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A Liberty of Thought

With thanks and acknowledgement, most of these quotations are selected from, an open-minded and very informative website about faith, lack of faith, all things religious and anti-religious. I recommend a long visit to the site. I personally have little patience for those who believe they have a pipeline to religious truth when great scholars through the ages cannot agree on it, but I do believe that faith is a wonderful thing if it helps some of us improve our lives. 032809


"I screamed at God for all the starving children, and then I realized that all of the starving children were God screaming at me."

Albert Einstein:

"My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself (or herself) in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble minds."


"You can safely assume that you've created God in your own image, when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do."
Sometimes attributed to Anne Lamott or Fr. John Weston.

Thomas Jefferson:

"It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no God. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg."

Albert Einstein:

"Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of truth and knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods."

Christopher Hitchens:

"God did not make man in his own image. Evidently it was the other way about, which is the painless explanation for the profusion of gods and religions, and the fratricide both between and among faiths, that we see all about us and that has so retarded the development of civilizations."

Joseph Campbell:

"God is a metaphor for that which transcends all levels of intellectual thought."

The Gospel of John:

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." (John 3:16; KJV)

OR TO PARAPHRASE: "For God so hated humanity that he gave his only begotten Son that whosoever does NOT believe in him will not perish but have everlasting life being tortured for all eternity in Hell without hope of forgiveness." (Anonymous)

Richard Feynman:

"God was invented to explain mystery. God is always invented to explain those things that you do not understand. Now, when you finally discover how something works, you get some laws which you're taking away from God; you don't need him anymore. But you need him for the other create the universe because we haven't figured that out and death, stuff like that."

Gracie Allen (allegedly written to her husband George Burns):

"Never place a period where God has placed a comma."

(Quotations selected from MUSIC: "one World - One Rhythm" by Red Di

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