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Helen H Gardener (1853–1925)
"Leader in Suffrage Cause" —The New York Times

Helen H. GardenerI do not know the needs of a god or of another world.... I do know that women make shirts for seventy cents a dozen in this one.
Helen H Gardener, Men, Women and Gods, quoted from Women Without Superstition, Annie Laurie Gaylor, ed.

It is a significant fact that, of all the Christian countries, in those where the church stands highest, and has most power, women rank lowest, and have fewest rights accorded them, whether of personal liberty or proprietary interest.
Helen H Gardener, quoted in Samuel Putnam, 400 Years of Freethought (1894), page 481; excerpted by PAM

This religion and the Bible require of woman everything, and give her nothing. They ask her support and her love, and repay her with contempt and oppression.
Helen H Gardener, Men, Women and Gods, page 9, quoted from Women Without Superstition, Annie Laurie Gaylor, ed.

There is no book which tells of a more infamous monster than the Old Testament, with its Jehovah of murder and cruelty and revenge, unless it be the New Testament, which arms its God with hell, and extends his outrages throughout all eternity!
Helen H Gardener, Men, Women and Gods, page 12, quoted from Women Without Superstition, Annie Laurie Gaylor, ed.

It is thought strange and particularly shocking by some persons for a woman to question the absolute correctness of the Bible. She is supposed to be able to go through this world with her eyes shut, and her mouth open wide enough to swallow Jonah and the Garden of Eden without making a wry face....
     Of all human beings a woman should spurn the Bible first.
Helen H Gardener, Men, Women and Gods, pp. 1, 24, quoted from Women Without Superstition, Annie Laurie Gaylor, ed.

That she [woman] does not crouch today where St Paul tried to bind her, she owes to the men who are grand and brave enough to ignore St Paul, and rise superior to his God.
Helen H Gardener, regarding Paul's edicts in I Corinthians 9, such as, "Let your women keep silence in the churches, for it is not permitted unto them to speak, but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law. And if they will learn anything, let them ask their husbands at home; for it is a shame for a woman to speak in the church" (vs. 34, 35), quoted from John E Remsberg, The Christ, page 321

The bible teaches that a father may sell his daughter for a slave [Exodus xxx, 7], that he may sacrifice her purity to a mob [Judges xix, 24; Genesis xix, 8], and that he may murder her, and still be a good father and a holy man. It teaches that a man may have any number of wives; that he may sell them, give them away, or swap them around, and still be a perfect gentleman, a good husband, a righteous man, and one of God's most intimate friends; and that is a pretty good position for a beginning. It teaches almost every infamy under the heavens for woman, and it does not recognize her as a self-directing, free human being. It classes her as property, just as it does a sheep: and it forbids her to think, talk, act, or exist, except under conditions and limits defined by some priest.
Helen H Gardener, Men, Women and Gods, page 14, quoted from Women Without Superstition, Annie Laurie Gaylor, ed.

Every injustice that has ever been fastened upon women in a Christian country has been "authorized by the Bible" and riveted and perpetuated by the pulpit.
Helen H Gardener, Men, Women and Gods, page 14, quoted from Women Without Superstition, Annie Laurie Gaylor, ed.

Do you think that was kind? Do you think it was godlike? What would you think of a physician, if a woman came to him distressed and said, "Doctor, come to my daughter, she is very ill. She has lost her reason, and she is all I have!" What would you think of the doctor who would not reply at all at first, and then, when she fell at his feet and worshiped him, answered that he did not spend his time doctoring dogs? Would you like him as a family physician? Do you think that, even if he were to cure the child then, he would have done a noble thing? Is it evidence of a perfect character to accompany a service with an insult? Do you think that a man who could offer such an indignity to a sorrowing mother has a perfect character, is an ideal God?
Helen H Gardener, regarding the tale in Matthew 15:26 where Christ spurned the request of a Gentile woman, who had beseeched Him to heal her sick daughter, by telling her, "It is not meet to take the children's bread and cast it to the dogs"; quoted from John E Remsberg, The Christ, page 297

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John W Gardner
American social scientist, educator, social activist; former President, Carnegie Corporation, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching; former Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare; former Chair, National Urban Coalition; founder, Common Cause, co-founder, former chair, Independent Sector

