Literary and Spiritual Excerpts

The Koran

Excerpts from the central religious text of Islam

“The Opening” In the name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate Praise be to God, the Lord of the Universe, the Merciful, the Compassionate, the Authority on Judgment Day. It is You whom we worship ...

"He doth not only prescribe the medicine...."

Edward Scarisbrick, once hunted down, then made royal chaplain

Almighty God, the great and omnipotent physician of our souls, is so passionately charitable, that he undertakes the cure himself; he visiteth in person the patient, affording him his corporeal presence in our assumed nature; ...

Immortality in the Rg Veda

Ancient Sanskrit hymn on praise and knowledge

The Man has a thousand heads, a thousand eyes, a thousand feet. He pervades the earth everywhere and extends beyond for ten fingers’ breadth. The Man himself is all this, whatever has been and whatever ...

Creation of man in the Rg Veda

Eastern tradition

And his phallus was stretched out in eagerness for the act of a man, the manly one pulled back. He drew back again from the maiden, his daughter, that tireless phallus which had been thrust ...

God exists: George Fox

Often persecuted, frequently imprisoned

One morning, as I was sitting by the fire, a great cloud came over me, and a temptation beset me; and I sat still. It was said, “All things come by nature”; and the elements ...

Mary Ward on Retreat at Liege in October 1619

The nun who laid the groundwork for active modern women’s religious orders

He was very near me and within me, which I never perceived Him to be before. I was moved to ask Him with great confidence and humility, what I came to know to whit, what ...

Two Temple Poems of Annamayya

Foundation for Indian classical music

Born a man.Serves another man.Suffers every day Goes into every wretched placeAnd begs for a morsel to eat.Craves the place he was born.That’s why he’s never free. Born a man. God is born in all ...

Reply to Missionary Cram of the Boston Missionary School

From Red Jacket of the Seneca tribe

Brother, you say there is but one way to worship and serve the Great Spirit. If there is but one religion, why do you white people differ so much about it? Why not all agreed, ...

Walam Olum

Red record/red score

At first, in that place, at all times, above the earth On the earth [was] an extended fog, and there the great Manito was. At first forever, lost in space, everywhere, the great Manito was. ...

The Coming of Gluscabi

A Native American story told by Joseph Bruchac

After Tabaldak had finished making human beings, he dusted his hands off and some of that dust sprinkled on the Earth. From the dust Gluscabi formed himself. He sat up from the Earth and said, ...

Henry Constable to God the Father

Pioneer of the sonnet

Great God, within whose simple essence we Nothing but that which is thyself can find, When on thy self thou didst reflect thy mind, Thy thought was God which took the form of thee; And ...

Christ on my right, Christ on my left

Invocation of the Trinity

St. Patrick’s Breastplate (excerpt) I arise today Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity, Through a belief in the Threeness, Through confession of the Oneness Of the Creator of creation…. Christ with me, ...

Charles Grandison Finney sought to promote social reforms through his faith

Excerpt from Lecture XV of Revival Lectures

The Church must take right ground in regard to politics. Do not suppose that I am going to preach a political sermon, or that I wish to have you join in getting up a Christian ...

Scientist Michael Faraday on the Word of God

The devout Christian's many inventions laid foundation for technological advances in motors and electricity

The Christian who is taught by God (by His Word and Holy Spirit) finds his guide in the Word of God, and commits the keeping of his soul in the hands of God. He looks ...

Before it was Princeton

Jonathan Edwards, president of the College of New Jersey, and the epitome of early American literature

The goings on of God were then seen in his sanctuary, God’s day was a delight and His tabernacles were amiable. Our public assemblies were then beautiful; the congregation was alive in God’s service, everyone ...

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