The moral and religious system which Jesus Christ transmitted to us is the best the world has ever seen, or can see.
To Follow by faith alone is to follow blindly.
The way to see by Faith is to shut the Eye of Reason.
In the affairs of this world, men are saved not by faith, but by the want of it.
How many observe Christ's birthday! How few, His precepts!
Lighthouses are more helpful than churches.
Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom.
Every other sect supposes itself in possession of the truth, and that those who differ are so far in the wrong. Like a man traveling in foggy weather they see those at a distance before them wrapped up in a fog, as well as those behind them, and also people in the fields on each side; but near them,
I wish it (Christianity) were more productive of good works ... I mean real good works ... not holy day keeping, sermon-hearing ... or making long prayers, filled with flatteries and compliments despised by wise men, and much less capable of pleasing the Deity.
Whoever shall introduce into public affairs the principles of primitive Christianity will change the face of the world.
I have found Christian dogma unintelligible. Early in life, I absenteed myself from Christian assemblies.
The United States Constitutional Convention, except for three or four persons, thought prayers unnecessary.
Scarcely was I arrived at fifteen years of age, when, after having doubted in turn of different tenets, according as I found them combated in the different books that I read, I began to doubt of Revelation itself.
Some volumes against Deism fell into my hands ... they produced an effect precisely the reverse to what was intended by the writers; for the arguments of the Deists, which were cited in order to be refuted, appeared to me much more forcibly than the refutation itself; in a word, I soon became a thor
Revealed religion has no weight with me.
When a religion is good, I conceive it will support itself; and when it does not support itself, and God does not take care to support it so that its professors are obliged to call for help of the civil power, 'tis a sign, I apprehend, of its being a bad one.
The things of this world take up too much of my time, of which indeed I have too little left, to undertake anything like a reformation in religion.
It is much to be lamented that a man of Franklin's general good character and great influence should have been an unbeliever in Christianity, and also have done as much as he did to make others unbelievers.
Religion I found to be without any tendency to inspire, promote, or confirm morality, serves principally to divide us and make us unfriendly to one another.
Do not, however, mistake me. It is not to my good friend's heresy that I impute his honesty. On the contrary, 'tis his honesty that brought upon him the character of a heretic.
Indeed, when religious people quarrel about religion, or hungry people quarrel about victuals, it looks as if they had not much of either among them.
Many have quarreled about religion that never practice it.