Charles Templeton quotes

  • Should one continue to base one's life on a system of belief that--for all its occasional wisdom and frequent beauty--is demonstrably untrue?
    -- Charles Templeton

    #Belief #Should #Occasional

  • The Bible says that the the Lord thy God is a jealous God. But if you are omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent, eternal, and the creator of all that exists, of whom could you possibly be jealous?
    -- Charles Templeton

    #Jealous #Religion #Lord

  • Christianity does not remove you from the world and its problems; it makes you fit to live in it, triumphantly and usefully.
    -- Charles Templeton

    #Doe #World #Problem

  • You were born with two things: existence and opportunity, and these are the raw materials out of which you can make a successful life.
    -- Charles Templeton

    #Successful #Opportunity #Two

  • He [Jesus] was the greatest human being who has ever lived. He was a moral genius. His ethical sense was unique. He was the intrinsically wisest person that I've ever encountered in my life or in my reading. His commitment was total and led to his own death, much to the detriment of the world...
    -- Charles Templeton

    #Jesus #Reading #Commitment

  • The old style hypocrite was a person who tried to appear better than he actually was; the new style hypocrite tries to appear worse than he or she is.
    -- Charles Templeton

    #Hypocrite #Style #Trying

  • I'm boring. My beliefs are neither here nor there.

  • Customs form us all, our thoughts, our morals, our most fixed beliefs; are consequences of our place of birth.

  • I never lost my belief, in the midst of setbacks which were not spared me during my period of struggle. Providence has had the last word and brought me success.

  • It is easier for a libertarian to attack the science of global warming than to alter one's core libertarian beliefs.

  • The soul should be examined in the light of other souls.

  • This is what the Sabbath should feel like. A pause. Not just a minor pause, but a major pause. Not just lowering the volume, but a muting. As the famous rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel put it, the Sabbath is a sanctuary in time.

  • It seems to me that more and more we've come to expect less and less from each other, and I think that should change.

  • Wanting to work is so rare a merit, that it should be encouraged.

  • God would prefer we have an occasional limp than a perpetual strut.

  • She's married. I'm more a friend and occasional lover.