On topics from: Sex to Theology
(No pun or disrespect are intended.
It just turned out this way, again......honest!)
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.
||Richard Dawkins: "Who will say with confidence that sexual
abuse is more permanently damaging to children then threatening them with
the eternal and unquenchable fires of Hell?
||Alfred Kinsey: "The only unnatural sexual act is that
which you cannot perform."
||Daniel C. Maguire, Theologian: "[The Vatican’s]
'better-dead-than-condomed' position has not been blessed by any of the
world’s religions or by common sense. It is flat-earth embarrassing."
||Pat Robertson: On the 700 Club, 1991-APR-9: "[Planned Parenthood] ... is teaching kids to fornicate,
teaching people to have adultery, every kind of bestiality, homosexuality, lesbianism-everything that the Bible condemns. "
||Father Felice Ruffini, Vatican aide on pastoral care: "Psychological
terrorism." (He was responding to groups who hold the church is
partly responsible for the spread of AIDS because of its stance on the use
||Mohandas K. Gandhi: "There are seven deadly sins in the world: wealth
without work, pleasure without conscience, knowledge without character,
commerce without morality, science without humanity, worship without faith,
and politics without principle."
||Marlene Winell: "How many times have you heard that Christ died
for you for your sins? This is a heavy responsibility,
especially for children. The guilty induction can vary in intensity,
depending how the message is presented, but the bottom line is that the Son
of God had to come to Earth and die a horrible death because of our
||Anon: "Spankings do for a child's development what fistfights
between spouses do for a marriage."
||The Bible, Proverbs 23:14. The authorship is traditionally attributed to King Solomon: "Thou
shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell."
||Sharon "I have heard terrible stories of children becoming spoiled, drug
using, atheists if they aren't spanked."
||Dr. Ralph Welsh: "...it is now apparent that the recidivist male
delinquent who was never struck with a belt, board, extension cord, fist, or
an equivalent is virtually nonexistent."
||More quotes on corporal punishment.
||Albert Einstein: "The
further the spiritual evolution of mankind advances, the more certain it
seems to me that the path to genuine religiosity does not lie through
the fear of life, and the fear of death, and blind faith, but through
striving after rational knowledge."
||M.R. Bawa Muhaiyaddeen, a Sufi prophet: "When the pond of the heart
is full, then all of creation can come and partake of its clear water. If it
is shallow, then all who come to drink will stir the mud and have nothing
but dirty water to drink."
||Michael Shermer: "If spirituality is the sense of awe and humility in
the face of the creation, what could be more awesome and humbling than the
deep space discovered by Hubble and the cosmologists, and the deep time
discovered by Darwin and the evolutionists."
||E.H. Chapin: "Out of suffering have emerged the strongest
||President Harry S. Truman: "If you can't take the heat,
get out of the kitchen" 2
||Bishop Desmond Tutu: "When the missionaries came to Africa
they had the Bible and we had the land. They said 'Let us pray.' We closed
our eyes. When we opened them we had the Bible and they had the land."
||Amusing comments by anonymous children:
"The seventh commandment is 'thou shalt not admit
"Paul preached holy acrimony, which is another name for marriage."
"One of the opossums was St. Matthew."
"Joshua led the Hebrews in the battle of Geritol."
"Jesus was born because Mary had an immaculate contraption."
"A Christian should have only one wife. This is called monotony."
"The Jews had trouble throughout their history with the unsympathetic Genitals."
"Lot's wife was a pillar of salt by day and a ball of fire by night."
"Moses went to the top of Mt. Cyanide to get the 10 commandments."
"Unleavened bread is bread made without ingredients."
"Solomon had 300 wives and 700 porcupines." 3
[Actually, Solomon is recorded as having 700 wives and 300 concubines.]
||Jimmy Carter: "I would describe fundamentalism as, first of all, a
movement led almost invariably by authoritarian males who consider themselves to
be superior to others and who have an overwhelming commitment to subjugate women
and to dominate their fellow believers." 4
||Albert Ellis: "Religious creeds encourage some of the
craziest kinds of thoughts, emotions, and behaviors and favor severe
manifestations of neurosis, borderline personality states, and sometimes
||Gustavo Gutiérrez: "Theology is reflection, a critical attitude. The commitment of love, of service, comes first. Theology
follows; it is the second step." 5
||Calvin & Hobbes: (cartoon characters): "It's hard to
be religious when certain people are never incinerated by bolts of lightning."
||Carl Sagan: "You can't convince a believer of anything; for their belief
is not based on evidence, it's based on a deep seated need to believe."
This topic is continued in the next essay
with topics ranging from Sin to Theology
The following information sources were used to prepare and update the above
essay. The hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today.
- Marlene Winell, "Leaving the Fold," New Harbinger, (1993), Page 69. Read reviews or order this book safely from Amazon.com online book
- There is a debate over whether a period should appear after the "S" in Truman's name. When he was born, his parents could not decide on a middle name. So they gave him a simple
"S" to represent his two grandfathers: Shipp and Solomon. We follow The Chicago Manual of Style and the U.S. Government Printing Office's Style Manual which state that the period
should be used.
- From The National Review, 1996-DEC-31.
- Jimmy Carter, "Back
to Fundamentals," The Christian Century, 2005-SEP-30, Pages 32 to 35.
Online at: http://religion-online.org/ Quotation is from a speech by Carter at a Baptist World Alliance conference in Birmingham, England.
- From Gustavo Gutiérrez' book: "Essential Writings."
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