Joseph L. Lewis Quotes



Best 8 Quotes by Joseph L. Lewis

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“If you do not want to stop the wheels of progress; if you do not want to go back to the Dark Ages; if you do not want to live again under tyranny, then you must guard your liberty, and you must not let the church get control of your government. If you do, you will lose the greatest legacy ever bequeathed to the human race—intellectual freedom.”

An Atheist Manifesto

“It is now established by verifiable evidence that religion stultifies the brain and is the great obstacle in the path of intellectual progress.”

An Atheist Manifesto

“Man's inhumanity to man will continue as long as man loves God more than he loves his fellow man.”

An Atheist Manifesto

“The church knows that an educated man is an unbeliever. That is why there is a continual struggle on the part of the clergy to adulterate education with superstition. To maintain their untenable position they must keep the people shackled to a form of mental slavery. Both fear and superstition are forms of a contagious disease.”

An Atheist Manifesto

“The countries whose governments are dominated by religion and religious institutions are the most backward. By the same token, the countries whose people are the most enlightened, and whose governments are based upon the principle of secularism—the separation of church and state—are the most progressive.”

An Atheist Manifesto

“The history of man proves that religion perverts man's concept of life and the universe, and has made him a cringing coward before the blind forces of nature.”

An Atheist Manifesto

“The more religious a person is, the more he is steeped in ignorance and superstition, the less is his sense of moral responsibility. The more intelligent a person, the less religious he is. There is an old saying that 'where there are three scientists, there are two atheists.'”

An Atheist Manifesto

“When man is intellectually free, the progress he will make is beyond calculation.”

An Atheist Manifesto

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“To choose an option, rationally, is to choose the associated explanation. Therefore, rational decision-making consists not of weighing evidence but of explaining it, in the course of explaining the world. One judges arguments as explanations, not justifications, and one does this creatively, using conjecture, tempered by every kind of criticism. It is in the nature of good explanations – being hard to vary – that there is only one of them. Having created it, one is no longer tempted by the alternatives. They have been not outweighed, but out-argued, refuted and abandoned. During the course of a creative process, one is not struggling to distinguish between countless different explanations of nearly equal merit; typically, one is struggling to create even one good explanation, and, having succeeded, one is glad to be rid of the rest.”


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