"I suggest that the anthropomorphic god-idea is not a harmless infirmity of human thought, but a very noxious fallacy, which is largely responsible for the calamities the world is at present enduring"
(William Archer / 1667-1735 / Theology and War)
"Man is, and always has been, a maker of gods. It has been the most serious and significant occupation of his sojourn in the world."
(John Burroughs / 1837-1921 / American essayist)
"It may be that our role on this planet is not to worship God, but to create him."
(Arthur C. Clarke / born in 1917)
"All Bibles are man-made."
(Thomas Edison / 1847-1931)
"Few nations have been so poor as to have but one god. Gods were made so easily, and the raw material cost so little, that generally the god market was fairly glutted and heaven crammed with these phantoms."
(Robert Green Ingersoll / 1833-1899)
"Man is certainly stark mad: he cannot make a worm, yet he will make gods by the dozen."
(Michel de Montaigne / 1533-1592)
"Which is it, is man one of God's blunders or is God one of man's?"
(Friedrich Nietzsche / 1844-1900)
"That fear first created the gods is perhaps as true as anything so brief could be on so great a subject."
(George Santayana / 1863-1952 / The Life of Reason / 1905)
"My atheism, like that of Spinoza, is true piety towards the universe and denies only gods fashioned by men in their own image to be servants of their human interests."
(George Santayana / 1863-1952)