The idea of a good society is something you do not need a religion and eternal punishment to buttress; you need a religion if you are terrified of death.
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I regard monotheism as the greatest disaster ever to befall the human race. I see no good in Judaism, Christianity, or Islam — good people, yes, but any religion based on a single...frenzied and virulent god, is not as useful to the human race as, say, Confucianism, which is not a religion but an ethical and educational system that has worked pretty well for twenty-five hundred years.
- Appendix, At Home, 1988.