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“They should be good servants and intelligent, for I observed that they quickly took in what was said to them, and I believe that they would easily be made Christians, as it appeared to me that they had no religion. I, our Lord being pleased, will take hence, at the time of my departure, six natives for your Highnesses, that they may learn to speak.” - Christopher Columbus, “Journal of the First Voyage of Columbus,” October 12, 1492.

Happy Columbus Day, everyone.

Too good.

Too good.

"I don’t believe in a moral command economy where you are told everything to do and everything is centred around the Church.

It’s not healthy for ju-ju men to hop around the altar and tell you what’s bad or good.” - Dermot Morgan

It might make some people feel good to talk about ‘‘a higher level of existence’’ or a ‘‘guiding force,’’ but there is no evidence for anything of the sort. I couldn’t and still can’t even figure out what such quasi-religious humbug means.

These liberal reconstructions also struck me as too far from what most people
in churches believe. The kind of religious beliefs that control people’s lives and
lead them to take stands on political and moral issues cannot be the watery spirituality that is vague enough to avoid conflicting with anything.

There is no point in going to Church or praying to something so indeterminate. No ‘higher level of existence’ could save believers or help them get to heaven or perform miracles or create the world. - Walter Sinnott-Armstrong

"God must harden the hearts of his saints in heaven as of old he hardened Pharaoh’s heart, if they are to rejoice over the anguished multitude below, and to bear to live amid the lurid smoke ascending from the burning bodies of the lost.

To me the idea is so unutterably loathsome that I marvel how Christians endure to retain such language in their sacred books.

If this heaven is true I do not hesitate to say that it is the duty of every human being to reject it utterly and to refuse to enter it.” - Annie Besant

"Most Christian theologians have retreated from all the things that their religion supposedly asserts; they take a much more ‘modern’ view than the average believer. But by the time you’ve ‘modernised’ something like Christianity - starting off with ‘Genesis was all just poetry’ and ending up with ‘Well, of course there’s no such thing as a personal God’ - there’s not much point pretending that there’s anything religious left.

You might as well come clean and admit that you’re an atheist with certain values, which are historical, cultural, biological, and personal in origin, and have nothing to do with anything called God.” - Greg Egan

"It is childhood education that prevents a Mohammedan from having himself baptized. It is childhood education that prevents a Christian from being circumcised. It is the reason of the mature man that holds in equal contempt both baptism and circumcision." - Denis Diderot

"From the moment when Christianity, emerging from its period of triumph, found itself submitted to the critical eye of reason – to the point where the divinity of Christ was denied – suffering once more became the lot of man.

Jesus profaned is no more than just one more innocent man whom the representatives of the God of Abraham tortured in a spectacular manner.” - Albert Camus

"Arouse the faculties which superstition may have benumbed - and to put the question to your reason.

Could a being of Wisdom demand of you to spend your time and torture your faculties in imagining things which ye never saw? Worlds beyond the reach of human ken, and existences of whose nature you can form no conception ?

Could a Being of Justice command you to prostrate the reason he should have given, and swear credence to doctrines, which they even who teach, pretend not to understand?

Could a Being of Beneficence visit in anger the errors of the children of his hand, and delight in the torment of those whose ignorance he could enlighten, and whose sorrows he could heal ?” - Frances Wright

"Every religion must be tried at the bar of human justice, and stand or fall by the verdict there. It has no right to crouch behind the theory of "inspiration" and demand immunity from criticism. And yet that is just what every one of the
m does. They all claim that we have no right to use our reason on their inventions.
But evil cannot be made good by revelation, and good cannot be made evil by persecution.” - Helen H. Gardener