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Each religion, by the help of more or less myth, which it takes more or less seriously, proposes some method of fortifying the human soul and enabling it to make its peace with its destiny.

Eskimo: "If I did not know about God and sin, would I go to hell?" Priest: "No, not if you did not know." Eskimo: "Then why did you tell me?"

Faith consists in believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe. It is not enough that a thing be possible for it to be believed.

Faith means intense, usually confident, belief that is not based on evidence sufficient to command assent from every reasonable person.

Faith was once almost universally thought to be acceptance of a definite body of intellectual propositions, acceptance being based upon authority - preferably that of revelation from on high. ... Of late there has developed an­other conception of faith. This is sug­gested by the words of an American thinker: "Faith is tendency toward action." According to such a view, faith is the matrix of formulated creeds and the inspiration of endeavor. . . . Faith in its newer sense signifies that experience itself is the sole ultimate authority.

For the wonderful thing about saints is that they were human. They lost their tempers, got angry, scolded God, were egotistical or testy or impatient in their turns, made mistakes and regretted them. Still they went on doggedly blundering toward heaven.

Formal religion was organized for slaves: it offered them consolation which earth did not provide.

From the voiceless lips of the unreplying dead there comes no word, but in the night of death hope sees a star and listening love can hear the rustle of a wing.

God created man and then woman, but the atheist created himself.

God is for men and religion for women.

God is not a cosmic bellboy for whom we can press a button to get things done.

God made everything out of nothing, but the nothingness shows through. See quote detail

He hoped and prayed that there wasn't an afterlife. Then he realized there was a contradiction involved here and merely hoped that there wasn't an afterlife.

He that hath no cross deserves no crown.

He that is a good man, is three quarters of his way toward the being a good Christian, wheresoever he lives, or whatsoever he is called.

He was of the faith chiefly in the sense that the Church he currently did not attend was Catholic.

Heathen, n. A beknighted creature who has the folly to worship something that he can see and feel.

Heaven goes by favor; if it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in.

His clear conscience is a result of a poor memory.

His religion at best is an anxious wish, - like that of Rebelais, a great Perhaps.


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