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Very Perfectly

When Christians start thinking about Jesus, things start breaking down, they lose their faith. It's perfectly possible to go to church every Sunday and not ask any questions, just because you like it as a way of life. They fear that if they ask questions they'll lose their Christ, the very linchpin of their religion.

- A. N. Wilson

New Separation

State assaults on the separation of church and state are nothing new.

- Adam Cohen

Parent About

When my kids were growing up, I wanted their teachers to teach them science, reading, math and history. I also wanted them to care about my kids. But I did not want my children's public school teachers teaching them religion. That was my job as a parent and the job of our church, Sunday school, and youth group.

- Adam Hamilton

Indispensable Your

You are not indispensable to your church, but you are indispensable to your family.

- Adam Hamilton

Need Move

A church is an incubator, a nursery, a grade school. You start where people are and move them to where they need to be.

- Adrian Rogers

Religious Hundred

One hundred religious persons knit into a unity by careful organizations do not constitute a church any more than eleven dead men make a football team. The first requisite is life, always.

- Aiden Wilson Tozer

Kid TV

We were poor. My mother got our clothes out of the free box at the church, you know? So much of when you're a kid is about relating about what you watch on TV. And who's got these cooler shoes, and 'Let's trade lunches.' And I was just like, 'I don't have a television. I have a rock and a piece of tofu.'

- Aisha Tyler

Next Bottle

I grew up the son of a Seventh Day Adventist minister, so I was really close to the church and sang church music between sips at my bottle, you know? I sat on the piano bench next to my mother. She was the church organist, so that music is deeply inside of me.

- Al Jarreau

Play Part

What I try to get beyond is playing music at people and, instead, to play music with people because audience members are constantly part of the experience. What they say in their body language, what they say in their eyes, what they sing with me... it's an 'us,' and there's a communication that's like... it's like church, man.

- Al Jarreau

Natural Mosque

The style of God venerated in the church, mosque, or synagogue seems completely different from the style of the natural universe.

- Alan Watts

Will Dirt

Until they put that sand and dirt in my face I will not sit in church all day.

- Alberta Hunter

Religious Address

Usually, it is not my habit to address religious issues on the floor. I strongly believe in a person's right to religious freedom, as well as the separation of church and state.

- Alcee Hastings

More Than

In L.A., I feel God more than I do in a church.

- Alessandro Michele

Think Might

It might kill you to say it, because the film really takes on the Catholic Church, but I do think there is a sort of affection for certain rituals, and an authenticity to the presentation of those rituals, in 'Mea Maxima Culpa.'

- Alex Gibney

Education Germanic

From education by the Church to education by Germanic value is a step of several generations.

- Alfred Rosenberg

Language Appears

Much of my experience with language was formed in the church, which has an oral tradition. There are lots of repetitions in prayers and song refrains. There's a sense of incantation, that if you call not once and not twice but for a third time, the spirit appears.

- Alice McDermott

Mostly Pew

I went to church irregularly and was mostly reading comics in the pew.

- Alice Sebold

Ever Brought

Any God I ever felt in church I brought in with me.

- Alice Walker

Here Conservative

The little platoon of the black community is the church. Our Christian faith is based on individual freedom from sin and the personal decision to find spiritual liberty that leads to a better life here on Earth and for eternity. On Sundays in America, the most conservative people can be found in black churches.

- Allen West

Mom Had

I grew up in Oxnard, CA, and I went to a church called St. Paul, where I was playing drums. My mom had a strawberry company. The whole town of Oxnard is basically built on produce, and more particularly, strawberries.

- Anderson Paak

Jazz Doing

I danced for a while, and I knew I could sing, so I just began singing in a praise band at church and doing musical theater and jazz vocal performance in school. One didn't really lead to another; I was just always interested in the performance arts.

- Andra Day

Like Been

I'm a pastor. I say, 'Let the church say amen,' and that settles it. Everything has been said, you know; it's like we have to agree with God.

- Andrae Crouch

Play Very

I always knew I would sing. I just didn't know if I would be successful or not. But I sang at school, I sang at parties, I sang at church. Everyone always asked me to sing. I'd be playing football with my friends, and my parents would ask me to sing for their guests. I was never very happy about that because I wanted to play football.

- Andrea Bocelli


I like the aesthetics of the Church.

- Andres Serrano

Furniture Like

I like Church furniture.

