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/ (atheism) % "According to the           \
| theologians, God prepared this globe    |
| expressly for the                       |
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| habitation of his loved children, and   |
| yet he filled the forests with          |
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| ferocious beasts; placed serpents in    |
| every path; stuffed the world with      |
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| earthquakes, and adorned its surface    |
| with mountains of flame.                |
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| Notwithstanding all this, we are told   |
| that the world is perfect; that         |
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| it was created by a perfect being, and  |
| is therefore necessarily perfect.       |
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| The next moment, these same persons     |
| will tell us that the world was cursed; |
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| covered with brambles, thistles and     |
| thorns, and that man was doomed to      |
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| disease and death, simply because our   |
| poor, dear mother ate an apple          |
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| contrary to the command of an arbitrary |
| God."                                   |
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\ [Robert G. Ingersoll, "The Gods", 1872] /
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