"All theory of modernity in sociology suggests that the more modernity there is, the less religion. In my theory we can realize that this is wrong: atheism is only one belief system among many."
"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."Ulrich Beck on Dalai Lama
"I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ."Ulrich Beck 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."Ulrich Beck on C. S. Lewis
"Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither."Ulrich Beck 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."Ulrich Beck on Albert Camus
"You need education. You need subsistence protection. We need jobs and social security. These are preconditions under which it will perhaps be possible to deal with these complex circumstances."
"You cannot make peace with terrorists. The normal dividing lines between war and peace do not apply."
"The basic assumption of the secular society is that modernity overcomes religion."
"Neither science, nor the politics in power, nor the mass media, nor business, nor the law nor even the military are in a position to define or control risks rationally."
"I forced myself to think what is the new concept and it became clear to me that it was risk, not only in technology and ecology, but in life and employment, too."