032: WHO SAID THAT?

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(1) “A passionate and committed atheism can be more religious than a weary or inadequate theism.”
(Karen Armstrong)

(2) “It is difficult for a person of any appreciativeness to have any convictions at all.”
(Bertrand Russell)

(3) “Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich.”
(Napoleon)

(4) “The catholic who is not a revolutionary is living in mortal sin.”
(Camillo Torres Restrepo)

(5) For Mercy has a human heart
Pity, a human face;
And Love, the human form divine,
And Peace, the human dress….

And all must love the human form,
In heathen,  turk,  or jew,
Where Mercy, Love and Pity dwell,
There  God is dwelling too.

William Blake “The divine image” in Songs of Innocence and Experience

(6) “All religions, but especially Christianity, are narcotics designed to suppress fear of unknown forces. All religious explanations have been rendered redundant by the rise of science. Not only has religion died, God has died to.”
(Nietsche)

(7) “Theology as traditionally understood necessarily calls for a sacrifice of the intellect in favour of an unconditional religious surrender.”
(Max Weber)

(8) “Every day people are straying away from the church and going back to God.”
(Lenny Bruce)

(9) “If Jesus came back to earth today, I’d love to show him round the Vatican!”
(Malcolm Muggeridge)

(10) “Christianity is successful because it capitalizes on and perpetuates human suffering. You are asked to sacrifice today: by investing in this life you will collect interest in the next – luckily the dead cannot return to demand a refund.”
(George H Smith “Atheism The case against God” Prometheus Press (1979)

(11) “To every great problem there is a simple solution – and it’s wrong.”
(anon)

(12) “I get by with a little help from my friends, I get high with a little help from my friends.”
( pop song by Jo Cocker, contemporary of the Beatles)

(13) “God? I have no need of that hypothesis!”
(Laplace in response to Napoleon’s enquiry about the place of God in his book on the motions of heavenly bodies.)

(14) “My country is the world, my religion is to do good.”
(Thomas Paine)

(15) “Our Father which art in heaven. Stay there!”
(J.J.Prévert)

(16)  “Christianity is a convincing and powerful mistake; that’s all!”
(Philip Pullman)

(17) “When the Europeans came they had the Bible and we had the land.They said ‘hands together, eyes closed.’ When we opened our eyes we had the Bible and they had the land.”
(Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa)

(18) “Religion is like a crutch – a form of support not needed by most people.”
(Madalyn Murray-O’Hare, American Humanist)

(19) “If God really existed it would be necessary to abolish him!”
(Mikhail Bakunin, Russian Anarchist)

(20) “By encountering the “living Jesus”, as Thomas suggests, one may come to recognize oneself and Jesus as, so to speak, identical twins.”
(Elaine Pagels on the Gospel of Thomas, “Beyond Belief” p.57)

(21) “A religion is as much a progressive unlearning of false ideas concerning God as it is the learning of true ideas concerning God.”
(Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan)

(22) “What has been passing for Christianity during these nineteen centuries is merely a beginning, full of weaknesses and mistakes, not a full grown Christianity springing from the spirit of Jesus.”
(Albert Schweitzer)

(23) “We all see reality through our own eyes, but it would be foolish to think we can pluck out our eyes to see straight.”
(Franz Rosenzweig)

(24) “If every Christian just welcomed one stranger into their home we’d end homelessness overnight.”
(Dorothy Day – Catholic Worker Movement)

(25) “God has no other hands to work with but yours.”
(St Teresa of Avila)

(26) On 20 July 2011  Taoiseach Enda Kenny criticised the Vatican, deploring “the dysfunction, disconnection and elitism that dominates the culture of the Vatican to this day” The Vatican reacted “to evidence of humiliation and betrayal … with the gimlet eye of a Canon lawyer[, a] calculated, withering position.”He also told the Dáil that “the historic relationship between church and state in Ireland could not be the same again. The rape and torture of children were downplayed or ‘managed’ to uphold instead the primacy of the institution, its power, standing and reputation

(27) “According to chapter 9 of his autobiography (1973) Malcolm X would say to his African American brothers and sisters something like
‘You are worshipping the blue-eyed, blond-haired Jesus. You have been handed a picture of Jesus in which he is the embodiment of all that white people are about, and if you worship that Jesus you will be worshipping an incarnation of your oppressor. That in the end will make liberation impossible, because you can’t rebel against your  oppressor if you have been duped into thinking that your oppressor is God’.”
(Shane Claiborne p.125 “Red Letter Christianity” (2012)

(28)  “Between the Christianity of this land (the USA) and the Christianity of Christ, I recognize the widest possible difference – so wide that to receive the one as good pure and holy is necessarily to reject the other as bad corrupt and wicked…I love the pure peaceable and impartial Christianity; I hate the corrupt, slave-holding, women-whipping, cradle-plundering partial and hypocritical Christianity of this land. Indeed I can see no reason for calling the religion of this land Christianity.”
(Frederick Douglass  “Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, written by himself” Signet [1845] (1968) )

(29) “Have the courage to use your own intellect.”
(Immanuel Kant)

(30) “The criticism of religion is the presupposition of all criticism.”
(Karl Marx)