John GardnerPolitical extremism involves two prime ingredients: an excessively simple diagnosis of the worlds ills and a conviction that there are identifiable villains back of it all.
John Gardner, No Easy Victories (1968), thanks to Laird Wilcox, editor, "The Degeneration of Belief"

In the stable periods of history, meaning was supplied in the context of a coherent community and traditionally prescribed patterns of culture. Today we cannot count on any such inheritance. People run around searching for identity, but it isn't handed out free any more — not in this transient, rootless society. Your identity is what you have committed yourself to. You build meaning into your life through your commitments — whether to your religion, to your conception of an ethical order, to your family, group or community, to the rights of others, to unborn generations.
John Gardner, from a recent speech, quoted from his Internet Profile Page at Stanford University (date-stamped February, 2000)

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Martin Gardner
American mathematician and skeptic who popularized math and science puzzles

When reputable scientists correct flaws in an experiment that produced fantastic results, then fail to get those results when they repeat the test with flaws corrected, they withdraw their original claims. They do not defend them by arguing irrelevantly that the failed replication was successful in some other way, or by making intemperate attacks on whomever dares to criticize their competence.
Martin Gardner, Science: Good, Bad and Bogus, quoted from Victor J Stenger, Physics And Psychics

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James Abram Garfield (1831–1881)
The 20th President of the United States (1881), former preacher

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James A. GarfieldThe divorce between church and state should be absolute. It ought to be so absolute that no Church property anywhere, in any state, or in the nation, should be exempt from equal taxation; for if you exempt the property of any church organization, to that extent you impose a tax upon the whole community.
James A Garfield, Congressional Record (1874), 2:5384, quoted from Gene Garman, "Church and State Separation"

Next in importance to freedom and justice is popular education, without which neither justice nor freedom can be permanently maintained. Its interests are intrusted to the States and the voluntary action of the people. Whatever help the nation can justly afford should be generously given to aid the States in supporting common schools; but it would be unjust to our people and dangerous to our institutions to apply any portion of the revenues of the nation or of the States to the support of sectarian schools. The separation of Church and State in everything relating to taxation should be absolute.
James A Garfield, letter of acceptance of presidential nomination, July 12, 1880, quoted from Albert J Menendez and Edd Doerr, The Great Quotations on Religious Freedom

In my judgment, while it is the duty of Congress to respect to the uttermost the conscientious convictions and religious scruples of every citizen ... not any ecclesiastical organization can be safely permitted to usurp in the smallest degree the functions and powers of the national government.
James A Garfield, Inaugural Address, March 4, 1881, quoted from Albert J Menendez and Edd Doerr, The Great Quotations on Religious Freedom

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Alan Garfinkle
American physicist

You may not be coming from where I'm coming from, but I know relativism isn't true for me.
Alan Garfinkle, spoofing the spoof of the hooplah over the big to-do about the flurry of commotion about all the hurly-burly in regards to the frenzied hullabaloo wherein what is all this brouhaha over this bother about relativism, such as we frequently hear from Evangelicals and Fundamentalists of the variety that prefer absolutism in morals and, as logic such as they appear to tend to favor would have it, absolutism in just about everything else (including, we suppose, E=MC²), quoted from Brent Meeker, signature to his post to Vic Stenger's list (May 06, 2002)

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Gene Garman
US Constitutional scholar

Gene GarmanMost of the people who are complaining about the Constitution and the Court want religion required and imposed upon Americans, especially in public schools (which are not churches) and where children of all religions are welcome to attend.
Gene Garman, promotion for America's Real Religion

From its beginning the principle has often been expressed in terms of "separation of church and state." However, those are not the terms used in the Constitution; rather, the word in the Constitution is "religious" and the word in the First Amendment is "religion." As a strict constructionist of the Constitution, I submit it is a "religious" test for public office which is prohibited (not a church test) and it is "religion" which is prohibited from being established by law (not a church).
Gene Garman, "Church and State Separation"

The Court has effectively rewritten the Establishment Clause from "no law respecting an establishment of religion," to "no law respecting establishment of an excessive entanglement with religion." The distortion approved in Lemon (403 US 602, 1971) should be rejected, but that is another essay.
Gene Garman, "Justice William H Rehnquist's Abuse of History"

