Civilisation has ever accompanied emigration and conquest – the conflict of opinion, of religion, or of race.
I have a strong belief in God… I find religion to be a very personal thing… I am also very spiritual.
I’ve been a little bit obsessed with religion, without being a religious person, for about a decade.
The advent of a new religion, making serious and impressive claims to embody a new revelation from on high, is not a frequent occurrence.
I think I’m fascinated by the power of religion in our culture. Like a lot of secular, liberal people, I ignored it for a long time. Lately, of course, just from a political perspective, it’s impossible to ignore.
When men take pleasure in feeling their minds elevated with strong drink, and so indulge their appetite as to disorder their understandings, neglect their duty as members of a family or civil society, and cast off all regard to religion, their case is much to be pitied.
Religion is the idol of the mob it adores everything it does not understand.
Contradictory to my religion, I think, is journalism.
Religion is no more the parent of morality than an incubator is the mother of a chicken.
I read Christopher McDougall’s book ‘Born to Run.’ If running were a religion, this would be its bible. I actually scribbled my favorite passages on my arm to read during the race.
Well, the first time I ran into the term religion, people were asking whether you had any. You know, some people had religion and some people didn’t have religion.
Modern societies march towards morality in proportion as they leave religion behind.
And I used to think that proof that I had religion was whether I knew how to sing all of the songs.
The engine of ancient society was religion but the engine of contemporary society, as I see it, is advertising.
For if the honour paid to Him is shared by others, He altogether ceases to be worshipped, since His religion requires us to believe that He is the one and only God.
So obviously, any religion embodies some form of rules and expectations for behavior, and even sometimes consequences, and they don’t want to hear any of that.
They become the keepers of the mystery. They place themselves between the communicants of the religion, and the immediate experience. And then they dictate the terms on which you can have contact with this wonderful mystery. We don’t dictate those terms.
The search for religion is the starting point of thought.
I’m fascinated with all kinds of religion, but I’m not committed to any specific one.
I could almost say it is my religion. I guess that sounds pretentious, but I want to live and breathe cinema.
The government must pursue a course of complete neutrality toward religion.
Neither the wording of the amendment itself nor common practice challenged the widely held belief that government guaranteed freedom of religion, not freedom from religion.
I wanted to show how a man of sensitive and noble character, born for religion, comes to throw off the orthodoxies of his day and moment, and to go out into the wilderness where all is experiment, and spiritual life begins again.
What use is revelation or religion if it doesnt change anything?
Science may eventually explain the world of How. The ultimate world of Why may remain for contemplation, philosophy, religion.
So I remember both medicine, because I frequently sick, particularly with asthma for which there was no proper treatment then, and in religion I had a strong sense of there being a patriarchy.
The little religion that I have clung to-that what matters most is the continuity of life, and its improvement from one generation to another.
I think people often come to the synagogue, mosque, the church looking for God, and what we give them is religion.
I believe that what we are fighting here is not just a small group of people who have hijacked a religion, but it is a civilization bent on destroying ours.
I’m not embarrassed about the novels I wrote when I was younger, but I couldn’t write them today because of my religion.
When theology erodes and organization crumbles, when the institutional framework of religion begins to break up, the search for a direct experience which people can feel to be religious facilitates the rise of cults.
In both religion and science, some people are dishonest, exploitative, incompetent and exhibit other human failings.
I am a person whose father had no religion but who went to the nuns for a couple of years. And I think I’m the same: On one hand, I pray on the other hand, I don’t believe. I am constantly between the two.
The Constitution provides for freedom of religion, not freedom from religion.
It doesn’t make any difference what religion you are, or how young you are or how old you are-if they go to these abortion mills and stand there and pray-that would make a lot of difference.
In better times the religion of the tribe or state has nothing in common with the private and foreign superstitions or magical rites that savage terror may dictate to the individual.
Plenty of people are raised Catholic and then aren’t Catholic anymore, like any religion.
