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  • The common factor in their various perspectives is the perception that religion need not be studied from a sectarian or partisan standpoint but may be approached impartially, as a subject for scholarly investigation.
    Religion - MSN Encarta  -- 05/21/06)
  • It was not to be the temple of any particular creed, but an interdenominational, non-sectarian monument to religion, a cathedral of faith, open to all.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • It was before the sectarian roundups began in earnest.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid’s Tale
  • The sectarian churches came in swinging, cocky and loud and confident.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden

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  • That’s a matter for everyman’s opinion and, without dragging in the sectarian side of the business, I beg to differ with you in toto there.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • I never did believe in sectarian jealousies.
    James Hilton  --  Lost Horizon
  • This thing with Franny is strictly non-sectarian.
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey
  • He convinced Mortenson to stay at an inexpensive guest house he knew in Islamabad, in a much safer location than his old standby, the Khyaban, where sectarian bomb blasts had begun terrorizing the neighborhood nearly every Friday after Juma prayers.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • Had he felt the need of an implicit faith amid the welter of sectarianism and the jargon of its turbulent schisms, six principle men, peculiar people, seed and snake baptists, supralapsarian dogmatists?
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • With her little, pedagogic sectarianism she remembered that Catholics do not do this thing.
    Ford Madox Ford  --  The Good Soldier

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  • But in order that it may be confronted on universal grounds, rather than sectarian, we had better review one further example, equally celebrated, of the archetypal event.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • They do not set up any sectarian principles of their own, by which to shape and mould the proletarian movement.
    Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels  --  The Communist Manifesto
  • At that distant day, there was a dreary isolation in the civilized Christian society of these realms for families that had dropped below their original level, unless they belonged to a sectarian church, which gets some warmth of brotherhood by walling in the sacred fire.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • Occasionally he paid official visits to country districts where he behaved with dignity both to his superiors and inferiors, and performed the duties entrusted to him, which related chiefly to the sectarians, with an exactness and incorruptible honesty of which he could not but feel proud.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  The Death of Ivan Ilych
  • Duncan McMillan in Syracuse, where he was conducting an independent, non-sectarian church.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • Like failed sectarian suicides.
    Cormac McCarthy  --  The Road
  • It is a non-sectarian program emphasizing the love of God and a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, and drug abstinence.
    Tim Tebow  --  Through My Eyes
  • Passionate faith I am suspicious of because it hangs witches and burns heretics, and generally I am more in sympathy with the witches and heretics than with the sectarians who hang and burn them.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe
  • Some wondered as to the nature of the exhibition; others sneered; but a far greater part, recollecting the essays of Richard in that way, and mindful of the liberality, or rather laxity, of Marmaduke’s notions on the subject of sectarianism, thought it most prudent to be silent.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pioneers
  • There was something unorthodox and sectarian about him, as if he were conversant with God, a baalshem or zaddik, a miracle man, particularly since, using only blood and spoken charms, he had once healed a woman with a loathsome skin condition and on another occasion had cured a boy of seizures.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • We can understand the emotions generated by Northern Ireland’s troubles, but we cannot really believe, as we approach the 21st century, there is not a better way forward to the future than murder, terrorism and sectarian hatred.
    Tony Blair  --  First Address to Irish Parliament From a British PM
  • The settlers of New England were at the same time ardent sectarians and daring innovators.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • "You see," Brother Jack said with a grin, "we’ve always avoided these leaders, but the moment we start to advance on a broad front, sectarianism becomes a burden to be cast off.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • "Ah, you are as bad as the other sectarians," she exclaimed; "why do you call your republic a republic?
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • The religious and political passions which ravaged the British Empire during the whole reign of Charles I drove fresh crowds of sectarians every year to the shores of America.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • If the God is a tribal, racial, national, or sectarian archetype, we are the warriors of his cause; but if he is a lord of the universe itself, we then go forth as knowers to whom all men are brothers.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • But not many people had then been directly dependent on him — only police officials and the sectarians when he went on special missions — and he liked to treat them politely, almost as comrades, as if he were letting them feel that he who had the power to crush them was treating them in this simple, friendly way.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  The Death of Ivan Ilych
  • In strict connection with this penal legislation, which bears such striking marks of a narrow sectarian spirit, and of those religious passions which had been warmed by persecution and were still fermenting among the people, a body of political laws is to be found, which, though written two hundred years ago, is still ahead of the liberties of our age.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • And I reflect on those, who though untouched directly by violence, are nonetheless victims — victims of mistrust and misunderstanding who through lack of a political settlement miss the chance of new friendships, new horizons, because of the isolation from others that the sectarian way of life brings.
    Tony Blair  --  First Address to Irish Parliament From a British PM
  • And on the other hand, Grace Marr, as well as Newton’s wife, Mary, were of that type that here as elsewhere find the bulk of their social satisfaction in such small matters as relate to the organization of a small home, the establishing of its import and integrity in a petty and highly conventional neighborhood and the contemplation of life and conduct through the lens furnished by a purely sectarian creed.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • For in the matter of her appeal to the churches and the public—as most wearily (and in secret if not to Clyde)—and after three weeks of more or less regional and purely sectarian trying, she was compelled to report the Christians at least were very indifferent—not as Christian as they should be.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • As it happened, this particular group, with one exception, were all Protestants, so the presumption must have been that the masked men were Protestant paramilitaries about to carry out a tit-for-tat sectarian killing of the Catholic as the odd man out, the one who would have been presumed to be in sympathy with the IRA and all its actions.
    Seamus Heaney  --  Crediting Poetry
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