- Andres Serrano

Use Opposed

As a former Catholic, and as someone who even today is not opposed to being called a Christian, I felt I had every right to use the symbols of the Church and resented being told not to.

- Andres Serrano

Me Odds

It's troubling for me as a Catholic to be at odds with the church.

- Andrew Cuomo

My Life Upbringing

I grew up Presbyterian, just a basic Protestant upbringing. There were years in my life when I would go to church every Sunday and to Sunday school. Then I just phased out of it.

- Andy Dick

Will Attend

People are not on a truth quest; they are on a happiness quest. They will continue to attend your church - even if they don't share your beliefs - as long as they find the content engaging and helpful.

- Andy Stanley

Determine Very

It's very difficult to determine whether this is the fault of the world that has abandoned the Church, or the Church that does not know how to relate to the world.

- Angelo Scola

Gun Thought

My daughter, Grace, was not killed by a gun. She died suddenly at age 5 from a virulent form of strep. As I stood stunned in a church at her memorial, one of the hardest things I heard someone say was, 'I'm going to go home and hug my child a little tighter.' 'Well, good for you,' I thought. 'I'm going to go home and scream.'

- Ann Hood

Way Home Nun

Back when I was 8 or 9 and wanted to be a nun, I would often stop at church on my way home from school.

- Ann Hood

Reasons Stopped

For reasons I can't remember, my family eventually stopped attending church, and I started questioning the Catholic Church's beliefs. I dabbled a little, but nothing stuck.

- Ann Hood

Bible Outstanding

There were so many outstanding women in scripture that were leaders. And, you know, the organized church sometimes puts boundaries on us that the Bible doesn't.

- Anne Graham Lotz

Stained Candles

I loved every second of Catholic church. I loved the sickly sweet rotting-pomegranate smells of the incense. I loved the overwrought altar, the birdbath of holy water, the votive candles; I loved that there was a poor box, the stations of the cross rendered in stained glass on the windows.

- Anne Lamott

Loved Grandparents

I went to church with my grandparents sometimes and I loved it.

- Anne Lamott

Year Mostly

My mother was a not-too-devoted atheist. She went to Episcopal church on Christmas Eve every year, and that was mostly it.

- Anne Lamott

Living Big

I feel incredibly successful. I make a living as a writer and am able to help support a big family, my church, my bleeding-heart causes.

- Anne Lamott

Some Roman

The Roman Catholic Church, had it captured me, as it nearly did, would have sent me on some mission of danger and sacrifice and utilised me as a martyr; the Church established by law transformed me into an unbeliever and an antagonist.

- Annie Besant

Grandmother Could

I'm a church boy. I got whuppin's. So I'm afraid at any moment my grandmother could just swing down from heaven with a switch.

- Anthony Hamilton

Start Natural

Let's start with the church. As you know, it's my background, it's a natural setting for me and it's definitely my roots.

- Aretha Franklin

Banks Various

I donate heavily to the church and various churches in the Detroit community and food banks.

- Aretha Franklin

Pat Robertson

When Pat Robertson says there is no constitutional doctrine of separation of church and state, I say he is wrong.

- Arlen Specter

Jazz Learned

You can't seperate modern jazz from rock or from rhythm and blues - you can't seperate it. Because that's where it all started, and that's where it all come from - that's where I learned to keep rhythm - in church.

- Art Blakey

Back Mass

Hearing Mass is the ceremony I most favor during my travels. Church is the only place where someone speaks to me and I do not have to answer back.

- Charles de Gaulle

Someone Answer

Church is the only place where someone speaks to me and I do not have to answer back.

- Charles de Gaulle

War American

The American Indian was an individualist in religion as in war. He had neither a national army nor an organized church.

- Charles Eastman

Spirit Dwells

All Church power arises from the indwelling of the Spirit; therefore those in whom the Spirit dwells are the seat of Church power. But the Spirit dwells in the whole Church, and therefore the whole Church is the seat of Church power.

- Charles Hodge

Christ Accordance

All Church power is, therefore, properly ministerial and administrative. Everything is to be done in the name of Christ, and in accordance with his directions.

- Charles Hodge

Individual Analogy

As the Church is the aggregate of believers, there is an intimate analogy between the experience of the individual believer, and of the Church as a whole.

- Charles Hodge

Practice Private

If all Church power vests in the clergy, then the people are practically bound to passive obedience in all matters of faith and practice; for all right of private judgment is then denied.

