We are not machines that need to be fixed. We are transgressors who need to be forgiven.
— Greg Koukl, from The Story of Reality, kindle location 1145
Even though man is beautiful, he is also broken. Yes, man is noble, but he is also cruel.
— Greg Koukl, from The Story of Reality, kindle location 1081
Man’s value is in itself (or, better, in its self). We do not gain this value along the way, and we cannot lose it along the way either. Instead, the worth you and I have is built right in. It is with us from the first instant of our beginning and follows us wherever we go, no matter what “shape” we take. It will always be ours. Some essential part of you and me will always be wonderful and beautiful, and nothing and no one can take it away.
— Greg Koukl, from The Story of Reality, kindle location 1000
If a personal God created us as personal beings, then it is logical to conclude that we stand in a personal relationship with him. In fact, we have a moral obligation to him, owing him respect and fidelity, just as human offspring have an obligation to honor the parents who brought them into the world.
— Greg Koukl, from The Story of Reality, kindle location 202
All human beings are unique, and inequality is thus inevitable.
— Thomas DiLorenzo, from The Problem with Socialism, kindle location 375
Yet unlike God, the human artist does not create out of nothing. “Human creativity is derivative and reflective, working within the bounds of what God has formed,” writes Os Guinness. As C. S. Lewis put it, “an author should never conceive of himself as bringing into existence beauty or wisdom which did not exist before, but simply and solely as trying to embody in terms of his own art some reflection of that eternal Beauty and Wisdom.”
— Charles Colson and Nancy Pearcey, from How Now Shall We Live?, p. 449
To be human is to write, to compose, to create, and to dream. So is to think, to test, and to know why.
— Nancy Pearcey, from Finding Truth, kindle location 109
If individuals live only seventy years, then a state, or a nation, or a civilization, which may last for a thousand years, is more important than an individual. But if Christianity is true, then the individual is not only more important but incomparably more important, for he is everlasting and the life of a state or a civilization, compared with his, is only a moment.
— C. S. Lewis, quoted in How Now Shall We Live? by Charles Colson and Nancy Pearcey, p. 131
To say that I am only a machine is one thing, to live consistently as if this were true is quite another.
— Francis Schaeffer, from The God Who Is There, p. 63