Personal Notes

"...inclined to think that not far from the invention of fire must rank the invention of doubt" [Thomas Huxley] "I put out these milk and cookies as a sacrifice. If Thou wishest me to eat them, please give me a sign by doing absolutely nothing. MMMMmmmm..." [Homer Simpson]

"A man's ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties and needs; no religious basis is necessary. Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death." [Albert Einstein, "Religion and Sc

"Let us weigh the gain and the loss in wagering that God is. Let us consider the two possibilities. If you gain, you gain all; if you lose, you lose nothing. Hesitate not, then, to wager that He is." [Blaise Pascal, in _Pensees_, explaining his "Wager" for believing in a God. The flaw is that th

actually an infinite number of conflicting choices]; "A good rule for interpretation is: 'If the literal sense makes good sense, seek no other sense lest you come up with nonsense'" [Anonymous] "Believing is easier than thinking. Hence so many more believers than thinkers." [Bru

"So far as I can remember, there is not one word in the Gospels in praise of intelligence." [Bertrand Russell] "Without cultural sanction, most or all our religious beliefs and rituals would fall into the domain of mental disturbance" [John F. Schumaker]

"If it were proven that there is no God there would be no religion. But also if it were proven that there is a God, there would be no religion.... The only thing that makes life possible is permanent, intolerable uncertainty: not knowing what comes next.'" -- Ursula K. Le Guin, "The Left H

Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from a religious conviction" Blaise Pascal, Pensees (1670); "[My] deep religiosity... found an abrupt ending at the age of twelve, through the reading of popular scientific books." [Albert Einstein]

"I see a very dark cloud on America's horizon, and that cloud is coming from Rome." [Abraham Lincoln]; "It will not do to investigate the subject of religion too closely, as it is apt to lead to infidelity." [Abraham Lincoln, from "What Great Men Think Of Religion" by Ira Cardiff]

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