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Stranger in a Strange Land

Stranger in a Strange Land

by Robert A. Heinlein

Religion Quotes

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Quote #4

"Everything always is—and the more it changes, the more it is the same. Now slot machines—Ever see a Bingo game in church?" (24.29)

There's nothing new under the sun, but those non-new things can still be tweaked. Jubal sees a line of similarity running through and connecting all different religions.

Quote #5

"All those religions—they contradict each other on every other point but each one is filled with ways to help people be brave enough to laugh even though they know they are dying. […] Jill? Is it possible that I was searching them the wrong way? Could it be that every one of all religions is true?" (29.182)

Mike isn't quite on board with Jubal. Whereas Jubal believes any religion might own the truth, Mike sees all religions as having a piece of the truth. Then the question becomes which religions and what pieces.

Quote #6

"We must give the Devil his due. Mike does believe and he's teaching the truth as he sees it." (33.108)

For Jubal, it doesn't really matter if a religion is teaching a truth he can or can't verify. The question is whether or not they honestly believe it is the truth. They might be mistaken, but at least they're not a bunch of con men.

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