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In no other country in the world is the love of property keener or more alert than in the United States, and nowhere else does the majority display less inclination toward doctrines which in any way threaten the way property is owned. Alexis de Tocqueville
Religion has the right to express its opinion in the service of the people, but God in creation has set us free: it is not possible to interfere spiritually in the life of a person. Pope Francis I
The validity of doctrine does not depend on whose ox it gores. John Marshall Harlan
Education, this is the great word which sums up our whole doctrine Guiseppe Mazzini
Textbooks must be constant over many years for students to trust the system. But if we say something is true today and deny it tomorrow, students will lose faith in us. Consistency is at a premium. Zeinab Radwan
One precedent creates another. They soon accumulate and constitute law. What yesterday was fact, today is doctrine. Junius; Philip Francis
From the very beginning, the American republic has never shrunk from foreign wars …. There has scarcely been a year since its founding that American soldiers haven’t been overseas … American foreign policy largely consists of doctrines about when and where to intervene in other people’s countries. Michael Ignatieff
If Catholic moral doctrines have changed, how can the church still claim to preach the same message Jesus and his disciples did? Peter Steinfels
I wish to preach not the doctrine of ignoble ease but the doctrine of the strenuous life. Theodore Roosevelt
Every false prophet comes in odd moments to believe in the truth of his false doctrine James Connolly
Those who believe that there are men on the other side of the earth fail to observe that even if the world is held to be global or rounded in shape, or if some process of reasoning should prove this to be the case, it would still not necessarily follow that the land on the opposite side is not covered by masses of water. Saint Augustine
My earnest regard to preserve inviolate forever, in our new empire, the great principle of religious freedom ... which is independent of any religious doctrine and not restrained by any. Jon Carroll
Do not listen to those who set up doctrines which are dangerous to the peace of the world. William E. Gladstone
The doctrines of Karl Marx are a destroyer of all mortals. Hubert Humphrey
I am terrified of restrictive religious doctrine, having learned from history that when men who adhere to any form of it are in control, common men like me are in peril. James A. Michener
We [the Republicans] hold no doctrine, and make no declaration, which was not held to and made by "our fathers who framed the government under which we live. Abraham Lincoln
You know the custom of the Roman Church in which you remember that you were bred up. But my will is, that if you have found anything, either in the Roman, or the Gallican, or any other Church, which may be more acceptable to Almighty God, you should carefully make choice of the same Gregory I
The only way you can separate yourself from the [Roman Catholic] church is by knowingly and deliberately denying a dogma of faith. Abortion is not a dogma. Richard P. McBrien
Since many, however, of those who profess to believe in Christ differ from each other, not only in small and trifling matters, but also on subjects of the highest importance, as, e.g., regarding God, or the Lord Jesus Christ, or the Holy Spirit; and not only regarding these, but also regarding others which are created existences, viz., the powers and the holy virtues; it seems on that account necessary first of all to fix a definite limit and to lay down an unmistakable rule regarding each one of these, and then to pass to the investigation of other points. Origen; Origenes Adamantius
The Lord gave all Christians the authority to judge all doctrines, to judge freely what is right and what is wrong. Caspar Schwenckfeld von Ossig
Women can perform many duties which are useful in the church, but they were not called for priesthood. We are not to be blamed for this because this is not our teaching, it is the, Biblical teaching. If you can find one single example in the Bible, whether in the Old Testament or in the New Testament, we are ready to accept it. We are not against the words of God. We accept the words of God. But we cannot add new teachings. Shenouda III
… maintain the integrity and flexibility of our teachings Shoghi Effendi
No nation is fit to sit in judgment upon any other nation. Woodrow Wilson
The conviction that freedom is a universal desire is not the property of any political camp. ... Yet those who hold it remain a precious few, outnumbered many times over by the skeptics who don't. Natan Sharansky
There are revolutionary committees that practice revolutionary violence, and anyone who opposes the will of the people will have to be chased. Anyone who is opposed to the will of the people becomes a foe of the people. The duty of the revolutionary committee is to practice revolutionary violence against the enemies of the revolution. Muammar Qaddafi
The enemy aggressor is always pursuing a course of larceny, murder, rapine and barbarism. We are always moving forward with high mission, a destiny imposed by the Deity to regenerate our victims while incidentally capturing their markets, to civilize savage and senile and paranoid peoples while blundering accidentally into their oil wells John T. Flynn
Do not be idolatrous about or bound to any doctrine, theory, or ideology, even Buddhist ones. All systems of thought are guiding means; they are not absolute truth. Thich Nhat Hanh
Whoever ventures to attack a system received so generally, and supported by so great a weight of authority, is exposed to various evils. They who have embraced its principles are apt to slight and neglect, or, if that may not he, to conceive it their business to overthrow the heterodox doctrines. What of error they may contain is eagerly seized on, what of truth, is overlooked. John Rae
The historical method has revolutionized Political Economy, not by showing its laws to be false, but by proving that they are relative for the most part to a particular stage of civilization. This destroys their character as eternal laws, and strips them of much of their force and all their sanctity. In this way the historical method has rescued us from intellectual superstitions. Arnold J. Toynbee
