Great Throughts Treasury

This site is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Alan William Smolowe who gave birth to the creation of this database.

James A. Pike, fully Bishop James Albert Pike

American Bishop, Author

"What is essentially wrong with lust is not that the body is used carnally, but that the situation is such, the human relations are such, that this particular use of the body is the implementation of a wrong spirit."

"With us, separation of church and state was never intended to mean separation of religion from society."

"The 11 o’clock hour on Sunday is the most segregated hour in American life."

"Prayer is the principal means for opening oneself to the power and love of God that is already there – in the depths of reality."

"There are many theological questions which can be asked - even interesting ones, for which the truest answer this side of the grave is, “I don’t know.”"

"When someone says “Oh, I can worship God anywhere,” the answer is, “Do you?”"

"Tradition should be deabsolutized, but not scrapped. We’re in a two thousand year continuity, and that which expresses continuity is valuable. In a state of flux on doctrine, continuity of tradition has even more value."

"It is disgraceful that people are barred from neighborhoods and clubs on a basis that would have barred Jesus Himself."

"Fewer beliefs, more belief."

"If a person lacks self-acceptance, he can't live with himself; if he lacks self-criticism, others can't live with him."

"Remember that life is not measured in hours but in accomplishments."