"But when the kindness of God our Saviour and His love for mankind appeared, He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Saviour, so that being justified by His grace we would be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life."
"The business of religion is, from time to time, compared to those exercises, wherein men are wont to have their hearts and strength greatly exercised and engaged; such as running, wrestling, or agonizing for a great prize or crown, and fighting with strong enemies that seek our lives, and warring as those that by violence take a city or kingdom."
"That religion which God requires, and will accept, does not consist in weak, dull and lifeless wouldings, raising us but a little above a state of indifference: God, in his Word, greatly insists upon it, that we be in good earnest, fervent in spirit, and our hearts vigorously engaged in religion..."
"As more and more effort and money were devoted to solving these problems, researchers developed not the expected solutions but a deep respect for their intractability. Problems that were once supposed to take a few years at most - machine translation, machine vision, machine locomotion - became entire fields. Although brute-force statistics has often provided improved performance, many take the view that in such cases the form approaches have not improved our understanding of the conceptual processes at work."
A delightful and thought-provoking book both for the philosophical questions it raises (e.g. Is happiness the chief end of man? Should it be? How is this to be achieved?) and for its historical role as a precursor to (or as Dante claims, the start of) Scholasticism.
Thought-provoking article describing why 'interactive' software and a focus on 'interactivity' is misguided. The focus should be on the effective (this is defined in the article) display of information and on context-sensitive software that significantly reduces the need for interactivity.
"It appears to me that they who in proof of any assertion rely simply on the weight of authority, without adducing any arguments in support of it, act absurdly. I, on the contrary, wish to be allowed freely to question and freely to answer you without any sort of adulation, as well becomes those who are in search of truth"
"Philosophy is written in this grand book the universe, which stands continually open to our gaze. But the book cannot be understood unless one first learns to comprehend the language and to read the alphabet in which it is composed. It is written in the language of mathematics, and its characters are triangles, circles, and other geometric figures, without which it is humanly impossible to understand a single word of it; without these, one wanders about in a dark labyrinth"
"To have brought humanity, more senseless than stones, to the dignity of angels through bare words, and faith alone, without any hard work, is indeed a rich and glorious mystery. It is just as if one were to take a dog, quite consumed with hunger and the mange, foul and loathsome to see, and not so much as able to move but lying passed out, and make him all at once into a human being and to display him upon the royal throne."