Last night I took my friend C to Introducing God at GBC.

Without Jesus, truly deep thinkers end in despair. These items were quoted in the session.

Here’s a Steve Turner poem (called Up to Date, from 1987), plus a few other quotes:

“My love,” she said, “when all’s considered, We are only machines.” So I chained her to my bedroom wall for future use, and she cried.

Bertrand Russell, Mystery & Logic:

“Brief and powerless is man’s life; on him and all his race the slow, sure doom falls pitiless and dark. Blind to good and evil, reckless of destruction, omnipotent matter rolls on its relentless way.”

Don’t know the source for this one:

“Man is just a complex biological machine that turns water into urine.”

From Sartre, (Existentialism, pp. 26-27). This lays out the two options very clearly:

“It is very distressing that God does not exist, because all possibility of finding values in a heaven of values disappears along with Him; there can no longer be a Good, since there is no infinite and perfect consciousness to think it. Nowhere is it written that the Good exists, that we must be honest, that we must not lie; because the fact is we are on a plane where there are only men. Dostoevsky said, “if God didn’t exist, everything would be possible.” That is the every starting point of existentialism. Indeed, everything is permissible if God does not exist, and as a result, man if forlorn, because neither within him nor without does he find anything to cling to.”