- Charles Hodge

Body Spirit

The Church is everywhere represented as one. It is one body, one family, one fold, one kingdom. It is one because pervaded by one Spirit. We are all baptized into one Spirit so as to become, says the apostle, on body.

- Charles Hodge

Part Almost

The right of the people to a substantive part in the government of the Church is recognized and sanctioned by the apostles in almost every conceivable way.

- Charles Hodge

Principle Part

There can, therefore, be no doubt that Presbyterians do carry out the principle that Church power vests in the Church itself, and that the people have a right to a substantive part in its discipline and government.

- Charles Hodge

Spirit Thoroughly

It is a thoroughly anti-christian doctrine that the Spirit of God, and therefore the life and governing power of the Church, resides in the ministry, to the exclusion of the people.

- Charles Hodge

Nation Longer

We are no longer a nation of one church; we are a nation of many churches.

- Charles Kennedy

England Roman

You have the Roman Catholic Church, the Church of England, the Presbyterians, the Wesleyans, represented in each school, and they are each to take alternate days.

- Charles Tupper

One Of The Things

One of the things my mom used to do - I don't know why she chose me, but she chose me out of her six children to take to the African-American church that was in the town that we lived in Springfield, Missouri. And we would go to the church, and we would sit in the back row, and we would listen to all of the spirituals in the hymns.

- Charlie Haden

Almost Became

Hey, I was raised in the church. I was an altar boy and a choir member. I almost became a priest - until common sense grabbed hold of me.

- Cheech Marin

I Was Raised Raised

Hey, I was raised in the church.

- Cheech Marin

Greek Tenor

You know what I do on Sundays? I sing in a choir. I sing in a Greek Orthodox choir, and I'm the only hillbilly tenor in the Orthodox Church.

- Chris Hillman

Training Turn

I grew up in eastern Kentucky, and we would sing in the churches, and there's lots of good mountain church singers out there. Like a lot of folks who turn out to be secular music artists, that's a lot of the training you put in, whether you know it or not.

- Chris Stapleton

Inspirational Had

Growing up, in church we had the homily; at home it's what I call the 'momily' - the inspirational and instructive mom-isms that every family has.

- Christine Pelosi

Thought Lightning

I was raised as a Catholic, but I got up to go to church because I thought I'd be hit by a bolt of lightning if I didn't.

- Chuck Feeney

Servant Poor

A servant church must have as its priority solidarity with the poor.

- Claudio Hummes

Development Favors

In this context, the church supports and favors every effort today to seek the full development of the personality of all human beings, and to promote their fundamental rights, their dignity and liberty.

- Claudio Hummes

Active Govern

The church, inserted and active in human society and in history, does not exist in order to exercise political power or to govern the society.

- Claudio Hummes

Dialogue Promote

The church must constantly promote dialogue.

- Claudio Hummes

Love Which

A church of dialogue in the contemporary world... a church, taking on the mission of Jesus, which is in the world not to judge humanity, but to love it and to save it.

- Claudio Hummes

Through Tries

The Church doesn't censor. It tries to guide its faithful through catechism.

- Claudio Hummes

Pursuit Could

Could we not argue that America is about freedom, whether we live it out or not, but it really is about freedom, equality and the pursuit of happiness. And that's what church is all about.

- Clementa C. Pinckney

England Pray For

I have a group of people, about 40, in a local church in Surrey in England, who pray for me regularly.

- Cliff Richard

Singing Like

They kicked me out of the church when I'm a little girl because they said I'm singing like a dog. They didn't want me to sing there anymore.

- Concha Buika

Football Field Gays

I have seen too many of my male friends - no matter whether they're on the football field or inside a church - bash gays and then revel in their machismo or piety.

- Cory Booker

Going Like

I grew up in church, so every time I say certain words, I'm like, 'I'm going to get in trouble.'

- Craig Robinson

Electrician Dad

I did grow up poor. My mom managed to get a job as a custodian at our church, and it was really just a favor for her, and my dad's an electrician - just a blue-collar family, and the house was usually falling apart.

- Crystal Bowersox

New Means

If your church is the theatre, New York means a lot - it's a pilgrimage you want to make.

- Cush Jumbo

Voice Needs

There needs to be a place in the church or just outside - there needs to be a place where people feel free to ask questions without being put upon, where they feel free to ask difficult, challenging questions to voice their skepticism.

