Best Quotes about Churches
I believe with all my heart that the Church of Jesus Christ should be a Church of blurred edges.
A woman's asking for equality in the church would be comparable to a black person's demanding equality in the Ku Klux Klan.
The local church is the outcrop of the church universal.
Forsyth, Peter T.
But a priest's life is not supposed to be well-rounded; it is supposed to be one-pointed -- a compass, not a weathercock.
The act of bell ringing is symbolic of all proselytizing religions. It implies the pointless interference with the quiet of other people.
Many are called but few are chosen. There are sayings of Christ which suggest that the Church he came to establish will always be a minority affair.
I have, alas, only one illusion left, and that is the Archbishop of Canterbury.
Church is the only place where someone speaks to me and I do not have to answer back.
Gaulle, Charles De
A church is a place in which gentlemen who have never been to heaven brag about it to persons who will never get there.
Mencken, H. L.
The root of almost every schism and heresy from which the Christian Church has suffered, has been because of the effort of men to earn, rather than receive their salvation; and the reason preaching is so commonly ineffective is, that it often calls on people to work for God rather than letting God work through them.
Nearly all the evils in the Church have arisen from bishops desiring power more than light. They want authority, not outlook.
We praise Him, we bless Him, we adore Him, we glorify Him, and we wonder who is that baritone across the aisle and that pretty woman on our right who smells of apple blossoms. Our bowels stir and our cod itches and we amend our prayers for the spiritual life with the hope that it will not be too spiritual.
The Church has always been willing to swap off treasures in heaven for cash down.
Ingersoll, Robert Green
Here, the churches seemed to shrink away into eroding corners. They seem to have ceased to be essential parts of American life. They no longer give life. It is the huge buildings of commerce and trade which now align the people to attention. These in their massive manner of steel and stone say, Come unto me all ye who labor, and we will give you work.
His creed no parson ever knew, for this was still his simple plan, to have with clergymen to do as little as a Christian can.
Doyle, Sir Francis
What makes a church great in the eyes of God? Participation, proclamation, preservation, and propagation. Every church ought to exhibit all four.
Hawkins, O. S.
A glorious Church is like a magnificent feast; there is all the variety that may be, but every one chooses out a dish or two that he likes, and lets the rest alone: how glorious soever the Church is, every one chooses out of it his own religion, by which he governs himself, and lets the rest alone.
She say, Celie, tell the truth, have you ever found God in church? I never did. I just found a bunch of folks hoping for him to show. Any God I ever felt in church I brought in with me. And I think all the other folks did too. They come to church to share God, not find God.
I think a bishop who doesn't give offence to anyone is probably not a good bishop.
The Church is not a gallery for the exhibition of eminent Christians, but a school for the education of imperfect ones.
Beecher, Henry Ward
Those who marry God can become domesticated too -- it's just as hum-drum a marriage as all the others. The word Love means a formal touch of the lips as in the ceremony of the Mass, and Ave Marialike dearest is a phrase to open a letter. This marriage like the world's marriages was held together by habits and tastes shared in common between God and themselves -- it was God's taste to be worshipped and their taste to worship, but only at stated hours like a suburban embrace on a Saturday night.
The old cathedrals are good, but the great blue dome that hangs over everything is better.
It's about time we quit playing church in these services that start at eleven o clock sharp and end at twelve o clock dull.
A full-dressed ecclesiastic is a sort of go-cart of divinity; an ethical automaton. A clerical prig is, in general, a very dangerous as well as contemptible character. The utmost that those who thus habitually confound their opinions and sentiments with the outside coverings of their bodies can aspire to, is a negative and neutral character, like wax-work figures, where the dress is done as much to the life as the man, and where both are respectable pieces of pasteboard, or harmless compositions of fleecy hosiery.
People have described me as a management bishop but I say to my critics, Jesus was a management expert too.
The Bible knows nothing of solitary religion.
And of all plagues with which mankind are cursed, ecclesiastic tyranny's the worst.
I never saw, heard, nor read, that the clergy were beloved in any nation where Christianity was the religion of the country. Nothing can render them popular, but some degree of persecution.
He was of the faith chiefly in the sense that the church he currently did not attend was Catholic.
The Pope is an idol whose hands are tied and whose feet are kissed.
Once is orthodox, twice is puritanical.
The parson knows enough who knows a Duke.
The problem is not that the churches are filled with empty pews, but that the pews are filled with empty people.
A Church which has lost its memory is in a sad state of senility.
The priesthood is a marriage. People often start by falling in love, and they go on for years without realizing that love must change into some other love which is so unlike it that it can hardly be recognized as love at all.
The itch of disputing is the scab of the churches.
Wotton, Sir Henry
If church prelates, past or present, had even an inkling of physiology they'd realize that what they term this inner ugliness creates and nourishes the hearing ear, the seeing eye, the active mind, and energetic body of man and woman, in the same way that dirt and dung at the roots give the plant its delicate leaves and the full-blown rose.
A little, round, fat, oily man of God.
The question confronting the Church today is not any longer whether the man in the street can grasp a religious message, but how to employ the communications media so as to let him have the full impact of the Gospel message.
John Paul II
I don't go to church. Kneeling bags my nylons.
Though the church has many critics, it has no rivals.
A church is a hospital for sinners, not a museum for saints.
Nash, L. L.
Many people are in a rut and a rut is nothing but a grave--with both ends kicked out.
Be neither intimate nor distant with the clergy.
Where God builds a church the devil builds a chapel.
The first time I sang in the church choir; two hundred people changed their religion.
Allen, Fred A.
We sing in a church, why can we not dance there?
Shaw, George Bernard
The church is so subnormal that if it ever got back to the New Testament normal it would seem to people to be abnormal.
Churchgoers are like coals in a fire. When they cling together, they keep the flame aglow; when they separate, they die out.
Standards of conduct appropriate to civil society or the workings of a democracy cannot be purely and simply applied to the Church.
Ratzinger, Cardinal Joseph
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