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The emphasis on the birth of Christ tends to polarize
by John Clayton

The emphasis on the birth of Christ tends to polarize
our pluralistic society and create legal and ethnic belligerence.
- John Clayton

Related topics: Religion

In the surface of the paper there is only length and
width-there is no such thing as thickness.
- John Clayton

Since I was an atheist for many years and came to believe
in God through my studies in science,
it frustrated me to see students and parents who viewed
faith and science as enemies.
- John Clayton

Just as a puppy can be more of a challenge than a gift,
so too can the holidays.
- John Clayton

 

Not only are Christians writing about Jesus,
but also Communists, Jews, atheists and agnostics are
taking up their pens to paint a portrait of Jesus.
- John Clayton

Why is it any more reasonable to believe that God has
always been than it is to say that matter has always been?
- John Clayton

I believe any question that man can ask has a reasonable
answer-at least an answer that is as consistent with
God's existence as it is in opposition to God's existence.
- John Clayton

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There was no instruction to be thankful that the Christians were special people,
chosen people.
There was no nationalistic, political or ethnic superiority to be thankful for.
- John Clayton

All holidays can be good times.
- John Clayton

I guess none of us like to look back in our lives to
a time when we made poor judgments and foolish mistakes.
- John Clayton

What is the origin of God?
- John Clayton

Thanksgiving is a season that is very much in accord
with the themes and teachings of Jesus Christ.
- John Clayton

Between 1910 and 1950 approximately 350 lives of Jesus
were published in the English language alone.
- John Clayton

Christmas is the antithesis of Thanksgiving.
Christmas is pretty much a man-made holiday.
- John Clayton

We are assuming that we exist, that there is reality,
and that the matter of which we are made is real.
- John Clayton

The purpose of this study is to offer a logical,
practical, pragmatic proof of the existence of God
from a purely scientific perspective.
- John Clayton

Christians were instructed to serve others,
and the thanksgiving was for the grace of God and the
fact that God offered a way for man to return to a
positive relationship with Him.
- John Clayton

Is it possible that the portrait of the divine Son
of God is an exaggeration,
at best, or a complete fabrication, at worst,
of the original Jesus?
- John Clayton

Almost every time I am in a lectureship on a college campus,
young people will say, If there is a God and if he
is a loving and merciful God,
how do you explain the problems of suffering and death
and all the tragedies that happen to people?
- John Clayton

It is my fervent hope and prayer that by exposing my
mistakes and by pointing out the things that were a part of my early life,
some who might be following the same paths might not
make those same mistakes.
- John Clayton

Was the real Jesus of history one and the same as the
Christ of faith whom we read about in the New Testament
and worship in the church? Was Jesus really raised
from the dead? Is he really the divine Lord of lords?
- John Clayton

Could the one whom Christians worship be merely a mythological creation,
or is he real? These questions have exercised many
great minds and have been the dominant issue in New
Testament studies during this century.
- John Clayton

The denominational world tries to pressure its members
to focus on the birth of Christ,
but in doing so layers of guilt are imposed,
and competition gets complicated as one Christmas program
tries to outdo the other.
- John Clayton

Thanksgiving is a time when the world gets to see just
how blessed and how workable the Christian system is.
The emphasis is not on giving or buying,
but on being thankful and expressing that appreciation
to God and to one another.
- John Clayton

There is no racial or ethnic involvement in Thanksgiving,
and people who may be very distant from the Christian
system can see the beauty and the positive spirit that comes from the holiday.
- John Clayton

Some people say my work is often depressing and pessimistic,
with the emphasis on death, blood, overcrowding,
strange beings and so on, but I don't really think it is.
- H. R. Giger

The theatre is a gross art, built in sweeps and over-emphasis.
Compromise is its second name.
- Enid Bagnold

The English scene got more media attention with their emphasis on fashion,
with the safety pins and all.
There were some really good bands over there.
The Sex Pistols were great.
- Greg Ginn

Revolution is a trivial shift in the emphasis of suffering.
- Tom Stoppard

The Platform for Action gives due emphasis to the fact
that women globally have continued to have insufficient
access to the resources necessary to achieve economic independence.
- Jenny Shipley

I believe Mrs.
Thatcher's emphasis on enterprise was right.
- Gene Fowler

Classical and romantic: private language of a family quarrel,
a dead dispute over the distribution of emphasis between man and nature.
- Cyril Connolly

I grew up in a family where we weren't allowed to talk
about beauty or to put any emphasis on physical appearance.
- Pam Grier

