„What was centrally new about Christ... was His willingness to sacrifice, in the interest of non-resistant love, all other forms of human solidarity, including the legitimate national interests of the chosen people. The Jews had been told that in Abraham all the nations would be blessed and had understood this promise as the vindication of their nationalism. Jesus revealed that the contrary was the case: the universality of God's kingdom contradicts rather than confirms all particular solidarities and can be reached only by first forsaking the old aeon.“
— John Howard Yoder 20th century American Mennonite theologian 1927 - 1997
The Original Revolution (1971), p. 58
„Lord Jesus Christ, our foolish minds are weak; they are more than willing to be drawn— and there is so much that wants to draw us to itself. There is pleasure with its seductive power, the multiplicity with its bewildering distractions, the moment with its infatuating importance and the conceited laboriousness of busyness and the careless time-wasting of light-mindedness and the gloomy brooding of heavy-mindedness— all this will draw us away from ourselves to itself in order to deceive us. But you, who are truth, only you, our Savior and Redeemer, can truly draw a person to yourself, which you have promised to do— that you will draw all to yourself. Then may God grant that by repenting we may come to ourselves, so that you, according to your Word, can draw us to yourself— from on high, but through lowliness and abasement.“
— Sören Kierkegaard Danish philosopher and theologian, founder of Existentialism 1813 - 1855
„And the Third World will continue to beckon to the First, reminding it of the Galilean vision of Christian solidarity.“
— Penny Lernoux American writer and journalist 1940 - 1989
People of God (1989).
„He found in the narcotic night world a kind of modern counterpart to the gothic castle — a zone of peril to be symbolically or existentially crossed.“
— Nancy Peters American writer and publisher 1936
"Philip Lamantia — S.F. Surrealist poet", http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2005/03/11/BAG4MBNRMF1.DTL San Francisco Chronicle, 2005-03-11.: On her late husband, the poet Philip Lamantia.
„This jackass of a president ought to proclaim pride month for decency, abstinence and chastity, not for the most abominable sins known to mankind — in the estimation of God Almighty, that is. Obama will bring down the curses of God upon the whole creation.“
— Fred Phelps American pastor and activist 1929 - 2014
Context: This jackass of a president ought to proclaim pride month for decency, abstinence and chastity, not for the most abominable sins known to mankind — in the estimation of God Almighty, that is. Obama will bring down the curses of God upon the whole creation. Remember, you ignorant Americans, you Obama-worshippers around the world, we warned you. He raises a false argument ordering that nobody discriminate against fags. Listen up, you Bible-ignorant moron! It is neither wrongful nor sinful to discriminate against sin!
„"The gods are on the side of the stronger," according to Tacitus. The prophets proclaimed that the heart of God is on the side of the weaker. God's special concern is not for the mighty and the successful, but for the lowly and the downtrodden, for the stranger and the poor, for the widow and the orphan.“
— Abraham Joshua Heschel Polish-American Conservative Judaism Rabbi 1907 - 1972
Volume 1, p. 167
„My lord, you had showed yourself of much more patience— I wll not say of much more prudency— if ye had contented yourself with their lawful appeal and my lawful injunctions and rather have sought fully to instruct me in the matter than thus to desire to conquer me by shrewd words, to vanquish me by sharp threaps [assertions] of Scripture which, as I know to be true, so I trust to God— as great clerk as ye be— ye allege them out of their place.“
— Thomas Cromwell, 1st Earl of Essex English statesman and chief minister to King Henry VIII of England 1485 - 1540
Rebuking Bishop Shaxton.
„And God stepped out on space,
And He looked around and said,
I'll make me a world."“
— James Weldon Johnson writer and activist 1871 - 1938
The Creation, st. 1.
„The most surprising and original part of [ Lucien Goldmann's] work is, however, the attempt to compare— without assimilating one to another— religious faith and Marxist faith: both have in common the refusal of pure individualism (rationalist or empiricist) and the belief in trans-individual values— God for religion, the human community for socialism. In both cases the faith is based on a wager— the Pascalian wager on the existence of God and the Marxist wager on the liberation of humanity— that presupposes risk, the danger of failure and the hope of success.“
— Michael Löwy French sociologist 1938
p. 17 http://books.google.com/books?id=gyOHaZFpvL8C&pg=PA17
„The Internet, in particular, offers immense possibilities for encounter and solidarity, this is something truly good, a gift from God.“
— Papa Francesco 266th Pope of the Catholic Church 1936
As quoted in "Pope: The Internet is a 'gift from God.' But watch out for the trolls." at CNN (23 January 2014) http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2014/01/23/the-pope-takes-on-internet-trolls/
„At that period, everybody in the Roman Empire had some kind of religion, but nobody bothered much about it. Just like today.... Although Romans had plenty of gods, in reality they believed in none.“
— Wilhelm Busch (pastor) German pastor and writer 1897 - 1966
Things have got to change -but how? It's Either this or that! p. 146 Walking with God is no illusion. p. 208
„The Roman Empire was a world-wide confederation of aristocracies for the perpetuation of human servitude.“
— Bouck White American author and novelist 1874 - 1951