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"Insofar as the Church did (chiefly during the corrupt and sceptical eighteenth century) urge miracles as a reason for belief, her fault is evident... It is not that she asked men to believe anything so incredible; it is that she asked men to be converted by anything so commonplace. What matters about a religion is not whether it can work marvels like any ragged Indian conjurer, but whether it has a true philosophy of the Universe."

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"Why is monotheistic faith better than polytheistic? I mean, either you believe — if you believe in, like a magic person who can do magic things, why is it so different — so different if it's Superman or the Fantastic Four?"
Bill Maher

"Master," said John, "we saw someone driving out demons in your name and we tried to stop him, because he is not one of us."
"Do not stop him," Jesus said, "for whoever is not against you is for you."
Luke 9:49-50. Turns out Jesus was okay with it.

"The baby walked on water this morning in the bath! Oh my God! Jesus was Ultronian!"
George Sunday, My hero: Trope subverted.

Faith. It seemed a shallow substitution [for magic], but Kell supposed he couldn't blame the Grey-worlders. Everyone needed to believe in something, and without magic, they had settled for a lesser god. One made of holes and mystery and made-up rules.
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