The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.
Intolerance is the natural concomitant of strong faith; tolerance grows only when faith loses certainty; certainty is murderous.
There is no heresy or no philosophy which is so abhorrent to the church as a human being.
You laugh at me because I am different; I laugh because you are all the same.
The more I study religions the more I am convinced that man never worshipped anything but himself.
-Sir R. F. Burton
You don't have to give the Republicans Hell. All You have to do is tell the truth, and they'll think that it's Hell.
So far as I can remember, there is not one word in the Gospels in praise of intelligence.
But we, wretched unbelievers, we bear our own burdens; we must say, 'I myself did it, I. Not God, not Satan; I myself!'
Religion is fundamentally opposed to everything I hold in veneration - courage, clear thinking, honesty, fairness, and, above all, love of the truth.
The way to see by Faith is to shut the eye of Reason.
War is only a cowardly escape from the problems of peace.
Thursday, August 31, 2006
"We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty. We must remember always that accusation is not proof, and that conviction depends upon evidence and due process of law. We will not walk in fear - one, of another. We will not be driven by fear into an age of un-reason, if we dig deep in our history and our doctrine, and remember that we are not descended from fearful men; not from men who feared to write, to speak, to associate, and to defend causes that were - for the moment - unpopular."