How Do We Explain Religion?

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No one can help being religious. Human beings are incurably religious. An atheist has the most dogmatic of all conceptions.
– Dr. Robert A. Millikan

Religion functions to remind man that he is not God.
– Author unknown

A little philosophy inclines man’s mind to atheism, but depth in philosophy brings men’s minds about to religion.
– Francis Bacon

Science takes things apart to see how they work; religion puts things together to see what they mean.
– Jonathan Sacks

A man without ‘religion is a contradiction in itself. In his ‘religion’ man gives account of his relation to God. His religion is reaction upon the (real or pretended) revelation of God. Man is ‘incurably religious’ because his relation to God belongs to the very essence of man himself. Man is only man as man before God.
– J. Blauw

Religion is a conviction or passionate philosophy about the nature of life itself, and the position of man in it.
– G. K. Chesterton

Religion is one of the most important vehicles for the passing on of social order, moral values, and spiritual capital.
– Roger Scruton

Yes, organized religion is a crutch. You mean you didn’t know that you are a cripple?
– Peter Kreeft

True religion is not man’s search for the good life, important as that might be; neither is it our effort to find God, inevitable as that may be; true religion is our response to Him who seeks us. It is not an argument for God, but a response to God’s love.
– Elton Trueblood 

How Do We Explain This Emptiness?

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I can have all the money and cars in the world and be unhappy. Once you find out that money and fame and success doesn’t do it, where do you go then? That’s a big dilemma. I had all those things: A beautiful wife, cars, a home, money, friends. All the things that you think a man could need and it didn’t stop me drinking. I was depressed. I was suicidal.
–Eric Clapton

There remains deep in the soul (if I dare use that word) a persistent and unconscious anxiety that something is missing – some ingredient that makes life worth living.
– Prince Charles

Our lifelong nostalgia, our longing to be reunited with something in the universe from which we now feel cut off, to be on the inside of some door which we have always seen from the outside, is no mere neurotic fancy, but the truest index of our real situation.
– C. S. Lewis

Man was made for God; and without God, he is lonely.
– Billy Graham

Our Lifelong Nostalgia

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Our lifelong nostalgia, our longing to be reunited with something
in the universe from which we now feel cut off, to be on the inside
of some door which we have always seen from the outside, is no mere neurotic fancy, but the truest index of our real situation.

– C. S. Lewis,
The Weight of Glory

There’s a Romance Going On

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Something or someone has romanced us from the beginning with creek-side singers and pastel sunsets, with the austere majesty of snowcapped mountains and the poignant frames of autumn colors telling us of something—or someone—leaving, with a promise to return. These things can, in an unguarded moment, bring us to our knees with longing for this something or someone who is lost; someone or something only our heart recognizes.

–Brent Curtis & John Eldredge
The Sacred Romance

An Inconsolable Longing

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If we will listen, a Sacred Romance calls to us through our hearts every moment of our lives. It whispers to us on the wind, invites us through the laughter of good friends, reaches out to us through the touch of someone we love. We’ve heard it in our favorite music, sensed it at the birth of our first child, been drawn to it while watching the shimmer of a sunset on the ocean. The Romance is even present in times of great personal suffering: the illness of a child, the loss of a marriage, the death of a friend. Something calls to us through experiences like these and rouses an inconsolable longing deep within our heart, wakening in us a yearning for intimacy, beauty, and adventure.

This longing is the most powerful part of any human personality. It fuels our search for meaning, for wholeness, for a sense of being truly alive. However we may describe this deep desire, it is the most important thing about us, our heart of hearts, the passion of our life. And the voice that calls to us in this place is none other than the voice of God.

–Brent Curtis & John Eldredge
The Sacred Romance

Satisfying the Soul

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We all want to be certain, we all want proof,
but the kind of proof we tend to want —
scientifically or philosophically demonstrable proof
that would silence all doubts once and for all —
would not in the long run, I think,
answer the fearful depths of our soul at all.

–Frederick Buechner