Bertrand Russell

“To Dr. Faustus in his study Mephistopheles told the history of the Creation, saying, ‘The endless praises of the choirs of angels had begun to grow wearisome; for, after all, did he not deserve their praise? Had he not given them endless joy? Would it not be more amusing to obtain undeserved praise, to be worshiped by beings whom he tortured? He smiled inwardly, and resolved that the great drama should be performed.'”

From Bertrand Russell (1872-1970): “A Free Man’s Worship” from Mysticism and Logic (London: George Allen & Unwin, 1917)

In this statement of the humanist’s view of God and morality, Russell argues that human beings do not need God to provide a rational basis for morality.

 

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