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Jean , French erstwhile priest(1678-1733).
A country priest who led an exemplary life, he died an atheist. He left behinda memoir which was circulated by Voltaire. This expressed his disgust withhumanity and his inability to believe in God. 'sinfinite space, believed, was the onlyeternal reality: nothing but matter existed. Religion was a device used by therich to oppress the poor and render them powerless. Christianity wasdistinguished by its particularly ludicrous doctrines, such as the Trinity andthe Incarnation. []

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John may not have been a atheist, but hemoved farther in that direction than was common in medieval times. From thebiography, (John's mother) by Alison Weir, p. 234:"John's bad press in the monastic chronicles may be attributed to hisfailures as a king *and his cynical contempt for religion*; he with the Church during his reign and wasexcommunicatedHe led such a dissipated life that heceased to believe in the resurrection of the dead and other articles of theChristian faith...'(Medieval chroniclers Roger of and Matthew Paris; quoted in Weir). Once, upon seeing a buck slaughtered, at theend of a hunt, remarked 'You happy beast, never forced to patter prayers nordragged to Holy Mass.'" (Paris, in Weir).

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Mikhail , Russian anarchist leader andwriter (1814-1876).
For religion represented an impoverishment ofhumanity. Religion according to was a weaponof the state that must be abolished to make human self-determination possible.
"A jealous lover of human liberty, and deeming it the absolute conditionof all that we admire and respect in humanity, I reverse the phrase ofVoltaire, and say that if God really existed, it would be necessary to abolishhim."

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Robert Green , American politician andlecturer (1833-1899).
"The universe is all the God there is."
"Our ignorance is God; what we know is science."
"With soap, baptism is a good thing."
"The clergy know that I know that they know that they do not know."
"There is no harmony between religion and science. When science wasa child, religion sought to strangle it in the cradle. Now that science hasattained its youth, and superstition is in its dotage, the trembling, palsiedwreck says to the athlete: 'Let us be friends.' It reminds me of the bargainthe cock wished to make with the horse: ' us agreenot to step on each other's feet.'"
"For ages, a deadly conflict has been waged between a few brave men andwomen of thought and genius upon the one side, and the great ignorant religiousmass on the other. This is the war between Science and Faith. The few haveappealed to reason, to honor, to law, to freedom, to the known, and tohappiness here in this world. The many have appealed to prejudice, to fear, tomiracle, to slavery, to the unknown, and to misery hereafter. The few havesaid, "Think!" The many have said, "Believe!" [,1872]
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