So what are folks saying about religion....past and present. Here are 13 quotations:
1. A religious man is a person who holds God and man in one though at one time, at all times, who suffers harm to others, whose greatest passion is compassion, whose greatest strength is love and defiance of despair.
Attributed to Abraham Joshua Heschel
2. That I am not a member of any Christian Church, is true; but I have never denied the truth of the Scriptures, and I have never spoken with intentional disrespect of religion in general, or of any denomination of Christians in particular.
Attibuted to Abraham Lincoln
3.The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone in the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature.
Attributed to Anne Frank
4. The moral and religious system which Jesus Christ transmitted to us is the best the world has ever seen, or can see.
Attributed to Benjamin Franklin
5. Just in terms of allocation of time resources, religion is not very efficient. There’s a lot more I could be doing on a Sunday morning.
Attibuted to Bill Gates
6. Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction.
Attributed to Blaise Pascal
7. I do not consider it an insult, but rather a compliment to be called an agnostic. I do not pretend to know where many ignorant men are sure—that is all that agnosticism means.
Attributed to Clarence Darrow
8. I prayed for twenty years but received no answer until I prayed with my legs.
Attributed to Frederick Douglass
9. We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love.
Attributed to Jonathan Swift
10. When men destroy their old gods they will find new ones to take their place.
Attributed to Pearl S. Buck
11. The religion that is afraid of science dishonors God and commits suicide.
Attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson
12. I never told my own religion nor scrutinized that of another. I never attempted to make a convert, nor wished to change another’s creed. I am satisfied that yours must be an excellent religion to have produced a life of such exemplary virtue and correctness. For it is in our lives, and not from our worlds, that our religion must be judged.
Attributed to Thomas Jefferson in a letter to Mrs. H. Harrison Smith
13. In the faces of men and women I see God.
Attributed to Walt Whitman
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