"I don't believe there are any new objections to be
discovered to the truth of Christianity, though there
may be some art in presenting old ones in a new dress.
My faith has been greatly confirmed by the infidel
writers I have read. Men may argue ingeniously ainst
our faith, as indeed they may against anything
-- but what can they say in defense of their own -
- I would carry the war
into their own territories,
I would ask them what
they believe -- if they
said they believed
anything, I think that
they might be shown to
be more full of difficulties and liable to infinitely
greater objections than the system they oppose and
they were credulous and unreasonable for believing it.
If they said they did not believe anything, you could
not, to be sure, have anything further to say to them.
In that case they would be insane, or at best ill
qualified to teach others what they ought to believe or
- Francis Scott Key, writer of the
Star Spangled Banner
“I sought for the greatness and genius of America in
her commodious harbors and her ample rivers – and
it was not there . . . in her fertile fields and boundless
forests and it was not there . . . in her rich mines and
her vast world commerce – and it was not there . . . in
her democratic Congress and her matchless
Constitution – and it was not there.
Not until I went into the churches of America and
heard her pulpits aflame with righteousness did I
understand the secret of her genius and power.
America is great because she is good, and if America
ever ceases to be good, she will cease to be great.”
― Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America