Bernice Johnson Reagon
The engine of ancient society was religion but the engine of contemporary society, as I see it, is advertising.
For if the honour paid to Him is shared by others, He altogether ceases to be worshipped, since His religion requires us to believe that He is the one and only God.
So obviously, any religion embodies some form of rules and expectations for behavior, and even sometimes consequences, and they don’t want to hear any of that.
They become the keepers of the mystery. They place themselves between the communicants of the religion, and the immediate experience. And then they dictate the terms on which you can have contact with this wonderful mystery. We don’t dictate those terms.
I have a strong belief in God… I find religion to be a very personal thing… I am also very spiritual.
I’ve been a little bit obsessed with religion, without being a religious person, for about a decade.
The advent of a new religion, making serious and impressive claims to embody a new revelation from on high, is not a frequent occurrence.
Abu Bakar Bashir
I think I’m fascinated by the power of religion in our culture. Like a lot of secular, liberal people, I ignored it for a long time. Lately, of course, just from a political perspective, it’s impossible to ignore.
I just think Texas and that whole Bible Belt section is so, like, corporate. And I don’t agree with organized religion in that respect.
When men take pleasure in feeling their minds elevated with strong drink, and so indulge their appetite as to disorder their understandings, neglect their duty as members of a family or civil society, and cast off all regard to religion, their case is much to be pitied.
Science may eventually explain the world of How. The ultimate world of Why may remain for contemplation, philosophy, religion.
Liberty Hyde Bailey