Great Throughts Treasury

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Blaise Pascal

God regards only the inward; the Church judges only by the outward. god absolves as soon as He sees penitence in the heart; the church when she sees it in works.

Church | God | Heart | God |

Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield

Man is born to believe, and if no church comes forward with all the title deeds of truths... he will find alters and idols in his own heart and his own imagination.

Church | Deeds | Heart | Imagination | Man | Title | Will | Deeds |

English Proverbs

The church is an anvil that has worn out many hammers.

Church |

Elizabeth Cady Stanton

The Bible and the Church have been the greatest stumbling blocks in the way of women's emancipation.

Bible | Church | Bible |

Henry David Thoreau, born David Henry Thoreau

The church is a sort of hospital for men’s souls, and as full of quackery as the hospital for their bodies.

Church | Men |

James A. Pike, fully Bishop James Albert Pike

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

Church | Religion | Society |

John Dryden

Dullness is decent in the Church and State.

Church |

John Ruskin

It is not the church we want, but the sacrifice; not the emotion of admiration, but the act of adoration; not the gift, but the giving.

Admiration | Church | Giving | Sacrifice |

Joseph Campbell

The actual point in question, throughout the centuries of Christian persecution, has never been faith in God, but faith in the Bible as the word of God, and in the Church (this Church or that) as the interpreter of that word.

Bible | Church | Faith | God | Question | Bible |

Lillian Hellman, fully Lillian Florience "Lily" Hellman

I didn’t know what she was saying when she moved her lips in a Baptist church or a Catholic cathedral or, less often, in a synagogue, but it was obvious that God could be found anywhere.

Church | God | God |

Karl Rahner

Only one thing can give unity in the Church on the human level: the love which allows another to be different even when it does not understand him.

Church | Love | Unity | Understand |

Louisa May Alcott

My parents never bound us to any church but taught us that the love of goodness was the love of God, the cheerful doing of duty made life happy, and that the love of one’s neighbor in its widest sense was the best help for oneself. Their lives showed us how lovely this simple faith was, how much honor, gratitude and affection it brought them, and what a sweet memory they left behind.

Church | Duty | Faith | God | Gratitude | Happy | Honor | Life | Life | Love | Memory | Parents | Sense |

Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

People don’t come to church for preachments, of course, but to daydream about God.

Church | God | People |

Martin Luther

The Church owes its life to the word of promise through faith, and is nourished and preserved by this same word.

Church | Faith | Life | Life | Promise |

Wendell Phillips

Society - the only field where the sexes have ever met on terms of equality, the arena where character is formed and studied, the cradle and the realm of public opinion, the crucible of ideas, the world’s university, at once a school and a theater, the spur and the crown of ambition, the tribunal which unmasks pretension and stamps real merit, the power that gives government leave to be, and outruns the lazy Church in fixing the moral sense of the eye.

Ambition | Character | Church | Equality | Government | Ideas | Merit | Opinion | Power | Public | Sense | Society | World | Government |

Felix Adler

No religion can long continue to maintain its purity when the church becomes the subservient vassal of the state.

Church | Purity | Religion |

Georges Florovsky, fully Georges Vasilievich Florovsky

Orthodoxy is summoned to witness. Now more than ever the Christian West stands before divergent prospects, a living question addressed also to the Orthodox world… The ‘old polemical theology' has long ago lost its inner connection with any reality. Such theology was an academic discipline, and was always elaborated according to the same western 'textbooks.' A historiosophical exegesis of the western religious tragedy must become the new 'polemical theology.' But this tragedy must be reendured and relived, precisely as one's own, and its potential catharsis must be demonstrated in the fullness of the experience of the Church and patristic tradition. In this newly sought Orthodox synthesis, the centuries-old experience of the Catholic West must be studied and diagnosed by Orthodox theology with greater care and sympathy than has been the case up to now… The Orthodox theologian must also offer his own testimony to this world—a testimony arising from the inner memory of the Church—and resolve the question with his historical findings.

Care | Church | Experience | Memory | Question | Sympathy | Theology | Tragedy |

Henri Frédéric Amiel

Redemption, eternal life, divinity, humanity, propitiation, incarnation, judgment, Satan, heaven and hell—all these beliefs have been so materialized and coarsened, that with a strange irony they present to us the spectacle of things having a profound meaning and yet carnally interpreted. Christian boldness and Christian liberty must be reconquered; it is the church which is heretical, the church whose sight is troubled and her heart timid. Whether we will or no, there is an esoteric doctrine, there is a relative revelation; each man enters into God so much as God enters into him, or as Angelus, I think, said, "the eye by which I see God is the same eye by which He sees me."

Boldness | Church | Eternal | God | Heart | Heaven | Irony | Liberty | Man | Meaning | Present | Will | God |