"The audience that I try to reach are members of what I call the church alumni association. Now they are people who have not found in institutional religion a God big enough to be God for their world."
"This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple the philosophy is kindness."John Shelby Spong on Dalai Lama
"I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ."John Shelby Spong on Mahatma Gandhi
"I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else."John Shelby Spong on C. S. Lewis
"Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither."John Shelby Spong on C. S. Lewis
"I would rather live my life as if there is a God and die to find out there isn't, than live my life as if there isn't and die to find out there is."John Shelby Spong on Albert Camus
"You learn that you either are going to have a police state where you don't have any freedom left, or you're going to build a world that doesn't create terrorists - and that means a whole different way of 'getting along.'"
"I think that anything that begins to give people a sense of their own worth and dignity is God."
"All religion seems to need to prove that it's the only truth. And that's where it turns demonic. Because that's when you get religious wars and persecutions and burning heretics at the stake."
"Religion is a mixed blessing."
"It appears to be in the nature of religion itself to be prejudiced against those who are different."
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