Sunday School

Being as it’s Sunday and the traditional day for wandering into your chosen place of worship, I can’t help but place some well worded quotes here which I found from a thread contributor to an intriguing blog yesterday.

I don’t intend to offend anyone in particular – though these quotes likely will depending on your chosen persuasion – If you do choose to take to heart any of these comments I suggest you read the blog linked above and see the VERY long discussion it’s created, naturally, about religion. My point of view falls fairly and squarely in the Agnostic and/or Atheist camp, probably Atheist as the following quote sums it up nicely for me :-
“I am an atheist, out and out. It took me a long time to say it. I’ve been an atheist for years and years, but somehow I felt it was intellectually unrespectable to say that one is an atheist, because it assumed knowledge that one didn’t have. Somehow it was better to say one was a humanist or agnostic. I don’t have the evidence to prove that God doesn’t exist, but I so strongly suspect that he doesn’t that I don’t want to waste my time.”
-Isaac Asimov

I seriously doubt I will be the first person in the modern world to find tangiable evidence that I can take to some other person and say “look, here’s God”. So I’m with Isaac on this one.
Below are the rest of the quotes I thought were well written.

“I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours.”
-Stephen Roberts

“Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil? Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?”
-Epicurus

“Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful.”
-Seneca the Younger 4 b.c.- 65 a.d.

“Don’t pray in my school, and I won’t think in your church.”

“We must respect the other fellow’s religion, but only in the sense and to the extent that we respect his theory that his wife is beautiful and his children smart.”
-H. L. Mencken

“The pioneers and missionaries of religion have been the real cause of more trouble and war than all other classes of mankind.”
-Edgar Allan Poe

“I do not believe in the creed professed by the Jewish church, by the Roman church, by the Greek church, by the Turkish church, by the Protestant church, nor by any church that I know of….Each of those churches accuse the other of unbelief; and of my own part, I disbelieve them all.”
-Thomas Paine

“The idea of God was not a lie but a device of the unconscious which needed to be decoded by psychology. A personal god was nothing more than an exalted father-figure: desire for such a deity sprang from infantile yearnings for a powerful, protective father, for justice and fairness and for life to go on forever. God is simply a projection of these desires, feared and worshipped by human beings out of an abiding sense of helplessness. Religion belonged to the infancy of the human race; it had been a necessary stage in the transition from childhood to maturity. It had promoted ethical values which were essential to society. Now that humanity had come of age, however, it should be left behind.”
-Sigmund Freud

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