- D. A. Carson

Contemporary Life

The basic question 'will I obey Christ 's teaching?' is rarely taken as a serious issue. For example, to take one of Jesus' commands, that is relevant to contemporary life, I don't know of any church that actually teaches a church how to bless people who curse them, yet this is a clear command.

- Dallas Willard

Religious Very

I grew up in a very religious household. My mom was a church organist. I was a religious kid.

- Dan Brown

About Hear People

Quite often you hear people say, 'What about separation of church and state?' There is no such thing.

- Dan Severson

Family Kid

We went to church every Sunday. When I was a kid, the only time I sang was around my family.

- Darius Rucker

Music Meditating

In church, they have the music where you jump and you shout, you know, and then you have the quiet music where you're sitting, you're meditating.

- Darlene Love

Trend However

The state can be a force for good. The Rule of law is absolutely essential to a good life. God has instituted government and leaders throughout history and throughout the Biblical narrative. However, the state is growing precisely as the church is fading as a force for good, and this does not seem to be a good trend.

- Dave Brat

Young Kid

I started growing up in a hurry and taking a lot of the philosophy I'd heard from church as a kid a lot more seriously - especially the Ten Commandments - and wondering how 'Thou shalt not kill' could be so absolutely ignored. It took me until I was in my 40s to write what I was thinking as a young soldier.

- Dave Brubeck

Strength Fact

I'm a classic Church of England member, but part of its strength is the fact that it doesn't ask us to sign up to too much of a canon... but I've always found the teachings of Jesus and the Bible quite useful as a sort of handy guide.

- David Cameron

Very South

Religion triggers a lot of emotions in me, most of which stem from being raised Jewish in a very Baptist community in the South. I didn't believe any of it from an early age - the clubby quality of whatever religion or church you belonged to, Judaism included. It just struck me as foolish.

- David Cross

Country Moved

If the Latterday Saints had not abandoned plural marriage, they would have remained a fringe religion and would never have moved into mainstream American culture. Today, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints thrives. It is one of the fastest growing religions in the country and is the most successful American-born religion.

- David Ebershoff

Featured Obama

Those who closely watched the campaign should not be surprised by Obama's hostility toward Israel, given his relations with pro-Palestinian, virulent critics of Israel and his voluntary membership in Reverend Wright's decidedly anti-Semitic church. Furthermore, his campaign website featured anti-Semitic posts.

- David Limbaugh

Take Very

We went to a very liberal Episcopalian church. It didn't take for me.

- David Newman

Times Square Holy

Eighteen years ago, the Holy Spirit led me to establish a church in the heart of Times Square.

- David Wilkerson

Sunday Brought

I was brought up Methodist, christened as a little baby and went to church every Sunday.

- Deborah Norville

Always Whenever

We always performed for our church, but we also just performed whenever the family got together.

- Debra Wilson

Homeland Whole

I dare not stay home while Quichuas perish. What if the well-filled church in the homeland needs stirring? They have the Scriptures, Moses, and the prophets, and a whole lot more. Their condemnation is written on their bank books and in the dust on their Bible covers.

- Jim Elliot

I Remember Very

I remember very much there in Falls Church there was a creek that was flowing down into 4 Mile Run. I believe it's now covered up where it goes under Columbia Street. I found a whole family of weasels down there.

- Jim Fowler

Role Martin Luther

Martin Luther King Jr. really understood the role of the churches when he said, 'The church is not meant to be the master of the state.' We don't sort of take power and grab the levers of government and impose our agenda down people's throats.

- Jim Wallis

Values Religious

I believe in the separation of church and state, absolutely. But I don't believe in the separation of public life from our values, our basic values, and for many of us, our religious values.

- Jim Wallis

Old Bitten

From the time I sang my first solo in church when I was probably 12 years old, I was bitten by the bug. From that point on, I never wanted to do anything else.

- Jimi Westbrook

Year Use

When I speak at my local church, which I try to do 35 to 40 times a year, I try in every lesson to take the Old Testament text or New Testament text and apply them to what is happening to me or how that applies to the audience that I'm teaching in a modern, fast-changing, technological world. I use headlines, interfaith and that sort of thing.

- Jimmy Carter

Ringing Dad

I used to do bell ringing in Benenden church. It was really good fun, actually. My best friend's dad was the local vicar, and so it was expected as her best friend that I would go to church every Sunday with her.

- Jo Brand