Definitions of (and statements about)
The term “religion” stands for the feelings, acts and experiences of individual men in their solitude, so far as they apprehend themselves to stand in relation to whatever they may consider the divine. William James, THE VARIETY OF RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE, 1910.
Being religious means asking passionately the question of the meaning of our existence and being willing to receive answers, even if he answers hurt. Paul Tillich, Inside the Mind of God, p. 44.
Religion – asking the question “Why is there anything at all?” and its derivative questions.
A person's religion is that person's worldview of how he relates to the ultimate questions of philosophy, the meaning of life, the values of life, etc. An "organized religion" is simply a group of people who hold a worldview in common.
We are not human beings on a spiritual journey. We are spiritual beings on a human journey. Stephen Covey
Don’t pray when it rains if you don’t pray when the sun shines. Satchel Paige
You can never prove God. You can only find him…. Kate Wiggin
There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy. Hamlet.
That’s why religion thrives in an age of reason. You can’t simply think God out of existence, because religious feelings rise more from experience than from thought. They are born in a moment of spiritual connection, as real to the brain as any perception of “ordinary” physical reality. Andrew Newberg, Inside the Mind of God, p. 65.
A religion can be destructive or creative. It may be defined by stories or rituals. It may be tightly or loosely held, thought about deeply, or held simply as vague ideas. Whatever -- it does act as at least a partial guide to actions. – author unknown
The Ethical Society of Austin (a loose knit atheist organization) claims to be a religion. Is it? The Texas courts are seeking an answer.
Most religious people share a sense that they have an appointment with the transcendent. They see a purely material understanding of life as inadequate. -- E. J. Dionne, Denver Post, 12/24/2002