18th March 2010

“I think it better to keep a profound silence with regard to the Christian fables, which are canonized by their antiquity and the credulity of absurd and insipid people.”

Frederick the Great1712 – 1786

11 Responses to “18th March 2010”

  1. Holysmokes Says:

    Unfortunately “keeping quite” is the mistake that created the behemoths known as Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

  2. GoodWithoutGod Says:

    Religion is like a cancer. If you ignore it, it will spread.

  3. CaptainZero1969 Says:

    In a similar vein…

    “Religion is excellent stuff for keeping common people quiet”
    -Napoleon Bonaparte

    “Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful.”
    -Seneca

  4. The Heretic Says:

    Religion is only useful to control people. Pontiffs and tyrants would all agree on this assessment. Why don’t their serfs see this truth? I guess misery loves delusion. Is life so dreadful for some to require such promises of heaven/elysium fields? I just don’t understand this need to have one’s mind enslaved by such false promise.

    As to silence on religion, NO. We should shout its absurdities to all who will listen. Religion has been responsible for too much evil in this world.

  5. Atheist MC Says:

    Why don’t their serfs see this truth? I guess misery loves delusion. Is life so dreadful for some to require such promises of heaven/elysium fields?

    Freethought is a luxury available to affluent educated societies. You need exposure to opposing world views in order to choose between them. This excuses most of the third world and parts of the middle east but not redneck america 🙂

  6. Oxymoronic Christhinker Says:

    testing

  7. Oxymoronic Christhinker Says:

    I just finished watching “Creation” starring Paul Bettany as Charles Darwin. Good movie. Highly recommended. At times, it is beautiful, even brilliant. It had a limited release here in the states, due to fears it might piss off some of us religionists 🙂 , so some of you may not have been able to see it. I will offer no spoilers. You should be able to watch it online for free here:

    It is not a simple, “just the facts” re-telling of Darwin’s story. It uses – quite effectively, I think – at least some of the conventions of fable and myth to try to get at the heart of what Darwin accomplished. It is, imho, a profoundly spiritual story. Sometimes, myth and fable are more effective at conveying truth than mere facts. With or without God.

    I remain a believer, of course, but there is indeed “grandeur” in the truth of evolution.

    Now if “they” can just get the movie about Hypatia (played by Rachel Weisz), “Agora,” released here in the states (Has it been? Anybody know?), well I for one will be a happy religionist!

  8. Oxymoronic Christhinker Says:

    It wouldn’t let me post the link! Try http://www.fastpasstv.com/ , click on movie channel, and search for “Creation.” You may have to register.

  9. Steve Says:

    This quote points out the positional reference of who is making the claim. If I were a leader, wanting to ensure stability at all costs, well sure, remain silent. As a little guy, who cannot believe in this superstitious nonsense I want to scream at the rooftops. But it does no good.

    AMC had a couple of real gems today: “Freethought is a luxury available to affluent educated societies.” and, “This excuses most of the third world and parts of the middle east but not redneck America.” Whoah. Well said.

    The fact that some of those redneck Americans are steeped in poverty should not prevent them from access to valid information. What is it that keeps the States so lock-step with the various cults?

    Meh. I always get grumpy after drinking that green beer.

  10. John Says:

    Maybe it may be better to remain silent to allow the believer to shine the fool.

  11. GoodWithoutGod Says:

    Oxy, I saw the movie on a flight recently and enjoyed it. There was a movie in Canada on The Nature of Things about Darwin which was very similar (lower budget, though).

    It’s interesting that you mention the self-censorship that many communities in the US exhibited with this movie. This speaks volumes to the fear that America has regarding the religious right in that country. The US might think of itself as a Democracy, but it’s quietly being neutered by the Religious Right.