Religion

«The Bible is the one book we’ve most succeeded in having them never read as a book. Keep it that way.»

Geoffrey Wood


«Is man merely a mistake of God's? Or God merely a mistake of man?»

Friedrich Nietzsche


«I don't believe in angels and I have trouble with the whole God thing. I don't want to say I don't believe in God but I don't think I do. But I believe in people who do.»

Billy Connolly


«Bliss and suffering, it seems, always go hand in hand.»

Kentetsu Takamori


«Doubt isn't the opposite of faith; it is an element of faith.»

Paul Tillich


«I am a religious person, although I am not a believer.»

Philip Pullman


«In all of living, have much fun and laughter. Life is to be enjoyed, not just endured.»

Gordon B. Hinckley


«These lecture provide material for the consideration of common factors, in theory and in development, from the viewpoint of the idea of surrender to the Divine Will, reviewing some aspects of the interplay between Christians and Moslems, and introducing material from and about Sufis.»

Idries Shah


«The president of the United States has claimed, on more than one occasion, to be in dialogue with God. If he said that he was talking to God through his hairdryer, this would precipitate a national emergency. I fail to see how the addition of a hairdryer makes the claim more ridiculous or offensive.»

Sam Harris


«To be grateful is to recognize the Love of God in everything He has given us - and He has given us everything. Every breath we draw is a gift of His love, every moment of existence is a grace, for it brings with it immense graces from Him.»

Thomas Merton


«The purpose of separation of church and state is to keep forever from these shores the ceaseless strife that has soaked the soil of Europe in blood for centuries.»

James Madison


«Whether we accept it or not, this will likely be the century that determines what the optimal human population is for our planet. It will come about in one of two ways:»

Alan Weisman


«After the monkeys came down from the trees and learned to hurl sharp objects, they had had to move into caves for protection--not only from the big predatory cats but, as they began to lose their monkey fur, from the elements. Eventually, they started transposing their hunting fantasies onto cave walls in the form of pictures, first as an attempt at practical magic and later for the strange, unexpected pleasure they discovered in artistic creation.»

Tom Robbins


«Do you believe in God, Martin?'»

Radclyffe Hall


«If you wish to stand and progress as you ought, hold yourself an exile and a pilgrim on the earth.»

Thomas à Kempis


«God may sometimes laugh at our plans. But if they are based on a Heavenly and eternal perspective, He will always support us. On His timetable, not ours.»

Paul Turk


«The rabbit of Easter. He bring of the chocolate.»

David Sedaris


«Verily I say unto you all: Arise and shine forth, that thy light may be a standard for the nations.»

Doctrine and covenants 115:5


«Compared to the unleashed forces of warfare and of faith, Mount Vesuvius was kinder to the legacy of antiquity.»

Stephen Greenblatt


«As obvious as it is, then, Jesus is bigger than any one religion.»

Rob Bell


«I am for freedom of religion, and against all maneuvers to bring about a legal ascendency of one sect over another.»

Thomas Jefferson


«If God created us in his own image, we have more than reciprocated."»

Voltaire


«...evolution is not a religious tenet, to which one swears allegiance or belief as a matter of faith.. It is a factual reality of the empirical world. Just as one would not say 'I believe in gravity," one should not proclaim 'I believe in evolution.»

Michael Shermer


«Believing, as they now did, that the heavenly powers took part in human affairs, they became so much absorbed in the cultivation of religion and so deeply imbued with the sense of their religious duties, that the sanctity of an oath had more power to control their lives than the fear of punishment for lawbreaking.»

Titus Livy


«The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield, and the horn of my salvation; my stronghold.»

Anonymous


«Our unfathomable evolutionary past paints a picture vastly more immense than any spiritual story could ever create because it is raw and real, violent, dirty and beautiful—and because of that—it's spectacular!»

Christopher Loren


«Does anyone in this room have it?"»

Chris Crutcher


«Religio", as we know, harks back to a word (re-ligio) meaning "bond" and that is precisely what the anarch rejects. He does not go in for Moses with the Ten Commandments or, indeed, for any prophets. Nor does he wish to hear anything concerning gods or rumors about them, except as a historian - or unless they appear to him. That is when the conflicts begin.»

Ernst Jünger


«When Catholicism goes bad it becomes the world-old, world-wide religio of amulets and holy places and priestcraft: Protestantism, in its corresponding decay, becomes a vague mist of ethical platitudes. Catholicism is accused of being much too like the other religions; Protestantism of being insufficiently like a religion at all. Hence Plato, with his transcendent Forms, is the doctor of Protestants; Aristotle, with his immanent Forms, the doctor of Catholics.»

C.S. Lewis


«The Holy Land is everywhere»

Nicholas Black Elk