In America, every citizen may believe about religion whatever he or she chooses, but no one has a right to actions in the name of religion which violate the law.
Gene Garman, quoted in about.com, "Church and State: How the Court Decides"

The last version of the religion clauses as presented by the House is worded as follows: "Congress shall make no law establishing religion, or to prevent the free exercise thereof, or to infringe the rights of conscience." The last version of the Senate reads: "Congress shall make no law establishing articles of faith or a mode of worship, or prohibiting the free exercise of religion." Neither final proposal uses the word national. In fact, the House version speaks of establishing "religion," and the Senate speaks of establishing "articles of faith." The majority of members of the First Congress intended that Congress would have no authority to make any law establishing "religion" or "articles of faith," terms much broader than merely a "national" church. The majority in the First Congress intended for the Establishment Clause to prohibit more than an official church or a national religion. The record of history shows that a majority in the First Congress wanted the Establishment Clause to read that "Congress shall make no law" establishing religion, articles of faith, or a mode of worship.
Gene Garman, "This Headline Is False," Liberty (May, 1999)

The historical record does not support Justice Rehnquist's notion that the Framers of the Establishment Clause simply intended to "prohibit the designation of any church as a 'national' one." Through their representatives, the American people amended the Constitution to read that "religion" would not be established by law, a term that, though including a prohibition on a "national church," certainly extends beyond it.
Gene Garman, "This Headline Is False," Liberty (May, 1999)

When Christian fundamentalists want to appear open-minded they refer to America as a Judeo-Christian nation or a nation built on Judeo-Christian principles. However, there is not one Christian fundamentalist who believes that Jews are going to Heaven or that Judaism is worthy of spiritual respect in this world — because Judaism rejects the divinity of Jesus. Christian fundamentalists use the Jewish name only to abuse it.
Gene Garman, emphasis ours, "Essays in Addition to America's Real Religion"

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Winfred E Garrison

The totalitarian church-state is always intolerant. Staking its very existence upon the hypothesis that everybody within its jurisdiction must conform to the approved patterns, it uses whatever means seem to be necessary to secure that end.
Winfred E Garrison, Intolerance (1934) page 124, quoted from Albert J Menendez and Edd Doerr, The Great Quotations on Religious Freedom

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Bill Gates
Co-Founder of Microsoft

Bill GatesI'm not somebody who goes to church on a regular basis. The specific elements of Christianity are not something I'm a huge believer in.
Bill Gates, quoted from Famous Non-Believers

Just in terms of allocation of time resources, religion is not very efficient. There's a lot more I could be doing on a Sunday morning.
Bill Gates, quoted from Positive Atheism, July, 2000

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Edwin S Gaustad, PhD
Historian of American religion

Jefferson found in the religion phrases of the First Amendment no vague or fuzzy language to be bent or shaped or twisted as suited any Supreme Court Justice or White House incumbent. That amendment had built a wall, with the ecclesiastical estate on one side and the civil estate on the other.
Edwin Gaustad, Faith of Our Fathers (1987) page 46, quoted from Albert J Menendez and Edd Doerr, The Great Quotations on Religious Freedom

What good deed can government do for religion? The best deed of all: leave it free and unencumbered, burdened by neither enmity nor amity.
Edwin Gaustad, Faith of Our Fathers (1987) page 46, quoted from Albert J Menendez and Edd Doerr, The Great Quotations on Religious Freedom

Most of the founding fathers, sympathetic with and influenced by the European Enlightenment, saw religion — natural religion, that is — as a potential good, but with equal clarity they saw the religions of existing institutions and religions based on a fixed scriptural revelation as meddlesome, wrong-headed and hopelessly obsolete.
Edwin Gaustad, "Sins of the Fathers: Religion and the Revolution"

In America, religious dissent is as vital as it is elusive. Like the secretions of the pituitary, the juices of dissent are essential to ongoing life even if we do not always know precisely how, when or where they perform their tasks, and the not knowing — the flimsy, filmy elusiveness — is supremely characteristic of America's expressions of religious dissent. For in the United States no stalwart orthodoxy stands ever ready to parry the sharp thrust or clever feints of dissent. No National Church resists or restrains the indigenous as well as the imported gift for schism.
Edwin Gaustad, Dissent in American Religion (1973), quoted from Albert J Menendez and Edd Doerr, The Great Quotations on Religious Freedom

