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Interesting quotes about God

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Quotes about God:

bullet Ronald Reagan: "Without God, there is no virtue, because there's no prompting of the conscience. Without God, we're mired in the material, that flat world that tells us only what the senses perceive. Without God, there is a coarsening of the society. And without God, democracy will not and cannot long endure. If we ever forget that we're one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under." 3

bullet Jules Renard: "I don't know if God exists, but it would be better for His reputation if He didn't."

bullet Jean Paul Richter: "God is an unutterable sigh, planted in the depths of the soul."

bullet Rainer Maria Rilke: "When I saw others straining toward God, I did not understand it, for though I may have had him less than they did, there was no one blocking the way between him and me, and I could reach his heart easily.  It is up to him, after all, to have us, our part consists of almost solely in letting him grasp us." From: Rilke and Benvenuta: An Intimate Correspondence.

bullet Brian Robertson:
bullet "God is diverse and inclusive, not limited and exclusive. You're thinking of a Country Club."

bullet "God is not limited to our own prejudices, hatred, fear and projections. In fact, those very things keep us from experiencing the Mystery and we are to celebrate God wherever that Presence can be glimpsed."

bullet Diana Robinson: "Prayer is when you talk to God; meditation is when you listen to God."

bullet Christina Rossetti: "Were there no God, we would be in this glorious world with grateful hearts and no one to thank."

bullet Rumi, a mystic in the Sufi tradition of Islam: "I looked for God. I went to a temple and I didn't find him there. Then I went to a church and I didn't find him there. The I went to a mosque and I didn't find him there. Then finally I looked in my heart and there he was."

bullet George Santayana: "Experience has repeatedly confirmed that well-known maxim of Bacon's that 'a little philosophy inclineth a man's mind to atheism, but depth in philosophy bringeth men's minds about to religion.'  At the same time, when Bacon penned that sage epigram... he forgot to add that the God to whom depth in philosophy brings back men's minds is far from being the same from whom a little philosophy estranges them."

bullet Erik Satie: "Why attack God?  He may be as miserable as we are."

bullet "Setarcos'" posting to an Amazon.com chat: When asked: "I am a religious person but I like to hear people's reasons for not believing in God," Setarcos answered: "Is 'which one?' a good enough answer?"

bullet Dorothea Soelle: "God has no other hands than ours. If the sick are to be healed, it is our hands that will heal them. If the lonely and the frightened are to be comforted, it is our embrace, not God's, that will comfort them."

bullet John Shelby Spong, retired Episcopal bishop:
  • "I don't want a God that would go around killing people's little girls. Neither do I want a God who would kill his own son."

  • "A God who is defined as an external being, supernatural in power, who hands out rewards and punishment according to human deserving, is a rather primitive, childlike deity. This is nonetheless the definition underlying most forms of liturgical worship. No change will occur until this definition is raised to consciousness and dealt with."

bullet George A. Staffa: "Beware of 'God of the Gaps', the Incredible Shrinking Deity who fills the gaps in our understanding until understanding shrinks both gaps and God down to nothing."

bullet Mother Teresa: "I know God will not give me anything I can't handle.  I just wish that He didn't trust me so much."

bullet Teresa of Avila: "The feeling remains that God is on the journey, too."

bullet Mark Twain: "God:  The most popular scapegoat for our sins. ."

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Voltaire:

  • All men are born with a nose and ten fingers, but no one was born with a knowledge of God.
  • God is a comedian, playing to an audience too afraid to laugh.
  • I have only ever made one prayer to God, a very short one: O Lord, make my enemies ridiculous. And God granted it.
  • If God created us in his own image, we have more than reciprocated.
  • If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent Him.
  • To believe in God is impossible not to believe in Him is absurd.

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Drawing of Calvin Bill Watterson: His "Calvin and Hobbes" comic strip features Calvin, a 6-year-old boy with profound thoughts, accompanied by his stuffed tiger playmate "Hobbes." "The pair are named after John Calvin, a 16th-century French Reformation theologian, and Thomas Hobbes, a 17th-century English political philosopher. The text for the 1987-DEC-21 strip runs:

  • Boy: "This whole Santa Clause think just doesn't make sense. Why all the secrecy? Why all the mystery? If the guy exists why doesn't he ever show himself and prove it? And if he doesn't exist, what's the meaning of all this?"

  • Tiger: "I dunno ... Isn't this a religious holiday?"

  • Boy: "Yeah, but actually, I've got the same questions about God." 4

bullet UCADIA web site: "...the image of a deity capable to intervening to stop evil but choosing not to act is probably a worse concept than an impotent God that can do nothing." 4

bullet James Watson (co-discoverer of the structure of DNA): "Every time you understand something, religion becomes less likely. Only with the discovery of the double helix and the ensuing genetic revolution have we had grounds for thinking that the powers held traditionally to be the exclusive property of the gods might one day be ours." 5

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bullet Steven Weinberg: "I don't need to argue here that the evil in the world proves that the universe is not designed, but only that there are no signs of benevolence that might have shown the hand of a designer. But in fact the perception that God cannot be benevolent is very old. Plays by Aeschylus and Euripides make a quite explicit statement that the gods are selfish and cruel, though they expect better behavior from humans. God in the Old Testament tells us to bash the heads of infidels and demands of us that we be willing to sacrifice our children's lives at His orders, and the God of traditional Christianity and Islam damns us for eternity if we do not worship him in the right manner. Is this a nice way to behave? I know, I know, we are not supposed to judge God according to human standards, but you see the problem here: If we are not yet convinced of His existence, and are looking for signs of His benevolence, then what other standards can we use?" 6

bullet Alfred North Whitehead: "Apart from God every activity is merely a passing whiff of insignificance."

bullet Frank Lloyd Wright: "I believe in God, only I spell it Nature." 5

bullet Edward Young: "By night, an atheist half believes in God." From Night Thoughts

References used:

The following information sources were used to prepare and update the above essay. The hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today.

  1. Gene Johnson, "Iraq war, gas line God's will, Palin said," Associate Press, 2008-SEP-04, at: http://www.adn.com/
  2. Video clip from Sarah Palin's speech. YouTube, at: http://www.youtube.com/
  3. Quoted in the Massachusetts Family Institute's E-Alert for 2004-JUL-09.
  4. "The Existence of God," UCADIA.com, at: http://www.ucadia.com/
  5. Roger Highfield, "DNA pioneers lash out at religion," London Daily Telegraph, 2003-MAR-24, at: http://washingtontimes.com/
  6. Steven Weinbert, "A Designer Universe."

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