110 Theism Quotes To Inspire You

Following is our list of theism quotations and slogans full of insightful wisdom and perspective about believing in god.

The Most Famous Theism Quotes (Best in 2024)

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The opposite of theism is not atheism, it’s idolatry — Peter Kreeft

The struggle against atheism is foremost and of necessity a struggle against the inadequacy of our own theism. — Karl Rahner

That which is called humanism, but what would be more correctly called irreligious anthropocentrism, cannot yield answers to the most essential questions of our life — Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

There is superficial conflict but deep concord between science and theistic religion, but superficial concord and deep conflict between science and naturalism — Alvin Plantinga

Theology is never any help; it is searching in a dark cellar at midnight for a black cat that isn't there. Theologians can persuade themselves of anything. — Robert A. Heinlein

Theist and atheist: the fight between them is as to whether God shall be called God or shall have some other name. — Samuel Butler

The theist and the scientist are rival interpreters of nature, the one retreats as the other advances. — Joseph McCabe

Secularism denounces supernaturalism and promotes a nonreligious or antireligious basis of social organization and morality. — Carl F. H. Henry

Socrates thought and so do I that the wisest theory about the gods is no theory at all. — Michel de Montaigne

God does not expect us to submit our faith to him without reason, but the very limits of our reason make faith a necessity. — Saint Augustine

Short Theism Quotes

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  • A common sense interpretation of the facts suggests that a superintellect has monkeyed with physics. — Fred Hoyle
  • Pantheism is sexed-up atheism. Deism is watered-down theism. — Richard Dawkins
  • Anti-theism presupposes Theism — Cornelius Van Til
  • So far as the religion of the day is concerned, it is a damned fake ... Religion is all bunk. — Thomas A. Edison
  • It is my view that these circumstances indicate the universe was created for man to live in. — Robert Jastrow
  • Christianity is not a mere religion but an experimentally testable science. — Frank J. Tipler
  • The fine tuning of the universe provides prima facie evidence of deistic design. — Edward Robert Harrison
  • Disbelief crept over me at a very slow rate, but at last it was complete. — Charles Darwin
  • It is undesirable to believe a proposition when there is no ground whatever for supposing it true — Bertrand Russell
  • Atheism deprives superstition of its stand ground, and compels Theism to reason for its existence — George Holyoake

Anti Theist Quotes

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Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. — Epicurus

Religions are all alike- founded upon fables and mythologies. — Thomas Jefferson

Atheism is a crutch for those who cannot bear the reality of God. — Tom Stoppard

Faith is the great cop-out, the great excuse to evade the need to think. — Richard Dawkins

Judging from the tendency and effect of his arguments, an atheist does not appear positively to refuse that a God may be... His verdict on the doctrine of God is only that it is not proven. It is not that it is disproven. He is but an atheist. He is not an anti-theist. — Thomas Chalmers

Believing In God Quotes

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Simply believing in the existence of God is not exactly what I would call a commitment. After all, even the devil believes that God exists. Believing has to change the way we live. — Mother Angelica

This life is the only hell believers will ever know. But for those who die in their sins, this is their only heaven. — Ray Comfort

Your life as a Christian should make non believers question their disbelief in God. — Dietrich Bonhoeffer

I have to believe much in God because I have lost my faith in man. — Jose Rizal

If I believe in God and life after death and you do not, and if there is no God, we both lose when we die. However, if there is a God, you still lose and I gain everything. — Blaise Pascal

I never thought of it as God. I didn't know what to call it. I don't believe in devils, but demons I do because everyone at one time or another has some kind of a demon, even if you call it by another name, that drives them. — Gene Wilder

Believe in God like you believe in the sunrise. Not because you can see it, but because you can see all it touches. — C. S. Lewis

You ask me 'What’s the the greatest act of faith?' To me is to look in the mirror of God’s word, and see all my faults, all my sin, all my shortcomings and to believe that God loves me exactly as he says he does. — Paul Washer

Believe in God like the sun up in the sky, see science can tell us how but it can't tell us why. I seen a baby cry then seconds later she laughed, the beauty of life the pain never lasts. — J. Cole

One of the peculiar sins of the twentieth century which we've developed to a very high level is the sin of credulity. It has been said that when human beings stop believing in God they believe in nothing. The truth is much worse: they believe in anything. — Malcolm Muggeridge

Theological Quotes

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Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. — Martin Luther King, Jr.

