Burroughs wrote, "Of the hereafter I have no conception. This life is enough for me" and "Our civilization is not founded upon Christianity; it is founded upon reason and science."
It was on this date, January 15, 1678, that the French priest who is remembered as a lifelong atheist, Jean Meslier, was born. Meslier has been described as the first person in the West to write an entire text in support of atheism – discovered, redacted (to make him a Deist) and promoted by Voltaire. […]