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Gibbon: regarding religion

Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful.

Edward Gibbon

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Ridicule is the only weapon which can be used against unintelligible propositions. Ideas must be distinct before reason can act upon them; and no man ever had a distinct idea of the trinity. It is the mere Abracadabra of the mountebanks calling themselves the priests of Jesus."

Thomas Jefferson