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The Clergy would have us believe them against our own reason, as the woman would have had her husband against his own eyes, when he took her with another man, which she yet stoutly denied: "What, will you believe your own eyes before your own sweet wife?"
Thou little thinkest what a little foolery governs the world.
Never king dropped out of the clouds.
It has been claimed by many that Freethought does away with churches, creeds, Christs and even a God. So it does to a certain extent, but not as feared by Christians. Freethought has never said pull down your churches, burn up your creeds, crucify your savior or reject your god. No one ever knew a Freethinker to try to make laws to control people. All their efforts have been the other way, trying to tear down laws already made which control by "Thou shalt" and "thou shalt not."
If those who oppose Freethought did not strive to force all to think as they do, accept Christ by faith, believe the bible to be infallible, keep Sunday as a holy day, and work for a future reward, then our fight would be at an end instantly. Liberty of Conscience is all we ask -- not control of any class, creed, or sect.
Every true Freethinker accords to each individual the right to mental freedom. Where this freedom leads is no concern of others so long as it encroaches not upon their rights.
If I deny the existence of a God -- if I deny the idea of a gold paved city with pearly walls and jasper gates somewhere out of knowledge and space and prefer to die and to trust the unfaltering laws of nature -- if, in plain words I don't want to go to heaven, whose business is it but my own?
Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by rulers as useful.
It is the characteristic of a weak and diseased mind to fear the unfamiliar.
There is this blessing, that while life has but one entrance, it has exits innumerable, and as I choose the house in which I live, the ship in which I will sail, so will I choose the time and manner of my death.
Just as I shall select my ship when I am about to go on a voyage, or my house when I propose to take a residence, so I shall choose my death when I am about to depart from life.
Nature made us relatives when it begat us from the same material and for the same destinies. She planted in us a mutual love, and fitted us for a social life.
Empirical thinking leads to a basically objective view of the world, belief leads to a view of the world in which the distinction between objective and subjective is blurred.... Thus, cause is apt to be mistaken for effect, the wish confused with its fulfillment, the symbol with the thing.
One pattern is a tendency toward intolerance of ambiguity. An individual may develop a propensity to perceive and evaluate things only as falling into definite categories, and be unable to distinguish nuances or intermediate grades.
And what of the dead? They lie without shoes
That [God] does not exist is the contention of those who are nicknamed "atheists," such as Euhemerus and Diagoras of Melos, and Prodicus of Ceos, and Theodorus, and multitudinous others. Of these Euhemerus said that those who were believed to be gods were actually certain men of power who for this reason had been deified by the others, and then were thought to be gods. Prodicus said that whatever benefits life was understood to be God -- things such as sun, moon, rivers, lakes, meadows, crops and everything of that kind.... And Critias ... seems to be from the ranks of the atheists when he says that the lawgivers of ancient times invented God as a kind of overseer of the right and wrong actions of men. Their purpose was to prevent anyone from wronging his neighbors secretly, as he would incur the risk of vengeance at the hands of the gods.... Theodorus, "the Atheist," is also in agreement with these men, and according to some, Protagoras of Abdera. The former, in his treatise On Gods, demolished with various arguments the theological beliefs of the Greeks, while Protagoras in one passage wrote expressly: "In regard to the gods I can say neither whether they exist nor of what sort they are, for many are the things that prevent me." The Athenians condemned him to death for this, but he escaped, and then perished, lost at sea.... And Epicurus, according to some, leaves God undisputed when addressing himself to the public, but not where the real nature of things is the issue.
What advocates of any form of censorship fail to understand is that a society of free and intelligent human beings must rest upon the premise that minds be free to think about, read about and talk about society.-- Butler D Shaffer, quoted from Wichita Falls Coalition Against Censorship, "Fighting Words"
Every religion or cause grows out of a desire either to make ones own life more effortless, or to control and manipulate other people in order to enforce behavior in conformity with the expectations of the true believers.
We preoccupy ourselves so much with changing the lives of others not out of proclaimed sentiments of selfless human charity, but out of our selfish desire to validate our own identities. There is, of course, enormous ego gratification in the exercise of power over other people, but such satisfaction is rooted in our need to have others believe and behave as we do.-- Butler D Shaffer, Calculated Chaos, (1985), thanks to Laird Wilcox, ed, "The Degeneration of Belief"
Thrust your head into the public street, to gaze on Christian fools with varnish'd faces.
Methinks sometimes I have no more wit than a Christian.
His worst fault is, he's given to prayer; he is something peevish that way.
I always thought it was both impious and unnatural that such immanity and bloody strife should reign among professors of one faith.
It is a heretic that makes the fire, not she which burns in it.
Modest doubt is call'd the beacon of the wise.
We are such stuff as dreams are made of, and our little life is rounded with a sleep.
I will be flesh and blood.
Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow
Samuel Sharp (1799-1881)
We have a hieroglyphical inscription in the British Museum as early as the reign of Sevechus of the eighth century before the Christian era, showing that the doctrine of Trinity in Unity already formed part of their religion and that ... the three gods only made one person.
We have the Annunciation, the Conception, the Birth and the Adoration, as described in the first and second chapters of Luke's gospel; and as we have historical assurance that the chapters in Matthew's
gospel which contain the miraculous birth are an after addition not in the earliest manuscripts, it seems probable that these two poetical chapters in Luke may also be unhistorical, and borrowed from the Egyptian accounts of the miraculous births of
The fact that a believer is happier than a sceptic is no more to the point than the fact that a drunken man is happier than a sober one. The happiness of credulity is a cheap and dangerous quality.
We know now that the soul is the body, and the body the soul. They tell us they are different because they want to persuade us that we can keep our souls if we let them make slaves of our bodies.
Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.
He is a barbarian, and thinks that the customs of his tribe and island are the laws of nature.
The early Christian rules of life were not made to last, because the early Christians did not believe that the world itself was going to last.
Why should we take advice on sex from the pope? If he knows anything about it, he shouldn't!.
What a man believes may be ascertained, not from his creed, but from the assumptions on which habitually acts.
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