Christianity is a faith scored for many voices. This blog is our addition to those voices. The title is drawn from an ancient Rabbinic principle that sanctifies dissent, if the purpose of dissent is to serve a noble cause. We do not regurgitate traditional and established religious doctrines. When and where we differ in approach, we do so for the sake of heaven.

An enemy is a friend whose story we have not heard.

Quaker Proverb |

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

G. K. Chesterton | 1874-1936

Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.

Albert Einstein | 1879-1955

Asceticism is not that you should not own anything, but that nothing should own you.

Ali Ibn Abi Talib | c. 11th Century

Never impose on others what you would not choose for yourself.

Confucius | 551-479 BCE

We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another.

Jonathan Swift | 1667 - 1745

What is hateful to yourself, do not to your fellow man.

Rabbi Hillel |

And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.

Jesus Christ |

Hurt no one so that no one may hurt you.

Prophet Muhammad | 632 CE

There it is that a light shines on my soul that no place can contain, a sound is uttered that no time can take away, a fragrance cast that no breath of wind can disperse, a savour given forth that eating cannot blunt. This is what I love in loving God.

St Augustine, Bishop of Hippo | 354-430

We say therefore God is living being, eternal, most good, so that life and duration continuous and eternal belong to God; for this is God.

Aristotle |

Did blind chance no that there was light, and what was its infraction, and fir the eyes of all creatures after the most conscious manner, to make use of it? These and such like considerations, always have and ever will prevail with mankind, to make believe that there is a being who made all things, and has all things in his power and who is therefore to be feared.

Isaac Newton |

A too confident sense of justice always leads to injustice.

Reinhold Niebuhr | 1892-1971

Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.

Albert Einstein | 1879-1955

Asceticism is not that you should not own anything, but that nothing should own you.

Ali Ibn Abi Talib | c. 11th Century

We say therefore God is living being, eternal, most good, so that life and duration continuous and eternal belong to God; for this is God.

Aristotle |

There's a joke about the fact that what Jesus spent most of his time teaching about was the kingdom of God, but what he got was the church

Steve Chalke | 2015

Our greatest danger in life is not that we aim too high and miss, but that we aim too low and hit our target.

Steve Chalke | 2015

The primary question...is not about what you do with your life (as important as that question is), but rather, something much deeper: who do you become while you are doing it? It's a question of your character rather than your career.

Steve Chalke | 2015

What the Psalms show and our prayers indicate is that our operational theology describes a god who is less than God. Our operational theology describes a god of human making. Our prayers call forth a god on a human scale. We operate as though God is our lackey, available to demolish our enemies, and confirm our prejudices. We pray as though God were our wayward teenage child whose friends we must approve.

Bishop Desmond Tutu | 2011

The Church exists to draw men unto Christ, to make them little Christs. If they are not doing that, all the Cathedrals, clergies, missions, sermons, even the bible itself, are simply a waste of time. God became man for no other purpose.

C. S. Lewis | 1952

When you are arguing against (God), you are arguing against the very power that makes you able to argue at all: It is like cutting off the branch you are sitting on.

C. S. Lewis | 1952

Never impose on others what you would not choose for yourself.

Confucius | 551-479 BCE

The gift of monotheism is to eliminate these petty tribal conflicts and to institute the notion of the one God who is father to us all regardless of race or creed or gender or nation or any other personal characteristic.

Muhammad Yusuf Al Hussaini | 2008

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

G. K. Chesterton | 1874-1936

Did blind chance no that there was light, and what was its infraction, and fir the eyes of all creatures after the most conscious manner, to make use of it? These and such like considerations, always have and ever will prevail with mankind, to make believe that there is a being who made all things, and has all things in his power and who is therefore to be feared.

Isaac Newton |

And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.

Jesus Christ |

We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another.

Jonathan Swift | 1667 - 1745

Faith is not certainty. It is the courage to live with uncertainty.

Lord Jonathan Sacks | 2011

Religion has power. It bonds people as a group. It moves people to act. It changes lives. And whatever has power can be used, misused or abused. Religion is life fire: it warms, but it also burns. And we are the guardians of the flame.

Lord Jonathan Sacks | 2011

What the Psalms show and our prayers indicate is that our operational theology describes a god who is less than God. Our operational theology describes a god of human making. Our prayers call forth a god on a human scale. We operate as though God is our lackey, available to demolish our enemies, and confirm our prejudices. We pray as though God were our wayward teenage child whose friends we must approve.

Bishop Desmond Tutu | 2011

We have inherited a large house, a great 'world house' in which we have to live together - black and white, Easterner and Westerner, Gentile and Jew, Catholic and Protestant, Moslem and Hindu....We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.

Martin Luther King Jr | 1967

The Church exists to draw men unto Christ, to make them little Christs. If they are not doing that, all the Cathedrals, clergies, missions, sermons, even the bible itself, are simply a waste of time. God became man for no other purpose.

C. S. Lewis | 1952

When you are arguing against (God), you are arguing against the very power that makes you able to argue at all: It is like cutting off the branch you are sitting on.

C. S. Lewis | 1952

The gift of monotheism is to eliminate these petty tribal conflicts and to institute the notion of the one God who is father to us all regardless of race or creed or gender or nation or any other personal characteristic.

Muhammad Yusuf Al Hussaini | 2008

I've always said that in the death camps they did not just kill six million Jews, but they killed Jesus six million times over...since he carried the message of the prophets.

Rabbi? Abraham Skorka | 2013

Hurt no one so that no one may hurt you.

Prophet Muhammad | 632 CE

An enemy is a friend whose story we have not heard.

Quaker Proverb |

What is hateful to yourself, do not to your fellow man.

Rabbi Hillel |

I've always said that in the death camps they did not just kill six million Jews, but they killed Jesus six million times over...since he carried the message of the prophets.

Rabbi? Abraham Skorka | 2013

A too confident sense of justice always leads to injustice.

Reinhold Niebuhr | 1892-1971

There it is that a light shines on my soul that no place can contain, a sound is uttered that no time can take away, a fragrance cast that no breath of wind can disperse, a savour given forth that eating cannot blunt. This is what I love in loving God.

St Augustine, Bishop of Hippo | 354-430

There's a joke about the fact that what Jesus spent most of his time teaching about was the kingdom of God, but what he got was the church

Steve Chalke | 2015

Our greatest danger in life is not that we aim too high and miss, but that we aim too low and hit our target.

Steve Chalke | 2015

The primary question...is not about what you do with your life (as important as that question is), but rather, something much deeper: who do you become while you are doing it? It's a question of your character rather than your career.

Steve Chalke | 2015

Faith is not certainty. It is the courage to live with uncertainty.

Lord Jonathan Sacks | 2011

Religion has power. It bonds people as a group. It moves people to act. It changes lives. And whatever has power can be used, misused or abused. Religion is life fire: it warms, but it also burns. And we are the guardians of the flame.

Lord Jonathan Sacks | 2011

We have inherited a large house, a great 'world house' in which we have to live together - black and white, Easterner and Westerner, Gentile and Jew, Catholic and Protestant, Moslem and Hindu....We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.

Martin Luther King Jr | 1967