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" It were better to have no opinion of God at all, than such an Opinion as is unworthy of him : for the one is unbelief, the other is contumely : and certainly superstition is the reproach of the Deity. Plutarch saith well to that purpose :  "
Bacon's essays, with annotations by R. Whately - Page 183
edited by - 1864
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Sunshine and Shadows; or, Sketches of thought, philosophic and religious

1863 - 372 pages
...which, by the way, he presents the same relative estimate as Plutarch — after affirming that " it were better to have no opinion of God at all, than such an opinion as is unworthy of him," observes, " Atheism leaves a man to sense, to philosophy, to natural piety, to laws, to reputation...
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Wise sayings of the great and good

1864
...world than a stableyard on a rainy day. Braeebridge Hall. — WASHINGTON IRVING. SUPERSTITION. It were better to have no opinion of God at all than such...certainly superstition is the reproach of the Deity. Essay on Superstition. — LORD BACON. SURFEIT. Surfeits destroy more than the sword. Women Pleased,...
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The Harvard Classics, Volume 3

Charles William Eliot - Literature - 1909
...and governs all things, that we have surpassed all nations and peoples], XVII OF SUPERSTITION IT were better to have no opinion of God at all, than such...Plutarch saith well to that purpose: Surely (saith he) / had rather a great deal men should say there was no such man at all as Plutarch, than that they should...
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Complete Writings: With Variant Readings

William Blake - Biography & Autobiography - 1966 - 944 pages
...above human frailty. An Atheist pretending to talk against Atheism ! Page 79. Of superstition. It were better to have no opinion of God at all, than such an opinion as is unworthy of him. Is this true ? is it better ? Page So. as the contumely is greater towards God, so the danger is greater...
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Prometheus Rebound: The Irony of Atheism

Joseph C. McLelland, Canadian Corporation for Studies in Religion - Religion - 1988 - 366 pages
...in trouble and adversity seems a necessity. The companion essay, Of Superstition, begins, "It were better to have no opinion of God at all, than such an opinion as is unworthy of him." For atheism may promote morality and the peace of society, but superstition brings confusion as to proper...
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The Essays Or Counsels, Civil and Moral

Francis Bacon - Philosophy - 1999 - 216 pages
...perspeximus, omnes gentes nationesque superavimus* 17. OF SUPERSTITION It were better to have no opinion7 of God at all, than such an opinion as is unworthy of him. For the one is unbelief, the other is contumely:8 and certainly superstition is the reproach of the Deity.* Plutarch* saith well to that...
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God Seen Through the Eyes of the Greatest Minds

Michael Caputo - Religion - 2000 - 240 pages
...his body; and, if he be not of kin to God by his spirit, he is a base and ignoble creature. It were better to have no opinion of God at all, than such...certainly superstition is the reproach of the Deity. IT IS TRUE, THAT A LITTLE PHILOSOPHY INCLINETH MAN'S MIND TO ATHEISM; BUT DEPTH IN PHILOSOPHY BRINGS...
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The Essayes Or Counsels, Civill and Morall

Francis Bacon - Language Arts & Disciplines - 2000 - 339 pages
...89 Gentis] 25(c); [N4V] Of Superstition. XVII. It were better to have no Opinion of God at all; then such an Opinion, as is unworthy of him: For the one is Unbeleefe, 5 the other is Contumely: And certainly Superstition is the Reproach of the Deity. Plutarch...
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But Not Philosophy: Seven Introductions to Non-Western Thought

George Anastaplo - Philosophy - 2002 - 397 pages
...Consider also Bacon. The Essayes, essay XVl1, "Of Superstition." which includes these sentiments: 1t were better to have no opinion of God at all than such...certainly superstition is the reproach of the Deity. . . And as the contumely is greater towards God. so the danger is greater towards men. Atheism leaves...
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The Laws of Life

James Shane - Religion - 2002 - 708 pages
...itself. Wake up O foolish ones who seek such folk and seek the Lord while he may be found! Bacon: It were better to have no opinion of God at all than such...opinion as is unworthy of him; for the one is unbelief and the other is contumely; and certainly superstition is the reproach of the Deity. Milton: The greatest...
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