"Prepare yourself at once to give a real assent to the truth that first place in your life is not enough for the God who made you! He has not loved you with an everlasting love just to have the first place in your life, ahead of many other loves and countless other interests. He does not now exert His omnipotence, not every day, from dawn to dusk and then through the night, ply His Providence just to have first place in your life. He would never shatter nothingness with His creative cry of fiat just for first place. He merits and He wants the only place!
That does not mean that you are not to have other loves and other interests—far from it. Once you have given God the only place in your life, your loves are multiplied and your interests become innumerable; for you live fully, and the almost limitless capacity of your heart for loves and your mind for interests, in God and under God and for God, will be receiving its fill.”
- Metropolitan Anthony (Bloom) of Sourozh
As outlined by numerous Fathers of the Church, Christ was the expectation of all the nations, and as such, many of the writings from disperate cultures throughout the world tell of and indicate the great Redeemer of the whole world Who was to come: Jesus Christ.
-The Greek Sybil, the Philosopher: “The eternal king has come from heaven, who will judge all flesh and the whole world.”
-The Greek Solon, the Wise and Law-giver: “Being himself the fatherless father, thrice-praised and thrice-radiant as the light, it is God who suffers and not godhead which suffers, who therefore is light, this mortal-body is God, and man always bringing among mortals.
-The Greek Pythagoras, the Philosopher and Mathematician: “God is nous and word and spirit and word incarnate from the Father.”
-The Greek Apollon, the Philosopher: “I speak of one God exalted in three, who created heaven and earth, God ever was and is and will be, neither changed, nor ceasing.”
-The Greek Thucydides, the Historian: “Not another God, nor angel, nor demon, nor wisom, nor any thing else in essence, but the Lord alone is creator of all, the all-perfect Word of all things.”
-The Greek Plato, the Philosopher: “From the all-pure virgin mother-bride will be born the sole child of God. The fleshless one becomes flesh and is born on earth, he who is the creator of heaven and earth.”
…some will say that it is the liberty of the Middle Ages in the use of the comic or even the coarse that makes the Gothic more interesting than the Greek. There is more truth in this; indeed, there is real truth in it. Few of the old Christian cathedrals would have passed the Censor of Plays. We talk of the inimitable grandeur of the old cathedrals; but indeed it is rather their gaiety that we do not dare to imitate. We should be rather surprised if a chorister suddenly began singing “Bill Bailey” in church. Yet that would be only doing in music what the mediaevals did in sculpture. They put into a Miserere seat the very scenes that we put into a music hall song: comic domestic scenes similar to the spilling of the beer and the hanging out of the washing.
G. K. Chesterton in the Architect of Spears
The truth about Gothic is, first, that it is alive, and second, that it is on the march. It is the Church Militant; it is the only fighting architecture. All its spires are spears at rest; and all its stones are stones asleep in a catapult. In that instant of illusion, I could hear the arches clash like swords as they crossed each other. The mighty and numberless columns seemed to go swinging by like the huge feet of imperial elephants. The graven foliage wreathed and blew like banners going into battle; the silence was deafening with ail the mingled noises of a military march; the great bell shook down, as the organ shook up its thunder. The thirsty-throated gargoyles shouted like trumpets from all the roofs and pinnacles as they passed; and from the lectern in the core of the cathedral the eagle of the awful evangelist clashed his wings of brass.
And amid all the noises I seemed to hear the voice of a man shouting in the midst like one ordering regiments hither and thither in the fight; the voice of the great half-military master-builder; the architect of spears. I could almost fancy he wore armour while he made that church; and I knew indeed that, under a scriptural figure, he had borne in either hand the trowel and the sword.
From the Architect of Spears by G. K. Chesterton
"Man himself, being made in the image of a maker, is himself a maker or re-maker of beauty, a beauty that flows from the Craftsman-Creator and like the divine light in Christ at His Tranfiguration shines through the whole of creation. Thus beauty is no mere subjective value in the eye of the beholder, nor the delight in the lust of the eye of the flesh, but quite as much as goodness and truth, belongs to an objective reality almost beyond our reason or experience, though we distantly behold its splendour. And so in lowlier measure, the universe in its beauty, as in its truth and goodness, worships and proclaims its celestial origin and end, its alpha and omega, and man is priveleged to perceive, and then to recreate in the art through which he offers praise and thanksgiving, the reflected and transmuted glory of the God who made him to be His forever. "
Sheridan Gilley in the foreward to John Saward’s book The Beauty of Holiness and the Holiness of Beauty