“To say that I am not a "fan" of organized religion is putting it mildly. To be an atheist is almost as arrogant as to be a fundamentalist. But, then again, I can get pretty arrogant.”
Montaigne was a Deist, but refrained from candor about his beliefs due to the mutual slaughter between Catholics and French Huguenots of the time. "It is setting a high value upon our opinions," he wrote, "to roast men and women alive on account of them."