Religion did not exist for the saving of souls but for the preservation and welfare of society, and in all that was necessary to this end every man had to take his part, or break with the domestic and political community to which he belonged.
The dissolution of the nation destroys the national religion, and dethrones the national deity.
I don’t think you need religion.
Thus a man was born into a fixed relation to certain gods as surely as he was born into a relation to his fellow-men and his religion… was simply one side of the general scheme of conduct prescribed for him by his position as a member of society.
We are so accustomed to think of religion as a thing between individual men and God that we can hardly enter into the idea of a religion in which a whole nation in its national organisation appears as the religious unit.
The stability and peace which seemed to be so firmly established by the brilliant monarchy of Francis I vanished with the terrible outbreak of the Wars of Religion.
The question of religion was a matter for each individual’s conscience, and in a great many cases was the outcome of birth or residence in a certain geographical area.
In my book I specifically discussed the structural nature of injustice and offered Nine Touchstones of Goddess ethics as an alternative to the Ten Commandments of Biblical religion.
Because religion has such a compelling hold on the deep psyches of so many people, feminists cannot afford to leave it in the hands of the fathers.
In all the antique religions, mythology takes the place of dogma that is, the sacred lore of priests and people… and these stories afford the only explanation that is offered of the precepts of religion and the prescribed rules of ritual.
But, strictly speaking, this mythology was no essential part of ancient religion, for it had no sacred sanction and no binding force on the worshippers.
Even the highest forms of sacrificial worship present much that is repulsive to modern ideas, and in particular it requires an effort to reconcile our imagination to the bloody ritual which is prominent in almost every religion which has a strong sense of sin.
It’s very difficult to talk about religion in Iran because religion has gotten so mixed up with politics.
Religious suffering is at once the expression of real suffering and a protest against real suffering. Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the sentiment of the heartless world, as it is the soul of soulless condition. It is the opium of the people.
Religion is organized to satisfy and guide the soul – politics does the same thing for the body.
I was just then going through a healthy reaction from the orthodoxy of my youth religion had become for me not so much a possession as an obsession, which I was trying to throw off, and this iconoclastic tale of an imaginary tribe was the result.
It is the sincerest thing I have written, caught by the drama of a soul struggling in the contrary toils of love and religion – death brought them into harmony.
Politics in America is the binding secular religion.
I have quite a few different Bibles. Having rejected my parents’ religion, I still think the King James Bible is the most important work of literature in English. None of us can help being influenced by it.
Buddhism has become a socially recognized religious philosophy for Americans, whereas it used to be considered an exotic religion.
The songs keep on writing themselves, and I really love them. It’s as close as I get to a religion.
There is a great interest in comparative religion and a desire to understand faiths other than our own and even to experiment with exotic cults.
It was part of your religion to hate the British.
The restriction of religion to private life therefore does not necessarily threaten the vital interests of the majority religion, if there is one, and it protects minority religions from tyranny of the majority.
We believe that God is big enough to give every nationality their own religion, as he’s given them their own taste in food, in plants, in furniture, and housing. I think that each religion has their basic Christ-ish way to get to the Everlasting God.
The fundamentalists are increasing. People, afraid to oppose those fundamentalists, shut their mouths. It is really very difficult to make people move against a sensitive issue like religion, which is the source of fundamentalism.
Christianity is usually called a religion. As a religion it has had a wider geographic spread and is more deeply rooted among more peoples than any other religion in the history of mankind.
We need a new religion.
There is no religion without love, and people may talk as much as they like about their religion, but if it does not teach them to be good and kind to man and beast, it is all a sham.
That means that every human being – without distinction of sex, age, race, skin color, language, religion, political view, or national or social origin – possesses an inalienable and untouchable dignity.
Democracy may have arisen in the West as the way of striving for the universal aspiration to dignity and freedom, but it isn’t alien to the underlying concepts that infuse religion and moral philosophy everywhere.
