Civilisation has ever accompanied emigration and conquest - the conflict of opinion of religion or of race.
Religion is no more the parent of morality than an incubator is the mother of a chicken.
Contradictory to my religion I think is journalism.
Religion is the idol of the mob it adores everything it does not understand.
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.
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.
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've been a little bit obsessed with religion without being a religious person for about a decade.
I have a strong belief in God... I find religion to be a very personal thing... I am also very spiritual.
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.
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.
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.
The engine of ancient society was religion but the engine of contemporary society as I see it is advertising.
And I used to think that proof that I had religion was whether I knew how to sing all of the songs.
Modern societies march towards morality in proportion as they leave religion behind.
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.
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.
The search for religion is the starting point of thought.
Nations are equal in respect to each other and entitled to claim equal consideration for their rights whatever may be their relative dimensions or strength or however greatly they may differ in government religion or manners.
Science may eventually explain the world of How. The ultimate world of Why may remain for contemplation philosophy religion.
I just think Texas and that whole Bible Belt section is so like corporate. And I don't agree with organized religion in that respect.
What use is revelation or religion if it doesnt change anything?
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.
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.
The government must pursue a course of complete neutrality toward religion.
I could almost say it is my religion. I guess that sounds pretentious but I want to live and breathe cinema.
I'm fascinated with all kinds of religion but I'm not committed to any specific one.
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.
I'm not embarrassed about the novels I wrote when I was younger but I couldn't write them today because of my 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 think people often come to the synagogue mosque the church looking for God and what we give them is religion.
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.
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.
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.
In both religion and science some people are dishonest exploitative incompetent and exhibit other human failings.
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.
The Constitution provides for freedom of religion not freedom from 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.
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.
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.
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.
I don't think you need religion.
The dissolution of the nation destroys the national religion and dethrones the national deity.
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.
Plenty of people are raised Catholic and then aren't Catholic anymore like any religion.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
It's very difficult to talk about religion in Iran because religion has gotten so mixed up with politics.
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.
We have no problems with Jews and highly respect Judaism as a holy religion.
The songs keep on writing themselves and I really love them. It's as close as I get to a religion.
Buddhism has become a socially recognized religious philosophy for Americans whereas it used to be considered an exotic 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.
Politics in America is the binding secular religion.
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.
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.
Religion is organized to satisfy and guide the soul - politics does the same thing for the body.
We need a new religion.
Scientific prayer makes God a celestial lab rat leading to bad science and worse religion.
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.
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.
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.
It was part of your religion to hate the British.
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.
Galileo was no idiot. Only an idiot could believe that science requires martyrdom - that may be necessary in religion but in time a scientific result will establish itself.
Scientology is not a white religion. It is not just for white people.
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.
Religion is the sole technique for the validating of values.
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.
And what is religion you might ask. It's a technology of living.
What I miss today more than anything else - I don't go to church as much anymore - but that old-time religion that old singing that old praying which I love so much. That is the great strength of my being of my writing.
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.
People don't talk about religion a lot in Hollywood because it's not an incredibly safe place to do it.
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.
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.
My theory is if you have a religion it's a good one. Because some people don't have any at all.
Religion is a strange wonderful thing. More crimes have been committed in the name of righteousness than any other notion.
I have my own religion. I'm sort of one-quarter Baptist one-quarter Catholic one-quarter Jewish.
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 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.
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.
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.
What is normally called religion is what I would tend to call music - participating in music listening to music making records and singing.
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.
In Europe art has to a large degree taken the place of religion. In America it seems rather to be science.
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.
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.
Islam is a peaceful religion.
Americans should be free to recognize our religious heritage doing that is not the same as creating a government-sponsored religion.
The courts are using the First Amendment to attack religion when they should be using it to protect 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.
Indeed the acknowledgement of God is not synonymous with religion.
It's not just the effect of technology on the environment on religion on the economic structure on society on politics etc. It's that everything now exists in technology to the point where technology is the new and comprehensive host of nature of life.
Religion without morality is a superstition and a curse and morality without religion is impossible.
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.
Growing up in Wales was a pretty Draconian experience with religion.
Religion you can't a handle on it you just have to know or not know-people either believe or they don't believe.
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.
