Russell: The Conception of God

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“The whole conception of God is a conception derived from the ancient Oriental despotisms. It is a conception quite unworthy of free men.“ (p. 35) #Russell #God

Russell, Bertrand, Why I Am Not a Christian: Rationalist Press Association Limited 1927.

Russell: Human Happiness

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“What has human happiness to do with morals? The object of morals is not to make people happy.“ (p. 33) #Russell #happiness #moral

Russell, Bertrand, Why I Am Not a Christian: Rationalist Press Association Limited 1927.

Russell: Safety and the Belief in God

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“Then I think that the next most powerful reason is the wish for safety, a sort of feeling that there is a big brother who will look after you. That plays a very profound part in influencing people’s desire for a belief in God.“ (p. 19) #Russell #safety #God

Russell, Bertrand, Why I Am Not a Christian: Rationalist Press Association Limited 1927.

Russell: Religion

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“Religion is based, I think, primarily and mainly upon fear. It is partly the terror of the unknown and partly, as I have said, the wish to feel that you have a kind of elder brother who will stand by you in all your troubles and disputes. Fear is the basis of the whole thing — fear of the mysterious, fear of defeat, fear of death.“ (p.34) #Russell #Religion

Russell, Bertrand, Why I Am Not a Christian: Rationalist Press Association Limited 1927.

Russell: God

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“Most people believe in God because they have been taught from early infancy to do it, and that is the main reason.“ (p. 19) #Russell #God

Russell, Bertrand, Why I Am Not a Christian: Rationalist Press Association Limited 1927.