We talk about predestination because the Bible talks about predestination. If we desire to build our theology on the Bible, we run head on into this concept. We soon discover that John Calvin did not invent it. — R. C. Sproul

Accumulating knowledge is a form of avarice and lends itself to another version of the Midas story ...man [is] so avid for knowledge that everything that he touches turns to facts; his faith becomes theology; his love becomes lechery; his wisdom becomes science; pursuing meaning, he ignores truth. — Malcolm Muggeridge

Grace is not a theology. It is not a subject matter. It is not a doctrine. It is a person, and his name is Jesus. That's the reason the Lord wants you to receive the abundance of grace, for to have the abundance of grace is to have the abundance of Jesus. — Joseph Prince

I have no use for cranks who despise music, because it is a gift of God. Music drives away the Devil and makes people joyful; they forget thereby all wrath, unchastity, arrogance, and the like. Next after theology, I give to music the highest place and the greatest honor. — Martin Luther

We have to determine our theology from the Word of God, not from what we feel. — R. C. Sproul

Truths are not truths to you unless you realize them within yourself. Without realization, they are just ideas. For spiritual perception, spiritual consciousness, lies not in vague theological ideas, but in the acquisition of Self-realization. — Paramahansa Yogananda

I am convinced of the afterlife, independent of theology. If the world is rationally constructed, there must be an afterlife — Kurt Gödel

The problem with Prosperity Theology is not that it promises too much, but that it aims for so little. What God promises us in Christ is far above anything that can be measured in earthly wealth - and believers are not promised earthly wealth nor the gift of health. — Albert Mohler

The closer you get to the truth, the clearer becomes the beauty, and the more you will find worship welling up within you. That's why theology and worship belong together. — N. T. Wright

Theocracy Quotes

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Unity in faith is theocracy; unity in politics is fascism. — Maajid Nawaz

Somewhere in the other side of nowhere is a place in space beyond time where the Gods of mythology dwell. ... These gods dwell in their mythocracies as opposed to your theocracies, democracies, and monocracies. They dwell in a magic world. These Gods can even offer you immortality. — Sun Ra

We do not want to live in a theocracy. We should maintain that barrier and government has no business telling someone what they ought to believe or how they should conduct their private lives. — Robert Reich

A theocracy is a government ruled directly by God, and for us it means "Theocracy within". In other words, trying to live by God's principles instead of just living selfishly. — Matt Smith

Who are your favourite heroines in real life? The women of Afghanistan, Iraq, and Iran who risk their lives and their beauty to defy the foulness of theocracy. Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Azar Nafisi as their ideal feminine model. — Christopher Hitchens

I think the Shiites want a theocracy. — Adnan Pachachi

Don't get so tolerant that you tolerate intolerance. — Bill Maher

If you disagree with your government, that's political. If you disagree with your government that is approaching theocracy, then you're evil. — Margaret Atwood

America wasn't founded as a theocracy. America was founded by people trying to escape theocracies. Never in history have we had a Christian theocracy where it wasn't bloody and barbaric. That's why our Constitution wisely put in a separation of church and state. — Gregory A. Boyd

In bringing the subject of religious oppression to a wider audience, I didn't just want to kick the Catholic Church but to poke a finger in the throat of theocracy and to let it be known that people shouldn't tolerate this anymore. — Sayings

Christian Theology Quotes

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Any theology that is indifferent to the theme of liberation is not Christian theology. — James H. Cone

A missional theology...appl ies to the whole of life of every believer. Every disciple is to be an agent of the kingdom of God, and every disciple is to carry the mission of God into every sphere of life. We are all missionaries sent into a non-Christian culture. — Alan Hirsch

What makes you a Christian is whether or not you really are in accord with biblical theology and whether you know Jesus Christ as your Saviour. — Walter Martin

To be a Christian is to be a theologian-a student of God and his will. The contemporary disdain for theological content and emphasis on self-image and emotions were not shared by the apostolic church. — R. C. Sproul

To understand a Bible text it takes an act of the Holy Spirit equal to the act that inspired the text in the first place. A revelation of the Holy Spirit in one glorious flash of inward illumination would teach you more of Jesus than five years in a theological seminary. — Aiden Wilson Tozer

No Christian can avoid theology. Every Christian has a theology. The issue, then, is not, dowe want to have a theology? That's a given. The real issue is, do we have a sound theology.? Do we embrace true or false doctrine? — R. C. Sproul

The greatest tragedy in the history of Christianity was neither the Crusades nor the Reformation nor the Inquisition, but rather the split that opened up between theology and spirituality at the end of the Middle Ages. — Hans Urs von Balthasar

The study of theology, as it stands in Christian churches, is the study of nothing; it is founded on nothing; it rests on no principles; it proceeds by no authorities; it has no data; it can demonstrate nothing; and it admits of no conclusion. — Thomas Paine

In fact, most of the changes found in early Christian manuscripts have nothing to do with theology or ideology. Far and away the most changes are the result of mistakes pure and simple slips of the pen, accidental omissions, inadvertent additions, misspelled words, blunders of one sort or another. — Bart D. Ehrman

Christian theology is the grandmother of Bolshevism. — Oswald Spengler

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More Theism Quotes

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The exquisite order displayed by our scientific understanding of the physical world calls for the divine. — Vera Kistiakowsky

Theism is so confused and the sentences in which "God" appears so incoherent and so incapable of verifiability or falsifiability that to speak of belief or unbelief, faith or unfaith, is logically impossible. — A.J. Ayer

Freedom of thought is best promoted by the gradual illumination of men’s minds which follows from the advance of science. — Charles Darwin

It seems to me that when confronted with the marvels of life and the universe, one must ask why and not just how. The only possible answers are religious. . . . I find a need for God in the universe and in my own life. — Arthur Leonard Schawlow

