I place challenges before myself morally (for example, I want everybody who comes in contact with me to be able to trust my word implicitly), but how about intellectually? Where do I want to be in ten years? Who am I going to be in ten years? A lot of people have financial goals. A lot of people want to be living at a certain level of affluence after ten years. But we’re (Christians) people of the book, and the reason why we have a heritage of reading is because we are made in the image of God. And by the way, you’re going to take this knowledge with you into the next world. That adds a whole new dynamic to it—if we’re going to do that.
— Kenneth Richard Samples, from The Pursuit of Wisdom at 8:09
The immortality of the soul is a matter which is of so great consequence to us and which touches us so profoundly that we must have lost all feeling to be indifferent as to knowing what it is. (194)
— Blaise Pascal, from Pensées
Scripture affirms an integrated, holistic “substance dualism,” despite detractors within the Christian community. This view is theologically significant in that (a) persons are capable of surviving death while retaining personal identity, and (b) the Incarnation is possible: God, who is spirit, becomes man; the person of Jesus isn’t identical to his body.
— Paul Copan, from Loving Wisdom, kindle location 2515
When you get up in the morning, have you already decided that you’re going to pursue knowledge, information, and wisdom? Is your life about becoming a deeper, more reflective, more noble soul?
— Kenneth Richard Samples, from “The Pursuit of Wisdom” at 19:34
He who provides for this life, but takes no care for eternity, is wise for a moment, but a fool forever.
— John Tillotson, quoted on apologetics315.blogspot.com
If there is no soul, if there is no immaterial self, [then] there is nothing to survive the death of the body. Continue reading
The meaning of earthly existence lies, not, as we have grown used to thinking, in prospering … but in the development of the soul.
— Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, quoted in The Lost Virtue of Happiness by J. P. Moreland, p. 7