The fool hath said ...
I am one of
What other fools hath said, see
And yet other
(I don't necessarily agree with all of these quotations, but I think all of them provoke thought. )
I distrust those
people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always
coincides with their own desires.
Susan B. Anthony
Surely you don't believe in the gods. What's your argument? Where's your
Men create gods
after their own image, not only with regard to their form but with regard to
their mode of life.
Properly read, the
Bible is the most potent force for atheism ever conceived.
Although the time
of death is approaching me, I am not afraid of dying and going to Hell or (what
would be considerably worse) going to the popularized version of Heaven. I
expect death to be nothingness and, for removing me from all possible fears of
death, I am thankful to atheism.
I am an atheist,
out and out. It took me a long time to say it. I've been an atheist for years
and years, but somehow I felt it was intellectually unrespectable to say one was
an atheist, because it assumed knowledge that one didn't have. Somehow it was
better to say one was a humanist or an agnostic. I finally decided that I'm a
creature of emotion as well as of reason. Emotionally I am an atheist. I don't
have the evidence to prove that God doesn't exist, but I so strongly suspect he
doesn't that I don't want to waste my time.
Theism is so
confused and the sentences in which "God" appears so incoherent and so
incapable of verifiability or falsifiability that to speak of belief or
unbelief, faith or unfaith, is logically impossible.
A. J. Ayer
People go to
church for the same reasons they go to a tavern: to stupefy themselves, to
forget their misery, to imagine themselves, for a few minutes anyway, free and
The first revolt
is against the supreme tyranny of theology, of the phantom of God. As long as we
have a master in heaven, we will be slaves on earth.
You believe in a
book that has talking animals, wizards, witches, demons, sticks turning into
snakes, food falling from the sky, people walking on water, and all sorts of
magical, absurd and primitive stories, and you say that we are the ones
that need help?
It has been
asserted, that a moral Atheist would be a monster beyond the power of nature to
create: I reply, that it is not more strange for an Atheist to live virtuously,
than for a Christian to abandon himself to crime! If we believe the last kind of
monster, why dispute the existence of the first?
I cannot be angry
at God, in whom I do not believe.
Simone de Beauvoir
I do not know that
Christianity holds anything more of importance for the world. It is finished,
played out. The only trouble lies in how to get rid of the body before it begins
to smell too much.
I've been told
that moments before a plane crash, no one onboard is an atheist. Seeing
how people flee death or cling to life, it seems more accurate to say that just
before death, no one is a theist. At the very least, the dead are atheists.
If you say that
God says: homosexuality is immoral, women must obey men, or, that he loves
America more than, say, Iraq, then either you are wrong or he is wrong.
The position of
the atheist is a clear and reasonable one. I know nothing about God and
therefore I do not believe in Him or it. What you tell me about your God is
self-contradictory and is therefore incredible. I do not deny "God,"
which is an unknown tongue to me. I do deny your God, who is an
impossibility. I am without God.
without evidence in what is told by one who speaks without knowledge, of things
PRAY: To ask that the laws of the universe be annulled in behalf of a single petitioner confessedly unworthy.
Religion is what
keeps the poor from murdering the rich.
The idea that a
good God would send people to a burning hell is utterly damnable to me. The
ravings of insanity! Superstition gone to seed! I don't want to have anything to
do with such a God.
The more I study
religions, the more I am convinced that man never worshipped anything but
Sir Richard Burton
Of religion I know
nothing --- at least, in its favor.
The basis of your
religion is injustice. The Son of God the pure, the immaculate, the innocent, is
sacrificed for the guilty. This proves his heroism, but no more does away with
man's sin than a school boy's volunteering to be flogged for another would
exculpate a dunce from negligence.
easier than thinking. Hence so many more believers than thinkers.
I shall not, as far as I am concerned, try to pass myself off as a Christian in your presence. I share with you the same revulsion from evil. But I do not share your hope, and I continue to struggle against this universe in which children suffer and die.
