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    The Bible is unfortunately unclear on a long list of moral and social questions and sex is one of them. On the one hand, there are expressions of admiration for the reportedly virgin mother of Jesus, but other portions of scripture speak quite accommodatingly of polygamy.
    — Steve Allen
    tags: questions  sex  jesus  bible  morals  mother 
     
    I'm all for sex. Seven nights a week. Days, too.
    — Steve Allen
    tags: night  sex 
     
    Sometimes things which at the moment may be perceived as obstacles-and actually be obstacles, difficulties, or drawbacks-can in the long run result in some good end which would not have occurred if it had not been for the obstacle.
    — Steve Allen
    tags: moment 
     
    There is not the slightest question but that the God of the Old Testament is a jealous, vengeful God, inflicting not only on the sinful pagans but even on his Chosen People fire, lighting, hideous plagues and diseases, brimstone, and other curses.
    — Steve Allen
    tags: people  fire  questions  god 
     
    Millions of Germans had absolute faith in Hitler. Millions of Russians had faith in Stalin. Millions of Chinese had faith in Mao. Billions have had faith in imaginary gods.
    — Steve Allen
    tags: god  faith 
     
    The fundamentalist believer is mostly a weird intellectual who often lacks real faith altogether. As a self-appointed attorney for God, who is in no need of attorneys, he very easily turns out to be more godless than the agnostic and the unbeliever. At all events, he seems deaf to poetry.
    — Steve Allen
    tags: believer  real  god  faith  poetry 
     
    Civilization itself . . . can easily be swept aside when mob passions are aroused.
    — Steve Allen
    Laughter would appear to be a physical reflex, although even if it is, this still leaves unanswered the question of why the human response to humor is a convulsive spasm of the respiratory mechanism rather than a crossing of the eyes or a waving of the arms.
    — Steve Allen
    Everybody is somewhere.
    — Steve Allen
    ...we are entitled to make almost any reasonable assumption, but should resist making conclusions until evidence requires that we do so.
    — Steve Allen
    I do not understand those who take little or no interest in the subject of religion. If religion embodies a truth, it is certainly the most important truth of human existence. If it is largely error, then it is one of monumentally tragic proportions-and should be vigorously opposed.
    — Steve Allen
    tags: truth  human  existence 
     
    Nothing is better than the unintended humor of reality.
    — Steve Allen
    tags: humor  reality 
     
    Asthma doesn't seem to bother me any more unless I'm around cigars or dogs. The thing that would bother me most would be a dog smoking a cigar.
    — Steve Allen
    tags: dog  cigar 
     
    If the Old Testament were a reliable guide in the matter of capital punishment, half the people in the United States would have to be killed tomorrow.
    — Steve Allen
    The problem is that once the untrained mind has made a formal commitment to a religious philosophy - and it does not matter whether that philosophy is generally reasonable and high-minded or utterly bizarre and irrational
    — Steve Allen
    Ideas have consequences, and totally erroneous ideas are likely to have destructive consequences.
    — Steve Allen
    tags: ideas  consequence 
     
    There is scarcely a page of the Bible on which an open mind does not perceive a contradiction, an unlikely story, an obvious error, an historical impossibility of one sort or another.
    — Steve Allen
    Religious believers of the world, you are free to continue to debate the simple, narrow question that divides you from atheists, but you have no right, in so doing, to treat the Humanists of the world with contempt. You owe them a deep debt of gratitude, for not only have they shed much light on a naturally dark world but they have very probably helped civilize your own specific religion.
    — Steve Allen
    In a rational society we would want our presidents to be teachers. In our actual society we insist they be cheerleaders.
    — Steve Allen
    tags: society 
     
    Totalitarianism is patriotism institutionalized.
    — Steve Allen
    tags: patriotism 
     
    Radio is the theater of the mind; television is the theater of the mindless.
    — Steve Allen
    Without laughter life on our planet would be intolerable. So important is laughter to us that humanity highly rewards members of one of the most unusual professions on earth, those who make a living by inducing laughter in others. This is very strange if you stop to think of it: that otherwise sane and responsible citizens should devote their professional energies to causing others to make sharp, explosive barking-like exhalations.
    — Steve Allen
    Thousands of years ago only Christ could walk on the water. Today anybody can do it; you just step on the garbage.
    — Steve Allen
    tags: water  christ  year 
     
    Ours is a government of checks and balances. The Mafia and crooked businessmen make out checks, and the politicians and other compromised officials improve their bank balances.
    — Steve Allen
    One of the nice things about problems is that a good many of them do not exist except in our imaginations.
    — Steve Allen
    Physical fitness is in. I recently had a physical fit myself.
    — Steve Allen
    If there is a God, the phrase that must disgust him is - holy war.
    — Steve Allen
    tags: god  holy  war 
     
    Dark energy is perhaps the biggest mystery in physics.
    — Steve Allen
    tags: mystery  dark  energy  physics 
     
    Humor is a social lubricant that helps us get over some of the bad spots.
    — Steve Allen
    tags: humor  help  bad 
     
    There are few pages of history which do not demonstrate that public prayer and ritual never inoculated people against mass-madness and cruelty. What is needed is emphasis on morality and manners.
    — Steve Allen
    Just as with cars, it's critical to know the fuel efficiency of black holes.
    — Steve Allen
    tags: black 
     
    Consider the wave of revulsion that floods the average person when he or she hears of the practice of human sacrifice by the Aztecs and other so-called primitive peoples. How savage and barbaric such practices seem. But when a Christian or Jew comes across human sacrifice in the Bible (see Jephthah's immolation of his daughter in Judges 11:30-40), is he or she repulsed?
    — Steve Allen
    We must never forget that both good and evil flow from the Bible. It is therefore not above criticism.
    — Steve Allen
    tags: criticism  evil  bible 
     
    To those who wish to punish others - or at least to see them punished, if the avengers are too cowardly to take matters in to their own hands - the belief in a fiery, hideous hell appears to be a great source of comfort.
    — Steve Allen
    tags: belief  hell  wishes  comfort 
     
    One social evil for which the New Testament is clearly in part responsible is anti-Semitism.
    — Steve Allen
    tags: evil 
     
    This is The Tonight Show. I can't tell you too much about it, other than the fact that this program is going to go on forever.
    — Steve Allen
    tags: forever  facts 
     
    God is by definition the holder of all possible knowledge, it would be impossible for him to have faith in anything. Faith, then, is built upon ignorance and hope.
    — Steve Allen
    I cannot see how it can be argued that one should speak in tones of reverence and awe about the alleged divine instruction-in Psalms-to grab the defenseless bodies of innocent infants and dash their brains out against the nearest rocks or walls.
    — Steve Allen
    tags: body  brain  divine 
     
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