„Not my idea of God, but God.“

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„A god is the idea of a god. The idea of a god is a god.“

—  Alan Moore English writer primarily known for his work in comic books 1953
Context: A god is the idea of a god. The idea of a god is a god. The idea of Glycon is Glycon, if I can enhance that idea with an anaconda and a speaking tube, fair enough. I am unlikely to start believing that this glove puppet created the universe. It’s a fiction, all gods are fiction. It’s just that I happen to think that fiction’s real. Or that it has its own reality, that is just as valid as ours. I happen to believe that most of the important things in the material world start out as fiction. That everything around us was once fiction – before there was the table there was the idea of a table, and the idea of a table before tables was fiction. This is the most important world, the world of fictional things. That’s the world where all this starts.

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„The idea of God is an interpretation of experience.“

—  Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan Indian philosopher and statesman who was the first Vice President and the second President of India 1888 - 1975

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„I close this morning on … very... thin... ice.
This is a dangerous idea I've put on the table: my God vs. your God, their God vs. our God... vs. no God. It is very easy, in these times, to see religion as a force for division rather than unity.“

—  Bono Irish rock musician, singer of U2 1960
Context: I close this morning on … very... thin... ice. This is a dangerous idea I've put on the table: my God vs. your God, their God vs. our God... vs. no God. It is very easy, in these times, to see religion as a force for division rather than unity. And this is a town — Washington — that knows something of division. But the reason I am here, and the reason I keep coming back to Washington, is because this is a town that is proving it can come together on behalf of what the Scriptures call the least of these. This is not a Republican idea. It is not a Democratic idea. It is not even, with all due respect, an American idea. Nor it is unique to any one faith. "Do to others as you would have them do to you." [Luke 6:30] Jesus says that. "Righteousness is this: that one should... give away wealth out of love for Him to the near of kin and the orphans and the needy and the wayfarer and the beggars and for the emancipation of the captives." The Koran says that. [2.177] Thus sayeth the Lord: "Bring the homeless poor into the house, when you see the naked, cover him, then your light will break out like the dawn and your recovery will speedily spring fourth, then your Lord will be your rear guard." The Jewish scripture says that. Isaiah 58 again.

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„I have repeatedly said that in my opinion the idea of a personal God is a childlike one.“

—  Albert Einstein German-born physicist and founder of the theory of relativity 1879 - 1955
Context: I have repeatedly said that in my opinion the idea of a personal God is a childlike one. You may call me an agnostic, but I do not share the crusading spirit of the professional atheist whose fervor is mostly due to a painful act of liberation from the fetters of religious indoctrination received in youth. I prefer an attitude of humility corresponding to the weakness of our intellectual understanding of nature and of our own being. Letter to Guy H. Raner Jr. (28 September 1949), from article by Michael R. Gilmore in Skeptic magazine, Vol. 5, No. 2 (1997)

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„Number is the ruler of forms and ideas, and the cause of gods and daemons.“

—  Pythagoras ancient Greek mathematician and philosopher -585 - -500 a.C.
As quoted in Life of Pythagoras (c. 300) by Iamblichus of Chalcis, as translated by Thomas Taylor (1818) <!-- also Collection of Pythagorean Doctrines ? --> Variants: Number rules the universe. As quoted in The Story of a Number‎ (1905) by E. Maor; also in Comic Sections (1993) by Desmond MacHale

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„All children are born Atheists; they have no idea of God.“

—  Baron d'Holbach French-German author, philosopher, encyclopedist 1723 - 1789
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„My God, my God, have mercy on me, and on my poor people!“

—  William the Silent stadtholder of Holland, Zeeland and Utrecht, leader of the Dutch Revolt 1533 - 1584
Last words, as quoted in De Vader des Vaderlands (1941) by W. Berkelbach van der Sprenkel, p. 29 Variants: O my God, have mercy on this poor people. My God, have pity on my soul; my God, have pity on this poor people. My God, have mercy on my soul and on these poor people. My God, have pity on my soul; I am badly wounded. My God, have pity on my soul and on this poor people!

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„I knew my God was bigger than his. I knew that my God was a real God and his was an idol.“

—  William G. Boykin Recipient of the Purple Heart medal 1949
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