When a man is required to believe certain doctrines, he is not free to think. A creed is to keep the mind from inquiry. Questions lead to doubt, and doubt is the death of faith. Lemuel K. Washburn
Those who claim that the children of the faithful dying without sacramental baptism will not be saved, are stupid and presumptuous in saying this .… Just as Christ is God and man at the same time, so the consecrated host is at the same time the body of Christ and true bread. For it is Christ's body at least in figure and true bread in nature; or, which comes to the same thing, it is true bread naturally and Christ's body figuratively…. Oral confession to a priest, introduced by Pope Innocent, is not as necessary to people as he claimed. For if anyone offends his brother in thought, word or deed, then it suffices to repent in thought, word or deed…. That the pope is supreme pontiff is ridiculous. Christ approved such a dignity neither in Peter nor in anyone else…. The people may withhold tithes, offerings and other private alms from unworthy disciples of Christ. John Wycliffe
Regulars, of whatsoever order they may be, may not preach even in the churches of their own orders, unless they have been examined and approved of as regards their life, manners, and knowledge, by their own superiors, and with his license; with which license they shall be bound to present themselves personally before the bishops, and beg a blessing from them, before they begin to preach. But, (to preach) in churches which are not those of their own orders, besides the license of their own superiors they shall be obliged to have also the license of the bishop, without which they may not on any account preach in the said churches Council of Trent
I, A. B., do swear that I do approve the doctrine, and discipline, or government established in the Church of England as containing all things necessary to salvation: and that I will not endeavor by myself or any other, directly or indirectly, to bring in any popish doctrine contrary to that which is so established; nor will I ever give my consent to alter the government of this Church by archbishops, bishops, deans, and archdeacons, &c., as it stands now established, and as by right it ought to stand, nor yet ever to subject it to the usurpations and superstitions of the see of Rome. And all these things I do plainly and sincerely acknowledge and swear, according to the plain and common sense and understanding of the same words, without any equivocation, or mental evasion, or secret reservation whatsoever. And this I do heartily, willingly, and truly, upon the faith of a Christian. So help me God in Jesus Christ. England
The chief cause that I fell out with the pope was this: the pope boasted that he was the head of the Church, and condemned all that would not be under his power and authority …. If the pope were the head of the Christian Church, then the Church were a monster with two heads, seeing that St. Paul says that Christ is her head. The pope may well be, and is, the head of the false Church. Martin Luther
We corrupt the word of truth, and mix ... our doctrine with what is common and cheap... in order to turn the adulteration to our profit, and accommodate ourselves to those who meet us, and curry favor with everyone, becoming ventriloquists and chatterers, who serve their own pleasures by words uttered from the earth, and sinking into the earth, and, to gain the special good will of the multitude Gregory of Nazianzus
The doctrine of free will is always in danger of robbing God of his honor John Calvin
At the core of all well-founded belief, lies belief that is unfounded Ludwig Wittgenstein
Traditions come from the past, of high import if they be True ;, Ay, but weak is the chain of those who warrant their truth. Consult thy reason and let perdition take others all :, Of all the conference Reason best will counsel and guide. Abdallah Al-Maarri
A doctrine is something that pins you down to a given mode of conduct and dozens of situations which you cannot foresee, which is a great mistake in principle George F. Kennan
Doctrines and "ideas" shall no longer govern your existence. The Fuhrer himself, and only he, is the current and future reality of Germany, and his word is your law. Martin Heidegger
Again and again, the altruist has arisen in politics, has bidden us share with others the product of our toil, and has proclaimed the communistic dogma as the panacea for our social ills. So today, amid the buried hopes and buried projects of the past, the doctrine of communism still lives in the minds of men. Under stress of misfortune, or in dread of tyranny, it is still preached in modern times as Plato preached it in the world of the Greeks. Yet it is indeed doubtful whether, in the history of mankind, a doctrine was ever taught more impracticable or more false to the principles it professes than this very doctrine of communism Benjamin N. Cardozo
There is a noble future for Islam as a personal faith, not a political doctrine St. Petersburg Declaration
The temptation to inculcate rather than to educate is understandably strong among long frustrated populations. In many such places, public emotions fluctuate between bitter impatience and indifferent skepticism - and neither impatience nor indifference are favorable atmospheres for encouraging reasoned thought. Aga Khan IV
When hearing something unusual, do not preemptively reject it, for that would be folly. Indeed, horrible things may be true, and familiar and praised things may prove to be lies. Truth is truth unto itself, not because people say it is. Ibn Al-Nafis
[Church] Doctrine tied itself into infinite knots over the realities of sex. Barbara Tuchman
The wisest man preaches no doctrines. Henry David Thoreau
I am no Calvinist, but it seems to me neither right nor worthy of a Christian to seek, for the sake of differences between the doctrine of Calvin and the Confession of Augsburg, to have this land swarming with troops and inundated with blood. William of Orange
The first thing a principle does is kill somebody. Dorothy L. Sayers
I would beg the wise and learned fathers (of the church) to consider with all diligence the difference which exists between matters of mere opinion and matters of demonstration. ... [I]t is not in the power of professors of the demonstrative sciences to alter their opinions at will, so as to be now of one way of thinking and now of another. ... Demonstrated conclusions about things in nature of the heavens, do not admit of being altered with the same ease as opinions to what is permissible or not, under a contract, mortgage, or bill of exchange. Galileo Galilei
