Friday, July 21, 2006

Random Thoughts from Independent Minds

Karen Armstrong: "Nirvana is something within you. It is not an external reality. No god thunders down from the mountaintop. Just as the great mystics in the Christian, Jewish and Muslim faiths all discovered, God is within the self. God is virtually inseparable from ourselves."

Bart Ehrman: "Sometimes Christian apologists say there are only three options to who Jesus was: a liar, a lunatic or the Lord. But there could be a fourth option -- legend."

Albert Einstein: "Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of truth and knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods."

George A. Staffa: "Beware of 'God of the Gaps', the Incredible Shrinking Deity who fills the gaps in our understanding until understanding shrinks both gaps and God down to nothing."

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi: "God has no religion."

Sam Harris: "Words like 'God' and 'Allah' must go the way of 'Apollo' and 'Baal' or they will unmake our world." Sam Harris is author of The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason.

Anne Lamott: "You can safely assume that you've created God in your own image, when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do."

John Spong, retired Episcopal bishop: "I don't want a God that would go around sacrifically killing people's little girls. Neither do I want a God who would kill his own son."

UCADIA web site: "...the image of a deity capable of intervening to stop evil but choosing not to act is probably a worse concept than an impotent God that can do nothing."

Charles Fort: "If there is a universal mind, must it necessarily be sane?"

Anne Provoost: "If your God is going to drown the world; if your God is going to bring a flood to purposefully kill people, then why don't you pick a different God?"


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