* 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)