Sunday, February 22, 2009

Quotes: Baron d'Holbach

If we go back to the beginning we shall find that ignorance and fear created the gods; that fancy, enthusiasm, or deceit adorned or disfigured them; that weakness worships them; that credulity preserves them, and that custom, respect and tyranny support them in order to make the blindness of men serve its own interests. -- Baron d'Holbach, Système de la Nature

Saw this awesome quote from onegoodmove and figured I'd quote it for two reasons. First, he's right. Second, he's Baron d'Holbach for craps sakes... he's like the first modern atheist ever.


RedFerret said...

I knew nothing about Baron d'Holbach, thanks for the post, gave me somehting new to look up.

Nice to see the Catholic church tried to squash his work
- they never change do they?


Tatarize said...

There was a good BBC series by Jonathan Miller: A Brief History of Disbelief. It wasn't as good as the atheism tapes but it has a pretty good reference or two to d'Holbach in the second part.