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Science is Christian, not when it condemns itself to the letter of things, but when, in the infinitely little, it discovers as many mysteries and as much depth and power as in the infinitely great
It is certain that if you would have the whole secret of a people, you must enter into the intimacy of their religion.
What are all political and social institutions, but always a religion, which in realizing itself, becomes incarnate in the world?
The law of humanity ought to be composed of the past, the present, and the future, that we bear within us; whoever possesses but one of these terms, has but a fragment of the law of the moral world.
Universal orthodoxy is enriched by every new discovery of truth: what at first appeared universal, by wishing to stand still, sooner or later becomes a sect.
I mistrust the satisfaction which makes a display of the possession of Infinity; that is called fatuity in philosophic terms.
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If one does away with the fact of the Resurrection, one also does away with the Cross, for both stand and fall together, and one would then have to find a new center for the whole message of the gospel.
Hans Urs von Balthasar
February 17, 1803
March 27, 1875
Edgar Quinet was a French historian and intellectual.
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