"If we go back to the beginning, we shall find that ignorance and fear created the gods; that fancy, enthusiasm, or deceit adorned them; that weakness worships them; that credulity preserves them and that custom, respect and tyranny support them in order to make the blindness of men serve their own interests. If the ignorance of nature gave birth to gods, the knowledge of nature is calculated to destroy them."
~ Baron D’Holbach
1723 – 1789 Baron D'Holbach was a French-German author, philosopher, encyclopedist and a prominent figure in the French Enlightenment. He was lived and worked mainly in Paris. He is best known for his atheism, and for his voluminous writings against religion, the most famous of them being the System of Nature (1770). (From Wiki)