(31) ( So my idea of the  “residual Jesus” is not original  after all;  here we have a distinguished German Professor over 50 years ago saying the same thing, only this time Jesus is a “torso”!)
” If we were to reduce the tradition of Jesus to what can no longer be doubted for any historical reason whatever, we should be left with no more than a torso that would have hardly anything at all in common with the history to which the gospels bear witness.”
( Günther Bornkamm ‘Jesus von Nazareth’ 1960, p.13)

(32) “The world is now too dangerous for anything but truth and too small for anything but love.”
(Dr William Sloane Coffin)

(33) “A murdered priest is a testimonial of a church incarnate in the problems of the people.”
(Archbishop Oscar Romero)

(34) “We are the ones we have been waiting for.”
(African American community organiser and Sojourner Dr Lisa Sullivan)

(35) “Words and writings were all nothing, and must die, for action is the life of all, and if thou dost not act thou dost nothing.”
(Gerrard Winstanley)

(36) “Religion is medieaval mildew, one of the most odious things on earth. God is a concept of inexpressible foulness.”
(Lenin)

(37) “Religion represents the best in humanity but in an alienated form in that the attributes of humanity itself were projected onto an alien imaginary entity.”
(Feuerbach)

(38) “There is , to borrow Rosemary Radford Ruether’s appropriate phrase, a “golden thread” that links the words of the biblical prophets via Jesus and the history of Christian radicalism down to Liberation Theology. The thread is not primarily theology; it is not language, but a shared sense that the world as we experience it is not ordered aright; that the misery, poverty and destitution we witness are an affront to God and humanity, a conviction that things must be better – for the poor, the vulnerable, the impaired, the destitute the desperate and those who mourn. It is not a specifically religious characteristic but a faculty in humanity, easily dulled which needs to be stirred.”
(Prof. C. Rowland p.270 of “Radical Christian voices and practice.” OUP ed. Bennett, Z. & Gowler, D. (2012)

(39) “Christians must definitely decide  for revolution, particularly in our continent, where the Christian faith is so important  among the masses of the people. When Christians dare to give a totally revolutionary testimony, the Latin American revolution will be invincible, because until now Christians have allowed their doctrines to be used by  reactionaries.”
(Che Guevara)

(40) “When God saw that rich Christians, who possessed 90% of the 1000 riches of humanity, had not done with these riches what they should have done,  he allowed socalists the enterprise of dignifying the poor of Latin America who are the vast majority.”
(Juan David Garcia Vaca in “The Cambridge Guide to Liberation Theology” p.184)

(41) “Christians have become atheists. They no longer believe in a personal objective thinking God “out there” somewhere.The theistic notion of God has not survived the acids of modernity. What then is the future of Christianity?…we must take leave of God if we are to refurbish Christianity with terms and incentives suitable to the global age we are now entering. By leaving God behind we may hope to recover total human freedom, along with an affirmation of basic Human Rights. This move entails abolition of slavery, emancipation of women and acceptance of homosexuality.”
(Robert Funk in Lloyd Geering’s “Christianity without God” p.3)

(42) “God is in the slums, in the cardboard boxes where the poor play house. God is in the silence of a mother who has infected her child with a virus that will end both their lives. God is in the cries heard under the rubble of war. God is in the debris of wasted opportunity and lives, and God is with us – if we are with them.”
(Bono)

(43) “As long as there is a lower class, I am part of it;
As long as there is a criminal element, I am of it;
As long as there is a soul in prison, I am not free.”
(Adrian Mitchell)

(44) “The socioeconomically oppressed (the poor) do not simply exist alongside other oppressed groups, such as blacks, indigenous peoples and women.
It is one thing to be a black taxi driver; quite another to be a black football idol;
It’s one thing to be a woman working as  a domestic servant, quite another to be the first lady of the land;
It is one thing to be an Amerindian thrown off your land, quite another to be an Amerindian owning your own farm.”
(Clodovis Boff,  Liberation Theologian, 1987)

(45) “The truth is rarely pure and never simple.”
(Oscar Wilde)

(46) “At all times preach the gospel. When necessary use words.”
(St Francis)

(47) “The history of Christianity is the best school for atheism.”
(Franz Overbeck)

(48) “The New Testament is a manifesto of inhumanity. It is mass-deception planned on a large scale.. It makes people (like slaves)  stupid instead of making them aware of their own objective interests.”
(Joachim Kahl)

(49) “What does it really mean that the religion which peddles the love of one’s fellow men has, from its earliest beginnings right up to the present day, tolerated, encouraged, and even committed the most inhuman atrocities in the name of God, in the name of Jesus Christ, and in the name of the Bible? What does it really imply – the fact that Christians have been able and are still able to perpetuate the most shocking brutalities again and again with a clear conscience and a detailed theological alibi?”
(Joachim Kahl)