Religion is the sole technique for the validating of values.
All human beings have an innate need to hear and tell stories and to have a story to live by. religion, whatever else it has done, has provided one of the main ways of meeting this abiding need.
Scientology is not a white religion. It is not just for white people.
When obedience to the Divine precepts keeps pace with knowledge, in the mind of any man, that man is a Christian and when the fruits of Christianity are produced, that man is a disciple of our blessed Lord, let his profession of religion be what it may.
All around me insisted that my doubts proved only my own ignorance and sinfulness that they knew by experience they would soon give place to true knowledge, and an advance in religion and I felt something like indecision.
I have a certain pool of subject matter that I like to write about, things that interest me: politics, religion, ecology, and relationships between men and women. And that’s usually what I focus on.
And religion causes most of the problems, war, and economics of course, and study your history or you’re going to repeat it and if you’re burning a Harry Potter book you need some serious counseling, you don’t get it, you’re missing the whole point.
I have my own religion. I’m sort of one-quarter Baptist, one-quarter Catholic, one-quarter Jewish.
Religion is a strange, wonderful thing. More crimes have been committed in the name of righteousness than any other notion.
My theory is if you have a religion, it’s a good one. Because some people don’t have any at all.
I don’t practise any religion but I am deeply interested in the answers that mankind has come up with to explain the human situation.
Our nation and those of the developed world must offer our own resistance to despot leaders who seek to commit murder on the basis of religion or race.
People don’t talk about religion a lot in Hollywood because it’s not an incredibly safe place to do it.
Islam is a peaceful religion.
I’m a modern Muslim. I pray, and if I have a question, I ask someone who is more educated in the religion than me.
I think that Sufism fits all over the world. The concept is not anything that fits standard Western ideas – it’s always related to culture, to music, to religion. It is a dominant religion in Senegal.
Religion is interesting because it brings out the best and the worst in humanity. It can be a source of good deeds, whether it’s people from different spiritual backgrounds coming together to help other people in need after a crisis. But it’s also a cause for war and bloodshed.
What is normally called religion is what I would tend to call music – participating in music, listening to music, making records and singing.
To reject even one major tenet of the religion or to violate one major rule of behavior is enough to get one kicked out – or worse.
Organized religion provides a model of the way all organizations, from the state down to the village garden club, end a price in terms of a member’s freedom of thought and action.
Religion, you can’t a handle on it, you just have to know or not know-people either believe or they don’t believe.
Growing up in Wales was a pretty Draconian experience with religion.
We are pre-disposed for fantasy, there is a natural impulse for human beings to want to get off their heads or out of their heads in something in a substance or a drink or an idea or a religion which will comfort them and make life exciting.
Religion without morality is a superstition and a curse, and morality without religion is impossible.
Indeed, the acknowledgement of God is not synonymous with religion.
I also don’t have organized religion on Pern. I figured – since there were four holy wars going on at the time of writing – that religion was one problem Pern didn’t need.
The courts are using the First Amendment to attack religion, when they should be using it to protect religion.
Americans should be free to recognize our religious heritage doing that is not the same as creating a government-sponsored religion.
The irony of the Supreme Court hearing on these cases last week and of the outright hostility that the Court has displayed against religion in recent years is that above the head of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court is a concrete display of the Ten Commandments.
Religion theme aside, most of the time I’m in some sort of comedy and I’m a straight man and it’s really just, let’s wind this guy up and see him explode.
Basically, fundamentalism is a modern phenomenon. In the same way that Hitler evoked a mythological religion of German purity and the glory of the past, the Islamists use religion to evoke emotions and passions in people who have been oppressed for a long time in order to reach their purpose.
Religion was used as an ideology, as a system of control. When they forced the veil upon women, they were using it as an instrument of control in the same way that in Mao’s China people were wearing Mao jackets and women were not supposed to wear any makeup.