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  • The word soul has lost its meaning and even its plausibility.... Faith, hope and love can no longer be seen simply as virtues or graces; they are processes in flesh and blood... (the clergyman) will find that whether he wants it or not, he is also a front-line mental health worker or he will be so regarded by the specialists in mental health. It is on the pastoral role and the tasks of shepherding that the psychological disciples have the greatest impact in theological work.

    Past   Impact   Blood  
  • Adoption gives us the privilege of sons, regeneration the nature of sons.

    Religious   Nature   Son  
    Stephen Charnock (1840). “The Doctrine of Regeneration: Selected from the Writings of Stephen Charnock”, p.102
  • The clergyman who lives in the city may have piety, but he must have taste.

    Cities   May   Taste  
  • There is a species of person called a 'Modern Churchman' who draws the full salary of a beneficed clergyman and need not commit himself to any religious belief.

    Decline and Fall (1928) pt. 2, ch. 4
  • A person is not a democrat thanks to his ignorance of literature and the arts, nor an elitist because he or she has cultivated them. The possession of knowledge makes for unjust power over others only if used for that very purpose: a physician or lawyer or clergyman can exploit or humiliate others, or he can be a humanitarian and a benefactor. In any case, it is absurd to conjure up behind anybody who exploits his educated status the existence of an "elite" scheming to oppress the rest of us.

    "Exeunt the Humanities". Essay by Jacques Barzun (1980) published in his book "The Culture We Deserve" (p. 117), 1989.
  • A man's free will cannot cure him even of the toothache, or a sore finger; and yet he madly thinks it is in its power to cure his soul.

    Thinking   Power   Men  
    Augustus Montague TOPLADY (1837). “The Works of Augustus Toplady ... A New Edition, Complete in One Volume. Printed Verbatim from the First Edition of His Works, 1794”, p.546
  • There was reference made to a book written in Greek by a former Rabbi who had been converted to Christianity. There was reference to a publication of a high clergyman of Milan. Not even did Jews raise objections to that book.

  • Clergymen and people who use phrases without wisdom sometimes talk of suffering as a mystery. It is really a revelation.

    Oscar Wilde, Russell Jackson, Ian Small (2000). “The Complete Works of Oscar Wilde: De profundis, "Epistola : in carcere et vinculis"”, p.105, Oxford University Press on Demand
  • Young people, some of whom are not born into the faith, are being fired up by preachers using basic Islamic scripture and mobilized to wage jihad by radical imams who represent themselves as legitimate Muslim clergymen.

  • Life itself is an unsolved mystery", said the clergyman gravely.

    Agatha Christie (2012). “The Tuesday Night Club: A Miss Marple Short Story”, p.6, HarperCollins UK
  • A civil ruler dabbling in religion is as reprehensible as a clergyman dabbling in politics. Both render themselves odious as well as ridiculous.

    James Gibbons (2014). “The Faith of Our Fathers”, p.145, The Floating Press
  • CLERGYMAN, n. A man who undertakes the management of our spiritual affairs as a method of better his temporal ones.

    Spiritual   Men   Affair  
    Ambrose Bierce (2009). “The Devil's Dictionary: Easyread Super Large 18pt Edition”, p.46,
  • And as for the Pope, I refuse him, as Christ's enemy and Antichrist, with all his false doctrine.

    Religious   Jesus   Enemy  
    Thomas Cranmer (1833). “Remains”, p.140
  • I believe in an America where the rights that I have described are enjoyed by all, regardless of their race or their creed or their national origin - where every citizen is free to think and speak as he pleases and write and worship as he pleases - and where every citizen is free to vote as he pleases, without instructions from anyone, his employer, the union leader or his clergyman.

    Speech at Convention Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, October 31, 1960.
  • One person I do feel a little sorry for, though, is the Archbishop of Canterbury, the most important clergyman in Britain and he's only got two lousy palaces to live in. What sort of life is that for a man of God? I bet if Jesus came back, even he'd be embarrassed for him; I bet he wouldn't be able to look him in the eye.

