“Religion” can no more be equated with what goes on in churches than “education” can be reduced to what happens in schools or “health care” restricted to what doctors do to patients in clinics. The vast majority of healing and learning goes on among parents and children and families and friends, far from the portals of any school or hospital. The same is true for religion. It is going on around us all the time. Religion is larger and more pervasive than churches.
Harvey Cox, Jr., former Hollis Research Professor of Divinity at Harvard Divinity School
The historical religions have the tendency to become ends in themselves, and, as it were, to put themselves in God’s place, and, in fact, there is nothing that is so apt to obscure God’s face as a religion.
Martin Buber, philosopher, author of the influential book I and Thou, originally published in German in 1923
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