with boldness even the existence
of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of
the homage of reason, than that of blind-folded fear.
myth is a religion in which no one any longer believes.
Feibleman, Understanding Philosophy, 1973
religiosity consists in a humble admiration of the infinitely
superior spirit that reveals itself in the little that we, with
our weak and transitory understanding, can comprehend of reality.
Morality is of the highest importance - but for us, not for God.
is a Religious Animal. He is the only Religious Animal. He is
the only animal that has the True Religion - several of them.
He is the only animal that loves his neighbor as himself and
cuts his throat if his theology isn't straight. He has made a
graveyard of the globe in trying his honest best to smooth his
brother's path to happiness and heaven.
is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need
for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our
temple; the philosophy is kindness.
is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false,
and by the rulers as useful.
do not consider it an insult, but rather a compliment to be called
an agnostic. I do not pretend to know where many ignorant men
are sure -- that is all that agnosticism means.
Darrow, Scopes trial
Dayton, Tennessee, July 13, 1925
is questions that may never be answered. Religion is answers
that may never be questioned.
enlightenment is not about following any Human Being or any entity
in the Universe. It’s about knowing that God resides within
you, and that you’re an eternal part of His universal plan.
leaves a man to sense, to philosophy, to natural piety, to laws,
to reputation; all of which may be guides to an outward moral
virtue, even if religion vanished; but religious superstition
dismounts all these and erects an absolute monarchy in the minds
atheism, like that of Spinoza, is true piety towards the
universe and denies only gods fashioned by men in their own
image to be servants of their human interests.
man's theology is another man's belly laugh.