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    The land of a god corresponds with the land of his worshipers.
    — William Robertson Smith
    tags: god 
     
    Belief in a certain series of myths was neither obligatory as a part of the true religion, nor was it supposed that, by believing, a man acquired religious merit and conciliated the favour of the gods.
    — William Robertson Smith
    tags: belief  men  true  god  religious 
     
    We are so accustomed to think of religion as a thing between individual men and God that we can hardly enter into the idea of a religion in which a whole nation in its national organisation appears as the religious unit.
    — William Robertson Smith
    tags: men  god  religious  ideas 
     
    Many people believe that they are attracted by God, or by Nature, when they are only repelled by man.
    — William Ralph Inge
    tags: nature  men  people  believe  god 
     
    It is quite natural and inevitable that, if we spend sixteen hours daily of our waking lives in thinking about the affairs of the world and five minutes in thinking about God and our souls, this world will seem two hundred times more real to us than God.
    — William Ralph Inge
    tags: time  live  world  soul  real  god  thinking 
     
    God does not always punish a nation by sending it adversity. More often He gives the oppressors their hearts' desire, and sends leanness withal into their soul.
    — William Ralph Inge
    tags: desires  heart  soul  adversity  god 
     
    It is becoming impossible for those who mix at all with their fellow-men to believe that the grace of God is distributed denominationally.
    — William Ralph Inge
    tags: believe  grace  impossible  god 
     
    The whole of creation, with all of its laws, is a revelation of God.
    — William Ralph Inge
    tags: creation  law  god 
     
    Hatred toward any human being cannot exist in the same heart as love to God.
    — William Ralph Inge
    tags: heart  human  hatred  god 
     
    Each generation takes a special pleasure in removing the household gods of its parents from their pedestals, and consigning them to the cupboard.
    — William Ralph Inge
    tags: pleasure  god  parent 
     
    Lutheranism is essentially German... It worships a God who is neither just nor merciful.
    — William Ralph Inge
    tags: god  worship 
     
    Beautiful thoughts hardly bring us to God until they are acted upon. No one can have a true idea of right until he does it.
    — William Ralph Inge
    tags: thoughts  beautiful  true  right  god  ideas 
     
    Mothers reflect God's loving presence on earth.
    — William R. Webb
    tags: earth  loving  god  mother 
     
    Those faithful Mormon pioneers ... were willing to put everything on the altar to sacrifice for and defend their God and their faith.
    — William R. Walker
    tags: sacrifice  god  faith 
     
    A woman with cut hair is a filthy spectacle, and much like a monsterit being natural and comely to women to nourish their hair, which even God and nature have given them for a covering, a token of subjection, and a natural badge to distinguish them from men.
    — William Prynne
    tags: nature  men  women  god 
     
    Why did God make so many dumb fools and Democrats?
    — William Powell
    tags: god  fools 
     
    As far as God goes, I _am_ a nonbeliever. Still am. But when it comes to a devil--well, that's something else.
    — William Peter Blatty
    tags: god 
     
    Perhaps evil is the crucible of goodness... and perhaps even Satan - Satan, in spite of himself - somehow serves to work out the will of God.
    — William Peter Blatty
    tags: evil  work  goodness  god  satan 
     
    For I think belief in God is not a matter of reason at all; I think it finally is a matter of love.
    — William Peter Blatty
    tags: belief  god 
     
    Earth is a homicide victim. We lose our children. There are wars. Disease. And God comes strolling by like a cosmic Billie Burke.
    — William Peter Blatty
    tags: children  earth  child  god  war  victim 
     
    God never talks. But the devil keeps advertising, Father. The devil does a lot of commercials.
    — William Peter Blatty
    tags: devil  god  father 
     
    In order for life to have appeared spontaneously on Earth, there first had to be hundreds of millions of protein molecules of the Ninth Configuration. But, given the size of the planet Earth, do you know how long it would take for just one of these protein molecules to appear by chance? Roughly 10 to the 243rd power, billions of years; and I find that far, far more fantastic than simply believing in a god.
    — William Peter Blatty
    tags: power  earth  god 
     
