“Those who think entirely in terms of the world succeed at success. They can never succeed at failure. But Christianity is the Religion of Failure. It is the triumph of hopelessness.” (1928)
“Christianity in the first 500 years of its existence was known as ‘The Love’ in much the same way as it is known in our day as ‘The Faith.’ It died as love and resurrected as faith as it is dying today as faith and is resurrected as a hope.” (1941)
“Christian art is primarily the art of the peasant and the prince—unselfconsciously in a stable; shepherds and kings once made simple loving gifts and regal wise sacrifices.” (1932)
“To come as near despair as possible without losing hope—that is the aim of a Christian.
“To come as near madness as possible without losing sanity—(that is, to be as fanatical as possible without losing idiocy) is the aim of an artist.” (1932)
“Do you know the only real argument against Christianity, the Fine Arts?
It is this: they are impossible.
Do you know the only answer to this?
It is: The human being is made to do the impossible.” (1961)