Favorite Quotes about Catholicism


"The great majority of naturalist philosophers have an unjustified belief that naturalism is true and an unjustified belief that theism (or supernaturalism) is false." (atheist philosopher Quentin Smith in: "The Metaphilosophy of Naturalism")

 

"Those who believe that it is wrong, always and everywhere, to believe anything on insufficient evidence believe that very proposition on insufficient evidence, indeed on no evidence at all." (theist philosopher William Vallicella at his "Maverick Philosopher" blog: here and here)

 

"A little philosophy inclineth man’s mind to atheism; but depth in philosophy bringeth men’s minds about to religion." (Francis Bacon 1601 "Essays of Atheism“) (note that there is no credible source for the paraphrased quotes "A little science estranges men from God, but much science leads them back to Him" misattributed to Louis Pasteur, and "The first gulp from the glass of natural sciences will turn you into an atheist, but at the bottom of the glass God is waiting for you" misattributed to Werner Heisenberg)

 

 "Always be prepared to make a defense to any one who calls you to account for the hope that is in you, yet do it with gentleness and reverence.“ (1 Peter 3:15 RSVCE)

 

"The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork." (Psalm 19:1 RSVCE)

 

"The Son of God became a man to enable men to become sons of God." (C.S. Lewis 1952 „Mere Christianity“; based on a quote from Athanasius)

 

"The New Testament lies concealed in the Old, the Old lies revealed in the New." (St. Augustine 750 "Questions on the Heptateuch")

 

"The difficulty of explaining “why I am a Catholic” is that there are ten thousand reasons all amounting to one reason: that Catholicism is true." (G.K. Chesterton 1926 "Why I am a Catholic") 

 

"To be deep in history is to cease to be a Protestant." (John Henry Cardinal Newman 1845 "An Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine")

 

"I may have lost my faith but I haven't lost my mind." (James Joyce when asked if, having left Catholicism, he might consider becoming a Protestant)