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A Christianity which will not help those who are struggling from the bottom to the top of society, needs another Christ to die for it.

HENRY WARD BEECHER, Proverbs from Plymouth Pulpit

I am not engaged to Christianity by decent forms, or saving ordinances; it is not usage, it is not what I do not understand, that binds me to it -- let these be the sandy foundations of falsehoods. What I revere and obey in it is its reality, its boundless charity, its deep interior life, the rest it gives to my mind, the echo it returns to my thoughts, the perfect accord it makes with my reason through all its representation of God and His Providence; and the persuasion and courage that come out thence to lead me upward and onward.

RALPH WALDO EMERSON, sermon, Sept. 9, 1832

Christianity is haunted by the theory of a God with a craving for bloody sacrifices.

J.B.S. HALDANE, Possible Worlds and Other Papers

Christianity is one beggar telling another beggar where he found bread.

D.T. NILES, New York Times, May 11, 1986

Christianity came into existence to lighten the heart, but now it needs to burden the heart to start with so it can lighten it afterwards. Consequently, it will perish.


The truth is that Christian theology, like every other theology, is not only opposed to the scientific spirit; it is also opposed to all other attempts at rational thinking. Not by accident does Genesis 3 make the father of knowledge a serpent -- slimy, sneaking and abominable. Since the earliest days the church, as an organization, has thrown itself violently against every effort to liberate the body and mind of man. It has been, at all times and everywhere, the habitual and incorrigible defender of bad governments, bad laws, bad social theories, bad institutions. It was, for centuries, an apologist for slavery, as it was the apologist for the divine right of kings.

H.L. MENCKEN, Treatise on the Gods

I am no friend of present-day Christianity, though its Founder was sublime.

VINCENT VAN GOGH, letter to Theo van Gogh, Oct. 1884

He who begins by loving Christianity better than Truth will proceed by loving his own sect of church better than Christianity, and end by loving himself better than all.

SAMUEL TAYLOR COLERIDGE, Aids to Reflection: Moral and Religious Aphorisms

Our culture is superior because our religion is Christianity and that is the truth that makes men free.

PAT BUCHANAN, speech to Christian Coalition, Sept. 1993

I want to take the word Christianity back to Christ himself, back to that mighty heart whose pulse seems to throb through the world to-day, that endless fountain of charity out of which I believe has come all true progress and all civilization that deserves the name .. I go back to that great Spirit which contemplated a sacrifice for the whole of humanity. That sacrifice is not one of exclusion, but of an infinite and endless and joyous inclusion. And I thank God for it.

JULIA WARD HOWE, What is Religion?

Of all the systems of religion that ever were invented, there is none more derogatory to the Almighty, more unedifying to man, more repugnant to reason, and more contradictory in itself, than this thing called Christianity ... it produces only atheists and fanatics.

THOMAS PAINE, The Age of Reason

Christians should be like a flower store: the odor of sanctity should betray them wherever they are.

HENRY WARD BEECHER, Proverbs from Plymouth Pulpit

Christianity is the highest perfection of humanity.

SAMUEL JOHNSON, letter, Aug. 13, 1766

Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink. I needn't argue with that; I'm right and I will be proved right. We're more popular than Jesus now; I don't know which will go first — rock and roll or Christianity. Jesus was all right, but his disciples were thick and ordinary. It's them twisting it that ruins it for me.

JOHN LENNON, Evening Standard, Mar. 4, 1966

Christianity has enriched the erotic meal with the appetizer of curiosity and spoiled it with the dessert of remorse.

KARL KRAUS, Half-Truths and One-and-a-Half Truths

Christianity as a specific doctrine was slain with Jesus, suddenly and utterly. He was hardly cold in his grave, or high in his heaven (as you please), before the apostles dragged the tradition of him down to the level of the thing it has remained ever since.

GEORGE BERNARD SHAW, preface to Androcles and the Lion

Though the ancients were ignorant of the principles of Christianity there were in them the germs of its spirit.

HERMAN MELVILLE, The Piazza Tales and Other Prose Pieces

Everywhere and always, since its very inception, Christianity has turned the earth into a vale of tears; always it has made of life a weak, diseased thing, always it has instilled fear in man, turning him into a dual being, whose life energies are spent in the struggle between body and soul. In decrying the body as something evil, the flesh as the tempter to everything that is sinful, man has mutilated his being in the vain attempt to keep his soul pure, while his body rotted away from the injuries and tortures inflicted upon it.

EMMA GOLDMAN, Mother Earth, April 1913

Spreading Christianity abroad is sometimes an excuse for not having it at home.


I have always been thinking of the different ways in which Christianity is taught, and whenever I find one way that makes it a wider blessing than any other, I cling to that as the truest--I mean that which takes in the most good of all kinds, and brings in the most people as sharers in it. It is surely better to pardon too much, than to condemn too much.

GEORGE ELIOT, Middlemarch

I consider Western Christianity in its practical working a negation of Christ’s Christianity.


Christians ought not to slander God by looking as if they were at an everlasting funeral.

HENRY WARD BEECHER, Proverbs from Plymouth Pulpit

Christianity isn't looking for a rainbow. If it were ... we'd pass out opium at services. We're trying to serve God, not be God.

JOHN UPDIKE, Rabbit, Run

What could make me love
my fellow Christian better
than to see that God loves us all
as we were all one soul?

JULIAN OF NORWICH, Meditations with Julian of Norwich

Most people think that Christianity is all about us seeking God when the truth is that it's more about God seeking us. He works through events in our lives in order to put Himself in position for us to seek Him, reach out for Him, and find Him. He is in white-hot, zealous, passionate pursuit of a relationship with each one of us.


The hearer of God's word is a tree planted; but the doer is a fruitful one.


When God makes his presence felt through us, we are like the burning bush: Moses never took any heed what sort of bush it was--he only saw the brightness of the lord.


With infinite depths of truth, and an incessant spring of spiritual life, Christianity cannot be limited to any time, or petrified in any shape. It is fluent and eternal. The reconciling element of the world, it goes forth into every age, and responds to the deepest tone of want in every posture of humanity.

E. H. CHAPIN, Living Words

Christianity is the oxygen of the moral world.

ELIZA COOK, Diamond Dust

It's all Christianity, people. The little, stupid differences are nothing next to the big, stupid similarities.

BART SIMPSON, "The Father, the Son, and the Holy Guest Star", The Simpsons

Nothing has so stripped Christianity of its power, as the conversion of it into a state machine, as the polluting touch of the politician, who has caused it to be preached to the lower ranks, and to be professed by the higher, in order that the old polity, with its inveterate abuses, may stand fast, and that the accumulation of property in a few hands may be undisturbed. Religion, taught for such ends, is among the worst foes of social progress.


The glory of Christianity is to conquer by forgiveness.


Christianity is simply the ideal form of manhood represented to us by Jesus Christ.

HENRY WARD BEECHER, Proverbs from Plymouth Pulpit

I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.


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