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more like a response to a friend
than it is like obedience to an expert.
If we submit everything to reason, our religion
will have nothing in it
mysterious or supernatural. If we violate the principles of
religion will be absurd and ridiculous.
should go out of church whenever I hear a false sentiment
I could never stay there five minutes. But why come
The street is as false as the church.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
You think religion is what's
inside a little building
filled with pretty lights
stained glass windows. But it's not. It's
Dorothy Canfield Fisher
I have gone back--well, I was about to say that
I had gone back to religion;
but that would not be accurate. I have gone forward to a
new concept of religion.
I no longer have the faintest interest in the differences in creeds
that divide the
churches. But I am tremendously interested in what religion does
for me, just as
I am interested in what electricity and good food and water do for
me. They help
me to lead a richer, fuller, happier life. But religion does far
more than that. It brings
me spiritual values. It gives me, as William James puts it,
"a new zest for life. . . more
life, a larger, richer, more satisfying life." It gives
me faith, hope, and courage.
It banishes tensions, anxieties, fears, and worries. It gives
purpose to my life--and
direction. It vastly improves my happiness. It gives me
abounding health. It helps
me to create for myself "an oasis of peace amidst the whirling
sands of life."
The enduring value of
religion is in its challenge
to aspiration and hope in
the mind of people.
Ernest Martin Hopkins
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I think many of the
troubles we run into are due to our treating
as something abstract. This attitude is part of
allows us to do great harm
to nature and ourselves.
religion is completely ethereal, we may
consequences of, for example, building
a chemical plant that
could be toxic
to children in the
community. Not only that, but
to a high-in-the-sky
place tends to make
about their own moral positions--to the degree
can justify harming others who disagree with them.
phenomenon take place in country after country.
I think we would be able to live
in this world more
our spirituality were to come from looking
into infinity but
very closely at the world
around us--and appreciating
its depth and divinity.
faith is not a
cellar to which men
refuge from the
of life. It is, instead,
inner spiritual strength
enables them to face
to lift ordinary
in seasons of stress.
Sam J. Ervin, Jr.
can no more be equated with what goes on in churches than
can be reduced to what happens in
schools or "health care" restricted to what
do to patients in clinics. The vast
majority of healing and learning goes on
and children and families and friends, far from the
of any school or hospital. The same is true
for religion. It is going on
around us all the time.
Religion is larger and more pervasive than churches.
religions have the tendency to become ends
and, as it were, to put themselves in God's place,
in fact, there is
nothing that is so apt
to obscure God's
face as a religion.
religious institutions have far too often become
of the status quo,
while the genuine
religious experience is anything
but that. True
religion is by nature
disruptive of what has been,
birth to the eternally new.
I am for
religion, against religions.
If your religion does not change you,
you had better change your religion.
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your religion is of the kind that can be
it can be easily lost.
you hold your religion lightly you are sure to let it
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is to be used as a stepping stone
to God but it must never
be used as a tower
to hold one aloft from others. We are all cells
in the body of humanity. When anyone
to isolate another, they
only isolate themselves more.
people ask the Dalai Lama, "Is Buddhism a religion?" he
"Yes, it is." Then they ask, "What kind of
religion is it?" He responds,
"My religion is kindness."
You might think, "Everyone's is."
Everyone's is. That's true. It's not complicated to
describe the goal
of a spiritual life. It's easier than you think to explain it.
It's more difficult than you can imagine to do it.
religious need of the human mind remains alive, never more so,
but it demands a teaching which can be understood.
apprehension of the intimate, usable power of God is growing
among us, and a growing recognition of the only worth-while
application of that power—in the improvement of the world.
Charlotte Perkins Gilman
in the past has dealt mainly with preparing people for
the next world. This is of course of the utmost importance, but
should not allow it to blind us to the fact that there is a Power
that can make this life perfect also.
