The American philosopher William James was born on this day in 1842. He wrote:
"Religion is a monumental chapter in the history of human egotism."
And here is chapter and verse from H. L. Mencken:
"No one knows who created the visible universe, and it is infinitely improbable that anything properly described as evidence on the point will ever be discovered. No one knows what motives or intentions, if any, lie behind what we call natural laws. No one knows why man has his present form. No one knows why sin and suffering were sent into this world--that is, why the fashioning of man was badly botched."