Saturday, January 17, 2009

Sterne on the New atheists?

"'Whenever a man talks loudly against religion, always suspect that it is not his reason, but his passions, which have got the better of his creed. A bad life and a good belief are disagreeable and troublesome neighbors, and where they separate, depend upon it, 'tis for no other cause but quietness' sake.'"

     Yorick's Sermon on conscience; Laurence Sterne, The life and opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gent., II.17 (GBWW, 1st ed., 1952, vol. 36, p. 266).

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