I somehow think Thomas Paine wasn't a believer!
I do not believe in the creed professed by the Jewish Church, by the Roman Church, by the Greek Church, by the Turkish Church, by the Protestant Church, nor by any church that I know of. My own mind is my own church.
All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions, set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit.
Is it not a species of blasphemy to call the New Testament revealed religion, when we see in it such contradictions and absurdities.
One good schoolmaster is of more use than a hundred priests.
The whole religious complexion of the modern world is due to the absence from Jerusalem of a lunatic asylum.
at 9:31 AM on Jun. 5, 2009