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Anne Nicol Gaylor
American Separationist, co-founder, Freedom From Religion Foundation

Anne Nicol GaylorThere are no gods, no devils, no angels, no heaven or hell. There is only our natural world. Religion is but myth and superstition that hardens hearts and enslaves minds.
Anne Nicol Gaylor (attributed: source unknown)

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Jim Gerard
American author, journalist, playwright, stand-up comic

Anne Nicol GaylorThe main theme of the Book of Revelation is the wrath of God, which is so much worse than the wrath of Khan, it's not funny. In fact some contemporary scholars have tallied the number of deaths during the End Times prophesied in Revelation and prorated it to the Earth’s current population. The final tally: five billion. Of course, most of the victims will be sinners, with a few innocent bystanders who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. As God says, “Shit happens.”
     To boil down Revelation, it’s God going postal on the unrepentant and an awful wicked beast ruling the whole world while flipping God the bird.
     Lastly, it’s about Jesus, the avenging bloodthirsty warrior with a sword. As Revelation says, “He will rule the nations with a rod of iron, as a potter strikes a pot with iron and it just completely shatters.”
     Make no mistake: this is not good, liberal Jesus. This is bad, neocon Jesus.
Jim Gerard, Beam Me Up, Jesus: A Heathen’s Guide To the Rapture (New York: Nation Books, 2007)

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Edward Gibbon (1737-1794)
English historian, author of the famous work The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (1776–1788)

Edward GibbonA state of skepticism and suspense may amuse a few inquisitive minds. But the practice of superstition is so congenial to the multitude that, if they are forcibly awakened, they still regret the loss of their pleasing vision.
Edward Gibbon, The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (1776)

To the philosophical eye the vices of the clergy are far less dangerous than their virtues.
Edward Gibbon, Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (1776–1788), quoted from Jonathon Green, The Cassell Dictionary of Cynical Quotations

The theologian may indulge the pleasing task of describing Religion as she descended from Heaven, arrayed in her natural purity. A more melancholy duty is imposed on the historian. He must discover the inevitable mixture of error and corruption which she contracted in a long residence upon earth, among a weak and degenerate race of beings.
     Our curiosity is naturally prompted to inquire by what means the Christian faith obtained so remarkable a victory over the established religions of the earth. To this inquiry an obvious but unsatisfactory answer may be returned; that it was owing to the convincing evidence of the doctrine itself, and to the rule providence of its great Author. But as truth and reason seldom find so favourable a reception in the world, and as the wisdom of Providence frequently condescends to use the passions of the human heart, and the general circumstances of mankind, as instruments to execute its purpose, we may still be permitted, though with becoming submission, to ask, not indeed what were the first, but what were the secondary causes of the rapid growth of the Christian church?
Edward Gibbon, The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (1776; Chicago: Encyclopædia Britannica, 1952) page 179, quoted from George H Smith, Why Atheism? (2000) pp. 210-11

The fierce and partial writers of the times, ascribing all virtue to themselves, and imputing all guilt to their adversaries, have painted the battle of the angels and the demons.
Edward Gibbon, The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (1776; rev. 1909), thanks to Laird Wilcox, ed, "The Degeneration of Belief"

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André Gide (1869–1951)
Nobel Prize-winning French author

André GideChristianity, above all, consoles; but there are naturally happy souls who do not need consolation. Consequently, Christianity begins by making such souls unhappy, for otherwise it would have no power over them.
André Gide, journal entry, October 10, 1893, quoted from James A Haught, ed, 2000 Years of Disbelief

The very act of sacrifice magnifies the one who sacrifices himself to the point where his sacrifice is much more costly to humanity than would have been the loss of those for whom he is sacrificing himself. But in his abnegation lies the secret of his grandeur.
André Gide, Journals (1931), thanks to Laird Wilcox, ed, "The Degeneration of Belief"

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Rabbi Arthur Gilbert
New York Rabbi; director of Interreligious Cooperation for the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith

Jews are still disadvantaged in many "Christian countries" where the faithful control the structures of education and impose rites of Christian affirmation on school children as part of school policy. We are concerned ... when the evangelical purposes of one church or of all churches are supported through disbursements from the public treasury.
Arthur Gilbert, Religious Freedom in Jewish Tradition and Experience (1966), quoted from Albert J Menendez and Edd Doerr, The Great Quotations on Religious Freedom

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Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860–1935)
American novelist, publisher, and lecturer

Charlotte Perkins GilmanThe stony-minded orthodox were right in fearing the first movement of new knowledge and free thought. It has gone on, and will go on, irresistibly, until some day we shall have no respect for an alleged "truth" which cannot stand the full blaze of knowledge, the full force of active thought.
Charlotte Perkins Gilman, The Living of Charlotte Perkins Gilman, page 322, quoted from Annie Laurie Gaylor, editor, Women Without Superstition, page 341

The soaring, imaginative minds of men, constructing lofty, shimmering piles of abstract thought, and taking as their postulate a revelation from God, gaveus relgions which coule not possible maintained without belief and obedience: ... we find them most permanent and changeless among people who make the least effort to swquare their beliefs with the laws of life.
Charlotte Perkins Gilman, His Religion and Hers (1923), quoted from Annie Laurie Gaylor, editor, Women Without Superstition, page 351

If we once admit that our life is here for the purpose of race-improvement, then we question any religion which does not improve the race, or the main force of which evaporates, as it were, directing our best efforts toward the sky.... Improvement in the human race is not accomplished by extracting any number of souls and placing them in heaven, or elsewhere. It must be established on earth, either through achievement in social service, or through better children.
Charlotte Perkins Gilman, His Religion and Hers (1923) page 10, quoted from Annie Laurie Gaylor, editor, Women Without Superstition, page 340

[Let us inquire] what glory there was in an omnipotent being torturing forever a puny little creature who could in no way defend himself? Would it be to the glory of a man to fry ants?
Charlotte Perkins Gilman, His Religion and Hers (1923) page 160, quoted from Annie Laurie Gaylor, editor, Women Without Superstition, page 337

One religion after another has accepted and perpetuated man's original mistake in making a private servant of the mother of the race.
Charlotte Perkins Gilman, His Religion and Hers (1923) page 217, quoted from Annie Laurie Gaylor, editor, Women Without Superstition, page 340

A normal feminine influence in recasting our religious assumptions will do more than any other one thing to improve the world.
Charlotte Perkins Gilman, His Religion and Hers (1923), quoted from Annie Laurie Gaylor, editor, Women Without Superstition, page 339

What would have been the effect upon religion if it had come to us through the minds of women?
Charlotte Perkins Gilman, His Religion and Hers (1923), quoted from Annie Laurie Gaylor, editor, Women Without Superstition, page 339

We grovel and "worship" and pray to God to do what we ourselves ought to have done a thousand years ago, and can do now, as soon as we choose.
Charlotte Perkins Gilman, His Religion and Hers (1923) page 13, quoted from Annie Laurie Gaylor, editor, Women Without Superstition, page 340

The peculiarity of all death-based religions is that their subject-matter is entirely outside of facts. Men could think and think, talk and argue, advance, deny, assert, and controversy, and write innumerable books, without being hampered at any time by any fact....
     Thus we have almost from the beginning the assertion of authority which it was impossible to disprove, a sin to doubt, an indiscretion even to consider. Then, with this arbitrary basis, the minds of men soared happily in unbridled conjecture, and built up colossal systems of thought, racial "complexes" or states of mind, which were imposed upon the world. Each ancient religion has its form of established church, its priesthood or clergy, its temples and system of ceremonies; and each, as a social phenomenon, stand in history as a social complex, "a state of mind," a system of ceremonies, rather than as an agent of improvement.
Charlotte Perkins Gilman, His Religion and Hers (1923), quoted from Annie Laurie Gaylor, editor, Women Without Superstition, page 350

