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Faith Not Religion Quotes


"Religion, it must be understood, is not faith. Religion is the story of faith." - Reza Aslan

"Evolution is faith, a religion." - Louis T. Moore

"I had not found a new religion but I had found a new faith." - Marlo Morgan

"Revealed religion first informed thy sight, and reason saw not till faith sprung to light." - John Dryden

"Take a chance on faith. Not religion, but faith. Not hope, but faith. I don't believe in hope. Hope is a beggar. Hope walks through the fire and Faith leaps over it." - Jim Carrey

"Take a chance on faith. Not religion, but faith. Not hope, but faith. I do' believe in hope. Hope is a beggar. Hope walks through the fire and Faith leaps over it." - Jim Carrey

"God is not about religion. Religion is a structure that should house our faith in God. Too often it is used to hurt other people in God's name." - Betty Eadie

"I'm not particularly into the formal, political side of faith, although I am spiritual and I do have a faith. But 'Strictly Come Dancing' is my religion." - Miranda Hart

"Our religion does not discriminate according to color, sex or anything else. What counts is piety and faith." - King Hussein

"I wish that I myself did have faith in God, that I had a religion, sometimes. But not always." - Hutch Harris

"I'm not a practice religion freak. I didn't grow up in a religious family, but I have a faith." - Robin Wright

"Our religion does not discriminate according to color, sex or anything else. What counts is piety and faith." - King Hussein I

"When we speak of faith-the faith that can move mountains-we are not speaking of faith in general but of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ can be bolstered as we learn about Him and live our religion. The doctrine of Jesus Christ was designed by the Lord to help us increase our faith." - Russell M Nelson

"Americans understand we fight not a religion; ours is not a campaign against the Muslim faith. Ours is a campaign against evil." - George W Bush

"The faith of religion is belief on insufficient evidence." - Sam Harris

"Patriotism is in political life what faith is in religion." - John Acton

"I hold that religion and faith are two different things." - Pat Buckley

"In its more authoritarian forms, religion punishes questioning and rewards gullibility. Faith is not a function of stupidity, but a frequent cause of it." - Wendy Kaminer

"Lay not the plummet to the line; religion hath no landmarks; no human keenness can discern the subtle shades of faith." - Martin Farquhar Tupper

"The man who tries to prove his belief superior to the faith of another, does not know the meaning of religion." - Hazrat Inayat Khan

"If history teaches us any lessons at all, it teaches us that force applied to religion creates not a purity of faith but a river of blood." - Edwin Gaustad

"A religion that does not require the sacrifice of all things never has power sufficient to produce the faith necessary unto life and salvation." - Joseph Smith Jr

"Christianity is not about religion. It's about faith, about being held, about being forgiven. It's about finding joy and finding home." - Bear Grylls

"Whether or not evolution is compatible with faith, science and religion represent two extremely different worldviews, which, if they coexist at all, do so most uncomfortably." - Leonard Susskind

"Men can be attracted but not forced to the faith. You may drive people to baptism, (but) you won't move them one step further in religion." - Alcuin

"If faith is lost, there is no security and there is no life for him who does not adhere to religion." - Muhammad Iqbal

"To know a person's religion we need not listen to his profession of faith but must find his brand of intolerance." - Eric Hoffer

"Funding for faith-based charities should] be judged based on performance and results - not religion. Now, if our sin is that our religion can produce the results, then we plead guilty." - Eugene Rivers

"As for those wingy mysteries in divinity, and airy subtleties in religion, which have unhinged the brains of better heads, they never stretched the pia mater of mine; methinks there be not impossibilities enough in Religion for an active faith." - Thomas Browne

"I'm not a fan of religion. Religion ties people up and binds them and puts them back in chains but faith - true relationship - releases us to be all what God ever intended us to be. That's what I'm interested in." - Kathie Lee Gifford

" becomes clear that, given our diversity, no single religion satisfies all humanity. ... And since the majority does not practice religion, I am concerned to try to find a way to serve all humanity without appealing to religious faith." - Dalai Lama

"Islam is a vibrant faith. Millions of our fellow citizens are Muslim. We respect the faith. We honor its traditions. Our enemy does not. Our enemy doesn't follow the great traditions of Islam. They've hijacked a great religion." - George W Bush

"In religion faith does not spring out of feeling, but feeling out of faith. The less we feel the more we should trust. We cannot feel right till we have believed." - Horatius Bonar

