"God is not separate from the world; He is the soul of the world, and each of us contains a part of the Divine Fire. All things are parts of one single system, which is called Nature."
"To carry yourself forward and experience myriad things is delusion. That myriad things come forth and experience themselves is awakening."
"Statists would have you believe that government is the great equalizer. It’s the one thing protecting minorities from oppression by majorities. Without it, the world would fall into discriminatory chaos rife with racial segregation and other skin-color-based outrages. The problem with those statements is that history does not bear them out. In fact, history not only doesn’t bear them out, it says the complete opposite. In every case of widespread sanctioned discrimination in the history of the world, there has been a government behind it, and often those governments were “democratically” elected."
"St. Gregory the Illuminator said, ‘We make Idols of our concepts, but wisdom is born of wonder.’ In more modern jargon, we easily hypnotize ourselves with our current models—our maps of existence, our latest reality-tunnels—and wisdom begins when we are shocked out of this hypnosis and realize again that appearances are our own Mickey Mouse creations and we don’t know what is ‘behind’ these appearances."
"Today’s American liberalism, it is often remarked, amounts to a secular religion: it has its own sacred texts and taboos, Crusades and Inquisitions. The political correctness that undergirds it, meanwhile, can be traced back to the past century’s liberal Protestantism. Conservatives, of course, routinely scoff that liberals’ ersatz religion is inferior to the genuine article.
[post-Protestant secular religion] gained force and staying power by recasting the old Mainline Protestantism in the form of catechistic worldly categories: anti-racism, anti-gender discrimination, anti-inequality, and so forth. What sustains the heirs of the now-defunct Protestant consensus is a sense of the sacred, but one that seeks the security of personal salvation through assuming the right stance on social and political issues. Precisely because the new secular religion permeates into the pores of everyday life, it sustains the certitude of salvation and a self-perpetuating spiritual aura. Secularism has succeeded on religious terms."
— David P. Goldman