„It is blasphemy to separate oneself from the earth and look down on it like a god. It is more than blasphemy, it is dangerous. We can never be gods, after all—but we can become something less than human with frightening ease.“
Fonte: The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (2010), Chapter 7 (p. 74)
„God is an essence we know nothing of. Until this awful blasphemy is gotten rid of there will never be any liberal science in the world.“
— John Adams 2nd President of the United States 1735 - 1826
Attributed to Adams in A Brief History of Disbelief BBC Four (2005) by Jonathan Miller, Online video http://www.veoh.com/series/briefhistoryofdisbelief. The two sentences are derived from two different letters to Thomas Jefferson, written five years apart, juxtaposed to give a misleading impression of Adams' meaning. The first comes from his letter of 17 January 1820, and the second from his letter of 22 January 1825.
„We must be clear that whatever we say of God in such human concepts can never be more than an indication of Him; no such concept can really conceive the nature of God. God is inconceivable.“
— Karl Barth Swiss Protestant theologian 1886 - 1968
Dogmatics in Outline (1949)
Contexto: When attempts were later made to speak systematically about God and to describe His nature, men became more talkative. They spoke of God's aseity, His being grounded in Himself; they spoke of God's infinity in space and time, and therefore of God's eternity. And men spoke on the other hand of God's holiness and righteousness, mercifulness and patience. We must be clear that whatever we say of God in such human concepts can never be more than an indication of Him; no such concept can really conceive the nature of God. God is inconceivable. <!-- p. 46
„Was there ever a more horrible blasphemy than the statement that all the knowledge of God is confined to this or that book? How dare men call God infinite, and yet try to compress Him within the covers of a little book!“
— Swami Vivekananda Indian Hindu monk and phylosopher 1863 - 1902
„To suggest that God specifically created a worm to torture small African children is blasphemy as far as I can see.“
— David Attenborough British broadcaster and naturalist 1926
Interview in Metro 29 Jan 2013
„I have just discovered something I have always known: we can no more escape from one another than we can escape from God.“
— Georges Bernanos French writer 1888 - 1948
Chantal, p. 112
La joie (Joy) 1929
„No man can blaspheme a book. No man can commit blasphemy by telling his honest thought. No man can blaspheme a God, or a Holy Ghost, or a Son of God. The Infinite cannot be blasphemed.“
— Robert G. Ingersoll Union United States Army officer 1833 - 1899
The trial of Charles B. Reynolds for blasphemy (1887)
Contexto: Blasphemy is what an old mistake says of a newly discovered truth.
Blasphemy is what a withered last year's leaf says to a this year's bud.
Blasphemy is the bulwark of religious prejudice.
Blasphemy is the breastplate of the heartless.
And let me say now, that the crime of blasphemy, as set out in this statute, is impossible. No man can blaspheme a book. No man can commit blasphemy by telling his honest thought. No man can blaspheme a God, or a Holy Ghost, or a Son of God. The Infinite cannot be blasphemed.
„Most people think of themselves as good, and many are good by human standards, but not by God's standards. Humans may consider blasphemy or lying or adultery to be relatively minor transgressions but, under God's law, they warrant the death sentence.“
— Ray Comfort New Zealand-born Christian minister and evangelist 1949
You Can Lead an Atheist to Evidence, But You Can't Make Him Think (2009)
„God is always more interested in why we do something than in what we do. Attitudes count more than achievements.“
— Rick Warren Christian religious leader 1954
Fonte: The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here for?
„God does not give us more than we can handle," I am told but I wonder if God doesn't overestimate me just a little. Or perhaps, and this is likely, I underestimate God.“
— Julia Cameron American writer 1948
Fonte: Finding Water: The Art of Perseverance
„What do you gain in heaven? You become gods, drink nectar, and get rheumatism. There is less misery there than on earth, but also less truth.“
— Swami Vivekananda Indian Hindu monk and phylosopher 1863 - 1902
Pearls of Wisdom
„Damn everyone to Hell. And damn the bloody forest. And God, too, for that matter.
He looked up fearfully from his chill handful of water, but his silent blasphemy went unpunished.“
— Tad Williams novelist 1957
Fonte: Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn, The Dragonbone Chair (1988), Chapter 16, “The White Arrow” (p. 238).
„We all know the disappointments that come when we base anticipation on what we and other humans can deliver. God will never have a problem delivering!“
— James MacDonald American pastor 1960
Fonte: Always True (Moody, 2011), p. 89
„If I were to say every one of you is an Avatar, a few would be tickled, and many would consider it a blasphemy or a joke. The fact that God being One, Indivisible and equally in us all, we can be nought else but one, is too much for the duality-conscious mind to accept.“
— Meher Baba Indian mystic 1894 - 1969
"How to Love God" (12 September 1954).
Contexto: When I say I am the Avatar, there are a few who feel happy, some who feel shocked, and many who hearing me claim this, would take me for a hypocrite, a fraud, a supreme egoist, or just mad. If I were to say every one of you is an Avatar, a few would be tickled, and many would consider it a blasphemy or a joke. The fact that God being One, Indivisible and equally in us all, we can be nought else but one, is too much for the duality-conscious mind to accept. Yet each of us is what the other is. I know I am the Avatar in every sense of the word, and that each one of you is an Avatar in one sense or the other.
It is an unalterable and universally recognized fact since time immemorial that God knows everything, God does everything, and that nothing happens but by the Will of God. Therefore it is God who makes me say I am the Avatar, and that each one of you is an Avatar. Again, it is He Who is tickled through some, and through others is shocked. It is God Who acts, and God Who reacts. It is He Who scoffs, and He Who responds. He is the Creator, the Producer, the Actor and the Audience in His own Divine Play.
— Simone Weil French philosopher, Christian mystic, and social activist 1909 - 1943
Fonte: Love (1947), p. 62
„The mystery of our union with God affected by the Eucharist, is a union more intimate than the human mind can conceive.“
— Johannes Tauler German theologian 1300 - 1361
Sermons, From Our Daily Bread