Philosophy Of Religion Quotes

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Vladimir Nabokov
“All religions are based on obsolete terminology.”
Vladimir Nabokov, Pale Fire

“BLACK AND WHITE


I was born into
A religion of Light,
But with so many other
Religions and
Philosophies,
How do I know which
ONE
Is right?

Is it not
My birthright
To seek out the light?
To find Truth
After surveying all the proof,
Am I supposed
To love
Or fight?
And why do all those who
Try to guide me,
Always start by dividing
And multiplying me –
From what they consider
Wrong or right?
I thought,
There were no walls
For whoever beams truth and light.
And how can one speak on Light's behalf,
lf all they do
Is act black,
But talk WHITE?”
Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

David Eagleman
“All creation necessarily ends in this: Creators, powerless, fleeing from the things they have wrought.”
David M. Eagleman, Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives

Umberto Eco
“Not bad, not bad at all," Diotallevi said. "To arrive at the truth through the painstaking reconstruction of a false text.”
Umberto Eco, Foucault's Pendulum

Celsus
“…evils are not caused by God; rather, that they are a part of the nature of matter and of mankind; that the period of mortal life is the same from beginning to end, and that because things happen in cycles, what is happening now — evils that is — happened before and will happen again.”
Celsus, On the True Doctrine: A Discourse Against the Christians

Blaise Pascal
“Being unable to cure death, wretchedness and ignorance, men have decided, in order to be happy, not to think about such things.”
Blaise Pascal, Pensées

E.A. Bucchianeri
“There may be some truth (atheists) do not need to believe in a god to be good, but then if they do not believe in a god, who do they believe gives the Universal Law of following good and shunning evil? Obviously, mankind. But then that is a dangerous thing, for if a man does not believe in a god capable of giving perfect laws, he is in the position of declaring all laws come from man, and as man is imperfect, he can declare that as fallible men make imperfect laws, he can pick and choose what he wishes to follow, that which, in his own mind seems good. He does not believe in divine retribution, therefore he can also declare his own morality contrary to what the divine may decree simply because he believes there is no divine decree. He may follow his every whim and passion, declaring it to be good when it may be very evil, for he like all men is imperfect, so how can he tell what is verily good? The atheist is in danger of mistaking vice for good and consequently follow another slave master and tyrant, his own physical and mental weakness. Evil would be wittingly or unwittingly perpetrated, therefore, to recognise the existence of a perfect divine being that gives perfect Universal Laws is much better than not to believe in a god, for if there is a perfect god, they will not allow their laws to be broken with impunity as in the case with many corrupt judges on earth, but will punish accordingly in due time. Therefore, to be pious and reverent is the surest path to true freedom as a perfect god will give perfect laws to prevent all manner of slavery, tyranny and moral wantonness, even if we do not understand why they are good laws at times.”
E.A. Bucchianeri, Brushstrokes of a Gadfly,

Reid A. Ashbaucher
“Morality is totally God’s standard, and his standards and conditions are revealed to us through his written word, the Scriptures (The Bible).”
Reid A. Ashbaucher, Made in the Image of God: Understanding the Nature of God and Mankind in a Changing World

James K.A. Smith
“The question isn't whether you're going to believe, but who; it's not merely about what to believe, but who to entrust yourself to. Do we really think humanity is our best bet? Do we really think we are the the answer to our problems, we who've generated all of them? The problem with everything from Enlightenment scientism to mushy Eat-Pray-Love-ism is us. If anything looks irrational, it's the notion that we are our own best hope.”
James K.A. Smith, On the Road with Saint Augustine: A Real-World Spirituality for Restless Hearts

علي مبروك
“فرغم الوعي، من جهة، بضرورة وجدوى ما قام به الخليفة الثالث "عثمان بن عفان" من تقنين المصحف، فإنه يبقى لزوم الإشارة إلى ما صاحب هذا العمل مما يُقال أنه الإنتقال من القرآن "الناطق" إلى القرآن "الصامت"، وبما ينطوى عليه هذا الإنتقال من إهدار ثرائه وحيويته. ومن جهة أخري، فإن ما قام به الأمويون، إبان صراعهم السياسى مع الإمام على بن أبى طالب، من رفع المصاحف على أسنّه الرماح والسيوف كان الواقعة الكاشفة عن إرادتهم فى تثبيت القرآن كسلطة حارسة لسلطانهم، وذلك بعد أن تبدى لهم جلياً أن فاعليته فى إنقاذ هذا السلطان تفوق فاعلية السيف بكثير. وغنيٌّ عن البيان أن هذا التمييز بين قرآن النبى الحى وبين القرآن المنحبس وراء التقييدات التى تفرضها السلطة، إنما يعكس ما يكاد يكون تقابلاً يعرفه دارسو الأديان على العموم بين "دين التقليد" الذى تحرسه مؤسسات السلطة لتسوس به الناس، وبين "الدين الحي" الذى يقصد إلى إذكاء الوعى وتحرير الإرادة. وإذ تحرس المؤسسة دين التقليد، لأنه يكون حارساً لها بدوره، فإن سعياً إلى تحرير الدين من سطوة التقليد، واستعادته فى انفتاحه وحيويته الأولي، سوف يعرى تلك المؤسسة مما تستر به عورتها. ومن هنا أن انتقام المؤسسة من هؤلاء الساعين إلى استعادة الدين الحى يكون قاسياً حقاً، لأن ذلك يكون بمثابة تعرية لها من غطائها الإيديولوجي”
علي مبروك

