„Apart from moral conduct, all that man thinks himself able to do in order to become acceptable to God is mere superstition and religious folly.“
— Immanuel Kant German philosopher 1724 - 1804
Context: As everybody likes to be honoured, so people imagine that God also wants to be honoured. They forget that the fulfilment of duty towards men is the only honour adequate to him. Thus is formed the conception of a religion of worship, instead of a merely moral religion. … Apart from moral conduct, all that man thinks himself able to do in order to become acceptable to God is mere superstition and religious folly. If once a man has come to the idea of a service which is not purely moral, but is supposed to be agreeable to God himself, or capable of propitiating him, there is little difference between the several ways of serving him. For all these ways are of equal value. … Whether the devotee accomplishes his statutory walk to the church, or whether he undertakes a pilgrimage to the sanctuaries of Loretto and Palestine, whether he repeats his prayer-formulas with his lips, or like the Tibetan, uses a prayer-wheel … is quite indifferent. As the illusion of thinking that a man can justify himself before God in any way by acts of worship is religious superstition, so the illusion that he can obtain this justification by the so-called intercourse with God is religious mysticism (Schwärmerei). Such superstition leads inevitably to sacerdotalism (Pfaffenthum) which will always be found where the essence is sought not in principles of morality, but in statutory commandments, rules of faith and observances. As quoted in German Thought, From The Seven Years' War To Goethe's Death : Six Lectures (1880) by Karl Hillebrand, p. 208
„Plenty of kind, decent, caring people have no religious beliefs, and they act out of the goodness of their hearts. Conversely, plenty of people who profess to be religious, even those who worship regularly, show no particular interest in the world beyond themselves.“
— John Danforth American politician 1936
„It is true that reality exists apart from us; but what we mistake for the world is actually a world constituted by us, selected from an infinitely complex reality.“
— Colin Wilson author 1931 - 2013
Context: A child might be overawed by a great city, but a civil engineer knows that he might demolish it and rebuild it himself. Husserl's philosophy has the same aim: to show us that, although we may have been thrust into this world without a 'by your leave,' we are mistaken to assume that it exists independently of us. It is true that reality exists apart from us; but what we mistake for the world is actually a world constituted by us, selected from an infinitely complex reality. p. 63
— Alfred de Zayas American United Nations official 1947
— Jean-Louis Guez de Balzac French author, best known for his epistolary essays 1597 - 1654
Socrate Chrétien, Discours VIII. Translation reported in Harbottle's Dictionary of quotations French and Italian (1904), p. 230.
„One could argue as well that Jesus is the most important person in the history of the West, looked at from a historical, social, or cultural perspective, quite apart from his religious significance.“
— Bart D. Ehrman American academic 1955
Ch. 4: 'Evidence for Jesus from Outside the Gospels'
— R. H. Tawney English philosopher 1880 - 1962
Context: Apart from the children of the well-to-do, who receive secondary education almost as a matter of course, and whose parents appear usually, though quite mistakenly, to believe that they pay the whole cost of it, secondary education is still commonly regarded as a "privilege" to be conceded only to the exceptionally brilliant or fortunate.
— Gregory Benford Science fiction author and astrophysicist 1941
Part 2 “Aleph”, Chapter 6 (p. 87)
„Quite apart from the prestige of technology, people do, after all, prefer a simple idea to a complex one.“
— Bernard Crick British political theorist and democratic socialist 1929 - 2008
Chapter 5, A Defence Of Politics Against Technology, p. 106.
„Even at the religious level the creationist view is a biased one. The only creation story they mention is the one in Genesis (in which there are actually two stories — the version in the first chapter being so different from that in the second chapter that biblical scholars believe they were written hundreds of years apart). Why do they not mention the belief of the Hindus that the world began with the creation of the cosmic egg? What about the Babylonians' belief that there was not a single creationist god but two cosmic parents?“
— Garrett Hardin American ecologist 1915 - 2003
„The fact of the religious vision, and its history of persistent expansion, is our one ground for optimism. Apart from it, human life is a flash of occasional enjoyments lighting up a mass of pain and misery, a bagatelle of transient experience.“
— Alfred North Whitehead English mathematician and philosopher 1861 - 1947
„A normal feminine influence in recasting our religious assumptions will do more than any other one thing to improve the world.“
— Charlotte Perkins Gilman American feminist, writer, commercial artist, lecturer and social reformer 1860 - 1935
His Religion and Hers, (1923).