...but Christ will shine forever

But tell me: How can a skeptic like you be so sure he knows how to tell a stage set from a wall? Haven't you ever doubted that the illusions you ridicule are really nothing but illusions? What if you're wrong? What if they were genuine values and you were a demolisher of values?"

— Milan Kundera, The Joke
As so many on the left of the evangelical spectrum observe, Christendom is over. What many fail to mention is that the death of Christendom also leads to the social perception that orthodox Christianity is a kind of cult. Thus it was in Imperial Rome; thus will it be again in the twenty-first-century West.

— Carl Trueman
The strange result was that the more I studied and the more I understood seriously the biblical message in its entirety, the more I came to see how impossible it is to give simple obedience to the state and how there is in the Bible the orientation to a certain anarchism.

— Jacques Ellul
Good and Evil are not symmetrically opposite to each other. They are like light and darkness – light can illuminate darkness, darkness cannot darken light. Darkness is the absence or obscuring of Light in a way that is not true the other way around.

— Glen Scrivener
The gospel will almost never be immediately attractive to you. Regardless of your starting point, it will invariably bruise your sensibilities when you first encounter it. To the religious person, the gospel seems at first to be impertinent (ie. calling God 'Abba' - 'daddy')... while to the non-religious person, it appears to be repressive (calling Jesus, 'Lord').

— Author unknown
Christians, for instance, are not, properly speaking, believers in religion; rather, they believe that Jesus of Nazareth, crucified under Pontius Pilate, rose from the dead and is now, by the power of the Holy Spirit, present to his church as its Lord.

…when, therefore, Dennett solemnly asks (as he does) whether Religion is worthy of our loyalty, he poses a meaningless question. For Christians the pertinent question is whether Christ is worthy of loyalty, which is an entirely different matter.

David Bentley-Hart, Atheist Delusions
[Nietzsche] had the good manners to despise Christianity, in large part, for what it actually was--above all for its devotion to an ethics of compassion--rather than allow himself the soothing, self-righteous fantasy that Christianity's history had been nothing but an interminable pageant of violence, tyranny, and sexual neurosis.

…he hated Christianity itself principally on account of its enfeebling solicitude for the weak, the outcast, the infirm, and the diseased; and, because he was conscious of the historical contingency of all cultural values, he never deluded himself that humanity could do away with Christian faith while simply retaining Christian morality in some diluted form, such as liberal social conscience or innate human sympathy.

David Bentley-Hart, Atheist Delusions