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Persecution on racial and religious grounds has absolutely no place in a nation given over to liberty.
An honest God's the noblest work of man.
There is no such source of error as the pursuit of absolute truth.
When the righteous man turneth away from his righteousness that he hath committed and doeth that which is neither lawful nor quite right, he will generally be found to have gained in amiability what he has lost in holiness.
What is faith but a kind of betting or speculation after all? It should be, "I bet that my Redeemer liveth."
Belief like any other moving body follows the path of least resistance.
The more unpopular an opinion is, the more necessary it is that the holder should be somewhat punctilious in his observance of conventionalities generally.
A clergyman can hardly ever allow himself to look facts fairly in the face. It is his profession to support one side; it is impossible, therefore, for him to make an unbiased examination of the other.
It is in the uncompromisingness with which dogma is held and not in the dogma, or want of dogma, that the danger lies.
If God wants us to do a thing, he should make his wishes sufficiently clear. Sensible people will wait till he has done this before paying much attention to him.
People in general are equally horrified at hearing the Christian religion doubted, and at seeing it practised.
They would have been equally horrified at hearing the Christian religion doubted, and at seeing it practised.
Prayers are to men as dolls are to children. They are not without use and comfort, but it is not easy to take them seriously.
Vaccination is the medical sacrament corresponding to baptism.
How holy people look when they are sea-sick!
An apology for the Devil -- it must be remembered that we have only heard one side of the case. God has written all the books.
To himself every one is an immortal. He may know that he is going to die, but he can never know that he is dead.
If the American people wish to adhere to the principle of separation as seen in the long perspective of history, they should decide to prohibit non-sectarian religious instruction in public schools as a form of multiple establishment of religion.
The strength and vitality of the churches in America were in no small measure the result of the principles of religious freedom and the separation of church and state embodied in the First Amendment and in the bill of rights of the several state constitutions. Virtually every state as it came into the Union in the nineteenth century adopted the principles that the state guaranteed freedom of religious conscience and that the state would not use public funds to aid or support any churches or their schools.
One of the thorniest aspects of the first modernization process was the confrontation between establishments of religion and those seeking separation of church and state. The establishments of religion were looked upon as citadels of the traditional standing orders that had to be stormed if the forces of modernity were to be victorious. The political struggles over disestablishment were constant, severe, and often debilitating. Only in the United States was a reasonably clear-cut victory won for the separation of church and state. This was undoubtedly one of the reasons why the United States was able to forge ahead so rapidly in its modernization. There were no enormously powerful land-owning churches to hold off political reform or economic development as they did in Eastern and Southern Europe, and for a time in France, England, and Germany.
Monarchies may take God's name, but Democracies are Atheistic in their very frame.
A material resurrection seems strange and even absurd except for purposes of punishment, and all punishment which is to revenge rather than correct must be morally wrong, and when the World is at an end, what moral or warning purpose can eternal tortures answer?
If I am fool, it is, at least, a doubting one; and I envy no one the certainty of his self-approved wisdom.
All are inclined to believe what they covet, from a lottery-ticket up to a passport to Paradise.
Christians have burnt each other, quite persuaded
I do not believe in any revealed religion. I will have nothing to do with your immortality; we are miserable enough in this life, without the absurdity of speculating upon another.
We have fools in all sects, and impostors in most; why should I believe mysteries no one can understand, because written by men who chose to mistake madness for inspiration and style themselves Evangelicals?
I am surrounded here by parsons and methodists, but as you will see, not infested with the mania.
Of religion I know nothing -- at least, in its favor.
I hope to merit Heaven by making earth a Hell
It [Catholicism] is by far the most elegant worship, hardly excepting the Greek mythology. What with incense, pictures, statues, altars, shrines, relics, and the real presence, confession, absolution, -- there is something sensible to grasp at. Besides, it leaves no possibility of doubt; for those who swallow their Deity, really and truly, in transubstantiation, can hardly find any thing else otherwise than easy of digestion.
The basis of your religion is injustice. The Son of God the pure, the immaculate, the innocent, is sacrificed for the guilty. This proves his heroism, but no more does away with man's sin than a school boy's volunteering to be flogged for another would exculpate a dunce from negligence.
I am no Platonist; I am nothing at all. But I would sooner be a Paulician, Manichean, Spinozist, Gentile, Pyrrhonian, Zoroastrian, than one of the seventy-two villainous sects who are tearing each other to pieces for the love of the Lord and hatred of each other.
He thought about himself, and the whole earth,
The Subtle Fulmination of the Encircled Sea
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