It was the most earnest ambition I ever had. Not that I ever really wanted to be a preacher, but because it never occurred to me that a preacher could be damned. It looked like a safe job.
~ Mark Twain ~.
Every day people are straying away from the church and going back to God.
In religion and politics people's beliefs and convictions are in almost every case gotten at second-hand, and without examination, from authorities who have not themselves examined the questions at issue but have taken them at second-hand from other non-examiners, whose opinions about them were not worth a brass farthing.
~ Mark Twain ~
I was greatly interested in the incident of Eve and the serpent, and thought Eve's calmness was perfectly noble. I asked Mr. B. if he had ever heard of another woman who, being approached by a serpent would not excuse herself and break for the nearest timber.
~ Mark Twain ~
Whenever anybody tries to tell me that they believe [the creation of the Earth] took place in seven days, I reach for a fossil and go, “Fossil!” And if they keep talking I throw it just over their head.
~ Lewis Black ~
The idea that God is an oversized white male with a flowing beard who sits in the sky and tallies the fall of every sparrow is ludicrous. But if by God one means the set of physical laws that govern the universe, then clearly there is such a God. This God is emotionally unsatisfying... it does not make much sense to pray to the law of gravity.
~ Carl Sagan ~