N. T. Wright (b. 1948)
retired Anglican bishop, biblical scholar, theologian & professor
For too long we have read scripture with nineteenth-century eyes and sixteenth-century questions. It's time to get back to reading with first-century eyes and twenty-first century questions.
Presbyterian minister & U.S. Senate chaplain
Richard C. Halverson (1916–1995)
In the beginning, the church was a fellowship of men and women who centered their lives on the living Christ. They had a personal and vital relationship to the Lord; it transformed them and the world around them. Then the church moved to Greece, and it became a philosophy. Later, it moved to Rome, and it became an institution. Next, it moved to Europe, and it became a culture. Finally, it moved to America, and it became an enterprise. We've got far too many churches and so few fellowships.
Catholic theologian, apologist & professor of philosophy
Peter Kreeft (b. 1937)
If the churches ever did reunite, it would have to be into something that was as sacramental and liturgical and authoritative as the Catholic Church; and as protesting against abuses and as much focused on the individual in his direct relationship with Christ as the Evangelicals; as charismatic as the Pentecostals; as missionary-minded as the old line mainline denominations; as focused on holiness as the Methodists or the Quakers; as committed to the social aspects of the gospel as the activists; as biblical as the fundamentalists; and as mystical as the Eastern Orthodox, etc.
Martin Luther King Jr. (1929–1968)
Baptist minister, theologian & civil rights leader
There was a time when the church was very powerful. It was during that period that the early Christians rejoiced when they were deemed worthy to suffer for what they believed. In those days the church was not merely a thermometer that recorded the ideas and principles of popular opinion; it was the thermostat that transformed the mores of society.
Anglican rector, theologian & founder of Methodism
John Wesley (1703–1791)
Persecution never did, never could, give any lasting wound to genuine Christianity. But the greatest it ever received, the grand blow which was struck at the very root of that humble, gentle, patient love, which is the fulfilling of the Christian law, the whole essence of true religion, was struck in the fourth century by Constantine the Great, when he called himself a Christian, and poured in a flood of riches, honours, and power upon the Christians . . .
Thomas C. Oden (1931–2016)
Methodist theologian, professor & champion of paleo-orthodoxy
Contemporary cultures present no tougher challenges to Christianity than did the fall of Rome, the collapse of the medieval synthesis, the breakup of the unity of Christendom in the sixteenth century, or the French Enlightenment. Christian teaching today must be pursued amid a similar collapse of modern assumptions.
C. S. Lewis (1898–1963)
Anglican churchman, apologist, lay theologian & novel writer
I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen, not only because I see it but because by it, I see everything else.
Brennan Manning (1934–2013)
laicized Roman Catholic rector & public speaker
The greatest single cause of atheism in the world today is Christians: who acknowledge Jesus with their lips, walk out the door, and deny him by their lifestyle. That is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable.
James M. González (b. 1981)
Paleo-orthodox theologian & founder of CO/CF Ministry
Without the church, theology would be just another dead liberal art, such as philosophy—a limited pool of researchers, but no disciples.