Author

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."

Oswald Chambers

Oswald Chambers

July 24, 1874 - November 15, 1917
Chaplain
From Aberdeen, Scotland
Served in Cairo, Egypt
Affiliation: Scottish Baptist and Holiness Movement
Death: Complications with appendicitis because he wouldn’t take a bed with wounded men who needed one more
“We are not made for the mountains, for sunrises, or for the other beautiful attractions in life - those are simply intended to be moments of inspiration. We are made for the valley and the ordinary things of life and that is where we have to prove our stamina and strength.”

Anton Chekhov

Anton Chekhov

January 29, 1860 - July 15, 1904
Physician, Playwright, and Author
From Taganrog, Russia
Served in Moscow, Russia
Affiliation: Russian Orthodox
"There are no lower or higher or median moralities. There is only one morality, and it is precisely the one that was given to us during the time of Jesus Christ and that stops me... from stealing, offending others, lying etc."

Phoebe Palmer

Phoebe Palmer

December 18, 1807 - November 2, 1874
Evangelist, Writer and Founder of the Five Points Mission in 1850, a mission to the slum area in New York City
From New York City
Served in New York City, New York
Affiliation: Methodist
"God's time is now. The question is not, ‘What have I been?’ or ‘What do I expect to be?’ but, ‘Am I now trusting in Jesus to save to the uttermost?’ If so, I am now saved from all sin."

Jonathan Edwards

Jonathan Edwards

October 5, 1703 - March 22, 1758
Pastor during the America's First Great Awakening
From South Windsor, Connecticut
Served in Northampton, Massachusetts
Affiliation: Reformed
"Godliness in the heart has as direct a relation to practice, as a fountain has to a stream, or as the luminous nature of the sun has to beams sent forth, or as life has to breathing…"

Isaac Backus

Isaac Backus

January 9, 1724 - November 20, 1806
Baptist Preacher who campaigned against state-established churches in New England and helped to found Brown University
From Norwich, Connecticut
Served in Middleborough, Massachusetts
Affiliation: Baptist
"The scheme we oppose evidently tends to destroy the purity and life of religion; for the inspired apostle assures us, that the church is espoused as a chaste virgin to Christ, and is obliged to be subject to him in every thing, as a true wife is to her husband."

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."

Ignatius of Loyola

Ignatius of Loyola

October 23, 1491 - July 31, 1556
Founder of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) and Author of Spiritual Exercises
From Spain
Served in Italy
Affiliation: Catholic
"To give, and not to count the cost, to fight, and not to heed the wounds, to toil, and not to seek for rest, to labor, and not to ask for any reward, save that of knowing that we do thy will.”

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."

John Wycliffe

John Wycliffe

1320 - December 31, 1384
Theologian, Preacher, and Translator of the Bible into English
From Yorkshire, England
Served in England
Affiliation: Catholic (Early Reformer)
Death: At mass he suffered a stroke while and died, but in 1415 his body was exhumed and his bones burned because of herasy
"Do not let friars enter your wine cellars for fear they will bless every barrel and change the wine into blood."