    Jesus   Sorry   Eye  
    YouTube Channel "Pat Condell"/"Religion In The UK", April 17, 2007.
  • From a dramatic viewpoint, there are few professions that grant their members entry into other lives, high among them cops, doctors, clergymen, journalists and prostitutes. Perhaps that explains why they figure in so much television and cinema. Their lives are lived in the midst of human drama.

    Drama   Doctors   Cinema  
  • The defects of a preacher are soon spied.

    Martin Luther, Johann Aurifaber, Anton Lauterbach, Henry Bell (1832). “Luther's Table Talk: Or, Some Choice Fragments from the Familiar Discourse of that Godly, Learned Man, and Famous Champion of God's Truth, Martin Luther”, p.232
  • Better that only a few Catholics should be left, staunch and sincere in their religion, than that they should, remaining many, desire as it were, to be in collusion with the Church's enemies and in conformity with the open foes of our faith.

    Faith   Catholic   Enemy  
  • A distinguished clergyman told me that he chose the profession of a clergyman because it afforded the most leisure for literary pursuits. I would recommend to him the profession of a governor.

    Henry David Thoreau (2014). “Citizen Thoreau: Walden, Civil Disobedience, Life Without Principle, Slavery in Massachusetts, A Plea for Captain John Brown”, p.229, Graphic Arts Books
  • Never, ever ask a former clergyman to say the blessing over a holiday dinner. Not if you like your dinner warm, anyway.

    "Blue Christmas". Book by Mary Kay Andrews, 2006.
  • True evangelical faith, cannot lie dormant, it clothes the naked, it feeds the hungry, it comforts the sorrowful, it shelters the destitute, it serves those that harm it, it binds up that which is wounded, it has become all things to all creatures.

    Faith   Religious   Lying  
  • The next time a prostitute solicits your business, ask for the clergyman's rate.

    Next   Clergymen   Rate  
  • Even if you are on the brink of damnation, even if you have one foot in hell, even if you have sold your soul to the devil as sorcerers do who practice black magic, and even if you are a heretic as obstinate as a devil, sooner or later you will be converted and will amend your life and will save your soul, if-and mark well what I say-if you say the Holy Rosary devoutly every day until death for the purpose of knowing the truth and obtaining contrition and pardon for your sins.

  • My favourite fellow of the Royal Society is the Reverend Thomas Bayes, an obscure 18th-century Kent clergyman and a brilliant mathematician who devised a complex equation known as the Bayes theorem, which can be used to work out probability distributions. It had no practical application in his lifetime, but today, thanks to computers, is routinely used in the modelling of climate change, astrophysics and stock-market analysis.

  • A clergyman is one who feels himself called upon to live without working at the expense of the rascals who work to live.

  • Although my memory's fading, I remember two things very clearly: I am a great sinner and Christ is a great Savior.

  • The nature of oratory is such that there has always been a tendency among politicians and clergymen to oversimplify complex matters. From a pulpit or a platform even the most conscientious of speakers finds it very difficult to tell the whole truth.

  • When our founding fathers put their signatures on the Declaration of Independence, those 56 brave people, most of whom by the way were clergymen, they said that we had certain inalienable rights given to us by our creator, and among these life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, life being one of them. I still believe that.

    The Republican Presidential debate on Fox News Channel in Orlando, Fla., October 21, 2007.
  • The life of a conscientious clergyman is not easy. I have always considered a clergyman as the father of a larger family than he is able to maintain. I would rather have chancery suits upon my hands than the cure of souls.

    Father   Hands   Soul  
    Samuel Johnson (1807). “Dr. Johnson's Table-talk: Containing Aphorisms on Literature, Life, and Manners, with Anecdotes of Distinguished Persons, Selected and Arranged from Mr. Boswell's Life of Johnson”, p.50
  • It is indeed time for the clergyman and the psychotherapist to join forces.

    Modern Man in Search of a Soul Ch. 1
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