Monday, April 23, 2012

Some thoughts on religion . . .

How the world was created.

“Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?”

Douglas Adams

"Consider for a moment this notion that you should respect other people’s beliefs. Where else in our discourse do we encounter this? I mean, when was the last time anyone in this room was admonished to respect another person’s beliefs about history, or biology, or physics? We do not respect people’s beliefs; we evaluate their reasons."

Sam Harris (1967- )

"Man will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest."

Denis Diderot (1713-1784)

"I contend 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 F. Roberts

"Your Highness, I have no need of this hypothesis."

Pierre Laplace (1749-1827),
to Napoleon on why his works on celestial mechanics make no mention of God.

"If there were no God, it would have been necessary to invent him."

Voltaire (1694-1778)

 "We can live without religion and meditation, but we cannot survive without human affection."

Dalai Lama

"No man ever believes that the Bible means wshat he says: He is always convined that it says what he means."
George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

“You're basically killing each other to see who's got the better imaginary friend.”

Richard Jeni

“When I do good, I feel good; when I do bad, I feel bad, and that is my religion.”

Abraham Lincoln

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