Et ego dico tibi, quia tu es Petrus, et super hanc petram aedificabo Ecclesiam meam, et portae inferi non praevalebunt adversus eam.

Beati pauperes spiritu, sed dives est apud aurum et argentum.                                                        Iesu Nazarenus, Rex Iudaeorum

 

Testamenti ad Fidem

The church says the earth is flat, but I know that it is round, for I have seen the shadow on the moon, and I have more faith in a shadow than in the church. – Magellan

Men never commit evil so fully and joyfully as when they do it for religious convictions. – Pascal

If we believe in absurdities we shall commit atrocities. – Voltaire

Religions are all alike, founded upon fables and mythologies. – Jefferson

Religion exists to keep the poor from murdering the rich. – Napoleon

All religion, my friend, is simply evolved out of fraud, fear, greed, imagination and poetry. – Poe

Religion . . . is the opium of the people. – Marx

I can indeed hardly see how anyone ought to wish Christianity to be true for if so the plain language of the text seems to show that the men who do not believe, and this would include my father, brother and almost all of my friends, will be everlastingly punished. And this is a damnable doctrine. – Darwin

The Bible is not my book nor Christianity my profession. – Lincoln

Faith is believing what you know ain’t so. – Twain

Faith means not wanting to know what is true. – Nietzsche

Civilization will not attain its perfection until the last stone from the last church falls on the last priest. – Zola

I cannot believe in the immortality of the soul . . . It is born of our tenacity of life – our desire to go on living . . . our dread of coming to an end. – Edison

When a man is freed of religion, he has a better chance to live a normal and wholesome life. – Freud

I cannot believe the individual survives the death of his body, although feeble souls harbor such thoughts through fear or ridiculous egotism.    – Einstein

By simple common sense I don’t believe in God, in none. – Chaplin

God is really only another artist. He invented the giraffe, the elephant and the cat. He has no real style, he just keeps on trying other things.    – Picasso

Say what you will about the sweet miracle of unquestioning faith, I consider a capacity for it terrifying and absolutely vile. – Vonnegut