"The confidence with which a belief
becomes confused with evidence
that the belief is true.
Those who appear most sincere
are assumed to be the most
Those who are doubtful
and questioning are assumed to be
2300 years ago, Epicurus wrote:
"Either God wants to abolish evil and cannot,
He can and does not want to,
He cannot and does not want to.
If He wants to but cannot, He is impotent.
If He can but does not want to, He is wicked.
If He neither can nor wants to, He is both powerless and
If God cannot abolish evil, why trust him to create good?"
with boldness even the existence of god;
if there be one, he must more approve the homage of reason
that of blindfolded fear.
Trinity "Me, Myself, and I"
god: "Buy one god, get two free"
is always the equivalent of "I do not know."
Ireland is a land of religious division and sectarian violence.
beliefs divide people.
which omits belief in the supernatural,
all gods and goddesses, devils and angels, hells and heavens,
an escape from the mistakes of the past.
I have never, in all my life, not for one moment,
been tempted toward religion of any kind.
fact is that I feel no spiritual void.
have my philosophy of life, which does not
any aspect of the supernatural and which
I find totally satisfying.
am, in short, a
-- Isaac Asimov
claims require extraordinary evidence."
an open mind, but not so open that your brains fall out."
n: a person who rejects unsubstantiated claims
Bruno (1546 - 1600 )
Burned at the stake by the church :
foolish renounce this world and pursue an imaginary world to come."
de Montaigne (1533 - 1592):
"How many things that were articles
of faith yesterday are fables today."
David Thoreau (1817 - 1862):
"I did not see why the schoolmaster
should be taxed to support the priest,
and not the priest to support
Green Ingersoll (1833 – 1899):
punishment is eternal revenge,
and can be inflicted only by an
is infinite cruelty,
worship an eternal jailer hardens, debases, and pollutes even the
can be but little liberty on earth while men worship a tyrant in
place to be happy is here,
the time to be happy is now
and the way to
be happy is to make others so."
is the only good,
reason the only torch,
justice the only worship,
humanity the only religion
and love the only priest."
can overestimate the progress of the world if all the money wasted
superstition could be used to elevate and civilize mankind?
Gods come from the same place
believe that when I die I shall rot, and nothing of my ego will
am not young, and I love life.
I should scorn to shiver with terror at the thought of annihilation.
is none the less true happiness because it must come to an end,
do thought and love lose their value because they are not
us help and support one another
for we are on our own in this
vast, indifferent, universe.
Faith is the great cop-out,
great excuse to
the need to think and evaluate evidence.
is belief in spite of,
perhaps because of,
lack of evidence.
live without god beliefs is intellectually stimulating.
find one's own purpose and be responsible for one's own life is
be free of the imagined surveillance of good and evil spirits is
seek a peaceful world through work and friendship and civic action is
is but a momentary glimpse at the wonder of
this astonishing Universe and it is sad to see
so many dreaming it away on spiritual fantasies."
tore myself away from the safe comfort of certainties through my love
and truth rewarded me.
Sylvia Ashton Warner ~
Truth is, all gods are a product of our imagination
Know the truth and the truth shall set you free."