“Faith: Belief without evidence in what is told by one who speaks without knowledge, of things without parallel.”
— Ambrose Bierce
“Faith is powerful enough to immunize people against all appeals to pity, to forgiveness, to decent human feelings. It even immunizes them against fear, if they honestly believe that a martyr’s death will send them straight to heaven.”
— Richard Dawkins, “The Selfish Gene.”
“A man is his own easiest dupe, for what he wishes to be true he generally believes to be true.”
— Demosthenes, “Third Olynthiac,” (349 BCE).
“Faith: Not wanting to know what is true.”
— Friedrich Nietzsche
“But the attitude of faith is to let go, and become open to truth, whatever it might turn out to be.”
— Alan Watts
“Faith is much better than belief. Belief is when someone else does the thinking.”
— R. Buckminster Fuller
“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” […] “No Pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new heaven to the human spirit.”
— Helen Keller
“Well, I would have to say as a Christian that I believe any belief system, any world view, whether it’s Zen Buddhism or Hinduism or dialectical materialism for that matter, Marxism, that keeps persons captive and keeps them from coming to faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, yes, is a demonstration of satanic power.”
— Albert Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and host of the daily Christian radio show The Albert Mohler Program, on March 17, 2006, as quoted by Media Matters.
“Take away hatred from some people, and you have men without faith.”
— Eric Hoffer
“He prayed, ‘Lord God, let us be the kind of Christians that you would be if you were a Christian.’ ”
— Sinclair Lewis, from his novel, “The God-Seeker” (1949).
“I would rather live with unanswered questions than unquestioned answers.”
— Valarie Tarico
“In his book ‘The Psychic Mafia,’ [M. Lamar] Keene tells of a psychic medium named Raoul. Some people still believed that Raoul was genuine even after he openly admitted that he was a fake. Keene wrote ‘I knew how easy it was to make people believe a lie, but I didn’t expect the same people, confronted with the lie, would choose it over the truth. … No amount of logic can shatter a faith consciously based on a lie.’ ”
— Wikipedia entry for ‘True-Believer Syndrome.’
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