Religion is based ... Mainly upon fear ... Fear of the mysterious, fear of defeat, fear of death. Fear is the parent of cruelty, and therefore it is no wonder if cruelty and religion have gone hand in hand. My own view on religion is that of lucretius. I regard it as a disease born of fear and as a source of untold misery to the human race.
I think the human race doesn't have a future if we don't go into space. We need to expand our horizons beyond planet earth if we are to have a long-term future. We cannot remain looking inward at ourselves on a small and increasingly polluted and overcrowded planet. We need to look outward to the wider universe.
Speaking one day to monsieur de buffon, on the present ardor of chemical inquiry, he affected to consider chemistry but as cookery, and to place the toils of the laboratory on the footing with those of the kitchen. i think it, on the contrary, among the most useful of sciences, and big with future discoveries for the utility and safety of the human race.
As for the jews, i am just carrying on with the same policy which the catholic church has adopted for fifteen hundred years, when it has regarded the jews as dangerous and pushed them into ghettos etc., because it knew what the jews were like. I don't put race above religion, but i do see the danger in the representatives of this race for church and state, and perhaps i am doing christianity a great service.
There are always more questions. Science as a process is never complete. It is not a foot race, with a finish line.... People will always be waiting at a particular finish line: journalists with their cameras, impatient crowds eager to call the race, astounded to see the scientists approach, pass the mark, and keep running. It's a common misunderstanding, he said. They conclude there was no race. As long as we won't commit to knowing everything, the presumption is we know nothing.
An important advance in the life of a people is the transformation of the religion of fear into the moral religion. But one must avoid the prejudice that regards the religions of primitive peoples as pure fear religions and those of the civilized races as pure moral religions. All are mixed forms, though the moral element predominates in the higher levels of social life. Common to all these types is the anthropomorphic character of the idea of god.