John Stuart Mill
“It is a bitter thought, how different a thing the Christianity of the world might have been, if the Christian faith had been adopted as the religion of the empire under the auspices of Marcus Aurelius instead of those of Constantine.”
John Stuart Mill, On Liberty

علي مبروك
“فقد أدرك الرجل (يقصد نصر حامد أبو زيد رحمة الله عليه) أن القرآن قد حُوصر بشبكة من المفاهيم والتصورات التى وجَّهت عمليات فهمه وقولبتها، ووضعت لها حدوداً وآفاقاً لا تخرج عنها، واكتسبت على مدى القرون - ورغم مصدرها البشري - قداسة توازى تلك التى للقرآن ذى المصدر الإلهي. ولسوء الحظ، فإن هذا الحصار قد أضرَّ بالقرآن وبالمسلمين فى آنٍ معاً. فقد أعجز القرآن عن أن يكون مصدراً للإلهام فى عالم متغير، وأجبر المسلمين، إبتداءً من اضطرارهم للانحباس ضمن تحديدات هذه المفاهيم الراسخة، على التعيُّش عالة على غيرهم من صُنَّاع العصر والفاعلين فيه. ومن هنا ما بدا من ضرورة الانعتاق من أسر تلك التحديدات، واستعادة القرآن الحى السابق عليها، والذى كان - وللمفارقة - قرآن النبى وصحابته الأكرمين.”
علي مبروك

علي مبروك
“وبالطبع فإنه يبقى وجوب الانتباه إلى ما يؤشر عليه هذا المسعى الانعتاقى من التمييز بين "القرآن" الذى صار موضوعاً لتقليدٍ جامد تقوم عليه مؤسسة حارسة ترعاه وتحفظه، وبين القرآن المنفتح الحى السابق على رسوخ هذا التقليد، والذى تزخر المصادر القديمة بما يرسم صورة متكاملة له مما يتواتر منسوباً إلى النبى الكريم والجيل الأول من الذين تلقَّوا وحيه الخاتم. وهنا يلزم التأكيد على أن الأمر لايتعلق بأى تحول ٍ فى طبيعة القرآن ذاته، بقدر ما يتعلق بتحولٍ فى نوع العلاقة معه، وأعنى من علاقة مع القرآن كان فيها ساحة يتواصل فوقها الناس بما تسمح به مقتضيات الواقع والأفهام، إلى علاقة بات يجرى معها فرضه كسلطةً إخضاع بالأساس.”
علي مبروك

Abhijit Naskar
“Often pastors as well as my fellow scientists ask me - are you a believer or non-believer - I smile and reply, all I care about is to abolish the barriers that people have raised among themselves. I work to create living Christs in every field of society to take care of every corner of the world.”
Abhijit Naskar, Good Scientist: When Science and Service Combine

Abhijit Naskar
“Scriptures do have a role in society, but only as literature, like any other literature, nothing more.”
Abhijit Naskar, Neden Türk: The Gospel of Secularism

Rodolfo Martin Vitangcol
“There are places with no churches ever,
but you can feel God’s presence everywhere.
There are places with churches everywhere;
but you can’t feel God’s presence anywhere.”
Rodolfo Martin Vitangcol

G.K. Chesterton
“Comparative religion is very comparative indeed. That is, it is so much a matter of degree and distance and difference that it is only comparatively successful when it tries to compare. When we come to look at it closely we find it comparing things that are really quite incomparable.We are accustomed to see a table or catalogue of the world's great religions in parallel columns, until we fancy they are really parallel. We are accustomed to see the names of the great religious founders all in a row: Christ; Mahomet; Buddha; Confucius. But in truth this is only a trick, another of these optical illusions by which any objects may be put into a particular relation by shifting to a particular point of sight. Those religions and religious founders, or rather those whom we choose to lump together as religions and religious founders, do not really show any common character. The illusion is partly produced by Islam coming immediately after Christianity in the list; as Islam did come after Christianity and was largely an imitation of Christianity. But the other eastern religions, or what we call religions, not only do not resemble the Church but do not resemble each other. When we come to Confucianism at the end of the list, we come to something in a totally different world of thought. To compare the Christian and Confucian religions is like comparing a theist with an English squire or asking whether a man is a believer in immortality or a hundred-per-cent American. Confucianism may be a civilisation but it is not a religion. In truth the Church is too unique to prove herself unique. For most popular and easy proof is by parallel; and here there is no parallel. It is not easy, therefore, to expose the fallacy by which a false classification is created to swamp a unique thing, when it really is a unique thing. As there is nowhere else exactly the same fact, so there is nowhere else exactly the same fallacy.”
G.K. Chesterton, The Everlasting Man

