Quotation by David Hume

I shall venture to affirm, that there never was a popular religion, which represented the state of departed souls in such a light, as would render it eligible for human kind, that there should be such a state. These fine models of religion are the mere product of philosophy. For as death lies between the eye and the prospect of futurity, that event is so shocking to nature, that it must throw a gloom on all the regions which lie beyond it; and suggest to the generality of mankind the idea of Cerberus and Furies; devils, and torrents of fire and brimstone.
David Hume (1711–1776), Scottish philosopher. Philo, in Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion, part 12, p. 225, ed. Norman Kemp Smith, Indianapolis, Bobbs-Merrill (1947).
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