„The one mission of the Church receives its specification from the actual context in which it is exercised in the concrete situations in which it is fulfilled.“

—  Kurien Kunnumpuram, On the Church, Kunnumpuram, K. (2007) The Indian Church of the Future. Mumbai: St Pauls, p. 26
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—  Thomas Jefferson 3rd President of the United States of America 1743 - 1826
1780s, Letter to Peter Carr (1787), Context: Do not be frightened from this inquiry by any fear of its consequences. If it ends in a belief that there is no god, you will find incitements to virtue in the comfort and pleasantness you feel in its exercise, and the love of others which it will procure you. If you find reason to believe there is a God, a consciousness that you are acting under his eye, and that he approves you, will be a vast additional incitement; if that there be a future state, the hope of a happy existence in that increases the appetite to deserve it; if that Jesus was also a god, you will be comforted by a belief of his aid and love.

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