When an innocent youth can have his eyes destroyed, a Christian should either lose his faith or consent to having his eyes destroyed.
But since the
order of the world is shaped by death, mightn't be better for God if we refuse
to believe in Him, and struggle with all our might against death, without
raising our eyes towards heaven when He sits in silence?
God does not
exist, since otherwise there would be no need for priests.
In order to exist
just once in the world, it is necessary never again to exist.
If there is a sin
against life, it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping
for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life.
Religion has actually convinced people that there's an invisible man --- living in the sky --- who watches everything you do, every minute of every day. And the invisible man has a special list of ten things he does not want you to do. And if you do any of these ten things, he has a special place, full of fire and smoke and burning and torture and anguish, where he will send you to live and suffer and burn and choke and scream and cry forever and ever 'til the end of time! But He loves you.
I am like all other atheists only in that I do not believe there are any gods. Beyond that, I may differ dramatically in my values and beliefs from any other atheist. On both sides of the political spectrum, one can find the neo-conservative Objectivists and the ultra-liberal Communists, both of whom hate each other. These two factions take up nearly opposite sets of values, yet both are comprised of unabashed atheists. I agree with neither. Similar diversity can be found in any other group -- agnostics include devout Christians, freethinkers include New Agers, and the nonreligious include among their ranks everything from nihilists to flakes.
Richard C. Carrier
It is probably true that almost all atheists stand for the values of reason and freethought. I will attempt to put these values in more substantial terms. There is the belief that inquiry and doubt are essential checks against deception, self deception, and error. There is the belief that logic and the scientific method is the only way the world can arrive at an agreement on the truth about anything. And there is the belief that it is better to be good to each other and to build on what we all agree to be true, than to insist that we all think alike.
Richard C. Carrier
It is usually argued that we need religion in order to get humanity to behave and work together. All evidence is to the contrary. Religion has not notably improved human behavior. The pagan Romans were far kinder than the Inquisition Christians. Nor has religion united Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, or Jews. It has divided them. In fact, religion will never unite them, because religion requires that they share the same beliefs, without offering any reliable evidence that their ideas are correct. Reason, on the other hand, is the only thing that can unite people of diverse opinions. Reason bases its decisions on evidence available to everyone, and allows people to disagree when evidence is lacking. Religion will never do that.
Richard C. Carrier, Jr.
Mother goddesses are just as silly a notion as father gods. If a revival of the myths of these cults gives woman emotional satisfaction, it does so at the price of obscuring the real conditions of life. This is why they were invented in the first place.
God: a disease we imagine we are cured of because no one dies of it nowadays.
Finally, I would like to assure my many Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, and Muslim friends that I am sincerely happy that the religion which Chance has given you has contributed to your peace of mind (and often, as Western medical science now reluctantly admits, to your physical well-being). Perhaps it is better to be un-sane and happy, than sane and un-happy. But it is the best of all to be sane and happy. Whether our descendants can achieve that goal will be the greatest challenge of the future. Indeed, it may well decide whether we have any future.
Arthur C. Clarke
The heavens declare the glory of Kepler and Newton.
The Fall of Man, as recounted in the Bible, comes nearer to the Fall of God.
If revealed religions have revealed anything it is that they are usually wrong.
The absolute nothingness of death is a blessing. Something to look forward to.
Because theists themselves acknowledge God to be incomprehensible, it may be from thence inferred that he is a nonentity.
I don't believe in God because I don't believe in Mother Goose.
Although atheism might have been logically tenable before Darwin, Darwin made it possible to be an intellectually fulfilled atheist.
Faith is belief in spite of, even perhaps because of, the lack of evidence.
I am against religion because it teaches us to be satisfied with not understanding the world.
As men's prayers are a disease of the will, so are their creeds a disease of the intellect.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
The religion of one age is the literary entertainment of the next.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Why should I fear death? If I am, death is not. If death is, I am not. Why should I fear that which cannot exist when I do?
If the gods listened to the prayers of men, all humankind would quickly perish since they constantly pray for many evils to befall one another.
