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Religion is such a belief of the Bible as maintains a living influence on the heart.
      - Richard Cecil

The religion of a sinner stands on two pillars; namely, what Christ did for us in the flesh, and what He performs in us by His Spirit. Most errors arise from an attempt to separate these two.
      - Richard Cecil

There is something in religion when rightly comprehended that is masculine and grand. It removes those little desires which are the constant hectic of a fool.
      - Richard Cecil

The sum and substance of the preparation needed for a coming eternity is that you believe what the Bible tells you, and do what the Bible bids you.
      - Thomas Chalmers

A religion giving dark views of God, and infusing superstitious fear of innocent enjoyment, instead of aiding sober habits, will, by making men abject and sad, impair their moral force, and prepare them for intemperance as a refuge from depression or despair.
      - William Ellery Channing

Religion is faith in an infinite Creator, who delights in and enjoins that rectitude which conscience commands us to seek. This conviction gives a Divine sanction to duty.
      - William Ellery Channing

Religion, if it be true, is central truth; and all knowledge which is not gathered round it, and quickened and illuminated by it, is hardly worthy the name.
      - William Ellery Channing

The true office of religion is to bring out the whole nature of man in harmonious activity.
      - William Ellery Channing

All natural results are spontaneous. The diamond sparkles without effort, and the flowers open impulsively beneath the summer rain. And true religion is a spontaneous thing,--as natural as it is to weep, to love, or to rejoice.
      - Edwin Hubbell Chapin

More and more people care about religious tolerance as fewer and fewer care about religion.
      - Alexander Chase

It is usually when men are at their most religious that they behave with the least sense and the greatest cruelty.
      - Ilka Chase

Pure religion may generally be measured by the cheerfulness of its professors, and superstition by the gloom of its victims.
      - Paul Chatfield (a/k/a Horace Smith)

I realized that ritual will always mean throwing away something; Destroying our corn or wine upon the altar of our gods.
      - Gilbert Keith Chesterton,
        Tremendous Trifles--Secret of a Train

The rigid saint, by whom no mercy's shown
  To saints whose lives are better than his own.
      - Charles Churchill, Epistle to Hogarth
         (l. 25)

Religion is the pious worship of God.
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short)

The celestial order and the beauty of the universe compel me to admit that there is some excellent and eternal Being, who deserves the respect and homage of men.
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short)

Piety and holiness of life will propitiate the gods.
  [Lat., Deos placatos pietas efficiet et sanctitas.]
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short),
        De Officiis (II, 3)

Things sacred should not only be touched with the hands, but unviolated in thought.
  [Lat., Res sacros non modo manibus attingi, sed ne cogitatione quidem violari fas fuit.]
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short),
        Orationes in Verrem (II, 4, 45)

Religion is life, philosophy is thought; religion looks up, friendship looks in. We need both thought and life, and we need that the two shall be in harmony.
      - James Freeman Clarke

Nothing can inspire religious duty or animation but religion.
      - Alexander Cockburn

Religion is, in its essence, the most gentlemanly thing in the world. It will alone gentilize, if unmixed with cant; and I know nothing else that will, alone.
      - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Too soon did the doctors of the church forget that the heart--the moral nature--was the beginning and the end, and that truth, knowledge, and insight were comprehended in its expansion.
      - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

You may depend upon it, religion is, in its essence, the most gentlemanly thing in the world. It will alone gentilize, if unmixed with cant; and I know nothing else that will, alone. Certainly not the army, which is thought to be the grand embellisher of manners.
      - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Forth from his dark and lonely hiding place,
  (Portentous sight!) the owlet atheism,
    Sailing on obscene wings athwart the noon,
      Drops his blue-fring'd lids, and holds them close,
        And hooting at the glorious sun in Heaven,
          Cries out, "Where is it?"
      - Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Fears in Solitude

Life and the Universe show spontaneity;
  Down with ridiculous notions of Deity!
    Churches and creeds are lost in the mists;
      Truth must be sought with the Positivists.
      - Mortimer Collins, The Positivists

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