A Quote by James E. Faust on agnosticism, america, atheism, belief, christianity, cynicism, god, history, islam, judaism, presidency, religion, and traditions

President James E. Faust has noted that in contrast to earlier, God-fearing times' a new civil religion seems to be developing in America. He said: The civil religion I refer to is a secular religion. It has no moral absolutes. It is nondenominational. It is non-theistic. It is politically focused. It is antagonistic to religion. It rejects the historic religious traditions of America. It feels strange. If this trend continues, non-belief will be more honored than belief. While all beliefs must be protected, are atheism, agnosticism, cynicism, and moral relativism to be more safeguarded and valued than Christianity, Judaism, and the tenets of Islam, which hold that there is a Supreme Being and that mortals are accountable to him? If so, this would, in my opinion, place America in great moral jeopardy.

James E. Faust (1920 -)

Source: Ensign, October 1992, p. 69, © by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. Used by permission..

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A Quote by James Agee on preparation and traditions

You must be in tune with the times and prepared to break with tradition.

James Agee (1909 - 1955)

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A Quote by J. (Jiddu) Krishnamurti on belief, christianity, concern, country, islam, mankind, nationality, politics, religion, rest, separation, traditions, trying, understanding, and violence

When you call yourself an Indian or a Muslim or a Christian or a European, or anything else, you are being violent. Do you see why it is violent? Because you are separating yourself from the rest of mankind. When you separate yourself by belief, by nationality, by tradition, it breeds violence. So a man who is trying to understand violence does not belong to any country, to any religion, to any political party or partial system; he is concerned with the total understanding of mankind.

J. Krishnamurti (1895 - 1986)

Source: Freedom from the Known, pp.51-52

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A Quote by Hugo Demartini on incompetence, nonsense, people, stupidity, and traditions

People are always talking about tradition, but they forget we have a tradition of a few hundred years of nonsense and stupidity, that there is a tradition of idiocy, incompetence and crudity.

Hugo Demartini

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A Quote by Howard Jones on competition, schools, teachers, and traditions

Who wants to compare, as if this was a competition? Leave that to teachers at school, must preserve their tradition.

Howard Jones

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A Quote by Thomas Henry Huxley on authority, nature, proof, rest, teaching, traditions, and work

The mathematician starts with a few propositions, the proof of which is so obvious that they are called self-evident, and the rest of his work consists of subtle deductions from them. The teaching of languages, at any rate as ordinarily practiced, is of the same general nature authority and tradition furnish the data, and the mental operations are deductive.

Thomas Huxley (1825 - 1895)

Source: "Scientific Education — Notes of an After-dinner Speech." Macmillan's Magazine Vol XX, 1869.

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A Quote by Guenther Bornkamm on christ, church, community, concern, criticism, facts, faith, history, jesus, liberty, libraries, life, past, time, traditions, truth, understanding, and words

Form-criticism has made an end of the false notion, which for a long time dominated critical scholarship, that it was possible throughout the gospels to distill from them a "Life of Jesus" that would be free from dogmatic presuppositions and not affected by any "retouching" derived from the faith of the Church. In fact, however, faith in Jesus Christ crucified and risen did not first appear at some later stage in the tradition, but was the foundation of the tradition, the very soil out of which it grew; and it is in light of that faith alone that the tradition can be understood. This faith in Jesus Christ, the Crucified and Exalted One, explains both the things which the primitive tradition makes known to us, with its manifest concern for the factual truth of the tradition about Jesus, and at the same time the peculiar liberty which the evangelists take in making alterations in the record in points of detail. In relating the acts and words of Jesus, they do not refer back to any sort of "archives" possessed by the community. . . . Jesus Christ is not for them a figure of past history whose proper place is in a library.

Guenther Bornkamm

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A Quote by Greg Hawkes on traditions

Traditions exist so we can go beyond them

Greg Hawkes

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A Quote by "Mahatma" Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi on change, force, men, nature, traditions, and violence

H. G. Wells was not the only one to mention Churchill and Hitler in the same breath: "Churchill and Hitler are striving to change the nature of their respective countrymen by forcing and hammering violent methods on them. Man may be suppressed in this manner but he cannot be changed. Ahimsa [non-violence in the Hindu tradition], on the other hand, can change human nature and sooner than men like Churchill and Hitler."

Gandhi (1869 - 1948)

Source: speaking at a Sevagram prayer meeting, October 22, 1941

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A Quote by Frederick Osborn on conflict, danger, desires, experience, generations, life, time, traditions, understanding, and wisdom

The great truths of human life do not spring new born to each new generation. They derive from long experience. They are the gathered wisdom of the race. They are renewed in time of conflict and danger. If the times in which we are now living do not bring a fuller understanding of the great traditions of the Western European peoples and an almost Messianic desire to affirm them, we are not worthy of that heritage.

Frederick Osborn

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