Quotes That I Have Gathered – F


In writing of a conversation with a ship’s doctor and another passenger on his voyage to the East, Teilhard de Chardin noted, “We had finally to admit that we differed on points as fundamental as ‘Is it better to exist than not to exist?’ I think, in fact, that in all thought there is this point a fundamental option, a postulate which is not demonstrable but from which everything else is deduced. If one admits that being is better than its opposite, it is difficult to stop short of God. If one does not admit it, no further discussion is possible.”

Nicolas Corte, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin: His Life and Spirit

See Hans Kung’s Does God Exist.

“Is life absurd or is it divine?” This is the fundamental issue.

Nicolas Corte, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin: His Life and Spirit

My effort should never be to undermine another’s faith but to make him a better follower of his own faith.


Faith has the same place in the divine life which sense has in the natural, being indeed nothing else but a kind of sense or feeling persuasion of spiritual things . . .

Henry Scougal

Faith, Life of

A life of faith produces two things. First, it enables us to see God in everything. Secondly, it holds the mind in a state of readiness for whatever may be His will. . . . Thyis continual, unceasing dependence, this state of entire peace and acquiescence of the sould in whatever may happen,is the true, silent martyrdom of self. It is soslow, and gradual, and interna, that they who experience it are hardly conscious of it.

Francois Fenelon

Faith and Works

You do right when you offer faith to God; you do right when you offer works. But, if you separate the two, then you do wrong. . . . So you believe in Christ? Then do the works of Christ, so that your faith may life! Let love be to your faith as soul to body, and let your conduct prove that your faith is real. You who say that you abide in Christ ought to walk as He walked.

Bernard of Clairvaux

Faith, and inheritance

Sociology teaches that actuality, reality qua experience, is inherently colored and partly conditioned by the social (mental and cultural) paraphernalia that we bring from the past to the present. The knowledge imparted by faith, despite its irreducible character, forms no exception.

Edward Schillebeeckx, Jesus

Awareness that every religion, including Christianity, is conditioned by cultural‑cum‑historical factors substantially relativizes the absolute character of values as currently apprehended, just as it also mitigates the pressures of the past.

Edward Schillebeeckx, Jesus

Because of the tension of the mystery of faith and its articulation, conditioned by the religious culture, there is the need not only for a historical approach to dogma and a hermeneutic evaluation of primitive Christianity and its subsequent development, but also for a sociological enquiry that will size up ideologies in a critical spirit.

Faith, and Truth

Teilhard: “The faith has need of all truth.”

Nicolas Corte, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin: His Life and Spirit

What I wish to maintain is that all faiths do harm. We may define ‘faith’ as a firm belief in something for which there is no evidence. When there is evidence, no one speaks of ‘faith’. We do not speak of faith that two and two are four or that the earth is round. We only speak of faith when we wish to substitute emotion for evidence.

Bertrand Russell’s Best, edited by Robert E. Egner

Faith, Living life of

[Living the life of faith means living completely in this world, not trying to make something of oneself, but] living unreservedly in life’s duties, problems, successes and failures, experiences and perplexities.

. . . Watching with Christ in Gethsemane ‑ that is faith, that is repentance, that is how one becomes a man and a Christian. How can success make us arrogant, or failure lead us astray, when we share in God’s sufferings through a life of this kind?

Faith, loss of faith

Max Begouens met Teilhard in war and through war experiences lost his faith. He confronted Teilhard with this loss of faith after the war, and Teilhard responded. “Very simply, with that kindness and affection which never seemed to leave him, he expounded to me his ideas on Creation, the meaning of Evolution, the supreme and active part played in the Evolution of the Cosmos by Christ. . . [T]he Father gave me explanations that threw light on everything. He gave me the answer I had so long been waiting for.”

Nicolas Corte, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin: His Life and Spirit. Corte notes this experience had also a profound effect on Teilhard: “And now he had been able to try out on a brilliant mind the penetrative power of the reflections which were already so much a part of his own life.”

Fall of Man, The

The idea in the biblical tradition of the Fall is that nature as we know it is corrupt, sex in itself is corrupt, and the female as the epitome of sex is a corruption.

Joseph Campbell, The Hero’s Adventure

The Bible leaves no doubt that it does not consider man either good or evil, but endowed with both tendencies. With respect to the story of the garden, the Bible never calls Adam’s act a sin.

Eric Fromm, You Shall Be As Gods

The story of the garden and the fruit of knowledge of good and evil is not the “fall” of man, but of his awakening, and thus, of the beginning of his rise.

Eric Fromm, You Shall Be As Gods

With Adam’s “fall”, human history began. Once he has acquired that knowledge, he can no longer return to the womb, to Mother Earth. There is no way to turn back.

Eric Fromm, You Shall Be As Gods

Man creates himself in the historical process which began with his first act of freedom ‑ the freedom to disobey ‑ to say “no”. This “corruption” lies in the very nature of human existence. Only by going through the process of alienation can man overcome it and achieve a new harmony.

Eric Fromm, You Shall Be As Gods

Freedom and Discipline

It appears to me that great freedom and great exactness should be united. Exactness makes us faithful, and freedom makes us courageous. If you are very strict without being free, you will become servile and scrupulous. If you are free without being strict you will become negligent anc careless. Those who have little experience of the ways of God think they cannot unite these two virtues. They understand, by being exact, living in constraint, in sorrow, in a timid and scrupulous unquietness that destroys the repose of the soul; that finds sin in everything, and that is so narrow‑minded that it questions about the merest trifles, and dares hardly to breathe. They define being free, having an easy conscience, not regarding small things, and to be content with avoiding great faults, and not considering any but gross crimes as faults, and saving these, allowing whatever flatters self‑love, and any license to the passions that does not produce what they call great evil. [But St. Paul says,] “Be free, for the Savior has called you to liberty; but let not this liberty be an occasion or pretext for evil.” . . . [A]ccording to the excellent instructions of St. Augustine, Love God and then do all you can. . . . The first sight of our little failures should humble us, but then we must press on . . .

Francois Fenelon

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