Grab bag #1

A weekly and relatively random assortment of quotes, photos, facts, and statistics I’ve encountered over the week in the order that I encountered them:

“All the lusts of the flesh are up in arms against the spirit.” – St. Polycarp of Smyrna

“There is no problem of our own confused times which cannot find its solution by a careful and reverent reading of the Holy Fathers.” – Hieromonk Seraphim Rose

“Thus it happened that two opposite marvels took place at once: the death of all was consummated in the Lord’s body; yet, because the Word was in it, death and corruption were in the same act utterly abolished.” – St. Athanasius the Great

(in the photo: Metropolitan Kallistos of Diokleia [Timothy Ware] and Jaroslav Pelikan)


“For Eastern Christians … Constantine remains the holy initiator of the Christian world, the hero of that victory of light over darkness that crowned the courageous struggle of the martyrs.” – Bruce Shelley, Church History in Plain Language, 143.

“There is no fun in Islam.” – Ayatollah Khomeini

“Another Christian concept, no less crazy: the concept of equality of souls before God. This concept furnishes the prototype of all theories of equal rights.” – Fredrich Nietzsche, The Will to Power

“It would be very difficult to explain why the universe should have begun in just this way, except as the act of a God who intended to create beings like us.” – Stephen Hawking, A Brief History of Time

“Islam isn’t in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant. The Qur’an should be the highest authority in America.” – Omar Ahmad, CAIR co-founder, quoted in the San Ramon Valley Herald, July 4, 1998

(in the photo: Faithful venerating the Kursk-Root Icon of the Theotokos at St. George Serbian Orthodox Church of Kansas City, MO on 4 November 2010)
“I do not persecute the heretic bodily, but I wage war against him with words — and not even against the heretic, but only against his heresy: I do not disdain the man; it is the error I hate, and I seek to pull him out of it….I am accustomed to being persecuted, not to persecute others….Thus did Christ triumph; He did not crucify, but rather it was He that was crucified. He did not smite others, but was Himself smitten.” – St. John Chrysostom

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