A Religious Opinion

Although regularly asked to do so, God does not take sides in politics. –George J. Mitchell

Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump- Photos by Gage Skidmore from Wikipedia Commons

Photos by Gage Skidmore from Wikipedia Commons

I used to display different quotes for my high school English students at the beginning of each class and ask them to write quick responses. Here are some quotes about religion that tended to evoke strong opinions. 

An Inuit hunter asked the local missionary priest: “If I did not know about God and sin, would I go to hell?” “No,” said the priest, “not if you did not know.” “Then why,” asked the Inuit earnestly, “did you tell me?”

~Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

Artwork on the wall of a tavern in Quebec City

Artwork on the wall of a tavern in Quebec City

Lighthouses are more helpful than churches.Benjamin Franklin

Lighthouse carved from a tree damaged in a tornado in Seacliff Park Leamington Ontario

Lighthouse carved from a tree damaged in a tornado in Leamington Ontario

All religions must be tolerated… for… everyone must get to heaven in their own way. ~Frederick the Great

Holocaust Memorial on the grounds of the Manitoba Legislature

Holocaust Memorial on the grounds of the Manitoba Legislature

In the matter of religion, people eagerly fasten their eyes on the difference between their own creed and yours; whilst the charm of the study is in finding the agreements and identities in all the religions of humanity.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Tao Fong Shan our church in Hong Kong

Tao Fong Shan our church in Hong Kong

To befriend the one who regards themselves as your enemy is the quintessence of true religion.

Mohandas K. Ghandi

Statue of Gandhi at The Forks in Winnipeg

Statue of Gandhi at The Forks in Winnipeg

We are punished by our sins, not for them. ~Elbert Hubbard


Faces of child victims at the Chernobyl Museum in Kiev Ukraine

Faces of child victims at the Chernobyl Museum in Kiev Ukraine

It is the test of a good religion whether you can joke about it. ~G.K. Chesterton

Logo for the Daily Bonnet a website that pokes fun at all things Mennonite

Logo for the Daily Bonnet a website that pokes fun at Mennonites

Christianity might be a good thing if anyone ever tried it.  ~George Bernard Shaw

Statue of Jesus Weeping at St. Joseph's Church across the street from the Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial

And Jesus Wept statue across the street from the Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial

Two hands working can do more than a thousand clasped in prayer.  ~Author Unknown


Stained glass window in a cathedral in Santa Cruz Costa Rica

Stained glass window in a cathedral in Santa Cruz Costa Rica

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  1. What an awesome teacher!

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