|The Religion that is afraid of science dishonors God and commits suicide. It acknowledges that it is not equal to the whole of truth, that it legislates, tyrannizes over a village of God’s empires but is not the immutable universal law. Every influx of atheism, of skepticism is thus made useful as a mercury pill assaulting and removing a diseased religion and making way for truth.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
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|A Christian telling an atheist they’re going to hell is as scary as a child telling an adult they’re not getting any presents from Santa.|
|Religion has 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 list of ten specific things he doesn’t want you to do. And if you do any of these things, he will send you to a special place, of burning and fire and smoke and torture and anguish for you to live forever, and suffer, and suffer, and burn, and scream, until the end of time. But he loves you. He loves you. He loves you and he needs money.|
|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?
|The invention of the scientific method and science is, I’m sure we’ll all agree, the most powerful intellectual idea, the most powerful framework for thinking and investigating and understanding and challenging the world around us that there is, and that it rests on the premise that any idea is there to be attacked and if it withstands the attack then it lives to fight another day and if it doesn’t withstand the attack then down it goes. Religion doesn’t seem to work like that; it has certain ideas at the heart of it which we call sacred or holy or whatever. That’s an idea we’re so familiar with, whether we subscribe to it or not, that it’s kind of odd to think what it actually means, because really what it means is ‘Here is an idea or a notion that you’re not allowed to say anything bad about; you’re just not. Why not? – because you’re not!
– Douglas Adams (1952-2001)
|The more I learn about the universe, the less convinced I am that there’s any sort of benevolent force that has anything to do with it, at all.
– Neil deGrasse Tyson (Oct 5, 1958 -)
|I don’t “believe” in anything. I know certain things – little things, not the nine billion names of God – from experience. But I have no beliefs. Belief gets in the way of learning.
– Robert A. Heinlein (1907-1988)
|I do not pretend to be able to prove that there is no God. I equally cannot prove that Satan is a fiction. The Christian god may exist; so may the gods of Olympus, or of ancient Egypt, or of Babylon. But no one of these hypotheses is more probable than any other: they lie outside the region of even probable knowledge, and therefore there is no reason to consider any of them.
– Bertrand Russell (1872-1970)
|I see atheists are fighting and killing each other again, over who doesn’t believe in any God the most. Oh, no..wait.. that never happens.|
|God is a sound people make when they’re too tired to think anymore.
– Edward Abbey (1927-1989)