Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Quotes: Religion (8)

Religion 159 Dolly ": …you must bring her up like christened folks’s children, and take her to church, and let her learn her catechise, as my little Aaron can say off-—he 'I believe’ and everything, and ‘hurt nobody by word or deed’…." George Eliot, Silas Marner.

Religion 197 Nancy: "To adopt a child, because children of your own had been denied you, was to try and choose your lot in spite of Providence; the adopted child, she was convinced, would never turn out well, and would be a curse to those who had willfully and rebelliously sought what it was clear that, for some reason, they were better without." George Eliot, Silas Marner.

Religion 108 Utopia. "But by far the largest section of the population, and the wisest too…thinks that there is a certain single divinity, unknown, eternal, boundless, inexplicable, beyond the understanding of the human mind, diffused through the whole of this universe in virtue, not bulk." Sir Thomas More, Utopia.

Religion 119 Utopia. "For it is an offense to be present [at religious services] with a troubled mind…people do not go to the rites if they are aware of harboring anger or hatred against anyone…." Sir Thomas More, Utopia.

Religious mania 300 "Many races, like many individuals, have indulged in practices which must in the end destroy them…such customs as collective suicide and the prohibition of marriage, both of which may be set down to religious mania." Frazer, The New Golden Bough.

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