The only difference is that religion is much better organised and has been around much longer but it's the same story with different characters and different costumes.
The spiritual element the really important part of religion has no concern with Time and Space temporary mundane laws or conduct.
All religions have periods in their history which are looked back to with retrospective fear and trembling as eras of persecution and each religion has its own book of martyrs.
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.
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 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.
I almost got a psychology degree I almost got a philosophy degree. I kept changing it so they couldn't make me graduate. I studied anthropology and eastern religion epistomology and astronomy... I took every interesting course I could find for nine years.
The point here is that physics followed the data where it seemed to lead even though some thought the model gave aid and comfort to religion.
The artist himself may not think he is religious but if he is sincere his sincerity in itself is religion.
To have dominion by religion is to have dominion over men's souls thus over their very spiritual life and to use the Divine things which are in their religion as the means.
I travel around the world experiencing every language every religion... some places where there's just no reason to smile because their lives are so difficult.
Who made these laws? That's what I want to know. So that's why I wear two crosses now. I call it double cross. I believe in God-not religion.
I could never say that one religion is wrong. I could never say that this person's God is wrong I could never say that someone is wrong because they don't believe in God.
I don't think we should proselytize a particular religion.
Wars have always started over religion.
There is a holy mistaken zeal in politics as well as in religion. By persuading others we convince ourselves.
When you're in prison you either embrace religion or you reject it. I embraced it it was a very spiritual time for me.
I believe every religion captures a piece of the truth.
The arts and a belief in the values of the civil rights movement in the overwhelming virtue of diversity these were our religion. My parents worshipped those ideals.
The basic assumption of the secular society is that modernity overcomes religion.
In Lincoln's day a President's religion was a very private affair. There were no public prayer meetings no attempts to woo the Religious Right. Few of Lincoln's countrymen knew anything at all of his religious beliefs.
My religion lies in my composition.
I'm still a person a human being no matter what religion I am.
Think about all the great leaders. Think about Obama. Think about Clinton. Think about Nelson Mandela. Think about all the people that we know who are very successful in business in politics and religion. What are they? They tell purposeful stories. They move people to action by aiming at the heart.
If there is a God atheism must seem to Him as less of an insult than religion.
I don't care what the religion is called as far as I'm concerned one God the God I adhere to is in charge of all of them.
Art and Religion are then two roads by which men escape from circumstance to ecstasy. Between aesthetic and religious rapture there is a family alliance. Art and Religion are means to similar states of mind.
I do engineering not religion.
The Coptic Church respects the law but it does not accept rulings that go against the Bible and our freedom of religion.
It is the sincere desire of the writer that our citizens should early understand that the genuine source of correct republican principles is the bible particularly the New Testament or the Christian religion.
History is the key to everything: politics religion even fashion.
Well religion has been passed down through the years by stories people tell around the campfire. Stories about God stories about love. Stories about good spirits and evil spirits.
Practically speaking your religion is the story you tell about your life.
I think the real problem for American religion are those minority of fundamentalists who try to identify political policies with religion.
I subscribe to no religion. But I believe that in the creation of art there can be moments of God.
In every religion there is an element of the supernatural varying with the influence of pure reason over its devotees.
The American Indian was an individualist in religion as in war. He had neither a national army nor an organized church.
When state and religion are one religion becomes a means for the powerful to remain in power.
Then if your movie clicks with real audiences you'll be sucked into some sort of Hollywood orbit. It's a devil of a place where the only religion that really counts is box office.
The Muslims have as everyone else says the right to practice their religion and they have the right to construct a mosque at ground zero if they wish. What I am saying though is that they should listen to public opinion they should listen to the deep wounds and anguish that this is causing to so many good people.
My view of social media is that it is a set of tools not a religion.
I think there's been a big problem between religion or organized religion and spirituality.
The true meaning of religion is thus not simply morality but morality touched by emotion.
The world is my country science is my religion.
Religion fails if it cannot speak to men as they are.
Man is the religious animal. He is the only one that's got true religion several of them.
When I'm not writing I read loads of fiction but I've been writing quite constantly lately so I've been reading a lot of nonfiction - philosophy religion science history social or cultural studies.
I think that we are at a point in our country where we're trying to decide what role should religion play in the political arena.