I found an old (1973) book by Robert Heinlein called 'Time Enough For Love'. About 250 pag

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I found an old (1973) book by Robert Heinlein called 'Time Enough For Love'. About 250 pages in Robert attributes a set of sayings to the central character in the book, Lazarus Long. I can't say I agreed with all of these pearls of wisdom but here are a few I liked: 'Excerpts from the Notebooks of Lazarus Long' - from 'Time Enough For Love' copyright Robert A Heinlein * History does not record anywhere at any time a religion that has any rational basis. Religion is a crutch for people not strong enough to stand up to the unknown without help. But, like dandruff, most people do have a religion and spend time and money on it and seem to derive considerable pleasure from fiddling with it. * Of all the strange "crimes" human beings have legislated out of nothing, "blasphemy" is the most amazing - with "obscenity" and "indecent exposure" fighting it out for second and third place. * One man's theology is another man's belly laugh. * * Men rarely (if ever) manage to dream up a god superior to * themselves. Most gods have the manners and morals of a spoiled * child. * God is omnipotent, omniscient, and omnibenevolent - it says so right here on the label. If you have a mind capable of believing all three of these attributes simultaneously, I have a wonderful bargain for you. No checks, please. Cash and in small bills. * * The most preposterous notion that H.sapiens has ever dreamed up * is that the Lord God of Creation, Shaper and Ruler of all the * Universes, wants the saccharine adoration of His creatures, can * be swayed by their prayers, and becomes petulant if He does not * receive this flattery. Yet this absurd fantasy, without a shred * of evidence to bolster it, pays all the expenses of the oldest, * largest, and least productive industry in all history. **my personal favorites. This is only a selection from about 70 sayings, and this novel is by no means strongly coloured with atheist thought. I just found these bits amusing. Duncan


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