In a world dominated by magical thinking, superstition and misinformation, give yourself the benefit of doubt. This is one skeptic's view of the Universe; natural wonders and supernatural blunders.
"Tell people there’s an invisible man in the sky who created the universe, and the vast majority believe you. Tell them the paint is wet, and they have to touch it to be sure."
“If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed”.
“Skeptical scrutiny is the means, in both science and religion, by which deep thoughts can be winnowed from deep nonsense.”
The person who is certain, and who claims divine warrant for his certainty, belongs now to the infancy of our species. It may be a long farewell, but it has begun and, like all farewells, should not be protracted.
Bertrand Russell. 1952.
(Title: Is There a God)
The Prajna-paramita Sutras (Sermons on the Perfection of Wisdom), which were compiled at the end of the first century BCE, explaining the Bodhisattvas (Buddhist teachers who forego their own nirvana in order to help others reach enlightenment)
Now, replace “they/we” with “He/I” and who does that sound like? This is but one small example of how Jesus was unoriginal. The notion of spiritual teachers sacrificing themselves for humanity has a rich and varied tradition that neither began or ended with the character “Jesus” in The Bible.
Baron d’Holbach, prominent figure in the French Enlightenment, 1770
Voltaire (d. 1788)
It doesn’t make sense, does it(via whats-out-there)