The Most Fascinating Feature

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That a few simple men should in one generation have invented so powerful and appealing a personality, so lofty an ethic, and so inspiring a vision of human brotherhood, would be a miracle far more incredible than any recorded in the Gospels. After two centuries of Higher Criticism the outlines of life, character, and teaching of Christ remain reasonably clear, and constitute the most fascinating feature in the history of Western man.

–Will Durant,
The Story of Civilization

An Atheist on Morality

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There is no significant example in history,
before our time, of a society successfully
maintaining moral life without the aid
of religion.

-Will Durant,
Humanism in Historical Perspective