Not only is there no God, but try getting a plumber on weekends.
Woody Allen, “My Philosophy” in the The New Yorker
Jesus is there for us in the Scriptures. How often do we ignore Him? We must shake off this indifference. Only the Faith and the wisdom of the Church can save us, but it requires men and women, warriors ready to risk their good names, even their very lives to stand up for the truth.
Jim Caviezel, FreeRepublic.com, March 1, 2004
I intend to make Scientology as accessible to as many people as I can.
Jenna Elfman, ABCNews.com
Vatican II corrupted the institution of the church. Look at the main fruits: dwindling numbers and pedophilia.
Mel Gibson, Time, January 27, 2003
Technically, I’m an agnostic, but I definitely believe in hell – especially after watching the fall TV schedule.
Matt Groening, Celebrity Atheist List
I’m an atheist, and that’s it. I believe there’s nothing we can know except that we should be kind to each other and do what we can for people
Katharine Hepburn, Ladies’ Home Journal, October 1991
From my point of view I would ban religion completely, even though there are some wonderful things about it. I love the idea of the teachings of Jesus Christ and the beautiful stories about it, which I loved in Sunday school and I collected all the little stickers and put them in my book. But the reality is that organised religion doesn’t seem to work. It turns people into hateful lemmings and it’s not really compassionate.
Elton John, The Observer, November 12, 2006
I think religion has always tried to turn hatred towards gay people. Religion promotes the hatred and spite against gays. But there are so many Christian people I know who are gay and love their religion …
Elton John, The Observer, November 12, 2006
There doesn’t need to be a God for me. There’s something in people that’s spiritual, that’s godlike. I don’t feel like doing things just because people say things, but I also don’t really know if it’s better to just not believe in anything, either.
Angelina Jolie, AV Club, September 6, 2000
Since I joined the [Mormon] Church, I desire to be more and more obedient to God. As I do so, many people say to me, ‘I see a light in you more than ever before. What is it?
Gladys Knight, BlackLDS.org
But I would never steal anyone’s boyfriend. It’s bad karma, and I’m a big believer in karma—hence the fact that I’ve studied kabbalah. I’m very true to the “Treat people the way you want to be treated” sort of thing.
Lindsay Lohan, Elle, September 2006
The thought of eternal life appeals to me.
I hope by the time it’s my moment to leave this world physically, I’ll have gotten my head around the idea that life is an endless cycle.
God comes first. Paradise is not cheap.
Hakeem Olajuwon, Beliefnet
Were it not for Scientology, I would either be completely insane or dead by now.
Lisa Marie Presley, ABCNews.com
I think we all have a little voice inside us that will guide us. It may be God, I don’t know. But I think that if we shut out all the noise and clutter from our lives and listen to that voice, it will tell us the right thing to do. The Unitarian believes that God is good, and believes that God believes that man is good. Inherently. The Unitarian God is not a God of vengeance. And that is something I can appreciate.
Christopher Reeve, Reader’s Digest, October 2004
My Mom’s a Christian and she loves me; that whole side of my family is Christian and I have no problem with it. I just feel we need to stop worrying about pro-gay movements and start worrying about fundamentalist movements. It’s not just about how gay people are treated – it’s about how people are treated in general.
Jake Shears of the Scissor Sisters, The Observer, November 12, 2006
I read the Kabbalah books and I meditate on them … They are all in Hebrew. I don’t understand everything. But it’s kind of OK that you don’t. … Kevin isn’t into it as intensely as I am. For some reason I’m thirsting for it.
Britney Spears, Elle, October 2005
I’m just trying to say, The way school need teachers / The way Kathie Lee needed Regis / That’s the way y’all need Jesus / So here go my single, dog / Radio needs this.
Kanye West, “Jesus Walks” single, September 2004
I have undertaken to translate the Bible…. This was good for me; otherwise I might have diedin the mistaken notion that I was a learned fellow.
No man ever believes that the Bible means what it says:
He is always convinced that it says what he means.
George Bernard Shaw
To comprehend the written Bible, it is essential to understand that most of the words which are now written down in it had been spoken first and therefore, they had been heard long before they could ever have been written.
The feeling remains that God is on the journey, too.
Teresa of Avilan
God is not the name of God, but an opinion about Him
Pope Xystus I
Life is a process. We are a process. The universe is a process.
Anne Wilson Schaef
Nature is full of genius, full of the divinity; so that not a snowflake escapes its fashioning hand.
Henry David Thoreau
There’s something infinitely sad about little girls who grow up understanding (usually unconsciously) that if God is male, it’s because male is the most valuable thing to be. This belief resonates in a thousand hidden ways in their lives. It slowly cripples girl children, and it cripples female adults.
Sue Monk Kidd
The Persian shows the Zend-Avesta of Zoroaster, the law-giver of Persia, and calls it the divine law; the Bramin shows the Shaster, revealed, he says, by God to Brama, and given to him out of a cloud; the Jew shows what he calls the law of Moses, given, he says, by God, on the Mount Sinai; the Christian shows a collection of books and epistles, written by nobody knows who, and called the New Testament; and the Mahometan shows the Koran, given, he says, by God to Mahomet: each of these calls itself revealed religion, and the only true Word of God, and this the followers of each profess to believe from the habit of education, and each believes the others are imposed upon.
