God gave us reason not religion…

The World Union of Deists (slogans: ‘God gave us reason not religion’ and ‘In nature’s God we trust’) define their beliefs as follows: ‘Deism is the recognition of a universal creative force greater than that demonstrated by mankind, supported by personal observation of laws and designs in nature and the universe, perpetuated and validated by the innate ability of human reason coupled with the rejection of claims made by individuals and organised religions of having received special divine revelation.’

Edgar Andrews, from Who Made God?, kindle location 1890

Thomas Paine saying of Christianity…

Thomas Paine, viciously attached both the Bible and Christianity, saying of Christianity: Of all the systems of religion that ever were invented, there is none more derogatory to the Almighty, more unedifying to man, more repugnant to reason, and more contradictory in itself, than this thing called Christianity. Too absurd for belief, too impossible to convince, and too inconsistent for practice, it renders the heart torpid, or produces only atheists and fanatics. As an engine of power, it serves the purpose of despotism; and as a means of wealth, the avarice of priests; but so far as respects the good of man in general, it leads to nothing here or hereafter.

Calvin Blanchard, quoted in False Gods of Our Time by Norman Geisler, p. 33