On topics from: Satan to
"Separation of Church and State."
Included are quotes on: Resistance to unjust government actions,
salvation, Satan, science, separation of church and state, sex,
slavery, stress, theft, and theology.
These topics are continued from the previous list.
Anon: "Satan wants you to use your God-given mind because
Christianity falls apart if you do so." From a posting to an Amazon.com
Science and religion:
|Anon: Some cynical comments:|
Sir William Bragg: "Religion and science are opposed . . .
but only in the same sense as that in which my thumb and forefinger are
opposed - and between the two, one can grasp everything."|
||"Freedom of thought is best promoted by the gradual illumination of
men's minds which follows from the advance of science."
||"Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge. It
is those who know little, and not those who know much, who so positively
assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science."
Richard Dawkins: "I am against religion because it teaches
us to be satisfied with not
understanding the world."|
Albert Einstein: "One thing I have learned in a long life: that
all our science measured against reality is primitive and childlike and yet
it is the most precious thing we have." |
Howard Garcia -- concerning science: "Generally
it sees no obligation to accommodate itself to religion or any other belief
system not founded on empirical evidence." 2|
Dalai Lama: "When there is a conflict between science and religion, religion should change it's opinion."|
John Stuart Mill: "To say that secular means irreligious
implies that all the arts and sciences are irreligious, and is very like
saying that all professions except that of the law are illegal."|
David Milne posted a comment on the Religion Dispatches web site: "Science deals in evidence and uncertainty. Religion deals in certainty without evidence." 3|
Bill Moyers: "The delusional is no
longer marginal. It has come in from the fringe, to sit at the seat of
power in the Oval Office and in Congress." An apparent reference to
President George W Bush's rejection of climate change. Moyers said it
while accepting the Global Environmental Citizen Award.|
Pope John Paul II: "Let science tell us what and how. Let religion tell us who and why." |
Carl Sagan: "A religion that stressed the magnificence of
the universe as revealed by modern science, might be able to draw forth
reserves of reverence and awe hardly tapped by traditional faiths. Sooner
or later, such a religion will emerge."|
George Santayana: "Science is nothing
but developed perception and interpreted intent -- common sense rounded out
and minutely articulated."|
Neil DeGrasse Tyson: "Revelation replaced investigation." He was discussing the downfall of science and mathematics within Islam.|
Ahmad Mahmud Soliman: "Religion and science
are like a two-branched river. They have the same source and flow into the
E.O. Wilson: "I believe that traditional
religious belief and scientific knowledge depict the universe in radically
different ways. At the bedrock they are incompatible and mutually exclusive."
Separation of church and state:
C.K. Chesterton: "A coziness between church and state is good for
the state and bad for the church."|
Charles Henderson: "The founders got it right. Religious
passions are important; they are powerful; they are potentially dangerous." |
Attributed to Patrick Henry: "It cannot be emphasized too strongly or
too often that this great nation was founded not by religionists, but by
Christians; not on religions, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ!"
(This very popular quote appears in about 1,000 locations on the
Internet. However, it appears to be a forgery. Also, the founders were)|
John Jay, 1st Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court: "Providence
has given to our people the choice of their rulers, and it is the
duty...of our Christian nation to select and prefer Christians for their
"...our civil rights have no dependence on our religious
opinions, any more than our opinions in physics or geometry."
"Believing that religion is a matter which lies solely
between man and his God, that he owes account to none other for his
faith or his worship, that the legislative powers of government reach
actions only, and not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence
that act of the whole American people which declared that their
Legislature should 'make no law respecting an establishment of religion,
or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,' thus building a wall of
separation between Church and State." (This is the source of the term
"wall of separation between church and state.")
James Madison: "Religion and government will both exist in
greater purity, the less they are mixed together."|
Treaty of Tripoli. Article 11: "The Government of the
United States is not in any sense founded on the Christian religion."
(Signed by President Adams)|
George Washington: "While just government protects all in
their religious rights, true religion affords to government its surest
Attributed to George Washington: "It is impossible to rightly govern...without God and the Bible."
This also appears to be a forgery.
This topic is continued in the next essay
with topics ranging from Sex to Theology
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The image was posted on this web site's page during 2016-JAN.
Howard Garcia, "Laugh or Cry." A book review of Matt Young, "No sense of obligation: Science and religion in an impersonal universe," Skeptical Inquirer, 2002-MAR/APR,
Page 51 & 52.
Posted on: Lauri Lebo, "Just in Time for Darwin Sunday, Washington Post Misses the Point," Religion Dispatches, 2011-FEB-07, at: http://www.religiondispatches.org/
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