One and all, religions have their original prophets, their sacred books, their traditions of ages gone. One and all require us to accept without question what other people long dead have said or written; to obey without question the commands of those behind us.... No matter what the belief, if it had modestly said, "This is our best thought, go on, think farther!" then we could have smoothly outgrown our early errors and long since have developed a religion such as would have kept pace with an advancing world. But we were made to believe and not allowed to think. We were told to obey, rather than to experiment and investigate.
Charlotte Perkins Gilman, His Religion and Hers (1923) pp. 188-90, quoted from Annie Laurie Gaylor, editor, Women Without Superstition, page 341

There's heaven. There it is. What more do we mean? People, free to come together, and in beauty — for growth.
Charlotte Perkins Gilman, following a conference Charlotte and Zona Gale had attended at the University of Wisconsin in Madison: "Emerging on that campus, the summer school students streaming over its green swell in the slanting late afternoon sunlight, bright colored groups under the trees, the university band playing," described and quoted by Zona in the Foreword to Charlotte's autobiography, The Living of Charlotte Perkins Gilman,quoted from Annie Laurie Gaylor, editor, Women Without Superstition, page 341

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Ray Ginger
American author

If a person holds irrational ideas and insists that others should accept them because of their authoritative source, he should never agree to be questioned about them.
Ray Ginger, on the legendary questioning of William Jennings Bryan on the witness stand by Clarence Darrow in the 1925 Scopes trial, from his book Six Days or Forever? Tennessee v. John Thomas Scopes, 1958, quoted in Summer for the Gods: The Scopes Trial and America's Continuing Debate over Science and Religion, by Edward J Larson, 1997, submitted by James Beacham — Thanks!

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Jean Giraudoux (1882–1944)
French writer

Jean GiraudouxIn times of death and famine, reason is on the side of the priests — who have their own kind of logic which cries for miracles and, on occasion, sometimes invents them.
Jean Giraudoux, Judith (1931), quoted from James A Haught, ed, 2000 Years of Disbelief

Only the mediocre are always at their best.
Jean Giraudoux, quoted from the Cyper Nation Quotation Center

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Josiah William Gitt (1884–1973)
Editor and publisher of the York (Pennsylvania) Gazette; target of a McCarthy Era FBI investigation for his chairmanship of the Progressive Party and post-McCarthy-era investigations for his criticism of the Bureau, who eventually failed to link him to the Communists; victim of Ku Klux Klan intimidation in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1948 wherein a man and four women were openly kidnapped from his home

Humanity's most valuable assets have been the non-conformists. Were it not for the non-conformists, he who refuses to be satisfied to go along with the continuance of things as they are, and insists upon attempting to find new ways of bettering things, the world would have know little progress, indeed.
Josiah William Gitt, Gazette and Daily (February 2, 1957)

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Glanville, Joseph (1636–1680)
English clergyman and philosopher, exponent of occasionalism, precursor (of sorts) to David Hume, author of The Vanity of Dogmatizing (originally, Scepsis Scientifica; also called, Confidence in Opinions Manifested in a Discourse of the Shortness and Uncertainty of our Knowledge, and its Causes; with some Reflexions on Peripateticism; and Apology for Philosophy, considered by some to be one of the most important treatises on scientific method); chaplain ordinary to King Charles II; prebendary of Worcester Cathedral; occult practitioner (late in life)

And the will therin lyeth, which dyeth not. Who knoweth the mysteries of the will with its vigor? For God is but a great will pervading all things through the nature of its intentness. Man doth not yeild himself to the angels, nor unto death utterly, save only through the weakness of his feeble will.
Joseph Glanville, The Vanity of Dogmatizing, quoted in Edgar Allan Poe's dream-based "Ligeia: Prose"; contributed by an anonymous reader — thanks!; researched and verified by PAM's editorial team

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John Stuart Glennie
English writer

In ancient Osirianism, as in modern Christianism, we find the worship of a divine mother and child. In ancient Osirianism as in modern Christianism, there is a doctrine of atonement. In ancient Osirianism, as in modern Christianism, we find the vision of a last judgment, and resurrection of the body. And finally, in ancient Osirianism, as in modern Christianism, the sanctions of morality are a lake of fire and torturing demons on the one hand, and on the other, eternal life in the presence of God.
John Stuart Glennie, Christ and Osiris, page 14, quoted from John E Remsberg, The Christ, noting analogies between the religion of Osiris and the religion of Christ

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