    Why would the God of the universe want to be submitted to me?' Because we want you to join us in our circle of relationship. I don't want slaves to my will; I want brothers and sisters who will share life with me.
    — William P. Young
    The ability to choose is at the essential core of our grandeur. Even evil exists because God respects our ability to choose.
    — William P. Young
    tags: evil  respect  god 
     
    The God of Evangelical Christianity is a Monster.
    — William P. Young
    tags: god  christianity 
     
    We've created a theology in the West of a God who is fundamentally self-centered. The imagery of God as distant, unapproachable, unreachable - that's not a God who is relational. It is a God that gets to declare or judge when he gets pissed off. But there is no basis for love and relationships if God is a fundamentally self-centered being.
    — William P. Young
    Mack was getting frustrated. He spoke louder, 'But, don't I have a right to...' To complete a sentence without being interrupted? Not in reality. But as long as you think you do, you will surely get ticked off when someone cuts you off, even if it is God.
    — William P. Young
    tags: reality  right  god 
     
    The world in many ways would be a much calmer and gentler place if women ruled. There would have been fewer children sacrificed to the gods of greed and power.
    — William P. Young
    tags: children  women  power  world  greed  child  god 
     
    Did I hear God call me an idiot?
    — William P. Young
    tags: god 
     
    When we three spoke ourselves into human existences the Son of God, we became fully human. We also chose to embrace all the limitation that this entailed. Even though we have always been present in this created universe, we now became flesh and blood. It would be like this bird (a jay), whose nature it is to fly, choosing to only walk and remain grounded. He doesn't stop being a bird, but it does alter his experience of life significantly.
    — William P. Young
    It is my desire and intent to trust the multi-layered good purposes of God than in what humans fabricate out of their need and experience. I specifically ask not to know these purposes so that I might remain a child in their unfolding.
    — William P. Young
    Evangelicals have like millions of rules. And it's just, uh, we have sort of an accepted, rationalism within which we frame religion. And we think that belief, intellectually, is of the same as relationship. And in our Western family conversation, that's become an incredible impediment toward actual wholeness, where the heart and the head are aligned and relationship - with not just God but with each other.
    — William P. Young
    I think good creative writing opens up space for people to come into. Let God reach out and touch the human soul. That's not my job. I get to be present and create as much space as I can ... That frees me up just to be creative in the way I want to be.
    — William P. Young
    tags: people  present  human  soul  space  job  god  writing  creative 
     
    And when you learn, over the course of your life, that it's not about pleasing God, it's about learning how to trust God. That's a huge watershed, because trust is a whole different ballgame than appeasement or pleasing.
    — William P. Young
    tags: trust  god  learn  learning 
     
    I think my books give people a language to have a conversation about God that's not religious. There isn't enough new literature that brings the conversation of God into a modern context. I love the Bible, but in the West we've analyzed it until it fits into a structure of control. We need more new stories. We need different ways of looking at things, and I think it's coming.
    — William P. Young
    I grew up fundamentalist, evangelical, Protestant. Those are my roots, and they are good roots. But it means the Pharisees are my people. I grew up with an image of God that was not helpful - largely the face of my father expanded.
    — William P. Young
    tags: people  god  father 
     
    I don't want my kids growing up with the image of God that I had - Plato's white grandfatherly god - because that god is not a very good father. When it comes down to it, you can't trust him with your kids.
    — William P. Young
    tags: trust  god  father  kids 
     
    You are the root, and only God knows that the flower will be.
    — William P. Young
    tags: flowers  god 
     
    My dad was a preacher. My relationship, for example, with my father - very difficult, and very painful, and it took me 50 years to wipe the face of my father off the face of God.
    — William P. Young
    The intricacy and the inherent beautiful fragility of the human soul is such that it is uniquely damaged and only God knows how to heal it, and it's going to take time.
    — William P. Young
    tags: time  beautiful  human  soul  god 
     
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