That fear first created the gods is perhaps as true as anything so brief could be on so great a subject. — George Santayana, Reason In Religion, p28.
That fear keeps the gods alive, is perhaps just as true.
Dan Barker said this in the video in my previous post:
All you have to do is walk into any children’s hospital anywhere in the world and you will KNOW there is no god.
I found this gem while re-reading The Neutronium Alchemist by Peter F. Hamilton (it’s the second book of one of the best science fiction / space opera series of books ever written, in my opinion)
“The whole concept of salvation through belief offers strength to those who doubt themselves.” — Athene, mother of Syrinx, resident of Eden habitat (Peter F. Hamilton)
Sounds about right to me.
I find myself wondering what Mr. Hamilton’s opinion on religion is.