Quotations About
religion

I care not for a man’s religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it.

attributed in Henry Woodcock (1879), Wonders of Grace. Has also been attributed to Abraham Lincoln. Neither attribution is verified.
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Posted in: Rowland Hill

He hoped and prayed that there wasn’t an afterlife. Then he realized there was a contradiction involved here and merely hoped that there wasn’t an afterlife.

Faith moves mountains, but you have to keep pushing while you are praying.

Posted in: Mason Cooley

River: Bible’s broken. Contradictions, false logistics… doesn’t make sense.
Book: No, no. You can’t…
River: So we’ll integrate non-progressional evolution theory with God’s creation of Eden. Eleven inherent metaphoric parallels already there. Eleven. Important number. Prime number. One goes into the house of eleven eleven times, but always comes out one. Noah’s ark is a problem.
Book: Really?
River: We’ll have to call it “early quantum state phenomenon”. Only way to fit 5,000 species of mammals on the same boat.

Jaynestown
Posted in: Firefly

Kryten: Don’t you believe that God exists in all things? Aren’t you a Pantheist?
Lister: Yeah, I just don’t think it applies to kitchen utensils. I’m not a Fryingpantheist.

The Last Day (season 3, episode 6)
Posted in: Red Dwarf

Geometry is one and eternal shining in the mind of God. That share in it accorded to humans is one of the reasons that humanity is the image of God.

Harmonices Mundi (1618)
Posted in: Johannes Kepler

I believe in God, only I spell it “Nature”.

As quoted in Quote magazine (14 August 1966)

There is only one religion, though there are a hundred versions of it.

Plays Pleasant and Unpleasant, Vol. II, preface (1898).

When I do good I feel good, when I do bad I feel bad, and that’s my religion.

Quoted in Herndon's Lincoln (1890)
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Posted in: Abraham Lincoln

There will be no peace among the nations without peace among the religions. There will be no peace among the religions without dialogue among the religions.

March 31, 2005, at the opening of the Exhibit on the World's Religions at Santa Clara University
Posted in: Hans Küng

If you cannot see that divinity includes male and female characteristics and at the same time transcends them, you have bad consequences. Rome and Cardinal O’Connor base the exclusion of women priests on the idea that God is the Father and Jesus is His Son, there were only male disciples, etc. They are defending a patriarchal Church with a patriarchal God. We must fight the patriarchal misunderstanding of God.

Newsweek interview, July 8, 1991
Posted in: Hans Küng

Everyone agrees the celibacy rule is just a Church law dating from the 11th century, not a divine command.

Newsweek interview, July 8, 1991
Posted in: Hans Küng

Bishops move diagonally. That’s why they often turn up where the kings don’t expect them to be.

Small Gods
Posted in: Terry Pratchett

Make sure that your religion is a matter between you and God only.

Comment to Maurice O'Connor Drury

Why in the world shouldn’t they have regarded with awe and reverence that act by which the human race is perpetuated. Not every religion has to have St. Augustine’s attitude to sex. Why even in our culture marriages are celebrated in a church, everyone present knows what is going to happen that night, but that doesn’t prevent it being a religious ceremony.