(50) “I felt a challenge to plan, and build, a  an organisation that could help to cure the black man in North America of the sickness that has kept him under the white man’s heel. The black man in America was mentally sick, in his cooperative sheeplike acceptance of the white man’s culture.
The black man in north America was spiritually sick because for centuries he had accepted the white man’s Christianity – which asked the black so-called Christian to expect no true Brotherhood of Man , but to endure the cruelties of the white so-called Christians. Christianity had made black men fuzzy, nebulous, confused in their thinking. It had taught the black man to think if he had no shoes, and was hungry,’we gonna get shoes and milk and honey and fish fries in Heaven’.”
(Malcolm X’s autobiography)

(51) “I’ve had enough of someone else’s propaganda. I’m for truth, no matter who tells it. I’m for justice, no matter who it is for or against. I’m a human being first and foremost and as such I’m for whoever and whatever benefits humanity as a whole.”
(Malcolm X autobiography)

(52) “The name of God is heard today in virtually only one context – that is, in church circles. The church has become an island of the past where there is spoken a language which is becoming foreign to people in the world outside. It has hardly yet dawned upon the church that it uses a basic concept which has virtually disappeared from common use outside the church.”
(Lloyd Geering “Christianity without God” 2002)

(53) “Any account of how Jesus became Christ has to be one which shows how the beliefs about Jesus developed and grew in the minds of his followers both during and after his lifetime. The Christian proclamation of Jesus as the Christ originated as a subjective evaluation of the role of Jesus by his followers. Later generations tended to interpret these subjective affirmations as if they had been objective events, thus giving them a public and historical character they had never had possessed.”
(Lloyd Geering)

(54) “It’s hard to know when to respond to the seductiveness of the world and when to respond to its challenges. I arise in the morning torn between the twin desires to change the world and to enjoy the world. That makes it hard to plan the day.”
(E.B.White)

(55) “Jesus came preaching the Kingdom of God and the Church came instead.”
(Anon.)

(56) “If we expose the claims of the gospels to the heat of historical analysis, we can purge the scriptures of their literary and theological flourishes and forge a far more accurate picture of the Jesus of history.”
(Reza Aslan)

(57) “The Roman Catholic church owes more to the Roman empire than it does to Jesus Christ. It developed to fill the power vacuum left by the fall of Rome. Jesus certainly didn’t found it.”
(LLoyd Geering)

(58) “If they come for the innocent without stepping over your body, cursed be your religion and your life.”
(Phil Berrigan, anti-Vietnam war resister and founder of Plowshares, U.S.)

(59) “Christianity has not been tried and found wanting, it has never been tried.”
(Archbishop William Temple)
“The same might be said of Marxism.”
(Alistair Kee)

(60) “When someone, philosopher or not, irresistibly attracts millions of human beings, when he inspires the life and death of a great part of mankind, and makes the powerful of the earth tremble with hate and fear, that man (Karl Marx) deserves to be studied.”
(Bishop Helder Camara of Brazil)

(61) “All the dynamic forms of human history, the struggle against all that depersonalizes man, the social inequalities, misery, exploitation, have their origin, are transformed and achieve fulfilment in Christ’s work of salvation.”
(Liberation theologian Gustavo Gutierrez)

(62) “We have learned to see the great events of the history of the world from beneath – from the viewpoint of the useless, the subject, the abused, the powerless, the oppressed, the despised. In a word from the viewpoint of suffering.”
(Dietrich Bonhoeffer,prison letters)

(63) “Where God is male, then the male is God.”
(Mary Daly)

(64) “Today Christianity is everywhere in the service of an idolatrous culture. The reign of idolatry is now firmly implanted in Christian civilisation.  The law of the golden calf now prevails in the name of God. Christianity with its originally revolutionary message is now a pallid  shadow of its former self, living the life of a vegetable.”
(Antonio Pérez-Esclarín, Venezuelan liberation theologian)

(65) “Theology is the hope that the injustice that characterizes the world cannot persist, that injustice cannot be considered the last word.”
(Max Horkheimer)

(66) “(St Paul’s) precepts in Romans are perfectly straightforward general maxims which you could transfer directly to the field of conduct. That could hardly be said of the gospel precepts…you could not possibly go about applying these precepts directly and literally as they stand.”
(C. H. Dodd “Gospel and Law” (1951))

(67) “Theology, as traditionally understood, necessarily calls for a sacrifice of the intellect in favour of an unconditional religious surrender.”
(Max Weber)

(68) “(When a person is depressed) You get so much more clarity about things. It’s like fishing, you go beneath the surface and bring things back which are very useful. There’d be no Keats, Byron or Shelley if they’d been on Prozac. Society needs manic depressives, it needs people potholers, to bring back their treasures from the underworlds, and to polish them and turn them into things that are beautiful and glittering.”
John Moore ‘the laziest man in the world’ quoted by Tom Hodgkinson in ‘How to be free.’

(67) “Jesus’s historical activity was essentially about politics and the restructuring of society and not about religion and theology.”
(Douglas Oakman)

(68) “Between actions, pause and remember who you are” (anon)

(69) “Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.” (Dalai Lama)

(70) “To the oppressed, and to those who suffer with them and fight at their side.” (Dedication at the front of the book “Pedagogy of the Oppressed” by Paolo Freire)

(71) “Jesus is a much underrated man. To deprive him of his humanity is to deprive him of his greatness.”
(Albert Nolan, O.P.)

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