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The Birth of Venus (detail), a 1486 painting by Sandro Botticelli
The Birth of Venus (detail), a 1486 painting by Sandro Botticelli

"What renders the evil without remedy, is, that after having established these silly ideas of God, they teach the people to receive them without examination."--Treatise of the Three Impostors (1719) by anonymous

"No gods, no masters"

"I would only believe in a God that knows how to dance" -- Nietzsche in Thus Spoke Zarathustra

"God is an infinite sphere whose center everywhere and whose circumference is nowhere"

"If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent him"--Voltaire

"The various modes of worship which prevailed in the Roman world were all considered by the people as equally true; by the philosophers as equally false; and by the magistrate as equally useful." --Edward Gibbon

"Oh, Juliette! forget it, scorn it, the concept of this vain and ludicrous God ... Refer yourself again and again to the great theses of Spinoza, of Vanini, of the author of Le Systeme de la Nature."--Juliette (1797–1801) by Marquis de Sade

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God most commonly refers to the deity worshipped by followers of monotheistic religions, whom they believe to be the creator and ruler of the universe.

Theologians have ascribed various attributes to God, including omniscience, omnipotence, omnipresence, perfect goodness, divine simplicity, and eternal and necessary existence. He has been described as incorporeal, a personal being, the source of all moral obligation, and the "greatest conceivable existent".




From Middle English, from Old English god (“deity”) (akin to Old High German got (a rank of deity)), originally neuter, then changed to masculine to reflect the change in religion to Christianity, both from the Proto-Germanic *gudą (compare Dutch god, German Gott, Danish gud), from the Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰuto- (“invoked (one)”), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰewH- (“to call, to invoke”) or *ǵʰew- (“to pour”). Not related to the word good.


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