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Dogmatic theological statements are neither logical propositions nor poetic utterances. They are ''shaggy dog'' stories; they have a point, but he who tries too hard to get it will miss it.

W. H. Auden (1907-1973) English-born poet and man of letters.

Theology is a science of mind applied to God.

Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887) American politician.

Theology is but our ideas of truth classified and arranged.

Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887) American politician.

Only a very bad theologian would confuse the certainty that follows revelation with the truths that are revealed. They are entirely different things.

Denis Diderot (1713-1784) French philosopher.

It's the generally accepted privilege of theologians to stretch the heavens, that is the Scriptures, like tanners with a hide.

Desiderius Erasmus (1466-1536) Dutch humanist and theologian.

Let us put theology out of religion. Theology has always sent the worst to heaven, the best to hell.

Robert Green Ingersoll (1833-1899) American politician and orator.

Theologians always try to turn the Bible into a book without common sense.

Georg C. Lichtenberg (1742-1799) German scientist, satirist and anglophile.

Theology is the effort to explain the unknowable in terms of the not worth knowing.

Henry Louis Mencken (1880-1956) American journalist, satirist and social critic.

There was never a century nor a country that was short of experts who knew the Deity's mind and were willing to reveal it.

Mark Twain (1835-1910) U.S. humorist, writer, and lecturer.