— Fyodor Dostoyevsky, buch Schuld und Sühne
Crime and Punishment (1866)
— Sally Gardner, buch The Red Necklace
Quelle: The Red Necklace
„To be glad of life because it gives you the chance to love and to work and to play and to look up at the stars- to be satisfied with your possessions but not content with yourself until you have made the best of them- to despise nothing in the world except falsehood and meanness, and to fear nothing except cowardice- to be governed by you admirations rather than by your disgusts- to covet nothing that is your neighbors except his kindness of heart and gentleness of manners- to think seldom of your enemies, often of your friends, and every day of Christ; to spend as much time as you can in God's out-of doors- these are the little guideposts on the footpaths to peace.“
— Henry Van Dyke American diplomat 1852 - 1933
Footpaths to Peace.
„There is, then, in these matters some absolute finding in the seeking: salvation is, to seek salvation, for in seeking it one has already abandoned mortality and his sin.“
— William Ernest Hocking American philosopher 1873 - 1966
Quelle: The Meaning of God in Human Experience (1912), Ch. XIV : The Need of an Absolute, p. 198.
— Carl Sagan American astrophysicist, cosmologist, author and science educator 1934 - 1996
The Varieties of Scientific Experience: A Personal View of the Search for God (2006)
— Robert Sheckley, buch Mindswap
Quelle: Mindswap (1966), Chapter 33 (pp. 156-157)
„Some people are constructive, if you like. Others are destructive. It's this diversity in humankind that results in some making positive contributions and some negative contributions. It's necessary to have enough who make positive contributions to overcome the problems of each age.“
— Jonas Salk Inventor of polio vaccine 1914 - 1995
Academy of Achievement interview (1991)
„Whatever you do against your better knowledge is sin. (…) Remembering your self is virtue, forgetting your self is sin. (…)“
— Nisargadatta Maharaj Indian guru 1897 - 1981
Sin and virtue
Quelle: "I am That." P.72.
„“Isn’t there anything you can do about the predator?” Carmody asked.
“Nothing. Nor would I if I could. Predation is a necessary circumstance. Even the Gods are eventually eaten by Fate. You will not be an exception to the universal rule.”“
— Robert Sheckley, buch Dimension of Miracles
Quelle: Dimension of Miracles (1968), Chapter 21 (p. 136)
„Explain it,” Hamilton muttered. “This place—this bar. Why doesn’t God erase it? If this world operates by moral laws—”
“This bar is necessary to the moral order. This is a sinkpit of corruption and vice, a fleshpot of iniquity. You think salvation can function without damnation? You think virtue can exist without sin? That’s the trouble with you atheists; you don’t grasp the mechanics of evil. Get on the inside and enjoy life, man. If you’re one of the Faithful, you’ve got nothing to worry about.”
— Philip K. Dick, buch Eye in the Sky
“Bet your sweet soul.”
Quelle: Eye in the Sky (1957), Chapter 5 (p. 66)
„You are not sent to preach death and sin and judgment, but life and holiness and salvation – not to be a witness against the people, but to be a witness for God – to preach the good news – Christ Himself.“
— James Hudson Taylor Missionary in China 1832 - 1905
(A.J. Broomhall. Hudson Taylor and China’s Open Century, Book Five: Refiner’s Fire. London: Hodder and Stoughton and Overseas Missionary Fellowship, 1985, 258).
„For ten long weary years prior to 9/11, WBC warned you daily on the mean streets of this nation that your sodomite sins will be avenged by an angry God except you repent.“
— Fred Phelps American pastor and activist 1929 - 2014
2000s, 9/11: God's Wrath Revealed (2006)
Kontext: For ten long weary years prior to 9/11, WBC warned you daily on the mean streets of this nation that your sodomite sins will be avenged by an angry God except you repent. You persecuted us for our trouble, thereby aggravating your great transgression. On 9/11/01, God Almighty dealt backsliding America a staggering blow.
„Confession,” he said, “must be sincere. It must come from the heart. False confession, made to avoid the pain of Questioning, is useless to Church and God alike. Our aim is salvation; the salvation of the souls of these poor wretches in our charge, if necessary by the breaking of their bodies. Set against this, all else is straw in the wind.“
— Keith Roberts, buch Pavane
Third measure “Brother John” (pp. 108-109)