I have increasingly, over the years, felt that religion today does our civilization more harm than good.
- Mary Douglas
In science, a healthy skepticism is a professional necessity, whereas in religion, having belief without evidence is regarded as a virtue.
- Paul Davies
Shelley is truth itself and honour itself notwithstanding his out-of-the-way notions about religion.
- George Byron
One of the misperceptions that exists in the Muslim world, which needs to be fixed, is the perception that Muslims in America are - are - are living in - in very, very, very bad circumstances. They cannot practice religion freely. It is not the truth at all. The fact is, we are practicing. We fast,
- Feisal Abdul Rauf
I was completely surrounded by religion from a young time. I was taught by my father. I engaged in discussions with him and many of these scholars who visited and came around the dining table, the lunch table, and attended many lectures with my dad. And so I learned the apprentice way.
- Feisal Abdul Rauf
When I arrived in America, I experienced serious culture shock. For someone with a religious upbringing, the 1960s were an extremely difficult time. Even though religion was a big part of the civil rights and peace movements, in my college religion was treated as irrelevant, hopelessly stodgy, and b
- Feisal Abdul Rauf
Staying chaste until marriage, a commandment of my faith, was one of the most difficult challenges of my young life. I had a powerful sense that if I did not get a grip on my identity, my ethics, and my religion, I would go off the rails.
- Feisal Abdul Rauf
Americans know more about religion than almost any other topic.
- Bruce Feiler
Let us have but one end in view, the welfare of humanity; and let us put aside all selfishness in consideration of language, nationality, or religion.
- John Comenius
No religion can long continue to maintain its purity when the church becomes the subservient vassal of the state.
- Felix Adler
No account of the Renaissance can be complete without some notice of the attempt made by certain Italian scholars of the fifteenth century to reconcile Christianity with the religion of ancient Greece.
- Walter Pater
For me sport was a religion... with religious sentiment.
- Pierre de Coubertin
Religion is the call to confront reality; to master the self.
- Huston Smith
Whereas religious prayers sing of peace and harmony, religion has divided human beings through an atrocious history of enmity and bloodshed. Yet, behind the veil of superficiality and hypocrisy, I always believed in the inherent beauty of God that lies at the essence of all true spiritual paths.
- Radhanath Swami
Philosophy is an attempt by man to find cause and effect. Religion has the same goal.
- Al Goldstein
The audience that I try to reach are members of what I call the church alumni association. Now they are people who have not found in institutional religion a God big enough to be God for their world.
- John Shelby Spong
Nevertheless, there is another threat on the horizon. I see this threat in environmentalism which is becoming a new dominant ideology, if not a religion. Its main weapon is raising the alarm and predicting the human life endangering climate change based on man-made global warming.
- Vaclav Klaus
In my opinion, most organized religion does neither agentic service nor relational nurturance very well.
- Richard Rohr
My view of social media is that it is a set of tools, not a religion.
- Bill Keller
What are my sources of strength? My husband and my three kids, my health-care team, and my religion.
- Geraldine Ferraro
There is an absolutely fundamental hostility on the part of totalitarian regimes toward religion.
- Jeane Kirkpatrick
We need a new religion.
- Lauren Hutton
Religion is inwardly focused and driven only to sustain itself.
- Kary Mullis
Cruel persecutions and intolerance are not accidents, but grow out of the very essence of religion, namely, its absolute claims.
- Morris Raphael Cohen
Coming out involves varying degrees of difficulty that are affected by class, race, religion, and geography.
- Lance Loud
God requireth not a uniformity of religion.
- Roger Williams
Patriotism is the religion of hell.
- James Branch Cabell
I believe every religion captures a piece of the truth.
- James Van Der Beek
Religion can be one of the greatest impediments to finding God.
- Anne Graham Lotz
The world is my country, science is my religion.
- Christiaan Huygens
Is woman a religion? Well, perhaps you will have the chance of judging for yourselves if you go to America. There you will find men treating women with just the same respect formerly accorded only to religious dignitaries or to great nobles.
- Lafcadio Hearn
Religion is not a popular error; it is a great instinctive truth, sensed by the people, expressed by the people.
- Ernest Renan
We establish no religion in this country, nor will we ever. But we poison our society when we remove its theological underpinnings. We court corruption when we leave society devoid of belief.
- Jeff Miller
Kinsey was trying to study sex scientifically, get rid of the overlay of culture and religion.
- Bill Condon
The Islam of the 18th, 19th and first half of the 20th century was a poor thing. Nobody bothered about it. Islam was that funny sort of pure system of beliefs that depressed people in the Middle East held as their religion.
- John Keegan
Modern societies march towards morality in proportion as they leave religion behind.
- Paul Bert
If you went for a job interview in a Glasgow law firm, they used to ask you what school you went to. And that was a way of finding out what religion you were.
- Denise Mina
For many people religion can be so easy they stumble right over it.
- Kathie Lee Gifford
When I was almost 13 I was ripe for religion. I was actually just plain ripe.
- Kathie Lee Gifford
Whatever the evolutionary basis of religion, the xenophobia it now generates is clearly maladaptive.
- Lawrence M. Krauss
Keeping religion immune from criticism is both unwarranted and dangerous.
- Lawrence M. Krauss
To be born in India is to arrive into the world swimming in religion.
- Ravi Zacharias
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