At a time of universal deceit - telling the truth is a revolutionary act.
My mother was Southern Irish, and I was brought up as a devout Catholic. In fact, at one point I thought I'd become a priest, but I'd have made an appalling priest anyway... At 16, I asked all these monks some serious questions and they didn't come up with the answers, and I just decided I didn't believe in God.
To assert that the earth revolves around the sun is as erroneous as to claim that Jesus was not born of a virgin.
Cardinal Robert Bellarmine
Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?
Religions are like fireflies. They require darkness in order to shine.
A lie is a lie even if everyone believes it. The truth is the truth even if no one believes it.
Hast thou reason? I have.
Why then dost not thou use it?
For if this does its own work,
what else dost thou wish?
Conventional people are roused to fury by departure from convention, largely because they regard such departure as a criticism of themselves.
I count religion but a childish toy,
And hold there is no sin but ignorance.
Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd.