Robert Farrar Capon quote

"The world is by no means averse to religion. In fact, it is devoted to it with a passion. It will buy any recipe for salvation as long as that formula leaves the responsibility for cooking up salvation firmly in human hands. The world is drowning in religion. But it is scared out of its wits by any mention of the grace that takes the world home gratis."

Robert Farrar Capon

Born: 1925

Die: September 5, 2013

Occupation: Author

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Only miracle is plain; it is in the ordinary that groans with the weight of glory.

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For all its rooted loveliness, the world has no continuing city here; it is an outlandish place, a foreign home, a session in via to a better version of itself-and it is our glory to see it so and to thirst...

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The bread and the pastry, the cheeses and wine, and the sugar go into the Supper of the lamb because we do. It is our love that brings the city home. It is I grant you, an incautious and extravagant hope....

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Older women are like aging strudels - the crust may not be so lovely, but the filling has come at last into its own.

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The truth that makes us free is always ticking away like a time-bomb in the basement of everybody's church.

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Man was made to lead with his chin; he is worth knowing only with his guard down, his head up and his heart rampant on his sleeve.

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Preachers are stewards whom the Lord has ‘set over his household servants to provide them with food at the proper time.’ After all the years the church has suffered under forceful preachers and winning...

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Every real thing is a joy, if only you have eyes and ears to relish it, a nose and tongue to taste it.

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We are so impressed by scientific clank that we feel we ought not to say that the sunflower turns because it knows where the sun is. It is almost second nature to us to prefer explanations . . . with a...

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What are you going to do with your freedom?

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We were given appetites, not to consume the world and forget it, but to taste its goodness and hunger to make it great.

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Grace cannot prevail...until our lifelong certainty that someone is keeping score has run out of steam and collapsed.

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Salvation is a gift given, not a bargain struck.

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I like a cook who smiles out loud when he tastes his own work. Let God worry about your modesty; I want to see your enthusiasm.

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What is good is difficult, and what is difficult is rare.

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We are not saved by what Jesus taught, and we are certainly not saved by what we understand Jesus to have taught. We are saved by Jesus Himself.

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Even to this day, grace remains hard to swallow. Religiosity and moralism go down easier than free forgiveness.

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If God seems to be in no hurry to make the problem of evil go away, maybe we shouldn't be, either. Maybe our compulsion to wash God's hands for him is a service he doesn't appreciate. Maybe - all theodicies...

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Lord, please restore to us the comfort of merit and demerit. Show us that there is at least something we can do. Tell us that at the end of the day there will at least be one redeeming card of our very...

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A good time occurs precisely when we lose track of what time it is.

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A silent lover is one who doesn't know his job.

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