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a few quotes on religion

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    mktol1984posted 7 years ago

    "Question with boldness even the existence of a god." - Thomas Jefferson (letter to Peter Carr, 10 August 1787)

          “No man ever believes that the Bible means what it says: He is always convinced that it says what he means”
    George Bernard Shaw quotes (Irish literary Critic, Playwright and Essayist. 1925 Nobel Prize for Literature, 1856-1950)

          “Religion is as helpful as throwing a drowning man both ends of a rope”

          “All religions are founded on the fear of the many and the cleverness of the few.”
    Stendhal quotes (One of the most original and complex French writers of the 19th century, 1783-1842)

    I was walking across a bridge one day, and I saw a man standing on the edge, about to jump off. So I ran over and said 'Stop! don't do it!' 'Why shouldn't I?' he said. I said, 'Well, there's so much to live for!' He said, 'Like what?' I said, 'Well...are you religious or atheist?' He said, 'Religious.' I said, 'Me too! Are you Christian or Buddhist?' He said, 'Christian.' I said, 'Me too! Are you Catholic or Protestant?' He said, 'Protestant.' I said, 'Me too! Are you Episcopalian or Baptist?' He said, 'Baptist!' I said, 'Wow! Me too! Are you Baptist church of god or Baptist church of the lord?' He said, 'Baptist church of god!' I said, 'Me too! Are you original Baptist church of god, or are you reformed Baptist church of god?' He said, 'Reformed Baptist church of god!' I said, 'Me too! Are you reformed Baptist church of god, reformation of 1879, or reformed Baptist church of god, reformation of 1915?' He said, 'Reformed Baptist church of god, reformation of 1915!' I said, 'Die, heretic scum,' and pushed him off. --Emo Phillips

    As editor of the largest newspaper in West Virginia, I scan hundreds of reports daily and I am amazed by the frequency with which religion causes people to kill each other. It is a nearly universal pattern, undercutting the common assumption that religion makes people kind and tolerant. - James Haught

    You can safely assume that you've created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do. --Anne Lamott

    Philosophy is questions that may never be answered. Religion is answers that may never be questioned. --Unknown

    wish it (Christianity) were more productive of good works ... I mean real good works ... not holy day keeping, sermon-hearing ... or making long prayers, filled with flatteries and compliments despised by wise men, and much less capable of pleasing the Deity. -- Benjamin Franklin

    A cult is a religion with no political power. --Tom Wolfe

    The Christian resolution to find the world ugly and bad has made the world ugly and bad. --Friedrich Nietzsche

    If it weren't for Christians, I'd be a Christian.-- Mahatma Ghandi

    Isn’t it strange that people place so much emphasis upon going to church when there is not one command from Jesus to do so, and yet neglect the basic duties of our ordinary life which are commanded on every page of the Gospels? —William Law

    The best argument for Christianity is Christians: their joy, their certainty, their completeness. But the strongest argument against Christianity is also Christians--when they are somber and joyless, when they are self-righteous and smug in complacent consecration, when they are narrow and repressive, then Christianity dies a thousand deaths. --Joe Aldrich

    Being religious means asking passionately the question of the meaning of our existence and being willing to receive answers, even if the answers hurt. --Paul Tillich

    Be careful your head doesn’t grow faster than your heart. --Anonymous

  2. fierycj profile image84
    fierycjposted 7 years ago

    Nice quotes, man. I don't think its a surprise that religion is the cause of a lot of death, neither do I think It should be. Here's the punchline though...we all die for religion, whether we BELIEVE it or NOT. Lol.

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    mktol1984posted 7 years ago

    I recently wrote my final paper for my history class and i used religion as a topic and i found it pretty interesting how our founding fathers and early political figures in the united states either spoke out against religion or attempted to avoid the question all together i looks almost like religion has actually become a larger part of american society and certainly a larger part in politics I think we need to look at our selves and question weather our religion is a strengh or a weakness i personally lean toward it being a weakness but we should look at the history of religion and look closely at the times of great religious devotion and times of relaxed devotion and how it corrisponds with how we treat each other and how we live and the question must be asked what happenes if we find that when we become more devote in our faith we treat people worse our values decline and we become less compassionate what will that mean to our society and the future of religion

    1. nicomp profile image61
      nicompposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      The founding fathers may have been personally opposed to religion but they understood the incalculable value of personal freedom. As our freedoms slip away at an accelerated rate because we have been hoodwinked into believing that the government is here to solve our daily problems, I have no doubt the founding fathers would be the first ones to lead the revolt.

      1. SparklingJewel profile image67
        SparklingJewelposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        In my 25 odd years of study and practice of many world religions and philosophies...god is not the the problem, it is man's interpretation of God that creates problems. so religious interpretations  that become group powered and believed to be "the only true way" is the problem.

        The Founding Fathers were not against God, but those types of concepts of God that created problems between humanity.(i.e. being a worthless sinner, going to hell, etc...) They knew because most of them were members of secret or not so secret societies, i.e. Deists, Masons, Roscrucians, etc...  that believed and had experienced the power of the  'Infinite One' in relationship to humanity, so that is why God is in our founding documents. They knew that without God (following the Laws of the Universal Order that are True Freedom) there is no power of truth , hence no safety in big government bodies and ruling classes or groups, because the egos of humanity subvert and pervert that pure power of truth and when two or more are gathered it means multiplied subversions, etc...!

        1. mohitmisra profile image60
          mohitmisraposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          25 years of seeking and you still havent found the truth.You need to meditate more and talk or write less. smile

          1. SparklingJewel profile image67
            SparklingJewelposted 7 years ago in reply to this

            I don't know what you are reading in my response, Mohit, but you might read it again and respond in a different manner to me. big_smile
            thnks SJ

  4. skydiver profile image78
    skydiverposted 7 years ago

    Here's mine: "Religion Sucks" - Skydiver, 22nd May 2009.

  5. nicomp profile image61
    nicompposted 7 years ago

    "Nonsense to God is still nonsense" C. S. Lewis

  6. Make  Money profile image69
    Make Moneyposted 7 years ago

    “Public prayer is far more powerful than private prayer to appease the anger of God and call down His mercy and Holy Mother Church, guided by the Holy Ghost, has always advocated public prayer in times of public tragedy and suffering.”  Louis de Montfort

    “The Rosary will be a very powerful armor against hell; it will destroy vice, deliver from sin and dispel heresy.”  Our Lady to Saint Dominic

    "Public Rosaries in history: At the end of World War II, Communist Soviet troops occupied Vienna, Austria. They refused to leave. Yet, after massive public Rosary processions led by Fr. Petrus Pavlicek, the Communist invaders packed up and left in 1955. Large-scale public Rosaries were likewise credited for foiling a Communist takeover in Brazil in 1964. If the Rosary saved these countries, it can save America."  Robert Ritchie

  7. AlexiusComnenus profile image61
    AlexiusComnenusposted 7 years ago

    The founder's were not fundamentally opposed to religion. It must be remembered that the divisions we see today were incendiary back then. They only really new Christianity. They didn't really understand Islam as they didn't have any contact with it. There opposition to some versions of Christianity cannot be interpreted as an opposition to Christianity in general.

  8. Onusonus profile image86
    Onusonusposted 7 years ago

    "The great Jehova knows the situation of both the living and the dead, and has made ample provision for their redemption" Joseph Smith