Wednesday, October 28, 2009

History's great thinkers weigh-in on religion

Am I the only one who finds this recent poll, claiming New England is the least religious region of the country, incredibly encouraging news? I hope this is not merely some passing trend, but the start of a true public movement away from organized religion.

And I'm not the only hell-bound, atheist non-believer who thinks so. Just check out what some of history's greatest thinkers (yes, I am including the rock band, Tool amongst "history's greatest thinkers") have had to say about religion:

"In heaven, all the interesting people are missing."

- Frederich Nietzsche

"The fact that a believer is happier than a sceptic is no more to the point than the fact that a drunken man is happier than a sober one. The happiness of credulity is a cheap and dangerous quality."

- George Bernard Shaw

"Religion is the impotence of the human mind to deal with occurrences it cannot understand."

- Karl Marx

"Beliefs are dangerous. Beliefs allow the mind to stop functioning. A non-functioning mind is clinically dead. Believe in nothing."

- Tool (from the liner-notes of their album, AEnima)

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