But when the divine gift of reason begins to expand itself in the mind and calls man to reflection, he then reads and contemplates God and His works, and not in the books pretending to be revelation. The creation is the Bible of the true believer in God. Everything in this vast volume inspires him with sublime ideas of the Creator. The little and paltry, and often obscene, tales of the Bible sink into wretchedness when put in comparison with this mighty work
Of publishing a book on religion, my dear sir, I never had an idea. I should as soon think of writing for the reformation of Bedlam, as of the world of religious sects. Of these there must be, at least, ten thousand, every individual of every one of which believes all wrong but his own.
When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
1 Corinthions 13:11
Open your ears to the song of the universe.
Experience has repeatedly confirmed that well-known maxim of Bacon’s that “a little philosophy inclineth a man’s mind to atheism, but depth in philosophy bringeth men’s minds about to religion.” At the same time, when Bacon penned that sage epigram… he forgot to add that the God to whom depth in philosophy brings back men’s minds is far from being the same from whom a little philosophy estranges them.
Long before I knew anything about physics, I sensed that life is woven together by invisible threads of being, that the earth and all that lies beyond it emanate not from one source but from a complex web of existence and energy that spans time and space. And while I believe that there are conscious connections and interdependent relationships within this great web of existence, I do not use the word of God or Goddess to describe it.
Rev. Kathy Huff
All are but parts of one stupendous whole, [w]hose body Nature is, and God the soul.
The actual point of creation lies outside the scope of presently known laws of physics.
A religion old or new, that stressed the magnificence of the universe as revealed by modern science, might be able to draw forth reserves of reverence and awe hardly tapped by the conventional faiths. Sooner or later, such a religion will emerge.
Science can purify religion from error and superstition; religion can purify science from idolatry and false absolutes. Each can draw the other into a wider world, a world in which both can flourish…We need each other to be what we must be, what we are called to be.
Pope John Paul II
An honest man, armed with all the knowledge available to us now, could only state that in some sense, the origin life appears at the moment to be almost a miracle, so many are the conditions which would have had to have been satisfied to get it going.
Francis H.C. Crick
When I was young, I believed in a personal God – a person who, though invisible, would probably look like one of Michelangelo’s paintings. As I grew older, I came to believe in an impersonal God – a force like gravity or love, or life itself. . . . I now believe in a personal God who is not a person, who is a Mystery beyond my ability to comprehend, yet no less real for my confusion.
Reverend Erik Walker Wikstrom
The facts must mold the theories, not the theories the facts . . . I am most critical of my biologist friends in this matter. Try telling a biologist that, impartially judged among other accepted theories of science, such as the theory of relativity, it seems to you that the theory of natural selection has a very uncertain, hypothetical status, and watch his reaction. I’ll bet you that he gets red in the face. This is `religion,’ not `science,’ with him.
Alan C. Burton
I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.
If you can understand it, it’s not God
I have felt a presence that disturbs me with the joy of elevated thoughts; a sense sublime of something far more deeply interfused, whose dwelling is the light of setting suns, and the round ocean and the living air, and the blue sky, and in the mind of man; a motion and a spirit, that impels all thinking things, all objects of all thought, and rolls through all things.
To see a world in a grain of sand, And a heaven in a wild flower, Hold infinity in the palm of your hand, an eternity in an hour.
The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
I believe in God, only I spell it Nature.
Frank Lloyd Wright
Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.
Never does nature say one thing and wisdom another.
If one way be better than another, that you may be sure is Nature’s way.
I always think that the best way to know God is to love many things.
Vincent van Gogh
The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature.
A man with God is always in the majority.
It is by the exercise of our reason that we are enabled to contemplate God in His works, and imitate Him in His ways. When we see His care and goodness extended over all His creatures, it teaches us our duty toward each other, while it calls forth our gratitude to Him.
We hold it for a fundamental and undeniable truth that religion, or the duty which we owe our Creator, and the manner of discharging it, can be directed only by reason and conviction, not by force or violence. The religion, then, of every man must be left to the conviction and conscience of every man: and that it is the right of every man to exercise it as these may dictate.
In every country and every age, the priest has been hostile to liberty. He is always in alliance with the despot … they have perverted the purest religion ever preached to man into mystery and jargon, unintelligible to all mankind, and therefore the safer engine for their purpose.
The priesthood have, in all ancient nations, nearly monopolized learning. And ever since the reformation, when or where has existed a protestant or dissenting sect who would tolerate a free inquiry? The blackest billingsgate, the most ungentlemanly insolence, the most yahooish brutality, is patiently endured, countenanced, propagated, and applauded.
But touch a solemn truth in collision with a dogma of a sect, though capable of the clearest proof, and you will find you have disturbed a nest, and the hornets will swarm about your eyes and hand, and fly into your face and eyes.
And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.
God is a verb, not a noun proper or improper
R. Buckminster Fuller
Change your thoughts, and you change your world.
Norman Vincent Peale
Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
Jesus of Nazareth
Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
No God, no peace. Know God, know peace.