One Person’s Theology Quote

Someone shared the following image, allegedly quoting science fiction author Robert Heinlein.

I have found the words in two books, but neither book is by Heinlein, and neither book attributes the words to Heinlein.

 

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  • Anonymous Coward

    It’s such a silly thing to say, too.

  • Gail Dawson

    From “The Notebooks of Lazarus Long,” in Time Enough for Love. Also published on its own in an illustrated edition.

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/exploringourmatrix/ James F. McGrath

      Thanks for tracking that down! Not sure why I didn’t find it.

      I noticed this thought-provoking aphorism near to the one in the image: “Men rarely (if ever) manage to dream up a God superior to themselves. Most Gods have the manners and morals of a spoiled child.”

      • Gail Dawson

        I’ve been meaning to read Heinlein’s recent two-volume biography specifically to learn more about his thoughts on religion. I think he understood human religious thought and practices more deeply than he is usually given credit for–and he definitely came up with some great one liners!


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