"Religion is the fear of God, and its demonstration good works; and faith is the root of both: For without faith we cannot please God; nor can we fear what we do not believe." - William Penn

"To put into practice the teachings of our holy faith, it is not enough to convince ourselves that they are true; we must love them. Love united to faith makes us practice our religion." - Alphonsus Liguori

"So, is Hollywood anti-religion? Not in my opinion. But unlike, say, politicians and preachers who talk faith before going off to speak in tongues to their mistresses, Hollywood just doesn't wear its faith on its sleeve." - John Ridley

"Religion wasn't imposed on me. I dabbled with faith, and I explored religion quite thoroughly." - Hozier

"In religion, faith is a virtue. In science, faith is a vice." - Jerry A. Coyne

"In the founding era of our country, it was not organized religion but personal faith that brought focus and unified the early leadership-maybe an unspoken faith in God, and certain values that came with that faith. So in that sense, we cannot discount, in my judgment, religious faith in politics." - Billy Graham

"Faith Is Not Credulity." - Ronald Fisher

"I'm not an atheist. I do have faith in God. I do not judge people for their faith. I judge people who use religion to hurt people. I don't believe in a religion that shuns people for their beliefs, or that you should hurt people for their beliefs." - Leah Remini

"We certainly love the Muslim people. But that is not the faith of this country. And that is not the religion that built this nation. The people of the Christian faith and the Jewish faith are the ones who built America, and it is not Islam." - Franklin Graham

"A religion is a source of happiness and I would not deprive anyone of happiness. But it is a comfort appropriate for the weak, not for the strong-and you are strong. The great trouble with religion-any religion-is that the religionist, having accepted certain propositions by faith, cannot thereafter judge these propositions by evidence. One may bask at the warm fire of faith or choose to live in the bleak uncertainty of reason-but one cannot have both." - Robert A Heinlein

"Religion is a personal, private matter and parents, not public school officials, should decide their children's religious training. We should not have teacher-led prayers in public schools, and school officials should never favor one religion over another, or favor religion over no religion (or vice versa). I also believe that schools should not restrict students' religious liberties. The free exercise of faith is the fundamental right of every American, and that right doesn't stop at the schoolhouse door." - George W Bush

"Lord knows-and we both know - that too many wrongs have been committed in the name of religion. ... But you're not here in the name of religion. Religion is an organization. Faith is within. ... Catholic, cattolico- it means universal. Too often we forget that." - Heather Graham

"I'm a scientist, not a theologian. I don't know if there is a God or not. Religion requires certainty. Revere and respect Gaia. Have trust in Gaia. But not faith." - James Lovelock

" not a religion." - L Ron Hubbard

"Religion is caught, not taught." - William Ralph Inge

"Religion is not in fault." - Swami Vivekananda

"Scientology... is not a religion." - L Ron Hubbard

"I do engineering, not religion." - Daniel J Bernstein

"I'm not really into religion." - Harry Dean Stanton

"Think of God and not religion, of ecstasy and not mysticism. The difference between the theoretician of faith and the believer is as great as between the psychiatrist and the psychotic." - Emile M Cioran

"No man's faith, no man's religion, no religion in all the world can ever rise above the truth." - Gordon B Hinckley

"I do not want to end up with an American style of politics, with us going out there beating our chest about our faith. Politics and religion - it is not that they do not have a lot in common, but if [religion] ends up being used in the political process, I think that is a bit unhealthy." - Tony Blair

"Religion is for man and not man for religion" - B R Ambedkar

"Man makes religion, religion does not make man" - Karl Marx

"Religion has not civilized man, man has civilized religion." - Robert Green Ingersoll

"Religion is not any particular teaching. Religion is everywhere." - Shunryu Suzuki

"My religion is a religion of sharing, not of following" - Rajneesh

" the insistence that the truth is what one would "lief" or (will or) wish to be...Faith is an unreserved opening of the mind to the truth, whatever it may turn out to be. Faith has no preconceptions; it is a plunge into the unknown. Belief clings, but faith let's is the essential virtue of science, and likewise of any religion that is not self-deceptio" - Alan Watts

" the insistence that the truth is what one would 'lief' or (will or) wish to be...Faith is an unreserved opening of the mind to the truth, whatever it may turn out to be. Faith has no preconceptions; it is a plunge into the unknown. Belief clings, but faith let's is the essential virtue of science, and likewise of any religion that is not self-deceptio" - Alan Watts

