Re: Wildrow On Knowledge Of Religion
"Weinberg's statement is true as far as it goes, but it is not the whole truth. To make it the whole truth, we must add an additional clause: 'And for bad people to do good things—that [also] takes religion.' The main point of Christianity is that it is a religion for sinners. Jesus made that very clear. When the Pharisees asked his disciples, "Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners?" he said, "I come to call not the righteous but sinners to repentance." Only a small fraction of sinners repent and do good things but only a small fraction of good people are led by their religion to do bad things."
-Freeman Dyson, Theoretical Physicist
"One of my friends has reminded me that there is a story in the Old Testament where God spoke through a donkey. He says, 'God spoke to Balaam through his ass, and God has been speaking through asses ever since.' "
-Shane Claiborne, Christian Social Activist