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Faith

29 June, 2006

“I do not pretend to be able to prove that there is no God.

I equally cannot prove that Satan is a fiction.

The Christian god may exist; so may the gods of Olympus, or of ancient Egypt, or of Babylon.

But no one of these hypotheses is more probable than any other: they lie outside the region of even probable knowledge, and therefore there is no reason to consider any of them.”“We may define “faith” as the firm belief in something for which there is no evidence.

Where there is evidence, no one speaks of “faith.”

We do not speak of faith that two and two are four or that the earth is round. We only speak of faith when we wish to substitute emotion for evidence.”

 – Bertrand Russell

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