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20 May
QOTD - Hermann Bondi

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From: Peter Langston <psl>
Date: Mon, 20 May 96 13:41:08 -0700
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Subject: QOTD - Hermann Bondi

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The fact that stares one in the face is that people of the greatest
sincerity and of all levels of intelligence differ and have always differed
in their religious beliefs.  Since at most one faith can be true, it follows
that human beings are extremely liable to believe firmly and honestly in
something untrue in the field of revealed religion.  One would have expected
this obvious fact to lead to some humility, to some thought that however
deep one's faith, one may conceivably be mistaken.  Nothing is further from
the believer, any believer, than this elementary humility.

All in his power... must have his faith rammed down their throats.  In many
cases children are indeed indoctrinated with the disgraceful thought that
they belong to the one group with superior knowledge who alone have a
private wire to the office of the Almighty, all others being less fortunate
than they themselves.

	-- Hermann Bondi, cited by Paul Davies in _God & the New Physics_

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