A few potent quotes distanced
from religious faith

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Nature, not gods?

Atticus "Nature made us -- nature did it all -- not the
gods of the religions."

-- Thomas A. Edison

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Reason over fear?

"Question with boldness even the existence
of God; because if there be one, He must
approve the homage of Reason rather than
that of blindfolded Fear."

-- Thomas Jefferson

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Death, happiness, thought, love?

"I believe that when I die I shall rot, and nothing
of my ego will survive. I am not young, and I love
life. But I should scorn to shiver with terror at the
thought of annihilation. Happiness is none the
less true happiness because it must come to
an end, nor do thought and love lose their value
because they are not everlasting."

-- Bertrand Russell

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Church and state forever separate?

"Leave the matter of religion to the family
altar, the church, and the private schools,
supported entirely by private contributions.
Keep the church and the state forever

-- Ulysses S. Grant

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It takes religion to get good people to do evil things?

"Religion is an insult to human dignity. With or
without it you would have good people doing
good things and evil people doing evil things.
But for good people to do evil things, that takes

-- Steven Weinberg

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Theological 'game' of make-believe?

"If we must play the theological game, let us never
forget that it is a game. Religion, it seems to me,
can survive only as a consciously accepted system
of make-believe."

-- Aldous Huxley

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