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A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything.
     —    Friedrich Nietzsche
[Because “faith” in and of itself requires no proof.     —    kmab]
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Things we lose have a way of coming back to us in the end, if not always in the way we expect.
    ―    J. K. Rowling
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The sciences do not try to explain, they hardly even try to interpret, they mainly make models.  By a model is meant a mathematical construct which, with the addition of certain verbal interpretations, describes observed phenomena.  The justification of such a mathematical construct is solely and precisely that it is expected to work.
    —    John von Neumann
The mathematician is dependent on what is quantitative, on everything that can be determined by number and measurement, and so, in a certain sense, on the universe in its outwardly recognizable form.  If, however, we contemplate this, in so far as we are endowed with this capacity, with all our intellect and all our powers, we realize that quantity and quality must be looked upon as the two poles of visible being;  which is also why the mathematician raises the language of his formulas high enough, in so far as this is possible, to include the immeasurable world together with the measurable and calculable world.  And now everything appears tangible, within reach and mechanical, and he comes to be suspected of secret atheism, in that he, as it seems, believes he can also grasp what is most incomprehensible of all, what we call God, and therefore seems to be relinquishing the idea of God’s special or pre-eminent being.
    —    Goethe
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The easy confidence with which I know another man’s religion is folly teaches me to suspect that my own is also.
      ―     Mark Twain
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On This Day In:
2014 Disguised Blessings
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Faith and doubt both are needed — not as antagonists, but working side by side to take us around the unknown curve.
    —    Lillian Smith
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On This Day In:
2014 Sitting?
2013 Misperceptions
2012 Essential Experience
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Sound Familiar?

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There is something Pagan in me that I cannot shake off.  In short, I deny nothing, but doubt everything.
     —    Lord Byron
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If your religion makes you kinder than I, your religion is better than mine.
     —    Bradford Leavitt
[There is something fundamentally and morally wrong with trying to destroy history – even when you don’t agree with it’s religious background.    —    kmab]
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The Bible is a wonderful source of inspiration for those who don’t understand it.
   —   George Santayana
Every religion is true one way or another.  It is true when understood metaphorically.  But when it gets stuck in its own metaphors, interpreting them as facts, then you are in trouble.
   —   Joseph Campbell
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Believe those who are seeking the truth.  Doubt those who find it.
   —   Andre Gide
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There has never been any decisive proof either way about God’s existence.  Ours would be a decidedly queer world if the Creator of it were as visible as, say, a playwright at his opening night.  Here is the universe, a dazzle of orderly wonders, which seems to imply a Maker.  Here is human life, full of sadness and disaster and futility, ending always in black death;  and it seems to many people to refute any notion that a God could exist.  To assert anything about God — that he is there or that he is not, that we can know him or that we cannot —  is to jump off into the dark, either way.
    —    Herman Wouk
From his book:  “This Is My God
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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.
     ―     Dalai Lama
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I am convinced, moreover, that honest error is a step toward a greater illumination of the truth since it exposes to debate and to clearer definition those matters which might otherwise remain obscure and undefined in the teaching of the Church.
     —     Morris L. West
From his novel:  “The Shoes Of The Fisherman
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On This Day In:
2014 Fundamentals
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We are inclined to believe those we do not know, because they have never deceived us.
    —    Dr. Samuel Johnson
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On This Day In:
2014 Tough Journalism
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Just the other night
at a hometown football game
My wife and I ran into
my old high school flame
And as I introduced them
the past came back to me
And I couldn’t help but think
of the way things used to be
She was the one
that I’d wanted for all times
And each night I’d spend prayin’
that God would make her mine
And if he’d only grant me
this wish I wished
back then
I’d never ask
for anything
again
Sometimes I thank God
for unanswered prayers
Remember when you’re talkin’
to the man upstairs
That just because he doesn’t answer
doesn’t mean he don’t care
Some of God’s greatest gifts
are unanswered prayers
She wasn’t quite the angel
that I remembered in my dreams
And I could tell that time had changed me
In her eyes too
it seemed
We tried to talk about the old days
There wasn’t much we could recall
I guess the Lord knows what he’s doin’
after all
And as she walked away
and I looked at my wife
And then and there
I thanked
the good Lord
For the gifts in my life
Sometimes I thank God
for unanswered prayers
Remember when you’re talkin’
to the man upstairs
That just because he may not answer
doesn’t mean he don’t care
Some of God’s greatest gifts
are unanswered
Some of God’s greatest gifts are all too often unanswered…
Some of God’s greatest gifts are unanswered prayers
    —    Written by: Pat Alger, Larry Bastian and Garth Brooks
    —    Performed by: Garth Brooks
[The version I prefer is by Garth Brooks.  Unfortunately, he doesn’t allow most of his work on YouTube, so below is a cover version by Buddy Jewell.  I’m not a fan of Jewell, but this is one of the better covers of this song which I’ve been able to find.  —  KMAB]
    —    Video performance by:  Buddy Jewell
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Should ye see, afar off, that worth winning,
Set out on the journey with trust;
And ne’er heed if your path at beginning
Should be among brambles and dust.
Though it is but by footsteps ye do it,
And hardships may hinder and stay;
Walk with faith, and be sure you’ll get through it;
For “Where there’s a will there’s a way.”
    —    Eliza Cook
Excerpt from the poem:  “Where There’s a Will There’s a Way
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Yet
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