Os Guinness Quotes
'If Sparta and Rome perished,' Rousseau wrote, 'what state can hope to endure for ever?'
American democracy in the past has always been known for its large middle class and its relatively few very wealthy people and very few very poor people, but that is gone to today and the middle class is shrinking.
As I understand the American Founders, the most brilliant and daring idea they had was that it's possible to create a free society that could stay free forever.
Augustine says that you don't understand a nation by the throw weight of its military or the strength of its research universities or the size of its population, but by looking at what it loves in common. To assess a nation, you look at the health and strength of its ideals. And there's no question that the common love in America is freedom.
Behind every civilization lies a vision and a worldview, and none is greater or more lasting than the strength of its vision.
Beyond any question, the way the American founders consistently linked faith and freedom, republicanism and religion, was not only deliberate and thoughtful, it was also surprising and anything but routine.
Calling is not only a matter of being and doing what we are but also of becoming what we are not yet but are called by God to be.
Christianity is the only religion whose God bears the scars of evil.
Culturally, one of the best arguments we can make is, wait and see.
Either we conform our desires to the truth or we conform the truth to our desires.
God is the ultimate source of all power. All human power is therefore derived, limited, unstable and transient.
I give lectures on globalization. I have lived on three continents. I have no quarrel with a global consciousness.
I have lived under totalitarian Communism, so I prize freedom as much as anyone and have long fought for freedom of conscience and speech.
I'm obviously not an advocate of Christian America or a simplistic view of America as 'a city on a hill.'
In terms of distance, the prodigal's pigsty is the farthest point from home; in terms of time, the pigsty is the shortest distance to the father's house.
Jesus made clear that the Kingdom of God is organic and not organizational. It grows like a seed and it works like leaven: secretly, invisibly, surprisingly, and irresistibly.
Like a precious family heirloom, freedom is not just ours to enjoy, but to treasure, protect, and pass on to future generations.
Mastering our emotions has nothing to do with asceticism or repression, for the purpose is not to break the emotions or deny them but to 'break in' the emotions, making them teachable because they are tamed.
Money rather than monarchy and plutocracy rather than theocracy are the chief threats to republicanism today.
Negative freedom is freedom from - freedom from oppression, whether it's a colonial power or addiction to alcohol oppressing you. You need to be freed from negative freedom. Positive freedom is freedom for, freedom to be. And that's what's routinely ignored today.
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September 30, 1941
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