If therefore my work is negative, irreligious, atheistic, let it be remembered that atheism --- at least in the sense of this work --- is the secret of religion itself; that religion itself, not indeed on the surface, but fundamentally, not in intention or according to its own supposition, but in its heart, in its essence, believes in nothing else than the truth and divinity of human nature.
My only wish is ... to transform friends of God into friends of man, believers into thinkers, devotees of prayer into devotees of work, candidates for the hereafter into students of the world, Christians who, by their own admission, are "half animal, half angel" into persons, into whole persons.
Men have had the vanity to pretend that the whole creation was made for them, while in reality the whole creation does not suspect their existence.
You cannot ... transmute some incoherent mixture of words into sense merely by introducing the three-letter word "God" to be its grammatical subject.
Atheists are often charged with blasphemy, but it is a crime they cannot commit ... When the Atheist examines, denounces, or satirises the gods, he is not dealing with persons but with ideas. He is incapable of insulting God, for he does not admit the existence of any such being. ... We attack not a person but a belief, not a binge but an idea, not a fact but a fancy.
G. W. Foote
When a man has once brought himself to accept uncritically all the absurdities that religious doctrines put before him and even to overlook the contradictions between them, we need not be greatly surprised at the weakness of his intellect.
I don't see any god up here.
Just in terms of allocation of time resources, religion is not very efficient. There's a lot more I could be doing on a Sunday morning.
I am fond of saying that reading the Bible turned me into an atheist.
Ruth Hurmence Green
If the concept of a father who plots to have his own son put to death is presented to children as beautiful and as worthy of society's admiration, what types of human behavior can be presented to them as reprehensible?
Ruth Hurmence Green
Religion is a crutch for people not strong enough to stand up to the unknown without help.
Men rarely (if ever) manage to dream up a god superior to themselves. Most gods have the manners and morals of a spoiled child.
One man's theology is another man's belly laugh.
God is omnipotent, omniscient, and omnibenevolent - it says so right here on the label. If you have a mind capable of believing all three of these attributes simultaneously, I have a wonderful bargain for you. No checks, please. Cash and in small bills.
Good God, how much reverence can you have for a Supreme Being who finds it necessary to include such phenomena as phlegm and tooth decay in his divine system of creation?
All thinking men are atheists.
Men think epilepsy divine, merely because they do not understand it. But if they called everything divine which they do not understand, why, there would be no end of divine things.
Calling Atheism a religion is like calling bald a hair color.
Fear of power invisible, feigned by the mind or imagined from tales publicly allowed, [is] religion; not allowed, superstition.
To know a person's religion we need not listen to his profession of faith but must find his brand of intolerance.
All children are atheists --- they have no idea of God.
If you will have
Gods, let your imagination give birth to them; but do not suffer these imaginary
beings so far to intoxicate you as to make you mistake that which you owe to
those real beings with whom you live. If you will have unintelligible
systems, if you cannot be contented without marvelous doctrines, if the
infirmities of your nature require an invisible crutch, adopt such as may suit
with your humor; select those which you may think most calculated to support
your tottering frame, do not insist on your neighbors making the same choice
with yourself: but do not suffer these imaginary theories to infuriate
your mind: always remember that, among the duties you owe to real beings with
whom you are associated, the foremost, the most consequential, the most
immediate, is a reasonable indulgence for the foibles of others.
Religion is but a
desperate attempt to find an escape from the truly dreadful situation in which
we find ourselves. Here we are in this wholly fantastic universe with scarcely a
clue as to whether our existence has any real significance. No wonder then that
many people feel the need for some belief that gives them a sense of security,
and no wonder that they become very angry with people like me who say that this
Faith is the
effort to believe what your common sense tells you is not true.
