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One of our great allies at present is the Church itself. Do not misunderstand me. I do not mean the Church as we see her spread out through all time and space and rooted in eternity, terrible as an army with banners. That, I confess, is a spectacle which makes our boldest tempters uneasy. But fortunately it is quite invisible to these humans. All your patient sees is the half-finished, sham Gothic erection on the new building estate.
- Screwtape (C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters, Chapter 2)
In Western Christianity, heresy most commonly refers to those beliefs which were declared to be anathema by any of the ecumenical councils recognized by the Catholic Church. In the East, the term "heresy" most commonly refers to those beliefs declared to be heretical by the first seven Ecumenical Councils.One place I do NOT think it is appropriate to use the "h" word is when Protestants refer to their Catholic brethren as heretics or as followers of heretical teachings. Catholicism is not heresy, brothers. It differs from Protestant teaching in some pretty important areas, but it's core gospel is still Christian. If you're not basing your judgement of what is or isn't heresy on those areas alone then you probably don't know what the word really means.
- Wikipedia: Heresy in Christianity
...if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
- Romans 10:9-13 (ESV)
For you formed my inward parts;
you knitted me together in my mother's womb.
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
my soul knows it very well.
My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them,
the days that were formed for me,
when as yet there was none of them.
- Psalm 139:13-16
Man was appointed by God to have dominion over the beast, and everything a man does to an animal is either a lawful exercise, or a sacrilegious abuse, of an authority by Divine right. The tame animal is therefore, in the deepest sense, the only ‘natural’ animal—the only one we see occupying the place it was made to occupy
- C.S. Lewis - The Problem of Pain
There's a post about C.S. Lewis on animal immortality at: Suite101: Do Animals Go to Heaven? C.S. Lewis on Animal Immortality
people have heard my yawp.
I sound my barbaric yawp over the roofs of the world.
- Walt Whitman.