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 

God Is Not A Nazi

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It is said that while the Germans were desecrating a church somewhere in Poland some German sergeant, cockeyed with excitement, stood up in front of the altar and yelled out that if there was a God He would want to prove His existence at once by striking down such a bold and important and terrifying fellow as this sergeant. God did not strike him down. The sergeant went away still excited, and probably the unhappiest man in the world: God had not acted like a Nazi. God was not, in fact, a Nazi, and God’s justice (which everybody obscurely knows in his bones, no matter what he tries to say he thinks), is inexpressibly different from the petty bloodthirsty revenge of Nazis over one another.

– Thomas Merton

When The State Becomes God

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The truth is that it is only by believing in God that we can ever criticize the Government. Once abolish the God, and the Government becomes the God. The fact is written all across human history; but it is written more plainly across that recent history of Russia.

— G. K. Chesterton