A miracle is a violation of the laws of nature, and as a firm and unalterable experience has established these laws, the proof against a miracle, from the very nature of the fact, is as entire as any argument from experience can possibly be imagined. ... Nothing is esteemed a miracle, if it ever happens in the common course of nature. ... There must, therefore, be an uniform experience against every miraculous event, otherwise the event would not merit that appellation. And as an uniform experience amounts to a proof, there is here a direct and full proof, from the nature of the fact, against the existence of any miracle.
You never see animals going through the absurd and often horrible fooleries of magic and religion.... Dogs do not ritually urinate in the hope of persuading heaven to do the same and send down rain. Asses do not bray a liturgy to cloudless skies. Nor do cats attempt, by abstinence from cat's meat, to wheedle the feline spirits into benevolence. Only man behaves with such gratuitous folly. It is the price he has to pay for being intelligent but not, as yet, quite intelligent enough.
Nothing could add to the horror of hell, except the presence of its creator, God.
There is much in the Bible against which every instinct of my being rebels, so much that I regret the necessity which has compelled me to read it through from beginning to end. I do not think that the knowledge which I have gained of its history and sources compensates me for the unpleasant details in has forced upon my attention.
When miracles are admitted, every scientific explanation is out of the question.
Christianity demands the crucifixion of the intellect.
Every sect is a moral check on its neighbour. Competition is as wholesome in religion as in commerce.
Walter Savage Landor
I have no need of that hypothesis.
Pierre Laplace (having been asked by Napoleon why he had made no mention of "God" in his book about the universe)
The telescope sweeps the skies without finding God.
Some like to understand what they believe in. Others like to believe in what they understand.
Stanislaw J. Lec
Perhaps God chose me to be an atheist?
Stanislaw J. Lec
Sometimes the devil tempts me to believe in God.
Stanislaw J. Lec
Praying is like a rocking chair --- it'll give you something to do, but it won't get you anywhere.
Gypsy Rose Lee
God give me strength not to trust God.
Faith is the assent to any proposition not made out by the deduction of reason but upon the credit of the proposer.
The nature of the universe has by no means been made through divine power, seeing how great are the faults that mar it.
How many evils has religion caused?
All religions are equally sublime to the ignorant, useful to the politician, and ridiculous to the philosopher.
The church says the earth is flat, but I know that it is round, for I have seen the shadow on the moon, and I have more faith in a shadow than in the church.
Nowhere in the Gospels is intelligence praised as a virtue.
Religious experiences are like those induced by drugs, alcohol, mental illness, and sleep deprivation: They tell no uniform or coherent story, and there is no plausible theory to account for discrepancies among them.
Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people.
I cannot believe in a God that has neither honor nor common sense.
The man who has no mind of his own lends it to the priests.
The Old Testament is responsible for more atheism, agnosticism, disbelief --- call it what you will --- than any book ever written; it has emptied more churches than all the counterattractions of cinema, motor bicycle and golf course.
A. A. Milne
No kingdom has ever had as many civil wars as the kingdom of Christ.
Charles de Montesquieu
All religions die of one disease --- that of being found out.
An Atheist believes that a hospital should be built instead of a church. An Atheist believes that a deed must be done instead of a prayer said. An Atheist strives for involvement in life and not escape into death. He wants disease conquered, poverty vanished, war eliminated.
Madalyn Murray O'Hair
I don't need God because I want neither paradise nor hell.
There is an important and correct way in which understanding religion is incompatible with believing in it.
A casual stroll through a lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything.
What is it: is man only a blunder of God, or God only a blunder of man?
People to whom their daily life appears too empty and monotonous easily grow religious; this is comprehensible and excusable, only they have no right to demand religious sentiments from those whose daily life is not empty and monotonous.
Christianity, Islam and Judaism --- have a hateful idea at the very core. That idea is Exclusion: the "othering," if you like, of the unredeemed.
Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction.
Oh, what tangled webs we weave when first we practice to believe!
Religions are like farts. Yours is good, but everyone else's stinks.
Religion belongs to that realm that is inviolable before the law of causation and therefore is closed to science.
