“For me, it is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring.”….Carl Sagan
“No man of any humor ever founded a religion”….Robert G. Ingersoll
[ The Bible ] has noble poetry in it…and some good morals; and a wealth of obscenity; and upwards of a thousand lies.”……Mark Twain
“A man is accepted into a church for what he believes and is turned out for what he knows.”… Mark Twain
“I cannot believe in a God who has neither humor nor common sense”…W. Somerset Maugham
“Faith is the great cop-out, the great excuse to evade the need to think and evaluate evidence. Faith is belief in spite of, even perhaps because of, the lack of evidence”. Richard Dawkins ( Scientist )
“Only the Atheist realizes how morally objectionable it is for survivors of a catastrophe to believe themselves spared by a loving God while this same God drowned infants in their cribs.” Sam Harris
“Mystery [the divinity of Jesus Christ] is made a convenient Cover for absurdity”. John Adams (founding father)
“Lighthouses are more helpful than churches.” Benjamin Franklin
“All thinking men are Atheists”…Ernest Hemingway (P.S., notice the word THINKING ?)
My post on HinJew led to my uncle (who is Chicagoan) and I to banter about on email. He pointed out that while I am quite forthright about my views on the Baha’i community I’m a soft touch when it comes to Muslims. Two reasons:
(a) I’m an outsider, have been so for at least 3 generations, so am not qualified to comment
(b) self-censorship; at our talk last week the Christian rep amusingly contrasted how many “liberal extremists” killed people versus Muslim extremists.
Anyway to end our back and forth he sent me a few amusing quotes on religion, which I thought I would share below. I’m not irreligious by the way is just I feel the path to true religion is valuing one’s moral and intellectual conscience as the guide to living rather than hearsay or scriptural texts of any hue. Adopt the good of all, eschew the bad where-ever you find and if God is telling you something wrong defy him/her.