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The churches...
by Agnes E. Meyer

The churches...
have lost much of their authority over youth because
they have refused to re-examine their religious sanctions
and their dogmatic preaching in the light of modern physiology,
psychology and sociology.
- Agnes E. Meyer

It is not more people that are needed in the world but better people,
physically, morally and mentally.
This question of raising the quality of our American
population must also be taken into account in the question of immigration.
- Agnes E. Meyer

One may as well dam for water tanks
the people's cathedrals and churches,
for no holier temple has ever
been consecrated by the heart of man.
- John Muir

I was raised Catholic, but my father's people were Methodist,
so we went to both churches.
- Aaron Neville

 

But I have been in some very beautiful churches,
then I've looked outside and seen people starving to death.
- Don Van Vliet

Marriage is the mother of the world.
It preserves kingdoms, and fills cities and churches,
and heaven itself.
- Jeremy Taylor

The seminaries must be like the churches' poor relations,
prolonging their existence with austerity.
- Abraham Kuyper

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A lot of churches have not moved with the times.
- Joel Osteen

There are no small churches, just small people.
- Edwin Louis Cole

Why did men worship in churches, locking themselves away in the dark,
when the world lay beyond its doors in all its real glory?
- Charles de Lint

Political organizations have slowly substituted themselves
for the Churches as the places for believing practices.
Politics has once again become religious.
- Michel De Certeau

I sang with Anita Bryant in the Southern Baptist churches.
- Kathie Lee Gifford

I spent a lot of time in churches.
If you go to a synagogue, someone is always asking if you're alone,
if you're married.
In a church, in a hundred years no one would ask.
- Peter Malkin

I know that those who esteem these little organised
associations to be the churches of God,
see nothing but mere meetings of men in every other
gathering of God's children.
- John Nelson Darby

I've been speaking at churches for years,
as well as juvenile jails, rehabs and hospitals,
and I always talk about my faith.
That is a declaration of my relationship with God.
- Smokey Robinson

However, as the Eastern churches have always maintained,
through Christ creation is intended eventually to share in the life of God,
the life of divine nature.
- John Polkinghorne

As of essential importance in town churches which are
not at all equally necessary in the country.
- George Edmund Street

I still call myself a communist, because communism
is no more what Russia made of it than Christianity
is what the churches make of it.
- Pete Seeger

Praying privately in churches, I began to discover
that heaven was my true home and also that it was here and now,
woven into this life.
- Lionel Blue

In regard to education, something has been done by
the Provincial Legislature;
but to build churches,
and to place clergymen is a work of greater difficulty.
- John Strachan

In no instance have...
the churches been guardians of the liberties of the people.
- James Madison

I believe in Christianity, Judaism and Islamism,
but I stay away from churches, synagogues and mosques.
- Ted Lange

We do hereby command the Leaders of the Hebrew,
Catholic and Protestant Churches to sanctify and have
us crowned Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico.
- Joshua A. Norton

I say quite deliberately that the Christian religion,
as organized in its Churches, has been and still is
the principal enemy of moral progress in the world.
- Bertrand Russell

Yet through history gays have always dominated religious life and churches.
- Malcolm Boyd

My father was Catholic, my mother was Protestant,
and because of that I got Christened in both churches,
so I've got all these names...
but my Dad always called me Mick.
- Mickey Spillane

All the modern christian churches have no more authority to preach,
baptize, or administer any other ordinance of the gospel
than the idolatrous Hindoos have.
- Orson Pratt

All churches and all religions contain aspects of the truth,
but only God is truth.
- Pat Buckley

There are enough churches already, but the world still needs salvation.
- Sun Myung Moon

Let Catholics build their own churches and works.
- Vladimir Zhirinovsky

I love the description of Gothic churches before the printed word,
that they were the bibles of the poor.
- John McGahern

Flesh sells.
People don't want to see pictures of churches.
They want to see naked bodies.
- Helen Mirren

If real churches exist, such persons are not called on to make them.
- John Nelson Darby

Time is important to me because I want to sing long
enough to leave a message.
I'm used to singing in churches where nobody would
dare stop me until the Lord arrives!
- Mahalia Jackson

The more I do bookstores, the more people come up to me from church groups.
I spoke at Pittsburg State College and had 2 or 3 ministers
and book groups from a couple of churches.
- Anita Diament

If there were no ministers and no priests,
how long would there be any churches?
- Lemuel K. Washburn

Sodomy is in the Bible, to be read in churches.
I wouldn't rule it out of Mr. Bruce's act if he cares to comment on it.
- Dorothy Kilgallen

I've traveled all over the country for years speaking in churches,
teaching the Ten Commandments.
It's amazing if 2 percent of any congregation knows the Ten Commandments.
- Randall Terry

In the scattered settlements of this Diocese,
schools and Churches are of necessity for many years few in number,
and multitudes of both sexes are growing up in great ignorance.
- John Strachan

Every one who has a heart, however ignorant of architecture he may be,
feels the transcendent beauty and poetry of the mediaeval churches.
- Goldwin Smith

I am saying voluntarily that I have sung for almost
every religious group in the country,
from Jewish and Catholic, and Presbyterian and Holy
Rollers and Revival Churches.
- Pete Seeger

Mere heathen morality, and not Jesus Christ,
is preached in most of our churches.
- George Whitefield

