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Interesting quotes:

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.

Satan:

bullet 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 forum.

Science and religion:

bullet Anon: Some cynical comments:

bullet "Next crusade: Intelligent Demonic Possession vs. The Germ Theory."

bullet "A mystic is someone who wants to understand the universe, but is too lazy to study physics."

bullet "Ignorance on your part about natural processes does not imply intervention on God's part."

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bullet 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."

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bullet Charles Darwin:

bullet "Freedom of thought is best promoted by the gradual illumination of men's minds which follows from the advance of science."

bullet "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."

bullet Richard Dawkins: "I am against religion because it teaches us to be satisfied with not understanding the world."

bullet 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."

bullet 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

bullet Dalai Lama: "When there is a conflict between science and religion, religion should change it's opinion."

bullet 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."

bullet David Milne posted a comment on the Religion Dispatches web site: "Science deals in evidence and uncertainty. Religion deals in certainty without evidence." 3

bullet 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.

bullet Pope John Paul II: "Let science tell us what and how. Let religion tell us who and why."

bullet 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."

bullet George Santayana: "Science is nothing but developed perception and interpreted intent -- common sense rounded out and minutely articulated."

bullet Neil DeGrasse Tyson: "Revelation replaced investigation." He was discussing the downfall of science and mathematics within Islam.

bullet Ahmad Mahmud Soliman: "Religion and science are like a two-branched river. They have the same source and flow into the same sea."

bullet 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."

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Separation of church and state:

bullet C.K. Chesterton: "A coziness between church and state is good for the state and bad for the church."

bullet Charles Henderson: "The founders got it right. Religious passions are important; they are powerful; they are potentially dangerous."

bullet 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)

bullet 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 rulers."

bullet Thomas Jefferson:

bullet "...our civil rights have no dependence on our religious opinions, any more than our opinions in physics or geometry."

bullet "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.")

bullet James Madison: "Religion and government will both exist in greater purity, the less they are mixed together."

bullet 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)

bullet George Washington: "While just government protects all in their religious rights, true religion affords to government its surest support."

bullet Attributed to George Washington: "It is impossible to rightly govern...without God and the Bible." This also appears to be a forgery.

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This topic is continued in the next essay
with topics ranging from Sex to Theology

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Footnotes:

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

  1. The image was posted on this web site's Facebook icon page during 2016-JAN.
  2. 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.
  3. 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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