Abhijit Naskar
“Being kind to the stranger, is far more religious than listening and preaching "love thy neighbor" - lending a hand to a person stuck in misery to deliver some peace in their life, is far more holy, than repeating a thousand times "peace be upon Mohammed".”
Abhijit Naskar, Aşkanjali: The Sufi Sermon

Daniel C. Dennett
“We applaud intelligent design in all arenas, and aspire from infancy to achieve recognition for our creations. Among artifacts we have created is the concept of God, the Intelligent Designer, in our own image. That's how much we value the intelligent designers in our societies.”
Daniel C. Dennett, From Bacteria to Bach and Back: The Evolution of Minds

Abhijit Naskar
“Those who obey without contemplation, never attains holiness.”
Abhijit Naskar, Revolution Indomable

Enoch Burke
“Nowhere in Scripture is one encouraged to develop a philosophy of Christian living, beyond the instruction which Christ Himself has given: the duty of service (Lk. 17:10; Rom. 12:1).”
Enoch Burke, The Hedonism and Homosexuality of John Piper and Sam Allberry: The Truth of Scripture

Enoch Burke
“If [John] Piper's beliefs on authority clash with the doctrine of the Reformers as I argue, one would expect that Piper would have much less conflict with Roman Catholicism than the Reformers did. This is indeed the case. In fact, Piper's mystic hedonism is leading evangelicals on a fast trot back to Rome, where mystics have long nestled under its skirts.”
Enoch Burke, The Hedonism and Homosexuality of John Piper and Sam Allberry: The Truth of Scripture

Abhijit Naskar
“Once upon a time there was a wealthy king. He had a huge garden and he employed two gardeners to take care of it. One of them was absolutely useless - he would lazily spend all his time without doing a single work around the garden, but whenever his master visited, he would simply usher him with praise. The other gardener was a humble fellow and rather a quiet one. He didn't talk much, but he worked the whole day taking care of the garden and grew all sorts of beautiful flowers and fruits. Now who do you think would be most beloved to the king! Many people call this king God, I call it nature. And one who takes care of the children of the king is more beloved to the king than the one who does nothing but talks highly of the king.”
Abhijit Naskar, Good Scientist: When Science and Service Combine

Abhijit Naskar
“Most people confuse divinity with magic, but here is the reality of the matter - there is no magical or extraterrestrial divinity involved in the affairs of the human world - the divinity that can make any difference in our world is the divinity that we hold in our heart - the divinity which is commonly known as humanity. You may attend a thousand churches and yet die as a divine vacuum, but one who does everything in their power to help others with or without any special inclination for the church, is the very embodiment of divinity.”
Abhijit Naskar, Good Scientist: When Science and Service Combine

Abhijit Naskar
“We do not need to make up supernatural stories to believe in the goodness of great characters - goodness and greatness do not require magical nonsense to survive in a society of civilized beings.”
Abhijit Naskar, Good Scientist: When Science and Service Combine

Devon Hewett
“For the real virus that spreads, are of the mindsets of the unwilling who refuse to cut the cords that play us.”
Devon Hewett , God in the Garden: a collection of poetry written beyond the surface

Abhijit Naskar
“Science and Religion (The Sonnet)

Science and Religion have no feud,
Both are expressions of naturalism.
The real feud has been between,
Intellectualism and fundamentalism.
Facts help us take the world forward,
Reason helps us treat primitiveness.
But facts and reason alone won't do,
Without warmth all matter is lifeless.
Of course there are flaws in religion,
In science too there's greed and bigotry.
If in religion we have extremist nuts,
We also have plenty of scientific bully.
Instead of picking on each other's mistake,
Let us be human across intellect and faith.”
Abhijit Naskar, Girl Over God: The Novel

Abhijit Naskar
“Religion is life. How can you bind life in a book!”
Abhijit Naskar

“Everything is unto each other as is butter in milk. As a visible or an invisible but always an indivisible unity and oneness. As surely as a thief's hand, sooner or later, is in the till.”
Fakeer Ishavardas

“I come from the largest family on earth; it is called family of beings. All beings are my relatives. They love me and I love them too. (Page 2 of the book, “Philosophy of Unity: Love As An Ultimate Unifier.” by Michael Eneyo).”
Michael Eneyo

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