AS RELATES TO FORMAL RELIGION
The following quotes are from the book "The Philosophy of Humanisim" by Corliss Lamont. First published in 1997 and now in it's 8th reprint this book represents in accurate detail an explanation of HUMANISIM.
"On the dogmas of religions as distinguished from moral principles, all mankind, from the beginning of time to this day, have been quarreling, fighting, burning and torturing one another, for abstractions unintelligible to themselves and to all others, and absolutely beyond the comprehension of the human mind."
"If we go back to the beginning of things, we shall always find that ignorance and fear created the gods; that imagination, rapture, and deception embellished or distorted them; that credulity nourishes them; that custom spares them; and that tyranny favors them in order to profit from the blindness of men."
The following quote is from Albert Einstein:
"During the youthful period of mankind's spiritual evolution human fantasy created god's in mans own image, who, by the operations of their will were supposed to determine, or at any rate influence, the phenomenal world....The idea of god in the religions taught at present is a sublimation of that old conception of the gods. Its anthropomorphic character is shown, for instance, by the fact that men appeal to the Divine Being in prayers and plead for the fulfillment of their wishes...in their struggle for the ethical good , teachers of religion must have the stature to give up the doctrine of a personal God, that is, give up the source of fear and hope which in the past places such vast power in the hands of priests."
For anyone interested in the humanistic approach to living a "whole" life I suggest this book as a way to clearly see how organized religion has influenced the world for better or worse.
John M. Farrell