed for the better yet your character changed for the worse, you changed for the worse.”
Criss Jami

Tyler Wigg-Stevenson
“After the disintegration of Christendom-a historical apparatus that gave cultural pride of place to Christianity-Christian truth claims cannot be taken for granted or simply asserted using logical apologetics. Rather, the truth of the faith appears to stand or fall based on its goodness, as shown in the lives of those who claim it.”
Tyler Wigg-Stevenson, The World Is Not Ours to Save: Moving from Activist Causes to a Lifelong Calling

“Het moment echter dat deze vertelsels
werden samengebracht en neergepend
in zogeheten 'heilige boeken'
moet zonder enige twijfel gezien worden
als het meest rampzalige ogenblik
in de geschiedenis van de mensheid.

Uit "Gesels van een imaginaire god”
A.J. Beirens

“Op de zesde dag schiep god de mens,
op de zevende dag schiep de mens god.
Nu zijn we quitte.

Uit "Gesels van een imaginaire god”
A.J. Beirens

“Abortie kan niet omdat het tegen gods gebod zou zijn.
Ja, dat lieverdje die zuigelingen laat afslachten,
Eerstgeborenen met de dood slaat
En een hele mensheid verdrinkt.

Uit: "Gesels van een imaginaire god”
A.J. Beirens

“Heeft god de man dan té volmaakt gemaakt
dat men er zo nodig een stuk moet van afsnijden?

Over 'besnijdenis' in "Gesels van een imaginaire god”
A.J. Beirens

Alan E. Johnson
“During the nineteenth, twentieth, and early twenty-first centuries, certain politically active religious movements sought to have the United States declared—officially, if possible, but at least unofficially—a "Christian nation." This was an attempt to reverse the church-state separation principles and achievements of such great Founders as Thomas Jefferson and James Madison. Roger Williams, who was more religiously devout than just about anyone living in later centuries, opposed all attempts to call a particular nation "Christian," just as he opposed the terms "Christendom" and "Christian world." His arguments included a profound analysis of the importance of separation of church and state as well as a deep religious understanding of what Christianity is.”
Alan E. Johnson, The First American Founder: Roger Williams and Freedom of Conscience

“De 'bullshitdetector' is de grootste vijand
van elke godsdienst."

Uit: "Gesels van een imaginaire god”
A.J. Beirens

“Het is tijd om te eisen van de gelovigen dat ze hun persoonlijke keuzes, voorkeuren en geloof aan niet-rationele en soms gevaarlijke zaken strikt in de privésfeer houden. Iedereen is absoluut vrij om te geloven wat ze willen, op voorwaarde dat ze anderen niet lastig vallen (of dwingen, of doden).. Maar niemand heeft het recht om privilegies te eisen op grond van het feit dat ze aanhangers zijn van een of ander van 's werelds vele godsdiensten.”
A.J. Beirens, Gesels van een imaginaire god

James Mikołajczyk
“In the same way that ethnic Israel was the first fruits of humankind due to the achievements of their patriarchs, Christendom includes the great harvest of the faithful because of Jesus’s merits.”
James Mikołajczyk, Jesus the Jew, Christ the King: Exploring the Hypostatic Union Between the Jesus of History and the Christ of Faith

Leanne Payne
“Als liefde of de Geest van God een mens raakt, wordt hij getransformeerd, hij klemt zichzelf niet langer vast aan zijn afzonderlijke individualiteit”
Leanne Payne, The Healing Presence: Curing the Soul Through Union with Christ

Leanne Payne
“We ontkenden de fouten van de ander niet. We wonnen hen terug door gebed. We vroegen Christus om met Zijn liefde in ons te komen en door ons heen naar die andere persoon toe te gaan, herinneringen te genezen en alles wat goed en mooi was aan die ander naar boven te laten komen”
Leanne Payne, The Healing Presence: Curing the Soul Through Union with Christ

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