XX. Theology

~ Ancient of Days by William Blake


Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able?

Then is he impotent.

Is he able, but not willing?

Then is he malevolent.[1]

God moves in mysterious ways.[2]

God is always on the side of the big battalions.[3]

God helps them that help themselves.[4]

Put your trust in God and keep your powder dry.[5]


Gold goes in at any gate except heaven’s.

Religion is the rule of life.

A man without religion is like a horse without a bridle.

He that is of all religions is of no religions.


All heaven and hell is not known till hereafter.

Hell is wherever heaven is not.

Heaven and hell are within the heart.[6]

The way to heaven is alike in every place.[7]

[1] Attributed to David Hume.

[2] The first line of one of Cowper’s Olney Hymns.

[3] Attributed to Mme de Sevigne.

[4] Attributed to Benjamin Franklin.

[5] Attributed to Oliver Cromwell.

[6] Chinese proverb.

[7] Attributed to Diogenes.

5 Responses to “XX. Theology”
  1. Hello James,

    What a wonderful post and attributed sources :)

    As I lover of Philosophy and Theology, David Hume is my favorite. Even though his position find little or nor support in logical problem of evil in contemporary philosophy, it just beautiful to see how brilliant Hume was.

    I believe Hume would have love Alvin Plantinga’s critic of his position that it does not follow that if God is able to prevent evil, but not willing, then is he malevolent. Since it is possible God has good reasons not to prevent evil.

    As a Christian theist, I would rather answer, “I do not know”, than “God moves in mysterious ways” :)

    Thank you for a wonderful article and blog. I see we share a love of Philosophy. Brilliant.

    See you around.


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