For those of you who knew I was going to post a
Saturday Edition of
It’s Monday Night & Time For Quotes
This is a special Saturday edition of It’s Monday Night & Time For Quotes. On Monday nights I usually share quotes from a variety of sources that I noted during each week’s personal reading. However, in this special edition I share some interesting quotations that are all culled from one resource. This week I purchased The Paradox of God and the Science of Omniscience by Clifford A. Pickover . I love the way he sprinkles quotes throughout the work. I offer below some of those that I found to be interesting.
Obviously, as with the quotes in my normal Monday night edition, I do not agree with everything I share here. I would have to disbelieve in the law of contradiction (or, law of non-contradiction if you prefer that terminology) in order to agree with all of them. Some of the quotes shared below are self-refuting, some contradict others, and at least one would be categorized as a nonsense statement by Richard Swinburne and C.S. Lewis. Nevertheless, I found them interesting and share them with you here.
Just in terms of allocation of time resources, religion is not very efficient. There’s a lot more I could be doing on Sunday morning.
— Bill Gates, Time
If the universal resurrection is accomplished by reassembling the original atoms which made up the dead, would it not be logically impossible for God to resurrect cannibals? Every one of their atoms belongs to someone else.
— Frank Tippler, The Physics of Immortality
(My eight year old son asked this same question of me a few days ago. The answer isn’t that difficult.)
Discovering the prisoner’s dilemma is something like discovering air. It has always been with us. The Gospel of Matthew attributes to Jesus the “golden rule”: “In everything, do to others what you would have them do to you.”
— William Poundstone, The Prisoner’s Dilemma
A London lady sat next to Bertrand Russell at this party, and over the soup she suggested to him that he was not only the world’s most famous atheist but, by this time, very probably the world’s oldest atheist. “What will you do, Bertie, if it turns out you’re wrong?” she asked. “I mean, what if–uh–when the time comes, you should meet Him? What will you say?” Russell was delighted with the question. His bright, birdlike eyes grew even brighter as he contemplated this possible future dialogue, and then he pointed a finger upward and cried, “Why, I should say, ‘God, you gave us insufficient evidence.'”
— Al Seckel, in the preface to Bertrand Russell on God and Religion
The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. for since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.
(I think Bertrand Russell needed better spectacles.)
Simon Peter said to them: “Let Mary leave us, for women are not worthy of life.” Jesus said: “Look, I will guide her in order to make her male, so that she too may become a living spirit like You males. For every female who will make herself male will enter the Kingdom of Heaven.”
—The Gospel of Thomas , verse 114
God gave us the darkness so we could see the stars.
–Johnny Cash, in Farmers’ Almanac
Heaven, n.: A place where the wicked cease from troubling you with talk of their personal affairs, and the good listen with attention while you expound your own.
–Ambrose Bierce, The Devil’s Dictionary
One thing I have no worry about is whether God exists. But it has occurred to me that God has Alzheimer’s and has forgotten we exist.
–Jane Wagner, The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe
All that is not given is lost.
Belief is a wise wager. Granted that faith cannot be proved, what harm will come to you if you gamble on its truth and it proves false? … If you gain, you gain all; if you lose, you lose nothing. Wager, then, without hesitation, that He exists.
—Blaise Pascal, Pensees
Reason’s last step is the recognition that there are an infinite number of things which are beyond it.
—Blaise Pascal, Pensees
There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.
–Albert Einstein, in Max Jammer’s Einstein and Religion: Physics and Theology
Esse est percipi.
–George Berkeley, Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge
The only path to knowing God is through the study of science–and for that reason the Bible opens with a description of the creation.
–Maimonides, Guide to the Perplexed (1190)
I don’t want to achieve immortality through my work; I want to achieve immortality through not dying.
–Woody Allen, Without Feathers
If God does not exist, all is permitted.
—Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov
There is more information in one thimble of reality than can be understood by a galaxy of human brains. It is beyond the human brain to understand the world and its environment, so the brain compensates by creating simplified illusions that act as a replacement for understanding. When the illusions work well and the human who subscribes to the illusion survives, those illusions are passed to new generations.
–Scott Adams, God’s Debris
(yes, this is the same Scott Adams who is the creator of the Dilbert cartoon)
Even an omniscient being could not know the last digit of pi.
Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the Lord. Do not I fill heaven and earth?
Maimonides believed that Torah study is so demanding that husbands engaged in this exhausting work should not be obliged to have sex with their wives only “once a week, because the study of Torah weakens their strength.”