Jonathan Swift, Gemälde von Charles Jervas (um 1710)

Jonathan Swift
(*30. November 1667 Dublin, Königreich Irland - †19. Oktober 1745 Dublin)
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"Reasoning will never make a man correct an ill opinion, which by reasoning he never acquired: for in the course of things, men always grow vicious before they become unbelievers; but if you would once convince the town or country profligate, by topics drawn from the view of their own quiet, reputation, health, and advantage, their infidelity would soon drop off: This I confess is no easy task, because it is almost in a literal sense, to fight with beasts."

Letter to a Young Clergyman (January 9, 1720), on proving Christianity to unbelievers