Sermon quotes on reality

Steven Boyer and Chris Hall

The foundation of all reality, the imaginable source of everything that is, is not just a monolithic “T”, ‘but also a remarkably mutual we,’ a communion of distinct persons supremely united in personal love.

The Mystery of God (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2012), 74.

Phillip K. Dick

Reality is what doesn’t go away when you stop believing in it.

T.S. Eliot

Human kind cannot bear very much reality.

The Four Quartets

Daniel Patrick Moynihan

Everyone is entitled to his own opinions, but not to his own facts.

“An American Original,” Vanity Fair, November 2010.

Malcolm Muggeridge

Precisely how a man nailed to a cross 2,000 years ago, who claimed to be the Son of God, came to signify reality, in contradiction to the sawdust men of destiny with their fraudulent wars and revolutions and liberations, is something that can be understood, but not explained. You either see it or you don’t.

Lily Tomlin

Reality is the leading cause of stress among those in touch with it.

Benedicta Ward

It is possible also to come at Christianity from a rather different point of view as well, seeing it as something not too difficult but too simple for us, too basic, something to be apprehended therefore through the most simple thing that we all have, our bodies, by walking, by kneeling and bowing, by standing still. Humans tell stories, narratives, and go along together in order to focus the reality of their lives, to remember. People are not just brains, they have and indeed are bodies; so to apprehend truths they need to participate in events and make reality real for themselves. The cosmic event of the salvation of the world by God in Christ Jesus is a truth always present and it is for all-but we do not always live in the present. We have to find ways to wake up, to realize that ultimate truth is simple and for us. It is we who are complex and estranged, not God.

In Company with Christ, SPCK, 2005.

Bill Watterson

“It’s not denial. I’m just selective about the reality I accept.

Calvin and Hobbes

Paul Watzlawick

Everybody believes that their reality is the real real reality.

Ludwig Wittgenstein

“I know” seems to describe a state of affairs which guarantees what is known, guarantees it as a fact. One always forgets the expression, “I thought I knew.”

On Certainty

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