Since the masses of the people are inconstant, full of unruly desires, passionate and reckless of consequence, they must be filled with fears to keep them in order. The ancients did well, therefore, to invent gods, and the belief in punishment after death.
I asked God if it was a sin and He didn't say anything.
If God is pleased in making you sick and unhappy, I hate God.
Religion, oh, just another of those numerous failures resulting from an attempt to popularize art.
About the gods I have no means of knowing either that they exist or that they do not exist or what they are like to look at; many things prevent my knowing --- among others, the fact that they are never seen and the shortness of human life.
Man is the measure of all things, of the reality of those which are, and of the unreality of those which are not.
No amount of belief makes something a fact.
I don't know if God exists, but it would be better for His reputation if He didn't.
I contend that we
are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you
understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why
I dismiss yours.
We must question
the story logic of having an all-knowing all-powerful God, who create faulty
humans, and then blames them for his own mistakes.
reasonable a cult is, the more men seek to establish it by force.
Jean Jacques Rousseau
Christ preaches only servitude and dependence.... True Christians are made to be slaves.
Jean Jacques Rousseau
There is something feeble and a little contemptible about a man who cannot face the perils of life without the help of comfortable myths. Almost inevitably, some part of him is aware that they are myths, and that he believes them only because they are comforting. But he dares not face this thought! Moreover, since he is aware, however dimly, that his opinions are not rational, he becomes furious when they are disputed.
One is often told that it is a very wrong thing to attack religion, because religion makes men virtuous. So I am told; I have not noticed it.
My own view on religion is that of Lucretius. I regard it as a disease born of fear and as a source of untold misery to the human race.
Religion is based, I think, primarily and mainly upon fear ... Fear is the basis of the whole thing---Fear of the mysterious, fear of defeat, fear of death. Fear is the parent of cruelty, and therefore it is no wonder if cruelty and religion have gone hand in hand.
The idea of God is the sole wrong for which I cannot forgive mankind.
Marquis de Sade
Imperious, choleric, irascible, extreme in everything, with a dissolute imagination the like of which has never been seen, atheistic to the point of fanaticism, there you have me in a nutshell, and kill me again or take me as I am, for I shall not change.
Marquis de Sade
Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.
Better the hard truth, I say, than the comforting fantasy.
To work hard, to live hard, to die hard, and then to go to hell after all would be too damned hard.
No Gods --- No Masters.
My atheism, like that of Spinoza, is true piety toward the universe and denies only gods fashioned by men in their own image, to be servants of their human interests.
Has creation a final purpose at all, and if so why is it not attained immediately, why does perfection not exist from the very beginning?
Friedrich von Schelling
Martyrdom has always been a proof of the intensity, never of the correctness of a belief.
Religion is the masterpiece of the art of animal training, for it trains people as to how they shall think.
Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by rulers as useful.
The fact that a believer is happier than a sceptic is no more to the point than the fact that a drunken man is happier than a sober one. The happiness of credulity is a cheap and dangerous quality.
George Bernard Shaw
We know now that the soul is the body, and the body the soul. They tell us they are different because they want to persuade us that we can keep our souls if we let them make slaves of our bodies.
George Bernard Shaw
It is easier to suppose that the universe has existed for all eternity than to conceive a being beyond its limits capable of creating it.
Percy Bysshe Shelley
If he is infinitely good, what reason should we have to fear him? If he is infinitely wise, why should we have doubts concerning our future? If he knows all, why warn him of our needs and fatigue him with our prayers? If he is everywhere, why erect temples to him? If he is just, why fear that he will punish the creatures that he has filled with weaknesses? If grace does everything for them, what reason would he have for recompensing them? If he is all-powerful, how offend him, how resist him? If he is reasonable, how can he be angry at the blind, to whom he has given the liberty of being unreasonable? If he is immovable, by what right do we pretend to make him change his decrees? If he is inconceivable, why occupy ourselves with him? IF HE HAS SPOKEN, WHY IS THE UNIVERSE NOT CONVINCED? If the knowledge of a God is the most necessary, why is it not the most evident and the clearest.
