Saturday, December 27, 2008
Steve Allen: Quotes on Religion
Steve Allen was a genius of comedy, music, writing, and philosophy. He was the first host of NBC's "The Tonight Show." When he died in 2000, I was profoundly sad...his lost to humanity was that great in my mind.
Since I am going to be posting on religion in the coming year, I thought I would share some of these Steve Allen quotes with you.
“If the Old Testament were a reliable guide in the matter of capital punishment, half the people in the United States would have to be killed tomorrow”
“If there is a God, the phrase that must disgust him is - holy war.”
"There are hundreds of millions who believe the Messiah has come. If he did, then it is unfortunately the case that his heroic sacrifice and death have had no effect whatsoever on the very problem his coming might have been expected to address, for history demonstrates, beyond question, that we Christians have been just as dangerous, singly and en masse, as non-Christians."
"The Bible has been interpreted to justify such evil practices as, for example, slavery, the slaughter of prisoners of war, the sadistic murders of women believed to be witches, capital punishment for hundreds of offenses, polygamy, and cruelty to animals. It has been used to encourage belief in the grossest superstition and to discourage the free teaching of scientific truths. We must never forget that both good and evil flow from the Bible. It is therefore not above criticism."
"If you pray for rain long enough, it eventually does fall. If you pray for floodwaters to abate, they eventually do. The same happens in the absence of prayers."