Mankind lives by faith. If he does not believe what is reasonable to believe he will believe what is unreasonable to believe.
To encounter another person requires as act of faith; all we can demonstrate are the mechanical messages of our five senses. We make such acts of faith several times a day.
Doctrines are only the incidentals of religious faith. Essentially, religious faith is an encounter with the divine. We can search for such an encounter but it takes two to tango.
A person who says he envies us our faith might as well say how nice it would be to believe in fairies.
Atheism requires a greater degree of credulity than theism. It faces the difficulty of proving a negative.
We never know how someone stands with God. The most intransigent atheist may be closer than the most pious nun.
Agnosticism is often no more than a euphemism for the inability to makes up one’s mind. The true agnostic, who maintains that knowledge of God is impossible, can at least claim a respectable intellectual position