Ancient Rants

“It is easier to believe, than to reason.”
—Charles François Dupuis The Origin of All Religious Worship, pg. 293 (1798)

“If eleven hundred years are justly called the Dark Ages — how can mankind be said to have been enlightened by the Gospel?”
—Robert Taylor Syntagma, pg. 32 (1828)
[The Catholic Church is responsible for the Dark Ages. The Church systematically burned all books of knowledge, including the burning of entire libraries, and forbad people from teaching anything other than Church doctrine, burning at the stake anyone who taught anything else. Within a generation all knowledge had been wiped out.]

“Hundreds, who would never have renounced the Christian faith, in consequence of my attack upon it, will do so in consequence of the Rev. Dr. Smith's defense of it.”
—Robert Taylor Syntagma, pg. 20 (1828)
(Note: Isn't this still true today? Those who defend Christianity end up doing more damage to it than those who would attack it.)

“Reigning opinion, however ill-founded and absurd, is always queen of the nations.”
—Mitchell Logan Christian Mythology Unveiled pg. 213 (1842)

“The bite of a mad dog, we all know, is a very frightful thing; but God knows that the bite of a mad parson is the worse bite of the two: in the one case you die of hydrophobia, or dread of water; in the other you die of pyrophobia, or dread of fire. While all the symptoms of this pyrophobia, by a dreadful analogy, bear the closest resemblance to those of the hydrophobia. When the unhappy patient has been priest-bitten, though the wound at first may be very slight, and easily healed, yet in longer or shorter time afterwards he loses all relish for cheerful company and innocent pleasures, he falls into the greatest dejection of spirits: he rambles, from one kennel of priestcraft to another, as if he wished to get more and more bitten. Hell fire is continually before his apprehension; he smells brimstone in a playhouse, and damnation in the smoke of a cigar. At last he begins to foam at the mouth, and to bark himself, exactly like the dog that first gave him the disease, and dies raving.”
Robert Taylor Devil's Pulpit vol 2, pg 89. September 24, 1831

“Now it seems to me when a man gives up his reason and accepts the teachings of any men, who has no means of knowing any more about a matter than he, is no longer a man but a puppet to be buffeted around by any one who chances to have a stronger mind and hypnotizing power greater than his own. God has printed his laws in the heart of every man, to know right from wrong, according to the power and light within him.”
—Robert Stowe Stowe's Bible Astrology pg. 51. (1907)

“To be a Christian indeed, you must lay aside the use of your minds altogether. For the facts of the gospel are of such a mysterious nature, that they will not merely not bear to be reasoned on, but they will not bear to be thought on. You may believe that it is true - you may make believe that it is true - you may say that it is true - you may swear that it is true: but the moment you begin to think that it is true, you will find yourself within half an inch of thinking that it is false.”
—Robert Taylor Devil's Pulpit vol 1, pg. 2, August 19, 1831

“Either stick to the truth or feign such things as stick together with themselves.”
—Horace (65 B.C. - 8 B.C.)

“Whenever truth is compelled to hide her head, there is necessarily a viscious order of things, both political and moral.”
—Mitchell Logan Christian Mythology Unveiled pg. 236 (1842)

“No advancement has often been made in morals or civilization in any country by the introduction of the Christian bible or the Christian religion. It is the arts and sciences which accompany or follow the bible which do the work. A proof of this statement is found in the fact, that no improvement takes place in the morals of the people by the introduction of the bible till the arts and sciences are also introduced amongst them. On the contrary, the morals of many deteriorate by reading the bible alone.”
—Kersey Graves, The World's Sixteen Crucified Saviors (1875)

“The rapid march of science and civilization will soon inaugurate the era when the man or woman who shall still be found clinging to these childish and superstitious conceptions—the offspring of ignorance, and the relics of barbarism, and a certain proof of undeveloped or unenlightened minds—will be looked upon as deplorably ignorant and superstitious.”
—Kersey Graves, The World's Sixteen Crucified Saviors (1875)

“It will not be difficult for us to prove, that religion cannot be anymore useful to mortals and legislation, than it can give us rain or sunshine; and that consequently there is no necessity for it.”
—Charles François Dupuis, The Origin of All Religious Worship) pg. 327 (1798)

“The most detestable wickedness, the most horrid cruelties, and the greatest miseries that have afflicted the human race have had their origin in this thing called revelation, or revealed religion. It has been the most dishonorable belief against the character of the Divinity, the most destrictive to morality and the peace and happiness of man, that ever was propogated since man began to exist.”
—Thomas Paine The Age of Reason (1795)

(Also see the Taliban Singles Online joke.)
“We know no other correct way to judge of any system, than to look at the practical effects it has produced in the world since it was promulgated. What then does the records of the past discover to have been the effects of Christianity upon men and nations?”
—Mitchell Logan Christian Mythology Unveiled pg. 72 (1842)

For a survey of what Christianity has brought upon men and nations see the following:
  1. Joseph Wheless
    Forgery In Christianity
    Available online at any one of the following sites:
(Fanatic Religion is not the cure for the world's evils— it is the cause.)

“Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction.”
—Blaise Pascal [French mathematician, physicist](1623-1662)

“A great error is more easily propagated, than a great truth, because it is easier to believe, than to reason, and because people prefer the marvels of romances to the simplicity of history.”
—Charles François Dupuis, The origin of all religious worship. pg. 293 (1798)

“Everybody defends his chimera and not history.”
—Charles François Dupuis, The origin of all religious worship. pg. 294 (1798)

“There is no sadder spectacle in the intellectual world, than that of a man possessed of really great mental possibilities, frittering away their time and their self respect in trying to make a superstition appear reasonable by explaining its absurdities in an illogical manner, and, instead of walking erect in the dignity of a rational manhood, staggering along in a blind stupor, produced by the fumes of mysticism.”
—Bronson C. Keeler, A Short History of the Bible pg. 89 (1881)

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