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    All human discoveries seem to be made only for the purpose of confirming more and more strongly the truths that come on high and are contained in the sacred writings.

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Nothing is so firmly believed as that which we least know.

Nothing is so firmly believed as that which we least know.

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Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich.

Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich.

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God hears no more than the heart speaks; and if the heart be dumb, God will certainly be deaf.

God hears no more than the heart speaks; and if the heart be dumb, God will certainly be deaf.

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The idol is the measure of the worshipper.

The idol is the measure of the worshipper.

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The biblical account of Noah's Ark and the Flood is perhaps the most implausible story for fundamentalists to defend. Where, read more

The biblical account of Noah's Ark and the Flood is perhaps the most implausible story for fundamentalists to defend. Where, for example, while loading his ark, did Noah find penguins and polar bears in Palestine?

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Destiny is but a phrase of the weak human heart - the dark apology for every error. The strong and read more

Destiny is but a phrase of the weak human heart - the dark apology for every error. The strong and virtuous admit no destiny. On earth conscience guides; in heaven God watches. And destiny is but the phantom we invoke to silence the one and dethrone the other.

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Mother goddesses are just as silly a notion as father gods. If a revival of the myths of these cults read more

Mother goddesses are just as silly a notion as father gods. If a revival of the myths of these cults gives woman emotional satisfaction, it does so at the price of obscuring the real conditions of life. This is why they were invented in the first place.

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In every pang that rends the heart the Man of Sorrows has a part.

In every pang that rends the heart the Man of Sorrows has a part.

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When we debunk a fanatical faith or prejudice, we do not strike at the root of fanaticism. We merely prevent read more

When we debunk a fanatical faith or prejudice, we do not strike at the root of fanaticism. We merely prevent its leaking out at a certain point, with the likely result that it will leak out at some other point. Thus by denigrating prevailing beliefs and loyalties, the militant man of words unwittingly creates in the disillusioned masses a hunger for faith. For the majority of people cannot endure the barrenness and futility of their lives unless they have some ardent dedication, or some passionate pursuit in which they can lose themselves. Thus, in spite of himself, the scoffing man of words becomes the precursor of a new faith.

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