29 October 2008
“If there is a God, atheism must strike Him as less of an insult than religion.”
~ Edmond and Jules de Goncourt
15 October 2008
“The world holds two classes of men – intelligent men without religion, and religious men without intelligence.”
~ Abu’l-Ala-Al-Ma’arri (Syrian poet, 973-1057)
11 October 2008
You see, the religious people – most of them – really think this planet is an experiment. That’s what their beliefs come down to. Some god or other is always fixing and poking, messing around with tradesmen’s wives, giving tablets on mountains, commanding you to mutilate your children, telling people what words they can say and what words they can’t say, making people feel guilty about enjoying themselves, and like that. Why can’t the gods let well enough alone? All this intervention speaks of incompetence. If God didn’t want Lot’s wife to look back, why didn’t he make her obedient, so she’d do what her husband told her? Or if he hadn’t made Lot such a shithead, maybe she would have listened to him more. If God is omnipotent and omniscient, why didn’t he start the universe out in the first place so it would come out the way he wants? Why’s he constantly repairing and complaining? No, there’s one thing the Bible makes clear: The Biblical God is a sloppy manufacturer. He’s not good at design, he’s not good at execution. He’d be out of business if there was any competition.”
~ Sol Hadden (In Carl Sagan’s Contact)
7 October 2008
“Dear Lord, the gods have been good to me. As an offering, I present these milk and cookies. If you wish me to eat them instead, please give me no sign whatsoever.” (Short pause.) “Thy bidding will be done.” (Munch, munch, munch.)
~ Homer Simpson (The Simpsons TV show.)
October 3, 2008
“Science is like a blabbermouth who ruins a movie by telling you how it ends. There are some things we don’t want to know. Important things.”
~ Ned Flanders, the Simpson neighbor
October 1, 2008
“Our literature is a substitute for religion, and so is our religion.”
~ T.S. Eliot, 1888-1965, British poet (born in the United States) who won the Nobel prize for literature.
September 28, 2008
“Theology is the effort to explain the unknowable in terms of the not worth knowing.”
~ H. L. Mencken, 1880-1956, American editor, critic, biographer, lexicographer and satirist.
September 28, 2008
“What astonished him was that cats should have two holes cut in their skins at exactly the same places where their eyes were.”
~ Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, 1742-1799, German physicist, satirist and miscellaneous writer.
September 27, 2008
“Poetry and religion are the product of the smaller intestines.”
~ Pierre Jean Georges Cabanis, 1757-1808, French physician and philosophical writer. .