Founding Fathers Anti Religion Quotes by Rufus King, James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Paine and many others.
I never liked the Hierarchy of the Church-an equality in the teacher of Religion, and a dependence on the people, are republican sentiments-but if the Clergy combine, they will have their influence on Government
Ecclesiastical establishments tend to great ignorance and corruption
In every country and in every age, the priest has been hostile to liberty.
Have you considered that system of holy lies and pious frauds that has raged and triumphed for 1,500 years?
I have recently been examining all the known superstitions of the world and do not find in our particular superstition [Christianity] one redeeming feature.
But how has it happened that millions of fables, tales, legends have been blended with both Jewish and Christian revelation that have made them the most bloody religion that ever existed?
Mystery is made a convenient Cover for absurdity.
I cannot conceive otherwise than that He, the Infinite Father, expects or requires no worship or praise from us, but that He is even infinitely above it.
I have found Christian dogma unintelligible. Early in life, I absenteed myself from Christian assemblies.
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.
The day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus, by the Supreme Being as his father, in the womb of a virgin, will be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerva in the brain of Jupiter.
Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent.
…It would be more consistent that we call [the Bible] the work of a demon than the word of God. It is a history of wickedness that has served to corrupt and brutalize mankind.
The Christian religion is, above all the religions that ever prevailed or existed in ancient or modern times, the religion of wisdom, virtue, equity and humanity.
Difference of opinion is advantageous in religion. The several sects perform the office of a Censor – over each other.
I wish it (Christianity) were more productive of good works … I mean real good works … not holy day keeping, sermon-hearing … or making long prayers, filled with flatteries and compliments despised by wise men, and much less capable of pleasing the Deity.
Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil? Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?