Literary and Spiritual Excerpts

Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism derived from the Upanishads

Meaning “sitting down near”

Isha Upanishad By the Master all this is to be clothed and pervaded, whatever moves in this moving world. Through this renounced, thou shalt enjoy; covet not the wealth of any! Toiling, therefore, here at ...

John Lingard: used history to demonstrate truths of the Catholic Church

His writings anticipated those of future English apologists for Catholicism such as Hillaire Belloc

John Lingard According to the Catholic belief, the bread and wine in the sacrament of the Eucharist, are made verily and indeed, the body and blood of Christ. This doctrine is grounded on the express ...

Wang Yang-Ming: Neo-Confucian doctrine during the Ming dynasty

All humans possess innate knowledge of good and evil

Wang Yang-Ming Benevolence, justice, propriety, and wisdom are nature manifesting virtue. There is only one nature and no other. Referring to its substance, it is called heaven; considered as ruler or lord, it is called ...

Horace Greeley: Universalist, founder of the New York Tribune, and defender of human rights

“Go west, young man, and grow up with the country!”

Horace Greeley Love God with all the powers of your soul, and love every man as yourself; for every man is like a part of yourself, and must at last become, like you, one with ...

Ulysses S. Grant: secret, oath-bound political parties are dangerous to any nation

No political party can or ought to exist when one of its corner-stones is opposition to the right to worship God

Ulysses S. Grant In St. Louis City and County, what afterwards became the Republican party was known as the Free-Soil Democracy, led by the Honorable Frank P. Blair. Most of my neighbors had known me ...

Zhu Xi: considered the second most influential Chinese thinker after Confucius

Qi and Li operate together in mutual dependence

Zhu Xi [Someone] asked: “Isn’t Tai-ji the general name for a diffuse being that existed before there was a heaven and earth and that was the Li of heaven, earth, and the myriad creatures?” [Zhu ...

Billy Graham: Death, for the Christian, is overcome by the reality of hope — Heaven

We are all God’s creation, but we are not all God’s children

Billy Graham “I don’t think I would be afraid to die if I knew what to expect after death,” said a young man with an incurable disease. Evidently, he had not heard of what God ...

Zisi: grandson of Confucius who wrote on relativity of human knowledge of the universe

Was also student of another Chinese philosopher: Zengzi

Zisi “How far-extending was the filial piety of King Wu and the duke of Zhou! Now filial piety is seen in the skillful carrying out of the wishes of our forefathers, and the skillful carrying ...

Bishop William Poynter: English writer, Catholic bishop, and college professor who was once imprisoned by French revolutionaries

He was often the target of controversialist Bishop John Milner

Bishop William Poynter Christianity is that form of Religion, which was taught and instituted by Christ. It embraces the doctrines of faith, which Christ revealed; the supernatural moral precepts, which he delivered; the sacred rites, ...

Zengzi: Confucius disciple who was an influential proponent of filial piety

He became the author or editor of The Classic of Filial Piety

Of all (creatures with their different) natures produced by Heaven and Earth, man is the noblest. Of all the actions of man there is none greater than filial piety. In filial piety there is nothing ...

Bishop John Milner: one of the greatest opponents of the Cisalpine movement in English Catholicism

He carried on the controversy throughout his life

Bishop John Milner Admitting, however, the obligation of worshipping my Creator, these men will sometimes say: “What necessity is there of my being shut up in a particular building or of my joining with other ...

Shi Jing: written for altar sacrifice to ancestors

Two poems from “The Book of Odes”

How Pure and Still How pure and still are the solemn temples, In their strong solidity and minute completeness! Highly distinguished was Jiang Yuan, Of virtue undeflected. God regarded her with favour; And without injury ...

Sabine Baring-Gould composed lyrics to “Onward, Christian Soldiers” among other perennial Christian favorites

He was also a biographer, novelist and folk-song collector

Sabine Baring-Gould Onward, Christian soldiers, Marching as to war, With the cross of Jesus Going on before. Christ, the royal Master, Leads against the foe; Forward into battle See His banners go! Onward, Christian soldiers, ...

The ancients ruled the world by doing nothing

The Zhuangzi on the Dao

"Notwithstanding the greatness of heaven and earth, their transforming power proceeds from one lathe; notwithstanding the number of the myriad things, the government of them is one and the same; notwithstanding the multitude of mankind, ...

The goods and evils of eternity

James Archer's road to priesthood began at an English pub called The Ship

James Archer God and Reason In defending revelation, I wish not to deprecate human reason, much less to establish Christianity on its ruins. Reason is the most beautiful ornament of our nature, the distinguishing excellence ...

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