There is no cure for the pride of a virtuous nation but pure religion.
Religions do a useful thing: they narrow God to the limits of man. Philosophy replies by doing a necessary thing: it elevates man to the plane of God.
The state has physical power and uses it when necessary; the power of religion is love and beneficence.
To become a popular religion, it is only necessary for a superstition to enslave a philosophy.
Politics should share one purpose with religion: the steady emancipation of the individual through the education of his passions.
Genius without religion is only a lamp on the outer gate of a palace; it may serve to cast a gleam of light on those that are without, while the inhabitant sits in darkness.
Religion is by no means a proper subject of conversation in a mixed company.
If you want to move people, you look for a point of sensitivity, and in Egypt nothing moves people as much as religion.
Only Destiny gave birth to Spirituality and nothing else, because this is also a form that reflects in the Great Void of non-Knowledge from the Mirror of Knowledge in order to keep the image of Spirituality as closest as possible to the Great Void-Being. Thus only the Spirituality is closer to the great Void-Being that is described to us through death and through the destiny of this Death which can be as tender to this ephemeral existence as he can be unforgiving to the mans Sacred Self.
All formal dogmatic religions are fallacious and must never be accepted by self-respecting persons as final.
Religion, like poetry, is not a mere idea, it is expression. The self-expression of God is in the endless variety of creation and our attitude toward the Infinite Being must also in its expression have a variety of individuality ceaseless and unendi.
Spiritual discipline grows only in a field fertilized by Love.
God can be realized through all paths. All religions are true. The important thing is to reach the roof. You can reach it by stone stairs or by wooden stairs or by bamboo steps or by a rope. You can also climb up by a bamboo pole.
If a man wants to cultivate human values, he has to apply the manure of spirituality to his heart, water it with love so that human values will grow.
Men expect that religion should cost them no pains, that happiness should drop into their laps without any design and endeavor on their part, and that, after they have done what they please while they live, God should snatch them up to heaven when they die. But though 'the commandments of God be not grievous,' yet it is fit to let men know that they are not thus easy.
The seven deadly sins: Want of money, bad health, bad temper, chastity, family ties, knowing that you know things, and believing in the Christian religion.
As to Jesus of Nazareth, my Opinion of whom you particularly desire, I think the System of Morals and his Religion, as he left them to us, the best the world ever saw or is likely to see but I apprehend it has received various corrupt changes, and I have, with most of the present Dissenters in England, some Doubts as to his divinity tho' it is a question I do not dogmatize upon, having never studied it, and I think it needless to busy myself with it now, when I expect soon an Opportunity of knowing the Truth with less Trouble.
By a garden is meant mystically a place of spiritual repose, stillness, peace, refreshment, delight.
Properly speaking, all true work is religion.
In a time where we look at religion involved in church and state, I believe that this piece has contemporary relevance and provides much to think about when you see the play. I'm very excited about it.
Religion, like water, may be free, but when they pipe it to you, you've got to help pay for piping. And the Piper!
Left to my own imagination, I could never have composed a scenario that was anywhere as interesting as my life has been starting out as an eager altar boy, a good Boy Scout, a relatively docile Dominican brother and priest, receiving an advanced degree in spirituality, teaching bishops and many others around the world about our Western spiritual tradition, and then ending up being expelled from the Dominican order.
For a long time I've been trying to make this film and everyone told me you couldn't make a film about religion. What can I say, passion dollars baby.
Shelley is truth itself and honour itself notwithstanding his out-of-the-way notions about religion.
Does a country support a religion or not It's not black and white. Look at the United Kingdom and Saudi Arabia, for example. Both have official state religions, but should they really be classified in the same category
I think what I and most other sociologists of religion wrote in the 1960s about secularization was a mistake. Our underlying argument was that secularization and modernity go hand in hand. With more modernization comes more secularization.
The radical novelty of modern science lies precisely in the rejection of the belief, which is at the heart of all popular religion, that the forces which move the stars and atoms are contingent upon the preferences of the human heart.
I thought I would put it in there because you constantly see celebrities all the time in celebrity magazines and TV shows and the public almost follows them in a worshipping kind of way. While everything else in the exhibit is more spiritual or related to religion, this is a pop culture piece that I thought would show how spirituality is something that is applicable to everyday things, especially in our culture.
In economics, we borrowed from the Bourbons in foreign policy, we drew on themes fashioned by the nomad warriors of the Eurasian steppes. In spiritual matters, we emulated the braying intolerance of our archenemies, the Shi'ite fundamentalists.
What is marriage, is marriage protection or religion, is marriage renunciation or abundance, is marriage a stepping-stone or an end. What is marriage.