Percy Bysshe Shelley
It is when we are in misery that we revere the gods; the prosperous seldom approach the altar.
When the atheist is told that God is unknowable, he may interpret this claim in one of two ways. He may suppose, first, that the theist has acquired knowledge of a being that, by his own admission, cannot possibly be known; or, second, he may assume that the theist simply does not know what he is talking about.
George H. Smith
Through inculcating the notion that sacrifice is a virtue, Christianity has succeeded in convincing many people that misery incurred through sacrifice is a mark of virtue. Pain becomes the inignia of morality --- and conversely, pleasure becomes the insignia of immorality. Christianity, therefore, does not say, "Go forth and be miserable." Rather, it says, "Go forth and practice the virtue of self-sacrifice." In practical terms, these commands are identical.
George H. Smith
Christianity cannot erase man's need for pleasure, nor can it eradicate the various sources of pleasure. What it can do, however, and what it has been extremely effective in accomplishing, is to inculcate guilt in connection with pleasure. The pursuit of pleasure, when accompanied by guilt, becomes a means of perpetuating chronic guilt, and this serves to reinforce one's dependence on God. Christianity, with some exceptions, has never explicitly advocated human misery; it prefers instead to speak of sacrifices in this life so that benefits may be garnered in the life to come. One invests in this life, so to speak, and collects interest in the next. Fortunately for Christianity, the dead cannot return for a refund.
George H. Smith
The tragedy is that every brain cell devoted to belief in the supernatural is a brain cell one cannot use to make life richer or easier or happier.
Kay Nolte Smith
To imagine that "God moves in mysterious ways" is to put up a smokescreen of mystery behind which fantasy may survive in spite of all the facts.
The one function that most gods seem to have in common is to give human existence some ultimate purpose -- and, while it is not possible to disprove an ultimate purpose, there does not seem to be any evidence for it. This is not to say, of course, that there is no purpose in life at all: we all make our own purposes as we go through life. And life does not lose its value simply because it is not going to last forever.
I believe that a triangle, if it could speak, would say that God is eminently triangular, and a circle that the divine nature is eminently circular; and thus would every one ascribe his own attributes to God.
The only excuse for God is that he doesn't exist.
The poets were not alone in sanctioning myths, for long before the poets the states and the lawmakers had sanctioned them as a useful expedient.... They needed to control the people by superstitious fears, and these cannot be aroused without myths and marvels.
It is an insult to God to believe in God. For on the one hand it is to suppose that he has perpetrated acts of incalculable cruelty. On the other hand, it is to suppose that he has perversely given his human creatures an instrument- their intellect- which must inevitably lead them, if they are dispassionate and honest, to deny his existence. It is tempting to conclude that if he exists, it is the atheists and agnostics that he loves best, among those with any pretensions to education. For they are the ones who have taken him most seriously.
If God had not allowed rabies in the world -- or earthquakes or hurricanes or congenital malformations of infants, and so on -- there would be no point in having knowledge of such things. If you conceal traps in my front yard, then my repeated attempts to get from my front door to my car parked at the curb will produce in me knowledge about the consequences of my movements. And this knowledge will be useful to me, if I live long enough to acquire it, because it will enable me to avoid traps in the future. So this knowledge is good, it is gained from experience of the evil which you have introduced into my yard, and without this knowledge I could not avoid the evils of the traps. But you are not morally justified in setting traps in my front yard -- no matter how good or useful the knowledge about the consequences of my actions may be and no matter how dependent that knowledge is on my experiencing the jaws of the trap?
If you talk to God, you are praying; if God talks to you, you have schizophrenia.
It was the psalmist who said, "The heavens declare the glory of God." They proclaim nothing of the sort. What they really reveal is nothing but extraordinary waste and futility.
Whatever a man prays for, he prays for a miracle. Every prayer reduces itself to this: "Great God, grant that twice two be not four."
The gods offer no rewards for intellect. There was never one yet that showed any interest in it.
