Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Quote Mining Operation

I hope the casual observer will forgive my posting of the following seemingly random quotes, but I am using my blog as a repository for such so that I can easily find them in the future....

The following is from the pen of Blaise Pascal, the father of the mathematical theory of probability and combinatorial analysis:

"God makes people conscious of their inward wretchedness, which the Bible calls 'sin', and his infinite mercy, unites himself to their inmost soul, fills it with humility and joy, with confidence and love, renders them incapable of any other end than Himself. Jesus Christ is the end of all and the center to which all tends.... At the center of every human being is a God–shaped vacuum, which can only be filled by Jesus Christ".

Sir Isaac Newton, who needs no introduction:

"This most beautiful system of the sun, planets and comets could only proceed from the counsel and dominion of an intelligent and powerful Being."

"There are more sure marks of authenticity in the Bible than in any profane history."

" are apt to run into partings about deductions. All the old heresies lie in deductions. The true faith was in the Biblical texts."

George Trevellian (a secular historian):

"Boyle, Newton and the early members of the Royal Society were religious men who repudiated the skeptical doctrines of Thomas Hobbs. But they familiarized the minds of their countrymen with the idea of law in the universe and with scientific methods of inquiry to discover truth. It was believed that these methods would never lead to any conclusions inconsistent with Biblical history and miraculous religion. Newton lived and died in that faith."

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