While attendance at traditional churches has been declining for decades...
the evangelical movement is growing,
and it is changing the way America worships.
- Tom Brokaw

You can count on one hand the number of Novus Ordo
churches in this country that feature a fully Catholic
music program of any quality,
consistent with the Roman rite tradition.
- Richard Morris

After playing so many songs in churches for eight or nine years,
I've learned what songs people react to.
Then I just had fun with the arrangements.
That's how this album came together.
- John Tesh

Those churches have closed down or have been merged
with a church that has a more positive vision.
- Bill Hybels

The stars are the great Gothic churches:
spires,
naves, delicate flying buttresses, massive conventional buttresses,
stained glass and grandeur, grandeur,
grandeur.
- John Corry

I never weary of great churches.
It is my favorite kind of mountain scenery.
Mankind was never so happily inspired as when it made a cathedral.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

Artists like Bach and Beethoven erected churches and temples on the heights.
I only wanted...
to build dwellings for men in which they might feel happy and at home.
- Edvard Grieg

This dullness of vision regarding the importance of
the general welfare to the individual is the measure
of the failure of our schools and churches to teach
the spiritual significance of genuine democracy.
- Henry A. Wallace

You get more churches burned down in the United States
in the last two years than in the last hundred,
because of the lack of understanding of culture and
diversity and the beauty of it.
- Edward James Olmos

The result has been that although few conservative
Presbyterian churches actually worship in the Puritan way,
the Puritan theology of worship remains the standard orthodoxy among them.
This discrepancy sometimes leads to guilty consciences.
- John Frame

Offers for me to play dances, society parties,
even churches, were now coming in regularly.
For most dates I was paid the sum of one dollar per hour,
and they always tipped me at the end of the night.
- Mary Lou Williams

The fault seems to me to have been that men have taken
ancient country churches as their models and have failed
to discover that between them and churches in towns
there ought to be a most distinct and marked difference.
- George Edmund Street

Institutions - government, churches,
industries,
and the like - have properly no other function than
to contribute to human freedom;
and in so far as they fail,
on the whole, to perform this function,
they are wrong and need reconstruction.
- Charles Horton Cooley

The relationships that people have -
that are sexual,
psychological, emotional - these relationships are
not open to supervision by parents,
schools, churches, or government.
Nobody has any right to intervene at all in any kind
of relationship like that.
- Madalyn Murray O'Hair

The genius of the United States is not best or most
in its executives or legislatures,
nor in its ambassadors or authors or colleges,
or churches, or parlors, nor even in its newspapers or inventors,
but always most in the common people.
- Walt Whitman

The Church, during the apostolic age,
did not consist of isolated, independent congregations,
but was one body, of which the separate churches were constituent members,
each subject to all the rest, or to an authority which extended over all.
- Charles Hodge

Some respected and beloved brethren insist that the
forming and organising of churches is,
according to God's will, the only means of finding
blessing in the midst of that confusion which is acknowledged to exist.
- John Nelson Darby

No, we are not the master of the state,
said King.
We are not the servant of the state.
We are the conscience of the state.
The churches or the religious community should be,
I think, the conscience of the state.
We're not just service providers.
- Jim Wallis

And they turned around and leased it to The Assembly Of God Churches -
their headquarters are in Springfield,
Missouri.
They leased it to them for the first year.
Then, after the first year, they will donate it to the church.
- Mel Tillis

There is a continuum of values between the churches
and the general community.
What distinguishes the handling of these values in
the churches is mainly the heavier dosage of religious vocabulary involved.
- Peter L. Berger

But how odd that in this heathen nation of empty pews,
where churches' bare, ruined choirs are converted into luxury loft living,
a Labour government - yes, a Labour government -
is deliberately creating a huge expansion of faith schools.
- Polly Toynbee

The nations were awakened from the sleep of death,
as the words of eternal life flowed from the Apostles' lips,
- the temples of superstition were shut or destroyed,
and churches were planted in every part of the civilized world.
- John Strachan

Ten years ago, 15 years ago, I think the church would
have been asleep at the switch.
This level of activism and engagement with the needs
of society by local churches I never thought I'd see it in my lifetime.
- Bill Hybels

The rosary was said every evening.
I always liked that sentence about the medieval Churches,
that they were the Bibles of the poor.
The Church was my first book and I would think it is
still my most important book.
- John McGahern

The Christian churches were offered two things:
the spirit of Jesus and the idiotic morality of Paul,
and they rejected the higher inspiration...
Following Paul, we have turned the goodness of love
into a fiend and degraded the crowning impulse of our
being into a capital sin.
- Frank Harris

Some hypocrites and seeming mortified men,
that held down their heads, were like the little images
that they place in the very bowing of the vaults of churches,
that look as if they held up the church,
but are but puppets.
- William Laud

They cannot make it say what they want it to say.
And this is the beginning and the end of the case for
retaining the old language:
If the churches give it up,
who will remember how to say what is said?
- Clifford Longley

I support mosques, obviously.
We need churches, temples, mosques.
Whatever people use to speak with their god or to receive
spiritual inspiration is good for the country.
But the symbolism of it at ground zero,
within two blocks or three blocks, I believe is wrong.
- Peter King

Martin Luther King Jr. really understood the role of
the churches when he said,
'The church is not meant to be the master of the state.'
We don't sort of take power and grab the levers of
government and impose our agenda down people's throats.
- Jim Wallis


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