Great Throughts Treasury

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Felix Frankfurter

If nowhere else, in the relation between Church and State, “good fences make good neighbors.”

Church | Good |

Bernard Häring

If the church doesn’t listen to the world, then the world will never listen to the church.

Church | Will | World |

Abraham Joshua Heschel

In biblical days prophets were astir while the world was asleep; today the world is astir while church and synagogue are busy with trivialities.

Church | World |

Richard Halverson, fully Richard Christian Halverson

In the beginning the church was a fellowship of men and women centering on the living Christ. Then the church moved to Greece, where it became a philosophy. Then it moved to Rome, where it became an institution. Next it moved to Europe, where it became a culture, and, finally, it moved to America, where it became an enterprise.

Beginning | Church | Culture | Men | Philosophy |

Helen Keller. aka Helen Adams Keller

Sick or well, blind or seeing, bond or free, we are here for a purpose and however we are situated, we please God better with useful deeds than with many prayers or pious resignation. The temple or church is empty unless the good life fill it. The altar is holy if only it represents the altar of our heart upon which we offer the only sacrifices ever commanded – the love that is stronger than hate and the faith that overcometh doubt.

Better | Church | Deeds | Doubt | Faith | God | Good | Hate | Heart | Life | Life | Love | Pious | Purpose | Purpose | Resignation | Deeds | God |

Carl Jung, fully Carl Gustav Jung

Christian civilization has proved hollow to a terrifying degree: it is all veneer, but the inner man has remained untouched, and therefore unchanged. His soul is out of key with his external beliefs; in his soul the Christian has not kept pace with external developments. Yes, everything is to e found outside – in image and in word, in Church and Bible – but never inside. Inside reign the archaic gods, supreme as of old.

Bible | Church | Civilization | Man | Soul | Bible |

Martin Luther King, Jr.

If the church does not recapture its prophetic zeal, it will become an irrelevant social club without moral or spiritual authority.

Authority | Church | Will | Zeal |

T. B. Maston, fully Thomas Buford Maston

Segregation in the church violates something that is basic in the nature of the church. How can a church exclude from “the church of God” those who are children of God? How can it, as “the body of Christ,” withhold the privilege of worship from those who have been brought into union with Christ.

Body | Children | Church | God | Nature | Worship | Privilege |

John Locke

Every church is orthodox to itself; to others, erroneous or heretical.

Church |

Cecil Northcott

Toleration… is not true liberty when it is only a gracious concession by the state to the individual. Gracious concessions are incompatible with liberty of religion which is not something that a state, or an absolutist church offers, but that which the citizen claims and the law protects.

Church | Individual | Law | Liberty | Religion | Toleration |

Walter Rauschenbusch

The Church must either condemn the world and seek to change it, or tolerate it and conform to it. In the latter case it surrenders its holiness and its mission.

Change | Church | Mission | World |

Milton J. Rosenberg

People are coming to church not simply to partake of the sacred but to partake of sacred community.

Church | People | Sacred |

Fulton Sheen, fully Archbishop Fulton John Sheen

In times of prosperity the church administers; in times of adversity the church shepherds.

Adversity | Church | Prosperity |

Second Vatican Ecumenical Council, aka Vatican II

The Catholic Church rejects nothing which is true and holy in these religions… In Hinduism, men probe the mystery of God and express it with a rich fund of myths, and a penetrating philosophy… In the various forms of Buddhism the basic inadequacy of this changing world is recognized and men are taught with confident application how they can achieve a state of complete liberation… The Church also regards with esteem the Muslims who worship the one, subsistent, merciful and almighty God… They venerate Jesus as a prophet… Given the great spiritual heritage common to Christians and Jews, it is the wish of this sacred Council to foster and recommend a mutual knowledge and esteem.

Church | Esteem | God | Knowledge | Men | Mystery | Nothing | Philosophy | Sacred | World | Worship | God |

Gerald Alexander Larue

As we have seen over and over again, whenever church and state enter into partnership, human freedom is restricted, intellectual growth is stifled, and education is formalized and routinized to exclude and smother innovation and creativity.

Church | Creativity | Education | Freedom | Growth | Innovation |

American Proverbs

The church bell sometimes does better work than the sermon.

Better | Church | Work |

Andrew Martin Fairbairn

Symbols are deeper than words; speak when words become silent; gain where words lose in meaning; and so in hours of holiest worship the Church teaches, by symbols, truth language may not utter.

Church | Language | Meaning | Truth | Words | Worship |

Arnold J. Toynbee, fully Arnold Joseph Toynbee

So long as a church is proscribed, it can build up a new society at its own peril without being implicated in the old society’s weaknesses and sins.

Church | Peril | Society | Society | Old |