The power of the priesthood lies in the submission to a creed. In their onslaughts on rebellion they have exhausted human torments; nor, in their lust for earthly dominion, have they felt remorse, but rather joy, when slaying Christ’s enemies and their own.
What you should say to outsiders that a Christian has neither more nor less rights in our Association than an atheist. When our platform becomes too narrow for people of all creeds and of no creeds, I myself shall not stand upon it.
As men’s prayers are a disease of the will, so are their creeds a disease of the intellect.
In creeds never was such levity; witness the heathenisms in Christianity, the periodic “revivals,” the Millennium mathematics, the peacock ritualism, the retrogression to Popery, the maundering of Mormons, the squalor of Mesmerism, the deliration of rappings, the rat and mouse revelation, thumps in table-drawers, and black art.
It is grander to think and investigate for yourself than to repeat a creed… I look for the day when reason, throned upon the world’s brains, shall be the King of Kings and the God of Gods.
To hate man and worship god seems to be the sum of all the creeds.
My creed had been formed on unsheathing the sword at Lexington.
Creeds made in Dark Ages are like drawings made in dark rooms.
Some that will hold a creed unto martyrdom will not hold the truth against a sneering laugh.
There is no nonsense so arrant that it cannot be made the creed of the vast majority by adequate governmental action.