Self denial is the shining sore on the leprous body of Christianity.
My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble mind.
When we blindly adopt a religion, a political system, a literary dogma, we become automatons. We cease to grow.
There is something Pagan in me that I cannot shake off. In short, I deny nothing, but doubt everything.
Religion points to that area of human experience where in one way or another man comes upon mystery as a summons to pilgrimage.
I don't believe in an afterlife, so I don't have to spend my whole life fearing hell, or fearing heaven even more. For whatever the tortures of hell, I think the boredom of heaven would be even worse.
We peruse one ideal, that of bringing people together in peace, irrespective of race, religion and political convictions, for the benefit of mankind.
Religion is the everlasting dialogue between humanity and God. Art is its soliloquy.
The radical novelty of modern science lies precisely in the rejection of the belief, which is at the heart of all popular religion, that the forces which move the stars and atoms are contingent upon the preferences of the human heart.
Man will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest.
Matters of religion should never be matters of controversy. We neither argue with a lover about his taste, nor condemn him, if we are just, for knowing so human a passion.
Instead of being presented with stereotypes by age, sex, color, class, or religion, children must have the opportunity to learn that within each range, some people are loathsome and some are delightful.
Religion is essentially the art and the theory of the remaking of man. Man is not a finished creation.
In the long term we can hope that religion will change the nature of man and reduce conflict. But history is not encouraging in this respect. The bloodiest wars in history have been religious wars.
I like the silent church before the service begins, better than any preaching.
Anybody who has been seriously engaged is scientific work of any kind realizes that over the entrance to the gates of the temple of science are written the words: 'Ye must have faith.'
Fear of things invisible in the natural seed of that which everyone in himself calleth religion.
People need religion. It's a vehicle for a moral tradition. A crucial role. Nothing can take its place.
Religion is an illusion and it derives its strength from the fact that it falls in with our instinctual desires.
Just in terms of allocation of time resources, religion is not very efficient. There's a lot more I could be doing on a Sunday morning.
Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful.
My dear, descended from the apes! Let us hope it is not true, but if it is, let us pray it will not become generally known.
In 1860 the famous duel between T.H. Huxley and Bishop Wilberforce took place, and the wife of the bishop of Worcester is reported to have said this in reaction to hearing Darwin???s theory of evolution.
If an elderly but distinguished scientist says that something is possible, he is almost certainly right; but if he says that it is impossible, he is very probably wrong.
When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong.