25th May 2008

“If we go back to the beginning, we shall find that ignorance and fear created the gods; that fancy, enthusiasm, or deceit adorned them; that weakness worships them; that credulity preserves them and that custom, respect and tyranny support them in order to make the blindness of men serve their own interests.”

Baron D'Holbach1723 – 1789

One Response to “25th May 2008”

  1. Terence Meaden Says:

    I have always admired these well-chosen words. My hat off to you Monsieur le Baron.

    “Religions are fairy-like fictions. Once created (usually by men, the makers of male gods), they are promulgated by priests (usually men who promote and sustain patriarchies) and succeed because they nourish easily-satisfied cerebral needs for most people (who are fearful of the divine when indoctrinated) in providing personal comfort and solace.” Terence Meaden. Atheistweb. 6 January 2008.

    Frederick the Great, in a letter to Voltaire, 1766:
    “If the philosophers were to form a government, the people, after 150 years, would forge some new superstition, and would either pray to little idols, or to the graves in which the great men were buried, or invoke the sun, or commit some similar nonsense. Superstition is the weakness of the human mind, which is inseparably tied up with it; it has always existed, and always will.”