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551 "File Linking Error. Your mistake is now in every file."

2221 "The many instances of forged miracles, and prophecies, and supernatural events, which, in all ages, have either been detected by contrary evidence, or which detect themselves by their absurdity, prove sufficiently the strong propensity of mankind to the extraordinary and marvellous, and ought reasonably to begat a suspicion against all relations of this kind." [David Hume, "Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding" 1748]

3191 "God's only excuse is that he does not exist." [Stendhal]

164 "Most people are bothered by those passages of Scripture they do not understand, but the passages that bother me are those I do understand." -- Mark Twain

2028 "i don't think evolution should be taught as a fact but as a theory that some people believe in. i don't really know about this though, i haven't thought about it really but there's no way it should be taught as the truth." [Mark Goodwin, on talk.origins, 10/17/1994]

895 "The point of existence is not to find the most powerful thing you can imagine and then grovel before it. The idea revolts me" -- unnumbered atheist

480 "I will not be pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, briefed, de-briefed, or numbered...My life is my own." -- No. 6

102 "I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty, that those attending too small a degree of it." -- Thomas Jefferson

38 "A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have." -- Thomas Jefferson

2622 "Men become civilized not in proportion to their willingness to believe but in proportion to their readiness to doubt." [H. L. Menchen]

1120 "Go around the world, and where you find the least superstition, there you will find the best men, the best women, the best children." --Robert G. Ingersoll

1217 "The only Bible-honoring conclusion is, of course, that Genesis 1-11 is the actual historical truth, regardless of any scientific or chronologic problems thereby entailed." Henry M. Morris, Remarkable Birth, p. 82. Quoted in Kenneth R. Miller, "Scientific Creationism versus Evolution" Science and Creationism, (New York: Oxford University Press, 1984), p. 56. (italics added)

3367 "Christianity is like a slow clock -- always being moved ahead." [Lemuel K. Washburn, _Is The Bible Worth Reading And Other Essays_]

3507 "Recruits! Before the altar and the servant of God you have given me your oath of allegiance... You have sworn fidelity to me, you are the children of my guard, you are my soldiers, you have surrendered yourself to me, body and soul.

Only one enemy can exist for you -- my enemy. With the present Socialist machinations, it may happen that I shall order you to shoot down your own relatives, your brothers, or even your parents -- which God forbid -- and then you are bound in duty implicitly to obey my orders."

1516 "We can hardly love someone who intentionally hurts us and keeps his reasons a secret unless for the most part we know his reasons for affecting us as he does and moreover know that they are benevolent." Richard M. Gale, "Some Difficulties in Theistic Treatments of Evil" The Evidential Argument from Evil (ed. Daniel Howard-Snyder, Indianapolis, IN: Indiana University Press, 1996), p. 211.

3105 "..that freedom of the press is one of the greatest evils threatening modern society. Freedom of the press was universally one of the most pernicious of the evils of the day." [Cardinal Pedro Segura, NY Herald Tribune, 12/5/52]

2403 "Illusions die hard and it is painful to yield to the insight that a grown-up can be no man's disciple." [Sheldon B. Kopp]

1073 "WARNING! Literal belief in this book may endanger your health and your life."

170 "Clergymen tend to be unreliable and pompous figures. Seldom Jewish rabbis, less often Catholic priests, but Protestant ministers tend to be ... not really very admirable. Not necessarily evil, but silly. And wrong, of course." -- Charlton Heston

2482 "We should always be disposed to believe that that which appears white is really black, if the hierarchy of the Church so decides." [Ignatius of Loyola, Spanish founder of the Society of Jesus [Jesuits], Exercitia spiritualia, 1541]

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