"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.'"
"Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged."John Shelby Spong on Ronald Reagan
"For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others."John Shelby Spong on Nelson Mandela
"If you want total security, go to prison. There you're fed, clothed, given medical care and so on. The only thing lacking... is freedom."John Shelby Spong on Dwight D. Eisenhower
"I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do. I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do."John Shelby Spong on Robert A. Heinlein
"Freedom is not worth having if it does not connote freedom to err."John Shelby Spong on Mahatma Gandhi
"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."
"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."