"I do not find in orthodox Christianity one redeeming feature."
"Question with boldness the existence of God. I do not believe any
of the Christian doctrines. The greatest enemies of Jesus [are the
docrines and creeds of the church].
"During almost fifteen centuries the legal establishment known as
Christianity has been on trial and what have been the fruits, more or
less, in all places? These are the fruits: pride, indolence,
ignorance and servility in the laity, and in both clergy and laity,
superstition, bigotry and persecution."
"In God We Trust," by Norman Cousins; "George Washington," by Paul
Boller; "Man and God in Washington," by Paul Blanshard; "The
Jefferson-Adams Letters; Thomas Jefferson," edited by Merrill
Peterson; "The Complete Madison," edited by Saul Padover; and "The
Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin."
If these sentiments surprise you, then perhaps you didn't know
that the founding fathers were Deists and they lived at the peak of
the Enlightenment. My dictionary defines "deism" as "The belief,
claiming foundation solely upon the evidence of reason, in the
existence of God as the creator of the universe who after setting it
in motion abandoned it, assumed no control over life, exerted no
influence on natural phenomena, and gave no supernatural revelation.