On Believing Without Proof


“A friend of mine – Lucille. She’s always right.”

– Daniel Dennett

2 thoughts on “On Believing Without Proof

  1. There is a science which has for its object only incomprehensible things. Unlike all others, it occupies itself but with things unseen. Hobbes calls it ‘the kingdom of darkness.’ In this land all obey laws opposed to those which men acknowledge in the world they inhabit. In this marvelous region light is but darkness, evidence becomes doubtful or false, the impossible becomes credible, reason is an unfaithful guide, and common sense changed into delirium. This science is named Theology, and this Theology is a continual insult to human reason.
    ~~ Fr. Jean Meslier ~~

    Faith is often the boast of the man who is too lazy to investigate.
    ~~ F.M. Knowles ~~

    Religions die when they are proved to be untrue. Science is the record of dead religions.
    — Oscar Wilde —

    As ignorance was its mother and the source-spring of its world power, it is bound to cherish ignorance as its patron saint and monitor forever, for the breath of knowledge would wither it away.
    — Dr Alvin Boyd Kuhn on Christianity —

    Truth does not demand belief. Scientists do not join hands every Sunday, singing, yes, gravity is real! I will have faith! I will be strong! I believe in my heart that what goes up, up, up, must come down, down, down. Amen! If they did, we would think they were pretty insecure about it.
    — Dan Barker —

    God is an ever-receding pocket of scientific ignorance, that gets smaller and smaller as time goes on.
    — Neil Degrasse Tyson —

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