"If we believe absurdities, we shall commit atrocities" -- Voltaire (1694-1778)
"Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by rulers as useful."--Lucius Annaeus Seneca "the Younger," Roman stoic philosopher, writer, and politician (4-65).
"No man who ever lived knows any more about the hereafter ... than you and I; and all religion ... is simply evolved out of chicanery, fear, greed, imagination and poetry."--Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849).