God and the State
"Christianity is the complete negation of common sense
and sound reason."
"A Boss in Heaven is the best excuse for a boss on
earth, therefore If God did exist, he would have to be abolished."
"All religions, with their gods, demigods, prophets,
messiahs and saints, are the product of the fancy and credulity of men
who have not yet reached the full development and complete personality of
their intellectual powers."
"But here steps in Satan, the eternal rebel, the first
free-thinker and emancipator of worlds. He makes man ashamed of his
bestial ignorance and obedience; he emancipates him, stamps upon his brow
the seal of liberty and humanity, in urging him to disobey and eat of the
fruit of knowledge."
"If God is, man is a slave; now, man can and must be
free; then, God does not exist." I defy anyone whomsoever to avoid
this circle; now, therefore, let all choose."
"They [religious idealists] say in a single breath: "God
and the liberty of man," "God and the dignity, justice, equality,
fraternity, prosperity of men" -- regardless of the fatal logic by virtue
of which, if God exists, all these things are condemned to nonexistence.
For, if God is, he is necessarily the eternal, supreme, absolute master,
and, if such a master exists, man is a slave. Now, if he is a slave,
neither justice, nor equality, nor fraternity, nor prosperity are possible
for him. In vain, flying in the face of good sense and all the teachings
of history, do they represent their God as animated by the tenderest love
of human liberty. A master, whoever he may be and however liberal he may
desire to show himself, remains none the less always a master."
"The first revolt is against the supreme tyranny of
theology, of the phantom of God. As long as we have a master in heaven, we
will be slaves on earth."
Church and State
"For ten centuries Christianity, armed with the
omnipotence of the Church and State and opposed by no competition, was
able to deprave, debase, and falsify the mind of Europe. It had no
competitors, because outside the Church there was neither thinkers nor
educated persons. It alone taught, it alone spoke and wrote, it
"With the name of God they imagine that they can
establish fraternity among men, and on the contrary, they create pride,
contempt; they sow discord, hatred, war; they establish slavery. For
with God came the different degrees of divine inspiration; humanity is
divided into men highly inspired, less inspired, uninspired. All are
equally insignificant before God, it is true; but compared with each
other, some are greater than others; not only in fact- which would be of
no consequence, because inequality in fact is lost in the collectivity
when it cannot cling to some legal fiction or institution- but by the
divine right of inspiration, which immediately establishes a fixed,
constant, petrifying inequality. The highly inspired must be
listened to and obeyed by the less inspired, and the less inspired by the
uninspired. Thus we have the principle of authority well
established, and with it the two fundamental institutions of slavery:
Church and State."
"The idea of God implies the abdication of human reason
and justice; it is the most decisive negation of human liberty and
necessarily ends in the enslavement of mankind both in theory and
practice. He who desires to worship God must harbor no childish
illusions about the matter but bravely renounce his liberty and humanity."
"God, or rather the fiction of God, is thus the sanction
and the intellectual and moral cause of all the slavery on earth, and the
liberty of men will not be complete, unless it will have completely
annihilated the inauspicious fiction of a heavenly master."
"Theology is the science of the divine lie."
"People go to church for the same reasons they go to a
tavern: to stupefy themselves, to forget their misery, to imagine
themselves, for a few minutes anyway, free and happy."
"Religion is a collective insanity."
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