John Haynes Holmes

John Haynes
Holmes
1879
1964

American Unitarian Minister and Social Activist

Author Quotes

Society is always engaged in a vast conspiracy to preserve itself -- at
the expense of the new demands of each new generation.

Religion must be used in furthering great works of justice and reform. It must be used to establish right relations between different groups of men, and thus to make a reality of brotherhood. It must be used to abolish poverty, the breeding ground of all misery and crime, by distributing equably among men the abundance of the soil. And it must be used to get rid of war and to establish enduring peace. Here is the supreme test of the effectiveness of religion.

This universe is not hostile, nor yet is it friendly. It is simply indifferent.

Priests are no more necessary to religion than politicians to patriotism.

The universe is not hostile, nor yet is it friendly. It is simply indifferent.

Morals is its own religion, exercises its own authority, and feels its own necessity.

As the very atoms of the earth and the stars of the sky seek harmony with the system which binds them in a cosmic unity, so the souls of men seek harmony with the Spirit which makes them one.

War some day will be abolished by the will of man. This assertion does not in any way invalidate the truth that war is fundamentally caused by impersonal, political, economic and social forces. But it is the destiny of man to master and control such force, even as it is his destiny to harness rivers, chain the lightning and ride the storm. It is human will, operating under social forces, that has abolished slavery, infanticide, dueling, and a score of other social enormities. Why should it not do the same for war?

Author Picture
First Name
John Haynes
Last Name
Holmes
Birth Date
1879
Death Date
1964
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American Unitarian Minister and Social Activist