John Adams, in a letter to Thomas Jefferson: "I almost
shudder at the thought of alluding to the most fatal example of the abuses
of grief which the history of mankind has preserved -- the Cross. Consider
what calamities that engine of grief has produced!"
‘Abdu’l-Bahá, the eldest son of Bahá'u'lláh, the founder of the Bahá'í Faith: "Religion should unite all hearts and cause wars and disputes to vanish from the face of the earth, give birth to spirituality, and bring life and light to each heart. If religion becomes a cause of dislike, hatred and division, it were better to be without it, and to withdraw from such a religion would be a truly religious act. For it is clear that the purpose of a remedy is to cure; but if the remedy should only aggravate the complaint it had better be left alone. Any religion which is not a cause of love and unity is no religion."
Anon (authors unknown):
When two people argue about religion, they are both wrong."
"The worst thing you can do to a dogma is give it an empire."
"There is nothing wrong with believing in a God. There is
everything wrong in believing in a religion."
"Science has taken us to the moon; religion has flown us into buildings."
This is a commonly found quotation. It is intolerant and also untrue. "Religion" did not cause 9/11. Islam did not either. Nor did the Wahhabi tradition within Islam -- commonly called Salafi. It was caused by 19 racical terrorists who held an extremist interpretation of Salafi, in which human life is of little value. They flew two airplanes into the World Trade Center buildings. This caused the deaths of approximately 3,000 people and the complete destruction of both towers.
From the Hindu holy book, Rig-Veda: "There is only one truth, only men describe it in different ways."
"The only difference between a religion and a superstition is the degree of social acceptance it enjoys. "
Dave Barry, columnist, (1947 - )
"People who want to share their religious views with you almost never want you to share yours with them."
The problem with writing about religion is that you run the risk of offending sincerely religious people, and then they come after you with machetes.”
Tony Blair: "The big issue of our time is trying to deal with extremism based on a perversion of religion and how you get peaceful coexistence between people of different faiths and cultures."
Cory Booker, 1969 - "Don’t speak to me about your religion; first show it to me in how you treat other people. Don't tell me how much you love your God; show me in how much you love all His children. Don't preach to me your passion for your faith; teach me through your compassion for your neighbors. In the end, I'm not as interested in what you have to tell or sell or preach or teach, as I am in how you choose to live and give."
Dan Brown, from his book "Angels and Demons:" "Science and religion are not at odds. Science is simply too young to understand."
Lenny Bruce: "I think it's about time we gave up religion and got back to God."
Bruce Buursma: The Chicago Tribune: "Almost every story around the world has a religion sub-plot"
"Religion has actually convinced people that there's an invisible man living in the sky who watches everything you do, every minute of every day. And the invisible man has a special list of ten things he does not want you to do. And if you do any of these ten things, he has a special place, full of fire and smoke and burning and torture and anguish, where he will send you to live and suffer and burn and choke and scream and cry forever and ever 'til the end of time!
But He loves you. He loves you, and He needs money! He always needs money! He's all-powerful, all-perfect, all-knowing, and all-wise, somehow just can't handle money!"
"Religion is like a pair of shoes.....Find one that fits for you, but don't make me wear your shoes."
Johnny Cash: "I wore black because I liked it. I still do, and wearing it still means something to me. It's still my symbol of rebellion -- against a stagnant status quo, against our hypocritical houses of God, against people whose minds are closed to others' ideas."
Sebastian Castellio, a French reformer: "I have carefully examined what it means to be a heretic, and I cannot make it mean more than this: 'A heretic is a man with whom you disagree'."
G.K. Chesterton: "The Christian ideal has not been tried and
found wanting; it has been found difficult and left untried."
Tom Clancy: In "The Sum of all Fears:""I
just finished reading the Koran, and there's nothing in there I didn't
hear in Sunday school."
William O. Douglas: Supreme Court Justice, 1952: "We are a
religious people whose institutions presuppose a Supreme Being."
"...science without religion is lame; religion without science is blind."
"My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable
superior spirit who reveals himself (or herself) in the slight details
we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble minds."
Ann Emerson: "The essences of all religions speak of
peace, compassion, justice and the interconnection of all life."
Benjamin Franklin, from "Articles of Belief and Acts of
Religion", 1728-NOV-20: "I cannot conceive otherwise than that
He, the Infinite Father, expects or requires no worship or praise from us,
but that He is even infinitely above it."
"If it weren't for Christians, I'd be a Christian."
"The need of the moment is not one religion, but mutual respect and
tolerance of the devotees of the different religions."
"I came to the conclusion long ago that all religions were true and also that all had some error in them. Whilst I hold by my own, I should hold others as dear as Hinduism. So we can only pray, if we are Hindus, not that a Christian should become Hindu. But our innermost prayer should be a Hindu should be a better Hindu, a Muslim a better Muslim, a Christian a better Christian.
It is easy enough to be friendly to one's friends. But to befriend the one who regards himself as your enemy is the quintessence of true religion. The other is mere business.
John Green. from his book "Looking for Alaska: "People, I thought, wanted security. They couldn't bear the idea of death being a big black nothing, couldn't bear the thought of their loved ones not existing, and couldn't even imagine themselves not existing. I finally decided that people believed in an afterlife because they couldn't bear not to." 1