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2788 "A certain sense of cruelty towards oneself and others is Christian; hatred of those who think differently; the will to persecute. Mortal hostility against the masters of the earth, against the 'noble', that is also Christian. Hatred of mind, of pride, courage, freedom, libertinage of mind, is Christian; hatred of the sense, of the joy of the senses, of joy in general is Christian." [Nietzsche]
1609 "For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written, 'I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the cleverness of the clever I will thwart.' ...Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe...God choose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise." Paul, 1 Corinthians 1:18-27
1394 "If you are either already saved or damned, and this is determined even before you are born, and there is nothing you can do to change that, wouldn't that weigh heavily on one's attempt to live a meaningful life? Would it not preclude a meaningful life? And what of salvation by grace? If there is a god, and we cannot be saved by anything we do, and, since we would deserve damnation, we could not deserve any worse than we do already, what would be the point of performing any one action as opposed to any other? How do these xians get meaning in their lives? These are well-known theological problems which have never been satisfactorily resolved." Doug Krueger, "That Colossal Wreck"
1546 "The Moral Majority, in its ignorant attacks on the philosophy (or religion) of Humanism, makes no mention of the far-reaching moral values that Humanists uphold." Corliss Lamont, The Philosophy of Humanism (Seventh ed., New York: Continuum, 1990), p. xii.
3650 "The best way to take control over a people and control them utterly is to take a little of their freedom at a time, to erode rights by a thousand tiny and almost imperceptable reductions. In this way, the people will not see those rights and freedoms being removed until past the point at which these changes cannot be reversed." -- Adolph Hitler
1030 "Faith may be defined briefly as an illogical belief in the occurrence of the improbable." -- H. L. Mencken
1150 "An atheist is a man who has no invisible means of support." -- John Buchan
3387 "The original sin was not in eating of the forbidden fruit, but in planting the tree that bore the fruit." [Lemuel K. Washburn, _Is The Bible Worth Reading And Other Essays_]
1050 "Never judge a man till you have walked a mile in his shoes, 'cuz by then, he's a mile away, you've got his shoes, and you can say whatever the hell you want to."
3031 "Father Junipero Serra moved closer to sainthood when a miracle attributed to the Spanish friar was 'confirmed' by Pope John Paul II yesterday. ...The miracle was reported by a Franciscan nun, Sister Bonafice Dyrda, who said she was cured in 1960 of a skin disease, diagnosed as lupus, after praying to Serra. ...A group of Indians held a two-day prayer vigil in Carmel to protest the pope's visit to Serra's grave at Carmel Mission. The group charged that Serra set the policies for the Spanish priests and soldiers that led to the death of 80 percent of the local Indian population." [Michael McCabe, San Francisco Chronicle, 12 December 1987]
1854 I went to church to confess my sins to God And then I realized there was no God and I had no sins.
2595 "...I couldn't but surmise that the devil, looking at the cruel wars that Christianity has occasioned, the persecutions, the tortures Christian has inflicted on Christian, the unkindness, the hypocracy, the intolerance, must consider the balance sheet with complacency. And when he remembers that it has laid upon mankind the bitter burden of the sense of sin that has darkened the beauty of the starry night and cast a baleful shadow on the passing pleasures of a world to be enjoyed, he must chuckle ashe murmurs: give the devil his due." [W. Somerset Maughman, "The Razor's Edge"]
2907 "He's the type of guy that has to talk to God because nobody else will listen to him." [Atheist comedian Rick Reynolds]
1438 "The other end of the room is very far away and it should not surprise you that I get there with one step at a time, and that's what we are talking about." Ken Miller in "Resolved: That evolutionists should acknowledge creation" _Firing Line_, 4 December 1997, p. 46.
407 "Religion has treated knowledge sometimes as as enemy, sometimes as a hostage; often as a captive and more often as a child." -- Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832)
257 "A chicken is an egg's way of making another egg." -- Samuel Butler
1552 "Women should unite upon a platform of opposition to the teaching and aim of that ever most unscrupulous enemy of freedom -- the Church." Matilda Joslyn Gage, "" (1890, Women Without Superstition ed. Annie Laurie Gaylor, Madison, WI: FFRF, 1997), p.
2547 "In our sad condition, our only consolation is the expectancy of another life. Here below all is incomprehensible." [Martin Luther, Table Talk]
1064 "Evolution, the Greatest Theory Ever Told!"
853 "Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death." -- Albert Einstein