Every living thing is born without reason, prolongs itself out of weakness and dies by chance.
Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call to her tribunal every fact, every opinion. Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blindfolded fear….Do not be frightened from this inquiry by any fear of its consequences. If it end in a belief that there is no God, you will find incitements to virtue on the comfort and pleasantness you feel in its exercise and in the love of others which it will procure for you.
I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.