Thursday, June 28, 2012

Top Ten Atheist Quotes

By: Matthew Chatterton

There have been and are many great minds in our midst. Here are excerpts from their views and philosophies, pertinent to religion.


10) Mark Twain


"Faith is believing what you know ain't true."


9) James Randi


"The only difference is that religion is much better organised and has been around much longer, but it's the same story with different characters and different costumes."


8) Voltaire


"If we believe absurdities, we shall commit atrocities."


7) Charles Darwin


"Nor must we overlook the probability of the constant inculcation in a belief in God on the minds of children producing so strong and perhaps an inherited effect on their brains not fully developed, that it would be as difficult for them to throw off their belief in God, as for the monkey to throw off its instinctive fear and hatred of a snake."


6) Daniel Dennett


"I think that there are no forces on this planet more dangerous to us all than the fanaticisms of fundamentalism, of all the species: Protestantism, Catholicism, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism, as well as countless smaller infections. Is there a conflict between science and religion here? There most certainly is."


5) Sam Harris


"The president of the United States has claimed, on more than one occasion, to be in dialogue with God. If he said that he was talking to God through his hairdryer, this would precipitate a national emergency. I fail to see how the addition of a hairdryer makes the claim more ridiculous or offensive."


4) Karl Marx


"The abolition of religion as the illusory happiness of the people is the demand for their real happiness. To call on them to give up their illusions about their condition is to call on them to give up a condition that requires illusions. The criticism of religion is, therefore, in embryo, the criticism of that vale of tears of which religion is the halo."


3) Richard Dawkins


"The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully."


2) Christopher Hitchens


"The person who is certain, and who claims divine warrant for his certainty, belongs now to the infancy of our species."


1) Epicurus



“Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able?
Then he is not omnipotent.
Is he able, but not willing?
Then he is malevolent.
Is he both able and willing?
Then whence cometh evil?
Is he neither able nor willing?
Then why call him God?”


Conclusion:

Compiling this list was a great joy to me. I hope reading it was equally pleasurable for you.




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