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"The clerics and their lay allies commonly tell us, that if we refuse to
admit that there is good ground for expressing definite convictions about
certain topics, the bonds of human society will dissolve and mankind lapse
into savagery. There are several answers to this assertion. One is that
the bonds of human society were formed without the aid of their theology;
and, in the opinion of not a few competent judges, have been weakened rather
than strengthened by a good deal of it. Greek science, Greek art, the ethics
of old Israel, the social organisation of old Rome, contrived to come into
being, without the help of any one who believed in a single distinctive
article of the simplest of the Christian creeds. The science, the art,
the jurisprudence, the chief political and social theories, of the modern
world have grown out of those of Greece and Rome-not by favour of, but in
the teeth of, the fundamental teachings of early Christianity, to which
science, art, and any serious occupation with the things of this world,
were alike despicable."
[Thomas Huxley, "Agnosticism and Christianity" 1889]
http://aleph0.clarku.edu/huxley/CE5/Agn-X.html



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