"Faith is not faith which is not tried." - Katharina Zell

"Faith means making a virtue out of not thinking. It's nothing to brag about...Religion is dangerous because it allows human beings, who don't have all the answers, to think that they do." - Bill Maher

"Faith gives new light to the soul, but it does not put our eyes out; and what God hathgivenusinournature could never be intended as a snare to Religion, or engage us to believe a lie." - Jeremy Taylor

"Why not coincidentally? From religion comes hope for the future and a sense of societal obligation (i.e., a non-hedonistic worldview). No faith, no hope. No hope for the future, no sense of obligation - hence, no children." - Don Feder

"True religion is always mild, propitious, and humble; plays not the tyrant, plants no faith in blood, nor bears destruction on her chariot-wheels; but stoops to polish, succor, and redress, and builds her grandeur on the public good." - James Miller

"Ask me, it's a sin to pervert faith with religion. Despite every church, mosque, & synagogue in it, this is not the world any God worth his salt would have created." - Ellen Hopkins

" cannot be called ingenuity to kill one's fellow citizens, to betray friends, to be without faith, without mercy, without religion; by these means one can aquire power but not glory." - Niccolo Machiavelli

"Observe good faith and justice towards all Nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all. Religion and morality enjoin this conduct; and can it be that good policy does not equally enjoin it?" - George Washington

"Irrevocable commitment to any religion is not only intellectual suicide; it is positive unfaith because it closes the mind to any new vision of the world. Faith is, above all, openness - an act of trust in the unknown." - Alan Watts

"What we say is the truth is what everybody accepts.... I mean, psychiatry: it's the latest religion. We decide what's right and wrong. We decide who's crazy or not. I'm in trouble here. I'm losing my faith." - Madeleine Stowe

"I believe the world of the spirit is in general greatly neglected and not at all served by the practice of faith as we know it, because religion isn't individual enough." - Frank Delaney

"Let us here observe, that a religion that does not require the sacrifice of all things, never has power sufficient to produce the faith necessary unto life and salvation." - Joseph Smith Jr

"Beyond any question, the way the American founders consistently linked faith and freedom, republicanism and religion, was not only deliberate and thoughtful, it was also surprising and anything but routine." - Os Guinness

"Bad religion is arrogant, self-righteous, dogmatic and intolerant. And so is bad science. But unlike religious fundamentalists, scientific fundamentalists do not realize that their opinions are based on faith. They think they know the truth." - Rupert Sheldrake

"As crucial as religion has been and is to the life of the nation, America's unifying force has never been a specific faith, but a commitment to freedom - not least freedom of conscience." - Jon Meacham

"I believe in God and a higher power. I'm still not the religious type per se because religion tore my family apart. I'm still a little scared and skeptical being one with any faith." - Ja Rule

"It is a masterpiece of the devil to make us believe that children cannot understand religion. Would Christ have made a child the standard of faith if He had known that it was not capable of understanding His words?" - Dwight L Moody

"Faith is obedience, not compliance." - George Macdonald

"There are serious mistakes, among them the one saying that Jesus came as a messenger for other people other than the sons of Israel.... Christianity is not a faith for people in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. Other people who are not sons of Israel have nothing to do with that religion.... It is a mistake that another religion exists alongside Islam. There is only one religion which is Islam after Mohammed.... All those believers who do not follow Islam are losers." - Muammar al-Gaddafi

"One cannot declare that only his faith is correct and all other faiths are not. God is endlessly multi-dimensional so every religion that exists on earth represents some face, some side of God. One must not have any negative attitude to any religion but nonetheless the depth of understanding God and the depth of applying God's commandments is different in different religions." - Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

"Several of our children have married outside my faith. Would I prefer they marry within their religion? Yes, because I know that marrying outside the family faith will very likely bring them more problems-but not from me. My job is to accept them and love them, not to criticize them and make their lives more difficult." - Bernie Siegel

"Religion is a culture of faith; science is a culture of doubt." - Richard P Feynman

"Science and religion are in full accord, but science and faith are in complete discord." - Khalil Gibran

"Faith is a euphemism for prejudice and religion is a euphemism for superstition." - Paul Kenneth Keller

