Scholar

C.S. Lewis

C.S. Lewis

November 29, 1898 - November 22, 1963
Professor and Author
From Belfast, Ireland
Served in Oxford, England
Affiliation: Anglican
"There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilizations - these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub and exploit - immortal horrors or everlasting splendors."

Paul Tillich

Paul Tillich

August 20, 1886 - October 22, 1965
Existentialist Philosopher, Theologian and Founding Member of the Society for the Arts, Religion and Contemporary Culture
From Brandenburg, Germany
Served in Germany and the United States
Affiliation: Lutheran
"The courage to be is rooted in the God who appears when God disappears in the anxiety of doubt."

John Henry Newman

John Henry Newman

February 21, 1801 - August 11, 1890
Minister and Leader of the Oxford Movement
From London, England
Served in London, England
Affiliation: Anglican
"A religious mind is ever looking out of itself, is ever recalling to itself Him on whom it depends, and who is the centre of all truth and good... The dividing line between God and the world goes through each man's heart. The worldly man is one whose heart is so earthbound that he has forgotten that he is made for heaven... The sinner would not enjoy heaven if he went there; not til he has turned from his sin and is once more looking towards God."

René Descartes

René Descartes

March 31, 1596 - February 11, 1650
Philosopher, Mathematician and Writer
From France
Served in the Dutch Republic
Affiliation: Catholic
"By 'God', I understand, a substance which is infinite, independent, supremely intelligent, supremely powerful, and which created both myself and everything else […] that exists. All these attributes are such that, the more carefully I concentrate on them, the less possible it seems that they could have originated from me alone. So, from what has been said it must be concluded that God necessarily exists."

Thomas Cranmer

Thomas Cranmer

July 2, 1489 - March 21, 1556
Leader of the English Reformation and Archbishop of Canterbury during the reigns of Henry VIII, Edward VI and, for a short time, Mary I, wrote/compiled the Book of Common Prayer
From Nottinghamshire, England
Served in England
Affiliation: Anglican
Death: After a trial for treason by Mary I, he was executed
"What the heart loves, the will chooses, and the mind justifies."

Anselm of Aosta

Anselm of Aosta

1033 - April 21, 1109
Benedictine Monk and Founder of Scholasticism
From Aosta, Kingdom of Burgundy
Served in Canterbury, England
Affiliation: Catholic
"O Lord: my heart is made bitter by its own desolation; sweeten it by Your consolation. I beseech You, 0 Lord, that having begun in hunger to seek You, I may not finish without partaking of You. I set out famished; let me not return still unfed."

Thomas Aquinas

Thomas Aquinas

1225 – March 7, 1274
Priest and Theologian, Known as Doctor of the Church
From Kingdom of Sicily, Italy
Served in Italy
Affiliation: Catholic
"Man’s ultimate happiness consists in the contemplation of truth, for this operation is specific to man and is shared with no other animals. Also it is not directed to any other end since the contemplation of truth is sought for its own sake. In addition, in this operation man is united to higher beings (substances) since this is the only human operation that is carried out both by God and by the separate substances (angels)."

Venerable Bede

Venerable Bede

672 - May 26, 735
Monk, Writer, and considered the "Father of English History"
From Monkton, England
Served in Monkwearmouth, England
Affiliation: Catholic
"Whenever we enter the church and draw near to the heavenly mysteries, we ought to approach with all humility and fear, both because of the presence of the angelic powers and out of the reverence due to the sacred oblation; for as the Angels are said to have stood by the Lord’s body when it lay in the tomb, so we must believe that they are present in the celebration of the Mysteries of His most sacred Body at the time of consecration."

John Chrysostom

John Chrysostom

349 – September 14, 407
Archbishop of Constantinople
From Antioch
Served in Antioch
Affiliation: Christian
"Helping a person in need is good in itself. But the degree of goodness is hugely affected by the attitude with which it is done. If you show resentment because you are helping the person out of a reluctant sense of duty, then the person may receive your help but may feel awkward and embarrassed. This is because he will feel beholden to you. If, on the other hand, you help the person in a spirit of joy, then the help will be received joyfully. The person will feel neither demeaned nor humiliated by your help, but rather will feel glad to have caused you pleasure by receiving your help. And joy is the appropriate attitude with which to help others because acts of generosity are a source of blessing to the giver as well as the receiver."