Thoughts for the Day

30 04 2007

Sam Harris

“Tell a devout Christian that his wife is cheating on him, or that frozen yogurt can make a man invisible, and he is likely to require as much evidence as anyone else, and to be persuaded only to the extent that you give it. Tell him that the book he keeps by his bed was written by an invisible deity who will punish him with fire for eternity if he fails to accept its every incredible claim about the universe, and he seems to require no evidence whatsoever.” – Sam Harris, The End of Faith

“The great fact which puzzles the mind is the vast amount of evil. It may be answered that evil is an illusion, because God is benevolent; or it may be answered that evil is deserved, because God is just. In one case the doubt is removed by denying the existence of the difficulty, in the other it is made tolerable by satisfying our consciences.” – Leslie Stephen, “An Agnostic’s Apology”

“Man has deceived himself. Nature is a mirror in which man sees his own image, and all supernatural religions rest on the presence that the image, which appears to be behind this mirror, has been caught…Suppose that an infinite God exists, what can we do for him? Being infinite, he is conditionless; being conditionless, he cannot be benefited or injured. He cannot want. He has. Think of the egotism of a man who believes that an infinite being wants his praise!” – Robert G. Ingersoll, “What is Religion?”

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