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************************ * THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY * ************************ "There is no evidence for the theory that God is a moral being; what we observe of his laws and operations here indicates strongly that he is not" (Dean Inge). "Religion...can exercise a severe crippling and inhibiting effect upon the human mind, by fostering irrational anxiety and guilt, and by hampering the free play of the intellect". (Dr J C Flugel). "There are matters in the Bible, said to be done by the express commandment of God, that are shocking to humanity and to every idea we have of moral justice....". (Thomas Paine). "There is nothing more negative than the result of the critical study of the life of Jesus. The Jesus of Nazareth who came forward publicly as the Messiah, who preached the ethic of the kingdom of God, who founded the kingdom of God upon earth, and died to give his work its final consecration, never had any existence.. He is a figure designed by rationalism, endowed with life by liberalism, and clothed by modern theology in a historical garb...". (Dr Albert Schweitzer. The Quest for the Historical Jesus). "If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent him; let us worship God through Jesus if we must - if ignorance has so far prevailed that this name can still be spoken in all seriousness without being taken as a synonym for rapine and carnage. Every sensible man, every honourable man, must hold the Christian sect in horror...........". (Voltaire) "They worship to an extravagant degree this man who appeared recently. They are like frogs holding a symposium round a swamp, debating which of them is the most sinful...". (Celsus. ca. 180 AD, speaking of the new cult, Christians). "The poor wretches have convinced themselves that they are going to be immortal and live for all time, by worshipping that crucified sophist and living under his laws...they receive these doctrines by tradition, without any definite evidence. So if any charlatan or trickster comes among them, he quickly acquires wealth by imposing upon these simple people......". (Lucian speaking of the new sect of Christians) ==================================================================

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