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  Belief, Believing    
Havelock Ellis      There is a very intimate connection between hypnotic phenomena and religion.
Bertrand Russell      What is wanted is not the will to believe, but the wish to find out, which is the exact opposite.
   

 

  The [Holy] Bible    
Isaac Asimov      Properly read, the Bible is the most potent force for atheism ever conceived.
Col Robert Green Ingersoll (1833-1899)      If man would today follow the teachings of the Old Testament he would be a criminal.  If he would strictly follow the teachings of the New Testament, he would be insane.
Mark Twain      Our Bible reveals to us the character of our God with minute and remorseless exactness...It is perhaps the most damnatory biography that exists in print anywhere.
Voltaire      The Bible.  That is what fools have written, what imbeciles command, what rouges teach, and young children are made to learn by heart.

 

  Church    
   
Benjamin Franklin      Lighthouses are more helpful than churches.
Frank Zappa      The difference between a religion and a cult is determined by how much real estate is owned.

 

  Christianity    
Ambrose Bierce      CHRISTIAN:  noun.  One who believes that the New Testament is a divinely inspired book admirably suited to the spiritual needs of his neighbor.
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SAINT -- noun.  A dead sinner revised and edited.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton      The memory of my own suffering has prevented me from shadowing one young soul with any of the superstitions of the Christian religion.
Voltaire      Christianity is the most ridiculous, the most absurd and bloody religion that has ever infected the world.

 

  Ethics    
Baron d'Holbach      It is only by dispelling the clouds of and phantoms of Religion, that we shall discover Truth, Reason, and Morality.
Louis Kronenberger      There seems to be a terrible misunderstanding on the part of a great many people to the effect that when you cease to believe you may cease to behav.
?      Believers of a religion try to act morally because of their fear of the negative rewards [punishment] in the afterlife.  Atheists act morally because they have concluded that it is the best course of all available choices of actions. 

 

  Faith    
Richard Dawkins      Faith is the great cop-out, the great excuse to evade the need to think and evaluate evidence.
Benjamin Franklin      The Way to see by Faith is to shut the Eye of Reason.
Ruth Hurmence Green      When we have faith in ourselves, we find we do not need faith in gods.
Eric Hoffer      Absolute faith corrupts as absolutely as absolute power.
Ferdinand Magellan      The church says the earth is flat, but I know it is round, for I have seen the shadow on the mood, and I have more faith in a shadow than in the church.
Ian McKellen      Well, I've often thought that the Bible should have a disclaimer in the front saying, "This is fiction."  I mean, walking on water.  I mean, it takes an act of faith.
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Webmaster's Note:  Not really, Ian.  I can also walk on water.   But, I can do that only during the Winter.  Yeah, verily I say unto thee, I can even skate on water.
  ?      Blind faith is an ironic gift to return to the [alleged] Creator of human intelligence.

 

  Humor    
   
Emo Philips      When I was a kid I used to pray every nite for a new bicycle.  Then I realized that the Lord doesn't work that way.  So, I stole one and asked Him to forgive me.
Alfred North Whitehead (1861-1947)   The total absence of humor from the Bible is one of the most singular things in all of literature.
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Webmaster's Note:  I once asked about this in Sunday School, but never got a meaningful reply.
 

 

  Knowledge    
Charles Caleb Colton      Religion has treated knowledge sometimes as an enemy, sometimes as a hostage, often as a captive, and more often as a child.
Annie Dillard      I read somewhere about an Eskimo hunter who asked the local missionary priest, "If I did not know about God and sin, would I go to hell?"  "No, not if you did not know," said the priest.  "Then why," asked the Eskimo earnestly, "did you tell me?"
Judith Hayes      If we are going to teach Creation "Science" as an alternative to evolution, we should also teach the Stork Theory as an alternative to biological reproduction.
Alexander Pope        Know then thyself, presume not God to scan,
     The proper study of Mankind is Man.
   

 

  Philosophy    
   
Albert Einstein      The most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is comprehensible.
Paul Kurtz      Human life has no meaning independent of itself...The meaning of life is what we choose to give it.
   
   


 
  Psychology    
Havelock Ellis      The whole religious complexion of the modern world is due to the absence from Jerusalem of a Lunatic Asylum.
   
   

 

  Science    
Edward Abbey      From the point of view of a tapeworm, man was created by God to serve the appetite of the tapeworm.
Luther Burbank      There is no personal salvation, there is no national salvation, except thru science.
John Burroughs      Science has done more for the development of Western civilization in one hundred years than Christianity did in eighteen hundred.
Arthur C Clarke      Science can destroy religion by ignoring it as well as by disproving its tenets.  No one ever demonstrated the non-existence of Thor or Zeus, but they have few followers now.
W K Clifford      It is wrong always, everywhere, and for everyone, to believe anything upon insufficient evidence.
Johannes Kepler      Once miracles are admitted, every scientific explanation is out of the question.
Thomas Payne      Science is the true theology.
Alexander Pope      Nature and Nature's laws lay hid in night;
  God said, "Let Newton be!" and all was light.
?      Geology shows that fossils are of different ages.  Paleontology shows a fossil sequence, the list of species representing changes thru time.  Taxonomy shows biological relationships among species.  Evolution is the explanation that threads it all together.  Creationism is the practice of squeezing one's eyes shut and wailing, "Does not!"

 

  Truth    
Ayn Rand      If devotion to truth is the hallmark of morality, then there is no greater, nobler, more heroic form of devotion than the act of a man who assumes the responsibility of thinking...The alleged short-cut to knowledge, which is faith, is only a short-circuit destroying the mind.
Mark Twain      Truth is more strange than fiction.
Oscar Wilde      For what is Truth?  In matters of religion, it is simply the opinion that has survived.  In matters of science, it is the ultimate sensation.




 

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