The silent evangelism of listening…

Needless to say, you should evangelize your friends, but don’t forget the silent evangelism of listening when they grieve and offering your arm when they stumble.

J. Budziszewski, from How to Stay Christian in College, p. 171

You can have feelings without having love…

Love is a commitment of the will to the true good of another person. Of course, people who love each other usually do have strong feelings too, but you can have those feelings without having love. Love, let me repeat, is a commitment of the will to the true good of another person.

J. Budziszewski, from How to Stay Christian in College, p. 100

Wisdom is inseparable from right action…

Wisdom is inseparable from right action. If it’s just in your head, not also in your hands, feet, mouth, and eyes, it isn’t Wisdom. And although it’s a gift, it’s not a cheap one. We could never achieve it without grace, but we have to hunger and thirst and labor for it too.

J. Budziszewski, from Ask Me Anything 2, p. 54

The whole meaning of morality is…

The whole meaning of morality is a rule that we ought to obey whether we like it or not. If so, then the idea of creating a morality we like better is incoherent. Moreover, it would seem that until we had created our new morality, we would have no standard by which to criticize God. Since we have not yet created one, the standard by which we judge Him must be the very standard that He gave us. If it is good enough to judge Him by, then why do we need a new one?

J. Budziszewski, from What We Can’t Not Know, kindle location 384

In our sinful condition, heaven itself…

Some writers have said that the flames of hell are not real flames but mere metaphors for the agony of being left to ourselves. I think this is probably true, but remember that a metaphor is just a shadow of the real thing; if flames are a mere metaphor for that agony, the agony must be worse than flames. Other writers have said that no one ends up in hell unless he wants to be left to himself. Again I think this is probably true, but isn’t being left alone what we all want when we sin? In hell, God merely gives us what we’ve wanted all along, and He lets the horrible natural results of our choices take full effect! We hate it, but there’s no place else we’d like better. Suppose He puts us in heaven instead. (He wouldn’t, because He won’t have sin near Him, but let’s pretend.) In our sinful condition, heaven itself, would be hell to us. The very radiance of His love would make our skin peel.

J. Budziszewski, from How to Stay Christian in College, p. 42

It doesn’t hurt anyone…

Dear Professor Theophilus:

I stand on the fact that God ultimately defines what is right and wrong. But my friend bases his entire moral code upon the idea that “as long as lam not directly hurting anyone other than me, then nothing that I do is wrong.” I don’t have an intelligent response. Do you? Continue reading

An unborn baby isn’t human unless…

As to infanticide—you’d be surprised how many people on campus think an unborn baby isn’t human unless the mother sincerely believes he is. If the sincerity of her belief could make all that difference for unborn babies, why couldn’t it for born ones too? In fact, some pro-abortion people already think this way. Biochemist James Watson sincerely believes that babies should not be considered alive for three days after they’re born. Some people have sincerely suggested that three days are too few—they want thirty.

J. Budziszewski, from How to Stay Christian in College, p. 92