"But touch a solemn truth in collision with a dogma of a sect, though capable of the clearest proof, and you will find you have disturbed a nest, and the hornets will swarm about your eyes and hand, and fly into your face and eyes."
(John Adams, 2nd US President (1797-1801) / 1735-1826)
"Every dogma, every philosophic or theological creed, was at its inception a statement in terms of the intellect of a certain inner experience."
(Felix Adler, philosopher, Columbia University professor / 1895-1960)
"I have at least, as I hope, done good service in aiding to overthrow the dogma of separate creations."
(Charles Darwin / 1809-1882 / The Descent of Man / 1871)
"To those searching for truth -- not the truth of dogma and darkness but the truth brought by reason, search, examination, and inquiry, discipline is required. For faith, as well intentioned as it may be, must be built on facts, not fiction -- faith in fiction is a damnable false hope."
(Thomas Edison / 1847-1931)
"At least two thirds of our miseries spring from human stupidity, human malice and those great motivators and justifiers of malice and stupidity, idealism, dogmatism and proselytizing zeal on behalf of religious or political idols."
(Aldous Huxley / 1894-1963)
""Spirituality," a term frequently used to describe the vaguest intimations of supernatural realities, is popularly considered a mark of virtue and is as hostile to atheism as religious belief. Spirituality, after all, is simply religion deinstitutionalized and shorn of any exclusionary doctrines. In a pluralistic marketplace, it has considerable appeal....
You can claim to be a spiritual person without professing loyalty to a particular dogma or even understanding it. Spirituality makes no intellectual demands; all that it requires is a general belief in immaterialism (which can be used to increase your material possessions)."
(Wendy Kaminer / The Last Taboo /1996)
"The Bible is not my book, and Christianity is not my religion. I could never give assent to the long, complicated statements of Christian dogma."
(Abraham Lincoln / 1809-1865)
"The principle itself of dogmatic religion, dogmatic morality, dogmatic philosophy, is what requires to be booted out; not any particular manifestation of that principle."
(John Stuart Mill / 1806-1873 / The Spirit Of The Age)