Thursday, June 25, 2009

Going to church doesn't make you a Christian

By G.K. Chesterton

At least five times, therefore, with the Arian and the Albigensian, with the Humanist sceptic, after Voltaire and after Darwin, the Faith has to all appearance gone to the dogs. In each of these five cases it was the dog that died.

Just going to church doesn't make you a Christian any more than standing in your garage makes you a car.

"There are no uninteresting things, only uninterested people."

"The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and left untried."

"The way to love anything is to realize that it may be lost."

"Fairy tales, are more than true. Not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be defeated."

"Fallacies do not cease to be fallacies because they become fashions."

"When men chose not to believe in God, they do not thereafter believe in nothing. They then become capable of believing in anything."

"Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead. Tradition refuses to submit to the small and arrogant oligarchy of those who merely happen to be walking about."

"It is absurd for the Evolutionist to complain that it is unthinkable for an admittedly unthinkable God to make everything out of nothing, and then pretend that it is more thinkable that nothing should turn itself into everything."

"The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid."

"The Catholic Church is like a thick steak, a glass of red wine, and a good cigar."


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