|G.P. Spencer’s monument
Not much is known of George P. Spencer of Lyndon Center, Vermont, who died at the age of 83 in 1908. But this epitaph inscribed on the side of his granite monument speaks of quite a fine-minded fellow:
Beyond the universe there is nothing and within the universe the supernatural does not and cannot exist. Of all deceivers who have plagued mankind, none are so deeply ruinous to human happiness as those impostors who pretend to lead by a light above nature. Science has never killed or persecuted a single person for doubting or denying its teachings, and most of these teachings have been true; but religion has murdered millions for doubting or denying her dogmas, and most of these dogmas have been false.
Remind me again just what is “new” about these so-called New Atheists?
(Of course, standby for the usual swipes about how science did kill in those godless dictatorships, or how religion is supposedly not to blame for any of the killings done explicitly in its name. Or something.)
Added to the ever-growing list of Memorable Quotes.