You've either got to find a way to make your continuing
characters insteresting without making them maudlin or overwrought,
or you've got to put more emphasis on the suspects.
- Jane Haddam

False eloquence is exaggeration; true eloquence is emphasis.
- William R. Alger

Emphasis on the common emotive or affective origins
of music and words in the first cries of humankind undermines words.
- Jean Philippe Rameau

25 years later, you know, I haven't really put too
much emphasis on any kind of individual goal,
other than trying to win any particular night,
trying to find a way to do that.
- Mark Messier

If there is something I would like to do as President of the General Assembly,
it is to place more emphasis on the issue of education,
which enables a better life for women.
- Harri Holkeri

The one function that TV news performs very well is
that when there is no news we give it to you with the
same emphasis as if it were.
- David Brinkley

No author has created with less emphasis such pathetic
characters as Chekhov has.
- Vladimir Nabokov

What's my motto when it comes to money? Don't put so much emphasis on it!
- Janice Dickinson

In nature, the emphasis is in what is rather than what ought to be.
- Huston Smith

On January 1, 2006, Medicare will begin to offer a
prescription drug benefit,
and for the first time, it will place an emphasis on
preventive care and early treatment of disease.
- Michael Burgess

Well, the musicals give emphasis to love,
longing, melancholy, sadness.
All of that is always there.
- Ismail Merchant

The British feel of blues has been hard,
rather than emotional.
Far too much emphasis on 12 bar, too little attention to words,
far too little originality.
- Alexis Korner

I sometimes wish that people would put a little more
emphasis upon the observance of the law than they do upon its enforcement.
- Calvin Coolidge

And I think that that emphasis on keeping a family together,
alike, I think it's important.
- Janet Suzman

I was always looking for the most dramatic emphasis.
- Neil LaBute

The irony of our social group is that so often everyone feels this,
but there's no company whatsoever in that feeling.
Think of Pound's great emphasis, the way out is via the door.
- Robert Creeley

I think it is necessary to sit down and work for years
and years to get it right.
I think that's the main thing, that's what the emphasis has got to be on:
individual work.
- Larry Brown

Special emphasis should be laid on this intimate interrelation
of general statements about empirical fact with the
logical elements and structure of theoretical systems.
- Talcott Parsons

So always, if we look back, concern for face-to-face morality,
and its modern emphasis on justice as well,
have historically evolved as religious issues.
- Huston Smith

Men's competitive team sports focus on the balance
between individual achievement and team achievement
with the emphasis on team achievement.
- Warren Farrell

The emphasis must be not on the right to abortion but
on the right to privacy and reproductive control.
- Ruth Bader Ginsberg

I condemn the national gay press for its emphasis on consumerism.
- Harry Hay

When I took command in Vietnam, I gave great emphasis
to food and medical care -
and to the mail.
- William Westmoreland

It is much the best way...
to lay the emphasis on the first part of the bar in triple time,
and on the first and third parts of the bar in common time.
- William Billings

I try to write conversationally; I try to write like
people speak and put the emphasis on the right syllable.
- Don Henley

American poetry, like American painting,
is always personal with an emphasis on the individuality of the poet.
- Diane Wakoski

Our society's strong emphasis on dieting and self-image
can sometimes lead to eating disorders.
We know that more than 5 million Americans suffer from eating disorders,
most of them young women.
- Tipper Gore

I feel terrible that I once put too much emphasis on material prosperity.
- Benny Hinn

Every band had their own distinctive sound,
but it was pretty much dancing music and rhythmic music
with a tremendous emphasis on copying the Cuban models.
- Ruben Blades

There's a sense of spontaneity, and no emphasis on jokes in this show.
People generally talk the way they talk in life if
you were in this particular situation.
- Larry David

More emphasis was thus thrown upon the local governments than in England.
- Albert Bushnell Hart

I put heavy emphasis on the characters.
- Keenen Ivory Wayans

My hope is that gays will be running the world,
because then there would be no war.
Just a greater emphasis on military apparel.
- Roseanne Barr

I think that the EU with the Lisbon agenda has put
the right emphasis on growth and employment.
- Angela Merkel

But what I think my emphasis is, is on the fact that I like music a lot.
- Bill Bruford

What I mean is that today's films lay lot of emphasis
on glamour and associated emotions.
- Rajendra Prasad

In a time of constrained resources we will have to shift emphasis.
but not necessarily from the traditional Political
Officer to the traditional Economic Officer.
- Lawrence Eagleburger

Success is a beast.
And it actually puts the emphasis on the wrong thing.
You get away with more instead of looking within.
- Brad Pitt


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