"If America has a civic religion, the First Amendment is its central article of faith." - Henry Louis Gates

"Religion and science have always been matters of faith in something. It is the same something." - Gene Wolfe

"The separation of faith and love is always a consequence of a deterioration of religion." - Paul Tillich

"Religion is the true Philosophy! Faith is the last great link 'twixt God and man." - John Stanyan Bigg

"Tis faith alone that vividly and certainly comprehends the deep mysteries of our religion." - Michel De Montaigne

"Religion as a source of consolation is an obstacle to true faith." - Simone Weil

"When incredulity becomes a faith, it is less rational than a religion." - Jules de Goncourt

"The soul of a civilization is its religion, and it dies with its faith." - Will Durant

"To use ones religion as a rationalization for lack of financial success demeans that faith." - James Cook

"I think everybody's looking for religion to believe in. I think we all need faith." - Nicolas Winding Refn

"Christianity teaches salvation by grace through faith, every other religion teaches salvation through works and merit." - Max Lucado

"Justification by faith is the hinge on which all true religion turns." - John Calvin

"The greatest religion is to be true to your own nature. Have faith in yourselves!" - Swami Vivekananda

"The strengthening of faith, I think, is the ultimate goal of organized religion altogether." - Andrew Solomon

"If religion comprises rules you follow, faith is demonstrated by the actions you take." - Seth

"The greatest religion is to be true to your own nature. Have faith in yourselves." - Swami Vivekananda

"Every Muslim must rise to defend his religion. The wind of faith is blowing." - Osama Bin Laden

"The enemies of the Christian religion and the Law of God confuse law with faith." - Randall Terry

"Whether we call it religion or faith, we all battle for a balanced integrated soul." - Vera Farmiga

"The efficacy of religion lies precisely in what is not rational, philosophic, nor eternal; its efficacy lies in the unforeseen, the miraculous, the extraordinary. Thus religion attracts more devotion according as it demands more faith - that is to say, as it becomes more incredible to the profane mind." - Henri Frederic Amiel

"I do believe that there is a conflict between science and religion ... the spirit or attitude toward the facts is different in religion from what it is in science. The uncertainty that is necessary in order to appreciate nature is not easily correlated with the feeling of certainty in faith." - Richard P Feynman

"If I read the Bible, I can also find a few harsh verdicts. Every religion can be abused. We're not talking here about religion and faith. We are talking about the politicization of Islam, and, by the way, it is first and foremost exerting pressure on the majority of peaceful Muslims who live here in Germany." - Alice Schwarzer

"Religion does not mean to surrender to dogmas and religious scriptures or conformity to rituals. But my religion constitutes an abiding faith in the perfect values of truth and the ceaseless attempt to realise them in the inner most part of our nature." - Hans Ji Maharaj

"I have the profoundest respect for people who behave in a generous way because of religion. But I come from a country where the misuse of religion has had catastrophic consequences. One must judge people not by what faith they proclaim but by what they do." - Amin Maalouf

"The political tactics of division and slander are not our values. They are corrupting influences on religion and politics, and those who practice them in the name of religion or in the name of the Republican Party or in the name of America shame our faith, our party and our country." - John Mccain

"In the early '90s, I was disillusioned after the blasts and riots in Mumbai. I was in college and started thinking that religion was the root cause of all these evils. While my father told me not to blame religion because of a few bad people, I wasn't convinced. The faith was restored after I started writing my first book." - Amish Tripathi

"If you have religious faith, very good, you can add on secular ethics, then religious belief, add on it, very good. But even those people who have no interest about religion, okay, it's not religion, but you can train through education." - Dalai Lama

"Faith does not contradict reason. Faith exceeds reason." - Mark Hart

"Obedience without faith is possible, but not faith without obedience." - Anonymous

"Martyrs create faith, faith does not create martyrs." - Miguel De Unamuno

"The faith that acts not, is it truly faith?" - Jean Racine

"It's not a faith in technology. It's faith in people." - Steve Jobs

"Faith is not belief. Belief is passive. Faith is active." - Edith Hamilton

"Faith which does not doubt is dead faith." - Miguel De Unamuno

"The faith that stands on authority is not faith." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"The incipient magician will confess his faith to a universal religion. He will find out that every religion has good points as well as bad ones. He will therefore keep the best of it for himself and ignore the weak points, which does not necessarily mean that he must profess a religion, but he shall express awe to each for of worship, for each religion has its proper principle of God, whether the point in question be Christianity, Buddhism, Islam or any other kind of religion." - Franz Bardon

