Formerly, When Religion Was Strong And Science Weak, Men Mistook Magic For Medicine; Now, When Science Is Strong And Religion Weak, Men Mistake Medicine For Magic.
~ Thomas Szasz, The Second Sin (1973) "Science and Scientism"
We Have Enough Religion To Hate Each Other, But Not Enough To Love Each Other.
~ Jonathan Swift
Calling Atheism A Religion Is Like Calling Bald A Hair Color.
~ Don Hirschberg
Statesmen May Plan And Speculate For Liberty But It Is Religion And Morality Alone That Can Establish The Principles Upon Which Freedom Can Securely Stand.
~ John Adams
Science Can Purify Religion From Error And Superstition. Religion Can Purify Science From Idolatry And False Absolutes.
~ Pope John Paul II (Karol Wojtyla), James Reston, Galileo, A Life, HarperCollins, NY, 1994, p 461
The Man Who Suffers From A Sense Of Sin Is Suffering From A Particular Kind Of Self-love. In All This Vast Universe The Thing That Appears To Him Of Most Importance Is That He Himself Should Be Virtuous. It Is A Grave Defect In Certain Forms Of Traditional Religion That They Have Encouraged This Particular Kind Of Self-absorption.
~ Bertrand Russell, The Conquest of Happiness
My Religion Consists Of A Humble Admiration Of The Illimitable Superior Spirit Who Reveals Himself In The Slight Details We Are Able To Perceive With Our Frail And Feeble Mind.
~ Albert Einstein
To Attempt To Be Religious Without Practicing A Specific Religion Is As Possible As Attempting To Speak Without A Specific Language.
~ George Santayana
Say Nothing Of My Religion. It Is Known To God And Myself Alone. Its Evidence Before The World Is To Be Sought In My Life If It Has Been Honest And Dutiful To Society The Religion Which Has Regulated It Cannot Be A Bad One.
~ Thomas Jefferson
The West Won The World Not By The Superiority Of Its Ideas Or Values Or Religion But Rather By Its Superiority In Applying Organized Violence. Westerners Often Forget This Fact, Non-Westerners Never Do.
~ Samuel P. Huntington
Counting Is The Religion Of This Generation It Is Its Hope And Its Salvation.
~ Gertrude Stein
Existence, As We Know It, Is Full Of Sorrow. To Mention Only One Minor Point Every Man Is A Condemned Criminal, Only He Does Not Know The Date Of His Execution. This Is Unpleasant For Every Man. Consequently Every Man Does Everything Possible To Postpone The Date, And Would Sacrifice Anything That He Has If He Could Reverse The Sentence. Practically All Religions And All Philosophies Have Started Thus Crudely, By Promising Their Adherents Some Such Reward As Immortality. No Religion Has Failed Hitherto By Not Promising Enough The Present Breaking Up Of All Religions Is Due To The Fact That People Have Asked To See The Securities. Men Have Even Renounced The Important Material Advantages Which A Well-organized Religion May Confer Upon A State, Rather Than Acquiesce In Fraud Or Falsehood, Or Even In Any System Which, If Not Proved Guilty, Is At Least Unable To Demonstrate Its Innocence. Being More Or Less Bankrupt, The Best Thing That We Can Do Is To Attack The Problem Afresh Without Preconceived Ideas. Let Us Begin By Doubting Every Statement. Let Us Find A Way Of Subjecting Every Statement To The Test Of Experiment. Is There Any Truth At All In The Claims Of Various Religions Let Us Examine The Question.
~ Aleister Crowley