Random Quote #56 topic: atheism, Wayne Aiken's atheism cookie file

"The impression is given that a special kind of morality is affirmed by
accepting the vagaries of religion without evidence. But is it moral to
accept uncritically every superstition, delusion, or prejudice our pulpiteers
espouse? Is not the faith that we are told is holy, the trust in Divinity
that we are told is our duty, the certitude that a complete rejection of
reason is moral behavior - all of this - nothing more than abject credulity,
a complete surrender of our unique, personal sovereign identity? When "false"
or "true" become irrelevant and a blanket assent regardless of the nature of
that which we are asked to believe is considered sane behavior, do we not
resign ourselves to slavery? When acceptance is on the basis of infallible
authority and not on the basis of personal, reasoned conviction, have we
not relinquished something very precious - our natural, temperamental
individuality? Is not the mind of one who accepts blindly, precisely the
mind of a production-line robot, the mind of one who goes through life
oblivious of meaning and values, bereft of the hope of injecting sense into
the profusion of nonsense that threatens to engulf us? Is this the faith we
are told is good?"
[Chester Dolan, "Holy Daze: Coming to Grips with "Religion," the Holy
Daze of Humanity", "Faith" section, pp.130-135, MOPAH Publications]


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