Peter Abelard (Compassion)

Are you not moved to tears and bitter compassion, when you behold the only Son of God seized by the most impious, dragged away, mocked, scourged, buffeted, spit upon, crowned with thorns, hung upon the infamous cross between two thieves, finally in such a horrible and execrable manner suffering death, for your salvation and that of the world?

Peter Abelard (Theologian, 1079 – 1142)

Peter Abelard (Love)

I had wished to find in philosophy and religion a remedy for my disgrace; I searched out an asylum to secure me from love… duty, reason and decency, which upon other occasions have some power over me, are here useless. The Gospel is a language I do not understand when it opposes my passion… but when love has once been sincere how difficult it is to determine to love no more! ‘Tis a thousand times more easy to renounce the world than love. I hate this deceitful, faithless world; I think no more of it.

Peter Abelard (Theologian, 1079 – 1142)

Peter Abelard (Redemption)

Our redemption through the suffering of Christ is that deeper love within us which not only frees us from slavery to sin, but also secures for us the true liberty of the children of God, in order that we might do all things out of love rather than out of fear – love for him that has shown us such grace that no greater can be found.

Peter Abelard (Theologian, 1079 – 1142)

Lyman Abbott (Israel)

We Gentiles owe our life to Israel. It is Israel who has brought us the message that God is one, and that God is a just and righteous God, and demands righteousness of his children, and demands nothing else. It is Israel who has brought us the message that God is our Father. It is Israel who, in bringing us the divine law, has laid the foundation of liberty.

Lyman Abbott (Theologian, 1835 -1922)