Tuesday, June 30, 2009

sent down from oxford for writing a pamphlet

"If he is infinitely good, what reason should we have to fear him? If he is infinitely wise, what doubts should we have concerning our future? If he knows all, why warn him of our needs and fatigue him with our prayers? If he is everywhere, why erect temples to him? If he is just, why fear that he will punish the creatures that he has filled with weaknesses? "
- Percy Bysshe Shelley [1792-1822], excerpt from The Necessity of Atheism, 1811