Many quotes, but none from baron d'Holbach, "founder" of atheism?
"Religion has ever filled the mind of man with darkness, and kept him in ignorance of his real duties and true interests. It is only by dispelling the clouds and phantoms of Religion, that we shall discover Truth, Reason, and Morality. Religion diverts us from the causes of evils, and from the remedies which nature prescribes; far from curing, it only aggravates, multiplies, and perpetuates them."
"Savage and furious nations, perpetually at war, adore, under diverse names, some God, conformable to their ideas, that is to say, cruel, carnivorous, selfish, blood-thirsty."
Thanks, Arcus. I've looked for more about about d'Holbach but found very little.
I understand him to have provided a lot of support for the free thinkers of his time.
The religious persecution of the ages has been done under what was claimed to be the command of God. I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do to their fellows, because it always coincides with their own desires.
Religion is, by definition, interpretation; and by definition, all interpretations are valid. However, some interpretations are more reasonable than others.
Religion, n. A daughter of Hope and Fear, explaining to Ignorance the nature of the Unknowable.
But to read a poem as a chronicle of fact is — to say the least — to miss the point. To say a little more, it is to prove oneself a dolt.
Try and penetrate with our limited means the secrets of nature and you will find that, behind all the discernible concatenations, there remains something subtle, intangible and inexplicable. Veneration for this force beyond anything that we can comprehend is my religion. To that extent I am, in point of fact, religious.
I don't believe in Beatles. I just believe in me. - John Lennon
Andrew Carnegie said his god was patriotism?
It wasn't money?
His sidekick -- I don't recall his name -- was alleged to have said his favorite labor negotiating tool was a machine gun.
In Carnegie's defense, as he neared his demise he felt a need to make amends and financed libraries.