"I think that anything that begins to give people a sense of their own worth and dignity is God."
"Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side my greatest concern is to be on God's side, for God is always right."John Shelby Spong on Abraham Lincoln
"We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature - trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence... We need silence to be able to touch souls."John Shelby Spong on Mother Teresa
"When the solution is simple, God is answering."John Shelby Spong on Albert Einstein
"While I know myself as a creation of God, I am also obligated to realize and remember that everyone else and everything else are also God's creation."John Shelby Spong on Maya Angelou
"Never trust anyone completely but God. Love people, but put your full trust only in God."John Shelby Spong on Lawrence Welk
"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.'"
"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."
"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."