Henry T. Hamblin
Every major religion has
similar ideas of love, the same goal of benefiting through
spiritual practice, and the same effect of making its followers into
human beings. All religions teach moral precepts for perfecting
of the mind, body, and speech. All teach us not to lie or steal
or take others' lives,
and so on. The common goal of all moral precepts laid down by
teachers of humanity is unselfishness. Those teachers wanted to
followers away from the paths of negative deeds caused by ignorance
and to introduce them to paths of goodness. All religions can
one another; their ultimate goal is to produce better human beings who
will be more tolerant, more compassionate, and less selfish.
searcher should be a diver through the deeps of ancient wisdom,
seeking to bring up to the surface those concepts that can illuminate
Not all truth will be discovered in what is to come;
some must be recalled from what has been forgotten.
David J. Wolfe
Many people conceive of
religion as something apart from
everyday affairs of the world. They think of it in terms of
ceremony or ritual or sermons and often it strikes them as
being dull or not particularly interesting. Religion may be
described in many ways. I like to think of it as a
a healing medicine for the mind.
Norman Vincent Peale
are many religions seeking to bring comfort and happiness to humanity,
just as there are many treatments for a particular disease. All
endeavor to help living beings avoid misery and find happiness.
may prefer one religious perspective to another, there is a much
case for unity, stemming from common desires of the human heart.
Each religion works to lessen suffering and contribute to the world;
conversion is not the point. I do not think about converting
others to Buddhism
or merely furthering the Buddhist cause. Instead, I try to think
of how I
as a Buddhist can contribute to the happiness of all living beings.
religious person is one who holds God and people in
one thought at one time, at all times, who suffers harm
done to others, whose greatest passion is compassion,
whose greatest strength is love and defiance of despair.
Religion is not
any particular teaching. Religion is everywhere.
Religious people are guided in their activities not
by the consequences of
their actions, but by the consciousness of the destination of their
I am not a
Christian or a Jew or a Mohammedan, a Mormon, Polygamist,
Homosexual, Anarchist or Boxer. . . . I do not believe that, in order
religious in the good and genuine sense of the word, one has to ruin
love life and has to become rigid and shrunken in body and soul.
that what you call "God" actually exists, but in a different
way from what you
think: as the primal cosmic energy in the universe, as your love
in your body,
as your honesty and your feeling of nature in you and around you.
would not say I believe. I know! I have had the
of being gripped
by something that is stronger
something that people call God.
certainly be more relevant to the hurting masses
of humanity if people could express their hopes and dreams and
pain and anguish to one another in the context of religious worship.
As it is now our services are so antiseptic and sterile that people
gathering for worship relate to others at only the most superficial
level, and hardly ever get to know one another. . . . Maybe that is
one of the reasons why people feel religion is irrelevant, because
they cannot find support and solace during times of crisis and
pain. That is when real religion should be at its best.
Joseph F. Girzone
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Being religious means
asking passionately the question of the
meaning of our existence and being willing to receive
answers, even if the answers hurt.
Many souls fail to find
God because they want a religion
which will remake society without remaking themselves.
Fulton J. Sheen
with children on the writing of poetry has led me to ponder the
ways that most of us become exiled from the certainties of childhood;
how it is that the things we most treasure when we're young are
those things we come to spurn as teenagers and young adults.
children are often conscious of God, for example, in ways that adults
seldom are. They sing to God, they talk to God, they recognize
presence in the world around them. . . . Yet these budding theologians
often despise church by the time they're in eighth grade.
In a similar way, the children who un-selfconsciously make up songs
poems when they're young--I once observed a three-year-old singing
a passionate ode to the colorful vegetables in a supermarket--quickly
come to regard poetry as meaningless and irrelevant. . . . I wonder if
children don't begin to reject both poetry and religion for similar
reasons, because the way both are taught takes the life out of them.
If we teach children when they're young to reject their epiphanies,
then it's no wonder that we end up with so many adults
who are poetically and theologically illiterate.
The Cloister Walk
Let your religion be less of a theory and more of a
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Religion in its true sense is the most joyous
thing the human soul can
know, and when the real religion is realized, we will find it to be an
agent of peace, of joy, and of happiness, and never
an agent of gloomy, long-faced sadness.
Ralph Waldo Trine
corrupted when leaders are assigned to explain
God's will to people instead of showing them how to find
this direction within themselves.
Religion is not an end
One's union with God is the ultimate goal.