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One of my favourite quotes comes from the Theologia Germanica. It is a mystical treatise believed to have been written in the latter 14th century by an anonymous author and was not widely known before it was published by Martin Luther. Chapter 48 says:

Christ said, ‘He who does not believe not,’ or will not or cannot believe, ‘shall be damned.’ It is truly so; for a man, while he is in this present time, does not have knowledge; and he cannot attain to it, unless he first believes. And he who would know before he believes, never comes to tr