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[Then again, Christianity seems to have done quite well by mixing worship and commerce.] Religion is like yeast in dough, ... It's in every part of life, so for it to show up everywhere is only natural - in commerce, politics, sports, labor unions and so on and so forth.
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#Christianity

To know oneself is to disbelieve utopia
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#Utopia

Atheists in our midst are proof that all consciences can be accommodated here, even those that have no ground for holding that conscience is sacred, inalienable, and prior to civil society
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#Proof

Our political institutions work remarkably well. They are designed to clang against each other. The noise is democracy at work.
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#American Philosopher

Sometimes it's so vulgar that it's not particularly good for religion. But if religion is in everything, it has to be in the vulgar stuff, too.
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#Religion

Even rock stars are entitled to privacy.
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#American Philosopher #Privacy

Practically every movie that shows the pope or even a bishop as a character, and in much of western literature of the last 300 or 400 years, these are portrayed as awful figures.
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#American Philosopher

Atheists in our midst are proof that all consciences can be accommodated here, even those that have no ground for holding that conscience is sacred, inalienable, and prior to civil society.
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#American Philosopher

Christians must be Jews. The truth of what we believe depends on the truth of Judaism, depends on the first covenant.
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#American Philosopher

If you've ever been in a position in your life where you just can't take any more, you just have to get through the next second, and the next second after that.
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#American Philosopher

In God's eyes, there's not before and after. Every moment of time is simultaneous to God.
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#American Philosopher

In most of history, societies have not been free. It's a very rare society that is free. The default condition of human societies is tyranny.
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#American Philosopher

Individual freedom is a Jewish idea, but it's one of the functions of Christianity to make this idea universal.
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#American Philosopher

Jews do not have to be Christians. Christianity is an offshoot of Judaism, but too utopian, too hopeful, too unrealistic a turn.
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#American Philosopher

Love is not a feeling of happiness. Love is a willingness to sacrifice.
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#American Philosopher

Not all of those who cry "The poor, the poor!" will enter the kingdom of heaven.
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#American Philosopher

Our Founders always wondered about how long it would last. The price of liberty is everlasting vigilance. You've got to be on your guard every minute or you will lose it.
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#American Philosopher

The Lord God, the creator of Judaism and the God of Judaism and Christianity, empowered our minds and gave us the ability to question.
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#American Philosopher

The universe moves in the direction of Liberty.
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#American Philosopher

To know oneself is to disbelieve utopia.
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#American Philosopher

We really feel happier when things look bleak. Hope is endurance. Hope is holding on and going on and trusting in the Lord.
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#American Philosopher

You're a sovereign as a citizen. If you're not involved in your government, you're not doing your job. In the long run that's very bad for the Republic.
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#American Philosopher