I call Christianity the one great curse, the one enormous and innermost perversion...I call it the one immortal blemish of mankind...Christianity has taken the side of everything weak, base, ill-constituted, it had made an ideal out of opposition to the preservative instincts of strong life...Christianity is call the religion of pity.-- Pity stands in the antithesis to the basic emotions which enhance the energy of the feeling of life: it has a depressive effect. One loses force when one pities.
Let us persuade men to be just, beneficent, moderate, sociable; not because the god demands it, but because they must please men. Let us advise them to abstain from vice and crimes; not because they will be punished in the other world, but because they will suffer for it in this.
Baron Paul dHolbach