Most people are bothered by those passages of Scripture they do not understand, but the passages that bother me are those I do understand.
When one reads Bibles, one is less surprised at what the Deity knows than at what He doesn't know.
The two Testaments are interesting, each in its own way. The Old one gives us a picture of these people's Deity as he was before he got religion, the other one gives us a picture of him as he appeared afterward.
Hell has been conceived as a police institution, to inspire fear in this world. But the worst of it all is that it no longer frightens anyone, and therefore it will have to be closed down.
Miguel de Unamuno
Whenever religion touches science, it gets burned. In the sixteen century astronomy, in the seventeenth microbiology, in the eighteenth geology and paleontology, in the nineteenth Darwin's biology all grotesquely extended the world-frame and sent churchmen scurrying for cover in ever smaller, more shadowy nooks, little gloomy ambiguous caves in the psyche where even now neurology is cruelly harrying them, gouging them out from the multifolded brain like wood lice from under the woodpile. Barth had been right: totaliter aliter. Only by placing God totally on the other side of the humanly understandable can any final safety for Him be secured.
God made everything out of nothing. But the nothingness shows through.
The Invisible and the nonexistent look very much alike.
Christianity is such a silly religion.
I'm a born-again atheist.
Those who can make
you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.
Say what you will
about the sweet miracle of unquestioning faith, I consider a capacity for it
terrifying and absolutely vile.
It is the final proof of God's omnipotence that he need not exist in order to save us.
Peter De Vries
The original sin was not in eating of the forbidden fruit, but in planting the tree that bore the fruit.
Lemuel K. Washburn
Good people will do good things, and bad people will do bad things. But for good people to do bad things -- that takes religion.
Religious people have grappled for millennia with the theodicy, the problem posed by the existence of suffering in a world that is supposed to be ruled by a good God. They have found ingenious solutions in terms of various supposed divine plans. I will not try to argue with these solutions, much less to add one of my own. Remembrance of the Holocaust leaves me unsympathetic to attempts to justify the ways of God to man. If there is a God that has special plans for humans, then He has taken very great pains to hide His concern for us. To me it would seem impolite if not impious to bother such a God with our prayers.
In a Jewish theological seminar there was an hours-long discussion about proofs of the existence of God. After some hours, one rabbi got up and said, "God is so great, he does not even need to exist."
One can often recognize herd animals by their tendency to carry bibles.
The total absence of humour in the Bible is one of the most singular things in all literature.
Alfred North Whitehead
Religion is the last refuge of human savagery.
Alfred North Whitehead
Why do born-again people so often make you wish they'd never been born the first time?
Mythology is what grownups believe, folklore is what they tell children and religion is both.
Truth, in matters of religion, is simply the opinion that has survived.
When I think of all the harm the Bible has done, I despair of ever writing anything to equal it.
A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it.
No man dies for what he knows to be true. Men die for what they want to be true, for what some terror in their hearts tells them is not true.
All your Western theologies, the whole mythology of them, are based on the concept of God as a senile delinquent.
The Bible tells us to be like God, and then on page after page it describes God as a mass murderer. This may be the single most important key to the political behavior of Western Civilization.
Robert A. Wilson
A cult is a religion with no political power.
If oxen and horses and lions could draw and paint, they would delineate the gods in their own image.
Real scientists are required to play by the rules without exception. Creationists follow the rules of science only so long as it is expedient. Then they resort to miracles. But resorting to miracles is not offering an explanation: it is asserting that no real explanation exists. Whenever creationists resort to miracles, they are admitting that their system cannot account for the facts of nature; it cannot explain the world.
Frank R. Zindler
Evolutionists have proof without conviction. Creationists have conviction without proof.
He is YOUR God. They are YOUR Rules. YOU burn in Hell!
Philosophy is questions that may never be answered. Religion is answers that may never be questioned.
Anyone who says God is on their side is dangerous as hell.
For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever would believe in him would probably believe just about anything.
If God lived on earth, people would break his windows.