"There are very good Christians who are compassionate and caring. And there are very bad Christians. You can say that about Islam, about Hinduism, about any faith. That is why I was saying that it was not the faith per se but the adherent. People will use their religion to justify virtually anything." - Desmond Tutu

"Some Christians worried about a faith that was so embracing as to be meaningless, that exalted not the Almighty so much as the American way of life. When civil religion bleached the challenge from faith and left behind a watery patriotism, there was room for concern." - Nancy Gibbs

"The god of Judaism is the devil. The Jew will not be recognized by God as one of His chosen people until he abandons his demonic religion and returns to the faith of his fathers-the faith which embraces Jesus Christ and His Gospel." - David Chilton

"Faith is so rare-and religion so common-because no one wants to live between first base and second base. Faith is the in-between space where you're not sure you'll make it to second base. You've let go of one thing and haven't yet latched into another. Most of us choose the security of first base." - Richard Rohr

"The Jew is not satisfied with de-Christianizing, he Judiazizes, he destroys the Catholic or Protestant faith, he provokes indifference but he imposes his idea of the world of morals and of life upon those whose faith he ruins. He works at his age old task, the annilation of the religion of Christ." - Bernard Lazare

"Faith may always be acquired. Whoso is devoid of faith, and desires to have it, may acquire it by living for a few days (sometimes for a few hours only) as though he already possessed it. It is by practical, not theoretical, religion, that men transform their lives." - William Batchelder Greene

"I think that [Paul] Bloom's approach - and others who take it - is not so much that there is a precise genetic basis to faith. But there is a genetic basis to a psychological predisposition that manifests itself as faith and religion under the right conditions." - Richard Dawkins

"My faith is very private to me. It plays an important part in my life, but I do not try and throw my beliefs at others. I have tremendous respect for all faiths and beliefs, but have a deep concern that religion and faith are currently a long way apart from each other." - Rick Wakeman

"My simple point is that I judge a person's faith by how they live their life, not by the tenets of their religion. I've watched the holiest of people walk past somebody in need or treat their staff mean. To me, the beauty of faith is only seen when people live it consistently or struggle to do so." - Cory Booker

"My faith is a wounded faith, but it's not without faith. My life is not without faith." - Elie Wiesel

"You discover your true faith when you start flowing with your conscience. After lessons, visions, and theories validate themselves to you, you build faith in that hypothesis/ feeling/ idea that originated from your own heart and mind - not that of others. Before you submit to any one religion, create your own and find which one out there resonates closest with the one already in your heart. This is the way to choose your faith." - Suzy Kassem

"Faith is not complacent; faith is action. You do' have faith and wait. When you have faith, you move." - Betty Eadie

"Faith is not complacent; faith is action. You don't have faith and wait. When you have faith, you move." - Betty Eadie

"The religion of Freemasonry is not Christian" - Albert Mackey

"Morality does not depend on religion." - John Ruskin

"Religion is behavior and not mere belief." - Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

"Religion is not removed by removing superstition." - Marcus Tullius Cicero

"Dear reader, true religion is not gloomy." - Fanny Fern

"Religion is not the most important thing." - Vera Rubin

"God requireth not a uniformity of religion." - Roger Williams (theologian)

"Hinduism is not a codified religion." - Mahatma Gandhi

"I'm Miss USA, not Miss Religion USA." - Rima Fakih

"Religion is a temper, not a pursuit." - Harriet Martineau

"My religion is not deceiving myself." - Milarepa

"Yoga is not a religion to me." - Christy Turlington

"God requireth not a uniformity of religion." - Roger Williams

"We hope that there will be nothing that conflicts with anybody's religion or faith. We would never say a person's religion is not effective. We say, 'Would you be interested in something more effective?' We always put things in an optimistic, progressive perspective. Do you want to make your prayers more effective? Not that they are not effective, but do you want to help them become more effective?'" - John Templeton

"I'm not really into religion, OK. I saw a lot of things I did not like when I got into organized religion. I think a lot of people abuse it, I think a lot of people use it, I think a lot of people make it what they want. And me, my faith and my relationship with God is very personal. And it's not anybody's damn business how we talk." - Jake Roberts



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