An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





Dogmatic theological statements are neither logical propositions nor poetic utterances. They are "shaggy dog" stories; they have a point, but he who tries too hard to get it will miss it.


W. H. Auden (1907-1973, Anglo-American poet)


Theology is a science of mind applied to God.


Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887, American preacher, orator, writer)


Theology is but our ideas of truth classified and arranged.


Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887, American preacher, orator, writer)


Only a very bad theologian would confuse the certainty that follows revelation with the truths that are revealed. They are entirely different things.


Denis Diderot (1713-1784, French philosopher)


It's the generally accepted privilege of theologians to stretch the heavens, that is the Scriptures, like tanners with a hide.


Desiderius Erasmus (c.1466-1536, Dutch humanist)


Let us put theology out of religion. Theology has always sent the worst to heaven, the best to hell.


Robert Green Ingersoll (1833-1899, American orator, lawyer)


Theologians always try to turn the Bible into a book without common sense.


Georg C. Lichtenberg (1742-1799, German physicist, satirist)


Division has done more to hide Christ from the view of all men than all the infidelity that has ever been spoken.


George MacDonald (1824-1905, Scottish novelist)


Theology is the effort to explain the unknowable in terms of the not worth knowing.


H. L. Mencken (1880-1956, American editor, author, critic, humorist)


My theology, briefly, is that the universe was dictated but not signed.


Christopher Morley (1890-1957, American novelist, journalist, poet)


To judge from the notions expounded by theologians, one must conclude that God created most men simply with a view to crowding hell.


Marquis De Sade (1740-1814, French author)


The best theology is rather a divine life than a divine knowledge.


Jeremy Taylor (1613-1667, British churchman, writer)


There was never a century nor a country that was short of experts who knew the Deity's mind and were willing to reveal it.


Mark Twain (1835-1910, American humorist, writer)


As the grace grows nearer, my theology is growing strangely simple, and it begins and ends with Christ as the only Savior of the lost.


Henry Benjamin Whipple


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