A clergyman is a man who undertakes the management of our spiritual affairs as a method of bettering his temporal ones.
I found that the clergy did not understand their own book.
Is the appointment of Chaplains to the two Houses of Congress consistent with the Constitution, and with the pure principle of religious freedom? In the strictness the answer on both points must be in the negative. The Constitution of the U. S. forbids everything like an establishment of a national religion. The law appointing Chaplains […]
There is no opinion so absurd that a preacher would not express it.
The clergy know that I know that they know that they do not know.
What is the function that a clergyman performs in the world? Answer: he gets his living by assuring idiots that he can save them from an imaginary hell.
Some clergymen are so heavenly-minded that they are of no earthly use.
These orthodox ministers do not add to the sum of knowledge. They produce nothing. They live upon alms. They hate laughter and joy. They officiate at weddings, sprinkle water upon babes, and utter meaningless words and barren promises above the dead. They laugh at the agony of unbelievers, mock at their tears, and of their […]
To a clergyman lying under a vow of chastity any act of sex is immoral, but his abhorrence of it naturally increases in proportion as it looks safe and is correspondingly tempting. As a prudent man, he is not much disturbed by incitations which carry their obvious and certain penalties; what shakes him is the […]
Ministers say that they teach charity. That is natural. They live on hand-outs. All beggars teach that others should give.