If the Gospel and the Apostles may be credited, no man can be a Christian without charity, and without that faith which works, not by force, but by love.
Whosoever will list himself under the banner of Christ, must, in the first place and above all things, make war upon his own lusts and vices. It is in vain for any man to usurp the name of Christian, without holiness of life, purity of manners, benignity and meekness of spirit.
Under Christianity neither morality nor religion has any point of contact with actuality.[Weder die Moral noch die Religion berührt sich im Christenthume mit irgend einem Punkte der Wirklichkeit.]
The very word “Christianity” is a misunderstanding – at bottom there was only one Christian, and he died on the cross.[Das Wort schon “Christenthum” ist ein Missverständniss -, im Grunde gab es nur Einen Christen, und der starb am Kreuz. ]
The Christian resolution to find the world ugly and bad has made the world ugly and bad.[Der christliche Entschluss, die Welt hässlich und schlecht zu finden, hat die Welt hässlich und schlecht gemacht.]
The Christian religion, which, often enough dismembered and scattered abroad, will ever in the end gather itself together at the foot of the cross.
One of the most crucial definitions for the whole of Christianity: that the opposite of sin is not virtue but faith.
Long exile from Christendom and civilization inevitably restores a man to that condition in which God placed him, i.e. what is called savagery.
Folk tell their children that success lies in working hard and being thrifty, but that is as much nonsense as supposing that a badger, a fox, and a wolf could build a church. The way to wealth is to become a Christian bishop or a monastery’s abbot and thus be imbued with heaven’s permission to lie, cheat, and steal your way to luxury.