If the ignorance of nature gave birth to gods, the knowledge of nature is calculated to destroy them. — Baron d'Holbach

In theory I am an agnostic, but pending the appearance of rational evidence I must be classed, practically and provisionally, as an atheist. The chance's of theism's truth being to my mind so microscopically small, I would be a pedant and a hypocrite to call myself anything else. — H. P. Lovecraft

The theist can only find meaning by leaving this life for a transcendental world beyond the grave. The human world as he finds it is empty of 'ultimate purpose' and hence meaningless. Theism thus is an attempt to escape from the human condition; it is a pathetic deceit. — Paul Kurtz

The question of whether there exists a Creator and Ruler of the Universe has been answered in the affirmative by some of the highest intellects that have ever existed. — Charles Darwin

The language of theism which was familiar to the people, gave Gandhi the advantage of easy communication with the people, but it is atheistic in principle. It could have been the starting point for the atheistic movement in the modern age. — Goparaju Ramachandra Rao

Modernist discourse [...] incorporates semantic devices - such as the labeling of theism as 'religion' and naturalism as 'science' - that work to prevent a dangerous debate over fundamental assumptions from breaking out in the open. — Phillip E. Johnson

When I hear that a personal friend has fallen into matrimonial courses, I feel the same sorrow as if I had heard of his lapsing into theism — a holy sorrow, unmixed with anger. — Algernon Charles Swinburne

Secular Humanism is opposed to other religions; it actively rejects, excludes, and attempts to eliminate traditional theism from meaningful participation in the American culture. — Harvey Cox

There are yet people who say there is no God. But what really makes me angry is that they quote me for the support of such views — Albert Einstein

Materialism means simply the denial that the moral order is eternal, and the cutting off of ultimate hopes; spiritualism means theaffirmation of an eternal moral order and the letting loose of hope. — William James

Contemporary movies just drive me crazy. The violence and the sentimentality and the spiritual materialism and Theism and the incredible indulgence in ignorance is so claustrophobic. — Anne Waldman

It appears to me (whether rightly or wrongly) that direct arguments against Christianity and theism produce hardly any effect on the public; and freedom of thought is best promoted by the gradual illumination of men's minds, which follows from the advance of science. — Charles Darwin

What terrible questions we are learning to ask! The former men believed in magic, by which temples, cities, and men were swallowed up, and all trace of them gone. We are coming on the secret of a magic which sweeps out of men's minds all vestige of theism and beliefs which they and their fathers held and were framed upon. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

Classical philosophical theism maintained the ontological distinction between God and creative world that is necessary for any genuine theism by conceiving them to be of different substances, with particular attributes predicated of each. — Arthur Peacocke

If one believes in a god, one is a Theist. If one does not believe in a god, then one is an A-theist — he is without that belief. The distinction between atheism and theism is entirely, exclusively, that of whether one has or has not a belief in God. — Chapman Cohen

Atheism is the last word of theism — Heinrich Heine

It is the absolutism of theism, its pernicious influence upon humanity, its paralyzing effect upon thought and action, which Atheism is fighting with all its power. — Emma Goldman

We know that nature is described by the best of all possible mathematics because God created it. — Alexander Markovich Polyakov

The only theism worthy of our respect believes in God not because of the way the world is made but in spite of that. The only theism that is no less profound than the Buddha's atheism is that represented in the Bible by Job and Jeremiah. — Walter Kaufmann

It is widely assumed, contrary to fact, that theism necessarily involves the two assumptions which cannot be squared with the existence of so much suffering, and that therefore, per impossibile, they simply have to be squared with the existence of all this suffering, somehow. — Walter Kaufmann

I don't endorse deism or interventionist theism. My point is just that evolutionary biology is logically compatible with the former and with some versions of the latter. — Elliott Sober

I think that some "interventionist theisms" are compatible with evolutionary theory. (By "intervention," I don't mean that God violates laws of nature; I mean that God affects what happens in nature in ways that are additional to the ones that deism recognizes.) — Elliott Sober

This is not to deny that there are versions of theism that do conflict with evolutionary biology. Young Earth Creationism is an example; it claims that God created life on earth within the past 10,000 to 50,000 years. But other types of theism are different. — Elliott Sober

When life is so harsh that a man loses all hope in himself, then he raises his eyes to a shining rock, worshipping it, just to find hope again, rather than looking to his own acts for hope and salvation. Yes, atheism IS a redemptive belief. It is theism that denies man's own redemptive nature. — Isaac Asimov

Since belief is measured by action, he who forbids us to believe religion to be true, necessarily also forbids us to act as we should if we did believe it to be true. — William James

On pragmatistic principles, if the hypothesis of God works satisfactorily in the widest sense of the word, it is true. — William James

It was tremendously exciting to discover that science was not destroying religion, as people popularly believe, but that it could cast light on theism and Christianity. — Susan Howatch

Consciously or unconsciously, most theists see in gods and devils, heaven and hell, reward and punishment, a whip to lash the people into obedience, meekness and contentment.... The philosophy of atheism expresses the expansion and growth of the human mind. The philosophy of theism, if we can call it a philosophy, is static and fixed. — Emma Goldman

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