There is social intimidation by the self-appointed brigades of the thought police… they exist in every society, whether they are of the religious, nationalistic or atheistic variety. Dogmatists, who are convinced that they know better, that only the way they think is acceptable and who would deprive others of their right to hear differing and discordant voices.. They try to achieve this by either silencing the author or scaring away the public. Ismail Serageldin
We promote pluralism, not dogma. We critique, we do not accept uncritically. We question and we debate, and over time we will separate the wheat from the chaff. We will separate the worthwhile from the misguided in all the new ideas and new voices that we hear. But we cannot do that if we close ourselves from the contrarian view, or simply suppress the views of those who would challenge the accepted and the known. Ismail Serageldin
The recent movement among our Israelitish brethren toward Reform is merely the revolt of emancipated intelligence against the rites, usages, and doctrines which had become unsuitable and obstructive. It is a reassertion of the supreme authority of human reason. James Parton
… some parties think that only the rules laid down by their doctrines are the right ones. Mohammed Reza Pahlavi
… people reject the validity of a scientific source because its conclusion contradicted their deeply held views. Chris Mooney (journalist)
Loyalty to petrified opinion never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul in this world--and never will. Mark Twain
...our best built certainties are but sand-houses and subject to damage from any wind of doubt that blows. Mark Twain
Arguments have no chance against petrified training; they wear it as little as the waves wear a cliff. Mark Twain
It is bad religion to deify doctrines and creeds. While indispensable to religious life, doctrines and creeds are only so as signposts. Love alone is the hitching post. Doctrines, let’s not forget, supported slavery and apartheid; some still strive to keep women in their place and gays and lesbians in limbo. Moreover, doctrines can divide, while compassion can only unite William Sloane Coffin
We never go against a candidate for one or two votes . You can’t. Thomas J. Donahue
Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense. Buddha
People need this product [Western classical music] of the West to liberate their cultural thinking from 2,000 years of feudalism. Li Delun
Compromise is not a word that generally makes political hearts flutter, and it is even less loved when it comes to the politics of U. S. foreign policy Leslie H. Gelb
The church’s pastoral ministry cannot be obsessed with the transmission of a disjointed multitude of doctrines to be imposed incessantly … We have to find a new balance otherwise even the moral edifice of the church is likely to fall like a house of cards, losing the freshness and the fragrance of the Gospel. Pope Francis I
… the growth of the political independence of Christian, Hindu, Jewish, and Muslim groups from the institutions of government has allowed them to exercise greater leverage over the state and the development of more activist political theologies. G. John Ikenberry
There must be no inventing or recounting to the people of new things … uncanonical and according to their own taste rather than the Holy Scriptures. Roman Catholic Church
In the France of today, the only class with a doctrine is the working class…. The only one … safeguarding the democratic institutions. Jean-Paul Sartre
The [ancient] Jews fought one another over their conflicting interpretations of their Holy Book, and their disagreements about doctrine and matters of ritual Petrus Cunaeus
Men whose religion was excessively zealous split themselves into opposing factions, and once divided by a single mistake they disagreed on everything and came to be entirely at odds with one another. Petrus Cunaeus
We should not be simply fighting evil in the name of good, but struggling against the certainties of people who claim always to know where good and evil are to be found. Tzvetan Todorov
Are not Religion & Politics the Same Thing? William Blake
Our opposition to Communist expansion is not an absolute factor; containment must be taken in relation to American security and American objectives. George F. Kennan
Better heresy of doctrine than heresy of heart. John Greenleaf Whittier
Doctrine is nothing but the skin of truth set up and stuffed. Henry Ward Beecher
Union of action appears historically to have been the original bond of the Christian church. Whoever was willing to receive Christ as his master, to join His people, and to walk according to their rules, he was admitted to the Christian society. We know that in the earliest church there existed the strangest varieties of belief, some Christians not even believing that there would be a resurrection of the dead. Thomas Arnold
Many things may become baggage, may become encumbrances if we cling to them blindly and uncritically Mao Zedong
I do not think it necessary for salvation to know Christ according to the flesh : but with regard to the Eternal Son of God, that is the Eternal Wisdom of God, which has manifested itself in all things and especially in the human mind, and above all in Christ Jesus, the case is far otherwise. For without this no one can come to a state of blessedness, inasmuch as it alone teaches, what is true or false, good or evil. And, inasmuch as this wisdom was made especially manifest through Jesus Christ, as I have said, his disciples preached it, in so far as it was revealed to them through him, and thus showed that they could rejoice in that spirit of Christ more than the rest of mankind. The doctrines added by certain churches, such as that God took upon himself human nature, I have expressly said that I do not understand; in fact, to speak the truth, they seem to me no less absurd than would a statement, that a circle had taken upon itself the nature of a square. Baruch Spinoza
On the whole, the Anglican Church gives a question for every answer. Richard Holloway

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