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    As a first approximation, I define "belief" not as the object of believing (a dogma, a program, etc.) but as the subject's investment in a proposition, the act of saying it and considering it as true.

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The seed of God is in us. Given an intelligent and hard-working farmer, it will thrive and grow up to read more

The seed of God is in us. Given an intelligent and hard-working farmer, it will thrive and grow up to God, whose seed it is; and accordingly its fruits will be God-nature. Pear seeds grow into pear trees, nut seeds into nut trees, and God-seed into God.

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And the wisdom to distinguish one from the other.

And the wisdom to distinguish one from the other.

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My mind is my own church.

My mind is my own church.

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Prayer does not change God, but it changes him who prays.

Prayer does not change God, but it changes him who prays.

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Getting rid of a delusion makes us wiser than getting hold of a truth.

Getting rid of a delusion makes us wiser than getting hold of a truth.

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When lip service to some mysterious deity permits bestiality on Wednesday and absolution on Sunday, cash me out.

When lip service to some mysterious deity permits bestiality on Wednesday and absolution on Sunday, cash me out.

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True penitence condemns to silence. What a man is ready to recall he would be willing to repeat.

True penitence condemns to silence. What a man is ready to recall he would be willing to repeat.

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In the relationship between man and religion, the state is firmly committed to a position of neutrality.

In the relationship between man and religion, the state is firmly committed to a position of neutrality.

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The Christian churches were offered two things: the spirit of Jesus and the idiotic morality of Paul, and they rejected read more

The Christian churches were offered two things: the spirit of Jesus and the idiotic morality of Paul, and they rejected the higher inspiration... Following Paul, we have turned the goodness of love into a fiend and degraded the crowning impulse of our being into a capital sin.

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