Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blind-folded fear.
Ignorance is preferable to error; and he is less remote from the truth who believes nothing, than he who believes what is wrong.
The way to see by faith is to shut the eye of reason.
An unexamined Faith can only be true by accident.
James Luther Adams
Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful.
Seneca the Younger
Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil? Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?”
Smart people are very good at rationalizing things they came to believe for non-smart reasons.
And if there were a God, I think it very unlikely that He would have such an uneasy vanity as to be offended by those who doubt His existence.
Dogmatism and skepticism are both, in a sense, absolute philosophies; one is certain of knowing, the other of not knowing. What philosophy should dissipate is certainty, whether of knowledge or ignorance.
Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd.
For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream.
Vincent Van Gogh
I do not fear death. I had been dead for billions and billions of years before I was born, and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience from it.
The easy confidence with which I know another man's religion is folly teaches me to suspect that my own is also.
It ain't the parts of the Bible that I can't understand that bother me, it is the parts that I do understand.
I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires.
Susan B Anthony
The religion of one age is the literary entertainment of the next.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
I do not believe in a personal God and I have never denied this but have expressed it clearly. If something is in me which can be called religious then it is the unbounded admiration for the structure of the world so far as our science can reveal it.
To sense that behind anything that can be experienced there is a something that our mind cannot grasp and whose beauty and sublimity reaches us only indirectly and as a feeble reflection, this is religiousness. In this sense I am religious. To me it suffices to wonder at these secrets and to attempt humbly to grasp with my mind a mere image of the lofty structure of all that there is.
I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.
My religion is based on truth and non-violence. Truth is my God. Non-violence is the means of realising Him.
This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.
When the missionaries came to Africa they had the Bible and we had the land. They said "Let us pray." We closed our eyes. When we opened them we had the Bible and they had the land.
If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things.
Believe those who are seeking the truth. Doubt those who find it.
The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions.
Leonardo da Vinci