I have never seen the slightest scientific proof of the religious theories of heaven and hell, of future life for individuals, or of a personal God. Proof! Proof! That is what I have always been after.
“The establishment of a new religion, whose ministers superceded the exercise of reason,” Gibbon wrote, supplanted Athenian wisdom and, “resolved every question by an article of faith, and condemned the infidel or skeptic to eternal flames."