Celebrity Quotes on Religion

Below is a rather random collection of celebrity quotes about religion. Some are serious and thoughtful, others are, well, not. Quotes are ordered by last name (or only name) of the celebrity.

"Not only is there no God, but try getting a plumber on weekends." - Woody Allen, "My Philosophy" in the The New Yorker

"Jesus is there for us in the Scriptures. How often do we ignore Him? We must shake off this indifference. Only the Faith and the wisdom of the Church can save us, but it requires men and women, warriors ready to risk their good names, even their very lives to stand up for the truth." - Jim Caviezel, FreeRepublic.com, March 1, 2004

"I intend to make Scientology as accessible to as many people as I can." - Jenna Elfman, ABCNews.com

"Vatican II corrupted the institution of the church. Look at the main fruits: dwindling numbers and pedophilia." - Mel Gibson, Time, January 27, 2003

"Technically, I'm an agnostic, but I definitely believe in hell - especially after watching the fall TV schedule." - Matt Groening, Celebrity Atheist List

"I'm an atheist, and that's it. I believe there's nothing we can know except that we should be kind to each other and do what we can for people" - Katharine Hepburn, Ladies' Home Journal, October 1991

"From my point of view I would ban religion completely, even though there are some wonderful things about it. I love the idea of the teachings of Jesus Christ and the beautiful stories about it, which I loved in Sunday school and I collected all the little stickers and put them in my book. But the reality is that organised religion doesn't seem to work. It turns people into hateful lemmings and it's not really compassionate." - Elton John, The Observer, November 12, 2006 "I think religion has always tried to turn hatred towards gay people. Religion promotes the hatred and spite against gays. But there are so many Christian people I know who are gay and love their religion ..." - Elton John, The Observer, November 12, 2006

"There doesn't need to be a God for me. There's something in people that's spiritual, that's godlike. I don't feel like doing things just because people say things, but I also don't really know if it's better to just not believe in anything, either." - Angelina Jolie, AV Club, September 6, 2000

"Since I joined the [Mormon] Church, I desire to be more and more obedient to God. As I do so, many people say to me, 'I see a light in you more than ever before. What is it?'" - Gladys Knight, BlackLDS.org "But I would never steal anyone's boyfriend. It's bad karma, and I'm a big believer in karma—hence the fact that I've studied kabbalah. I'm very true to the "Treat people the way you want to be treated" sort of thing." - Lindsay Lohan, Elle, September 2006 “The thought of eternal life appeals to me." - Madonna, Elle “I hope by the time it's my moment to leave this world physically, I'll have gotten my head around the idea that life is an endless cycle.” - Madonna, Elle

"God comes first. Paradise is not cheap." - Hakeem Olajuwon, Beliefnet

"Were it not for Scientology, I would either be completely insane or dead by now." - Lisa Marie Presley, ABCNews.com

"I think we all have a little voice inside us that will guide us. It may be God, I don't know. But I think that if we shut out all the noise and clutter from our lives and listen to that voice, it will tell us the right thing to do. The Unitarian believes that God is good, and believes that God believes that man is good. Inherently. The Unitarian God is not a God of vengeance. And that is something I can appreciate." - Christopher Reeve, Reader's Digest, October 2004 "My Mom's a Christian and she loves me; that whole side of my family is Christian and I have no problem with it. I just feel we need to stop worrying about pro-gay movements and start worrying about fundamentalist movements. It's not just about how gay people are treated - it's about how people are treated in general." - Jake Shears of the Scissor Sisters, The Observer, November 12, 2006

"I read the Kabbalah books and I meditate on them ... They are all in Hebrew. I don't understand everything. But it's kind of OK that you don't. ... Kevin isn't into it as intensely as I am. For some reason I'm thirsting for it." - Britney Spears, Elle, October 2005 "I'm just trying to say, The way school need teachers / The way Kathie Lee needed Regis / That's the way y'all need Jesus / So here go my single, dog / Radio needs this." - Kanye West, "Jesus Walks" single, September 2004