Christian Quotes Religious Tolerance Essay



Bible themes & topics from
a range of Christian viewpoints


  • Robert Green Ingersoll: "Every sect is a certificate that God has not plainly revealed his will to man. To each reader, the Bible conveys a different meaning."

  • Martin Luther: "Moses' law cannot be valid simply and completely in all respects for us. We have to take into consideration the character and ways of our land when we want to make or apply laws or rules, because our rules and laws are based on the character of our land and its ways and not on those of the land of Moses, just as Moses' laws are based on the ways and character of his people and not those of ours." Martin Luther's Works, Volume 46, p. 291.

Some very important Biblethemes are, unfortunately, rarely discussed fully:

Additional major themes in the Bible (in alphabetic order):


Quotations concerning or
exhibiting religious intolerance

By persons with last names beginning A to E

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Quotations which are religiously intolerant, or which discuss religious intolerance:

We regret that most of the intolerant quotations are by fundamentalist
and other evangelical Christians.  We have been unable to find many by
liberal or progressive Christians.  If you run across one of the latter, we
would appreciate receiving a copy so that we could provide a better balance.

Anon: A Washington Post op-ed piece 1997-APR-19 called "Cult or Religion?:"

"Every religion is 'bizarre' for those who do not accept its tenets."

Anon: From an Email sent by a conservative Christian to this website:

"There is no such thing as 'religious tolerance' as far as God and Heaven is concerned. We are either 'in' Christ or not."

Anon: Bumper sticker by Harbor House Gifts of Fullerton CA.

"Truth, not tolerance." 

Editor's note: The bumper sticker also shows a clenched fist on the left side and a Christian cross on the right. 

Sheik Abdel-Aziz Ibn Baaz, Supreme religious authority, Saudi Arabia and author of the following Muslim religious edict, 1993:

"The earth is flat, and anyone who disputes this claim is an atheist who deserves to be punished."

Rowan Atkinson, English actor, comedian, and screenwriter best known for his work on the sitcoms Blackadder and Mr. Bean:

"What is wrong with inciting intense dislike of a religion if the activities or teachings of that religion are so outrageous, irrational or abusive of human rights that they deserve to be intensely disliked?

George H.W. Bush, (R) as Presidential Nominee for the Republican party; 1987-AUG-27:

"No, I don't know that Atheists should be considered as citizens, nor should they be considered patriots. This is one nation under God."

G.W. Bush (R), as Governor of Texas.

"I don't think witchcraft is a religion. I would hope the military officials would take a second look at the decision they made." 1

Editor's note: He was interviewed on ABC's Good Morning America, 1999-JUN-24 by Peggy Wehmeyer. Bush's comment was in response to the Wiccan soldiers at Fort Hood in Texas being given the right to meet together on base -- the same right as has always been given to Christians, Jews, Muslims, etc.

Most Rev. George Carey, Archbishop of Canterbury, at the General Convention of the Episcopal Church, 1997:

"We have lobbed verses of Scripture, like hand grenades, into the camps of others, convinced we only have truth."

Bob Chell, University Lutheran Center. South Dakota State University, 1996-OCT-10:

"In the Bible, the ones who were most certain about what they were doing were the ones who stoned the prophets."

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G.K. Chesterton, ILN, 1906-JAN-13

"There are those who hate Christianity and call their hatred an all-embracing love for all religions."  ILN, 1906-JAN-13

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