Showing posts with label Quotes. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Quotes. Show all posts

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Good Christian Men's Quotes on Women

     Here's a Sunday School lesson on what some venerated Catholic saints and revered Protestant reformers had to say about women.
     What is the difference whether it is in a wife or a mother, it is still Eve the temptress that we must beware of in any woman... I fail to see what use woman can be to man, if one excludes the function of bearing children.     -- Saint Augustine
     Women should not be enlightened or educated in any way. They should, in fact, be segregated as they are the cause of hideous and involuntary erections in holy men.     -- Saint Augustine 
     Woman was merely man's helpmate, a function which pertains to her alone. She is not the image of God but as far as man is concerned, he is by himself the image of God.     -- Saint Augustine
     As regards the individual nature, woman is defective and misbegotten, for the active power of the male seed tends to the production of a perfect likeness in the masculine sex; while the production of a woman comes from defect in the active power.     -- Saint Thomas Aquinas
     Woman is a misbegotten man and has a faulty and defective nature in comparison to his. Therefore she is unsure in herself. What she cannot get, she seeks to obtain through lying and diabolical deceptions. And so, to put it briefly, one must be on one's guard with every woman, as if she were a poisonous snake and the horned devil. ... Thus in evil and perverse doings woman is cleverer, that is, slyer, than man. Her feelings drive woman toward every evil, just as reason impels man toward all good.     -- St. Albertus Magnus
     Every woman should be filled with shame by the thought that she is a woman.     --Clement of Alexandria,Church father, venerated as a Saint until the 17th century
     If [women] become tired or even die, that does not matter. Let them die in childbirth--that is why they are there.     -- Martin Luther
     Woman was made for only one reason, to serve and obey man.      -- John Knox
     Wife: Be content to be insignificant. What loss would it be to God or man had you never been born.     -- John Wesley
     A wife should submit herself to the leadership of her husband. Leadership in the church should always be male.     -- Southern Baptist Convention (2000)

Here are a few extra saintly quotes, concerning slavery and heretics.

On Dealing with Heretics
     It is indeed better (as no one ever could deny) that men should be led to worship God by teaching, than that they should be driven to it by fear of punishment or pain; but it does not follow that because the former course produces the better men, therefore those who do not yield to it should be neglected. For many have found advantage (as we have proved, and are daily proving by actual experiment), in being first compelled by fear or pain, so that they might afterwards be influenced by teaching, or might follow out in act what they had already learned in word.     -- Saint Augustine, Treatise on the Correction of the Donatists,
     The Donatists were deemed heretics because they questioned the sacramental efficacy of corrupt priests.  In today's context, the Donatists would be asking the following: "Is a priest, who is a serial rapist and abuser of children or a bishop that enables abuse, really able to stand in the person of Jesus at the Mass and confer god's grace?"  Sounds like a reasonable inquiry considering the amount of harm some priests and bishops have done.
     If forgers and malefactors are put to death by the secular power, there is much more reason for excommunicating and even putting to death one convicted of heresy    -- Saint Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica
     Slavery is not penal in character and planned by that law which commands the preservation of the natural order and forbids disturbance.     -- Saint Augustine
On Astronomy and the "Virgin" Birth
     To assert that the earth revolves around the sun is as erroneous as to claim that Jesus was not born of a virgin.     -- Cardinal Robert Bellarmine, Trial of Galileo, 1615

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Sunday, February 28, 2010

Harry Potter and the Gay Deathly Hallows

     One more reason to love Harry Potter and Equus star, Daniel Radcliffe: he has joined the Trevor Project's battle to prevent the suicides of LGBTQ youth.

     Towleroad reports:
     In August, I reported that Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe had made a major donation to The Trevor Project, the non-profit organization that operates the only nationwide suicide-prevention helpline for LGBTQ youth. On Friday, he shot a PSA for the group which will air this spring.
     In an interview with E! Online, Radcliffe stated:
    I grew up knowing a lot of gay men, and it was never something that I even thought twice about - that some men were gay and some weren't. And then I went to school and [for] the first time, I came across homophobia. I had never encountered it before. It shocked me...Now I am in the very fortunate position where I can actually help or do something about it...I think it's important for somebody from a big, commercial movie series like Harry Potter, and particularly because I am not gay or bisexual or transgendered.
     The fact that I am straight makes not a difference, but it shows that straight people are incredibly interested and care a lot about this as well.  
     Thank you, Daniel, for being a role model for homo and hetero alike.  Your on-screen mentor, the very gay Dumbledore would be very proud. 

     The Trevor Helpline: 866-4-U-TREVOR (866-488-7386)

Daniel Radcliffe Comes Out in Support of Trevor Project


Daniel Radcliffe ♥ Trevor


Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Trailer

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Quote of the Day: Mark Twain

     So much blood has been shed by the Church because of an omission from the Gospel: "Ye shall be indifferent as to what your neighbor's religion is." Not merely tolerant of it, but indifferent to it. Divinity is claimed for many religions; but no religion is great enough or divine enough to add that new law to its code.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy V-D

“Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able?
Then he is not omnipotent.
Is he able, but not willing?
Then he is malevolent.
Is he both able and willing?
Then whence cometh evil?
Is he neither able nor willing?
Then why call him God?”
Epicurus, circa 300 BCE
     And now for something not so completely different, courtesy of Monty Python...

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Ladders and Walls

     "Midlife is when you get to the top of the ladder, only to realize you've had the ladder against the wrong wall."

- Tom Ford, Director of A Single Man, based on the novel by Christopher Isherwood