“There were honest people long before there were Christians and there are, God be praised, still honest people where there are no Christians. It could therefore easily be possible that people are Christians because true Christianity corresponds to what they would have been even if Christianity did not exist.” Lichtenberg(H/T Futility Closet)
@d - Lichtenberg died in 1799 - since then we have discovered that this aphorism was mistaken or incomplete. He is implying Christianity does not make any significant difference to honesty; we now know that it did.
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