Friday, January 7, 2011

Why Religion?

  • "When it's more fashionable than ever to take to the public square with torches and pitchforks, could the Catholics — those whose own church has faced so much hostility — lead the way to restoring the common ground and common good?" asks Tom Krattenmaker, who counts himself among those "rooting not for the church's decline and death, but for its recovery and renaissance" — Why Catholicism is good for America.

  • "The rituals of religion are shared and those who participate in them are drawn into another kind of relationship with their neighbours than those that prevail in the world of 'getting and spending,'" says the philosopher, noting also that "it can draw people, whatever their talents and intellectual powers, into a shared apprehension of their condition" — Roger Scruton on the value of religion

  • Self-described "functional atheist" John Derbyshire recalls that "Sir Martin Rees, a British astronomer, told Richard Dawkins that he attended church 'as an unbelieving Anglican…out of loyalty to the tribe'" — Loyalty to the Tribe.

  • "Ritualism is the discreet guardian of spirituality" — #2,550 of Don Colacho’s Aphorisms.

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    Blogger said...

    Being Catholic is meaningless because no one is excommunicated anymore. Catholic politicians that openly work against Catholic standards are the best example.

    10:55 PM  
    Blogger The Western Confucian said...

    "Being Catholic is meaningless because no one is excommunicated anymore."

    I like that.

    2:13 AM  

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