Religion is the organization of spirituality into something that became the hand maiden of conquerors. Nearly all religions were brought to people and imposed on people by conquerors, and used as the framework to control their minds.— John Henrik Clarke
Unforgettable Organized Religion quotations
Nothing happens by accident. God is preparing you for great things.
The meaning of life is pretty clear: Living things strive to pass their genes into the future. The claim that we would not have morals or ethics without religion is extraordinary. Animals in nature seem to behave in moral ways without organized religion.
Violent, irrational, intolerant, allied to racism and tribalism and bigotry, invested in ignorance and hostile to free inquiry, contemptuous of women and coercive toward children: organized religion ought to have a great deal on its conscience.
David didn't need to know Goliath's strength because he already knew God's.
The West won the world not by the superiority of its ideas or values or religion […] but rather by its superiority in applying organized violence. Westerners often forget this fact; non-Westerners never do.
A cult is a religion with no political power.
Civilization will not attain to its perfection until the last stone from the last church falls on the last priest.
Religion is belief in someone else's experience. Spirituality is having your own experience.
Yes, reason has been a part of organized religion, ever since two nudists took dietary advice from a talking snake.
When lip service to some mysterious deity permits bestiality on Wednesday and absolution on Sunday, cash me out.
Religion. It's given people hope in a world torn apart by religion.
Religious wars are basically people killing each other over who has the better imaginary friend.
Real religion should be something that liberates men.
But churches don't want free men who can think for themself and find their own divinity within. When a religion becomes organized it is no longer a religious experience but only superstition and estrangement.
Just as Darwin discovered the law of evolution in organic nature, so Marx discovered the law of evolution in human history; he discovered the simple fact, hitherto concealed by an overgrowth of idealogy [sic], that mankind must first of all eat and drink, have shelter and clothing, before it can pursue politics, science, religion, art etc.
Properly read, the Bible is the most potent force for atheism ever conceived.
God is, and will always be, greater than your circumstances.
The visible world is the invisible organization of energy.
I don't attend any particular church now.
I don't believe in denominations, nor do I believe in organized religion.
Organized religion is a sham and a crutch for weak-minded people
Nature is my religion. The earth is my temple.
The roles of art, morality, religion, political faith, science itself are not to repair organic exhaustion nor to provide sound functioning of the organs. All this supraphysical life is built and expanded not because of the demands of the cosmic environment but because of the demands of the social environment.
The most stupendous system of organized robbery known has been that of the church towards woman, a robbery that has not only taken her self-respect but all rights of person; the fruits of her own industry; her opportunities of education; the exercise of her judgment, her own conscience, her own will.
Truth cannot be given to you; especially if you are following an organized religion, then truth will be as far from you as darkness is from light. Truth is not found by observing rituals, undertaking pilgrimages or reading the scriptures. It is simply a waste of time.
Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under god is acknowledged.
That there is much suffering in the world no one disputes.
Which is more likely, that pain and evil are the result of an all-powerful and good God, or the product of uncaring natural forces? The presence of much suffering agrees well with the view that all organic beings have been developed through variation and natural selection.
Organized religion is a sham and a crutch for weak-minded people who need strength in numbers. It tells people to go out and stick their noses in other people's business.
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.
God answers all prayers. Sometimes the answer is no.
Organized religion is in substance a mystification, a means of hiding the wickedness of the social system. If the Christian principles of love, equality, and freedom were really practiced instead of only preached, there would be no need for a special institution(the church) to take care of those principles.
I don't really have a life philosophy;
my thing is just rebelling against pretty much organized religion. That is my main thing, because personally I think it's a crutch for people that are too weak to get through life on their own. I'm the kind of guy that says if I don't see it, then it doesn't work. And nobody can show me God.
Is man merely a mistake of God's? Or God merely a mistake of man?
When I stand before god at the end of my life I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say, I used everything you gave me.
One of the problems with organized religion is that it has always kept women in a second-class position. They have been viewed as the daughters of Eve.
Free inquiry entails recognition of civil liberties as integral to its pursuit, that is, a free press, freedom of communication, the right to organize opposition parties and to join voluntary associations, and freedom to cultivate and publish the fruits of scientific, philosophical, artistic, literary, moral and religious freedom.
The minority, the ruling class at present, has the schools and press, usually the Church as well, under its thumb. This enables it to organize and sway the emotions of the masses, and make its tool of them.
Spirituality does not come from religion. It comes from our soul.
Religion is still useful among the herd - that it helps their orderly conduct as nothing else could. The crude human animal is in-eradicably superstitious, and there is every biological reason why they should be. Take away his Christian god and saints, and he will worship something else.
Jesus was a Capricorn, he ate organic foods, he believed in love and peace, and never wore no shoes.
We need to stop giving people excuses not to believe in God.
Religion is for people who are afraid of going to hell. Spirituality is for those who have already been there.
We need to stop giving people excuses not to believe in God.
You've probably heard the expression 'I believe in God, just not organized religion'. I don't think people would say that if the church truly lived like we are called to live.
The God of the Old testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction.
Above all, good leaders are open. They go up, down, and around their organization to reach people. They don't stick to the established channels. They're informal. They're straight with people. They make a religion out of being accessible. They never get bored telling their story.
Although I respect the Judeo-Christian ethic, as well as the Eastern philosophies, and of course the teachings of Muhammad, I find that organized religion has corrupted those beliefs to justify countless atrocities throughout the ages. Were I to go to church, I'd be a hypocrite.
I usually lump organized religion, organized labor, and organized crime together. The Mafia gets points for having the best restaurants