"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)
"Theology created the fiction of Satan which represents the revolt if an infinite being against the existence of an absolute infinity, against God."
(Mikhaïl A. Bakunine / 1814-1876)
"I do not believe in the God of the theologians; but that there is a Supreme Intelligence I do not doubt."
(Thomas Edison / 1847-1931)
"Whenever morality is based on theology, whenever right is made dependent on divine authority, the most immoral, unjust, infamous things can be justified and established."
(Ludwig Feuerbach / 1804-1872 / The Essence of Christianity, 1841)
"Can theology give to the mind the ineffable boon of conceiving that which no man is in a capacity to comprehend? Can it procure to its agents the marvellous faculty of having precise ideas of a god composed of so many contradictory qualities?"
(Paul-Henri, baron d'Holbach / 1723-1789 / System of Nature / 1770)
"Medicine makes people ill, mathematics make them sad and theology makes them sinful."
(Martin Luther / 1483-1546)
"Theology is the effort to explain the unknowable in terms of the not worth knowing."
(Henry Louis Mencken / 1880-1956)
"Man is the religious animal. He is the only religious animal. He is the only animal that has the True Religion –- several of them. He is the only animal that loves his neighbor as himself and cuts his throat, if his theology isn't straight. He has made a graveyard of the globe in trying his honest best to smooth his brother's path to happiness and heaven."
(Mark Twain / 1835 - 1910 / Letters from the Earth)
"Theological religion is the source of all imaginable follies and disturbances; it is the parent of fanaticism and civil discord; it is the enemy of mankind."
(Voltaire / 1694-1778 / Philosophical Dictionary, 1764)
"However, it is certain that this soul, being of same nature in all the animal kingdom, is dissipated with the man's death, as with the animals' death.
From where it follows that what Poets and Theologians tell us about the next world is a chimera that they have made up and recited for reasons it is easy to guess."
(unknown / The Tree Impostors / chapter 5, paragraph 7 / 1721)