Religious belief prevented the growth of a sense of realism. But atheism at once makes man realistic and alive to the needs of morality.
Settle it therefore in your minds, as a maxim never to be effaced or forgotten, that atheism is an inhuman, bloody, ferocious system, equally hostile to every useful restraint and to every virtuous affection; that, leaving nothing above us to excite awe, nor round us to awaken tenderness, it wages war with heaven and with earth: its first object is to dethrone God, its next to destroy man.robert hall
Absolute atheism starts in an act of faith in reverse gear and is a full-blown religious commitment. Here we have the first internal inconsistency of contemporary atheism: it proclaims that all religion must necessarily vanish away, and it is itself a religious phenomena.jacques maritain
For atheism and polytheism there is no special problem of suffering, nor need there be for every kind of monotheism.walter kaufmann
Freedom and not servitude is the cure of anarchy; as religion, and not atheism, is the true remedy for superstition.Edmund Burke
Man is by his constitution a religious animal; atheism is against not only our reason, but our instincts.Edmund Burke
Every luxury was lavished on you atheism, breast- feeding, circumcision.
It wasn't atheism and corruption they feared, but inquiry.mark kingwell
If you have a sloppy religion you get a sloppy atheism.ronald knox
It was an earnest, extreme, and irreverant book, a book that, in its mockery of authority, its relentless logic, its relentless hewing to the line of Reason, letting the sacred cows fall where they might, followed the old familiar script: CAMPUS REBEL FLAYS FACULTY. But the script was all balled up, for the author was more reactionary than any of the dignitaries in their black robes, and his book damned Yale as a hotbed of atheism and collectivism.dwight macdonald
Today we are engaged in a final, all-out battle between communistic atheism and Christianity. The modern champions of communism have selected this as the time, and ladies and gentlemen, the chips are down — they are truly down.Joseph McCarthy
If you suspect that my interest in the Bible is going to inspire me with sudden enthusiasm for Judaism and make me a convert of mountain?moving fervor and that I shall suddenly grow long earlocks and learn Hebrew and go about denouncing the heathen you little know the effect of the Bible on me. Properly read, it is the most potent force for atheism ever conceived.Isaac Asimov
The belief that the conditioned derives from the unconditioned, wrong from right, represent the most fatal error and the one most fraught with consequences that is ("et la plus lourde de conséquences qui soit", Fr.) This believe gave rise (or engender) incalculable harms; it has obliterated (or obstructed or cancelled) the religious consciousness and warped the moral judgement; morevoer, it has created an abyss between science and religion, and brought generations of men to atheism.african spir
If atheism is to be used to express the state of mind in which God is identified with the unknowable, and theology is pronounced to be a collection of meaningless words about unintelligible chimeras, then I have no doubt, and I think few people doubt, that atheists are as plentiful as blackberries.leslie stephen
Although atheism might have been logically tenable before Darwin, Darwin made it possible to be an intellectually fulfilled atheist.Richard Dawkins
Pantheism is sexed-up atheism. Deism is watered-down theism.Richard Dawkins
The next [world-view] belief system might be like an umbrella that reaches out to cover atheism, deism, agnosticism, and pan-deism because the difference between those assorted beliefs pale in comparison tot he importance of not toleratin ghte belief that some "mystical being" can alter cause and effect, thus interfering with the science and technology we need to replace this old civilization before it is too late.
FREE THINKERS: all people whose beliefs regarding "spirits" are compatible with modern science. Deism , pan-deism, agnosticism and atheism are compatible; theism is not.
Deism and pan-deism, as well as agnosticism and atheism, are all Non-Theisms.
A little philosophy inclineth man’s mind to atheism; but depth in philosophy bringeth men’s minds about to religion.Francis Bacon
The Religion that is afraid of science dishonors God & commits suicide... Every influx of atheism, of skepticism is thus made useful as a mercury pill assaulting & removing a diseased religion & making way for truth.ralph waldo emerson
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.
Forth from his dark and lonely hiding place (Portentous-sight!) the owlet atheism, Sailing an obscene wings athwart the noon, Drops his blue-fringèd lids, and holds them close, And hooting at the glorious sun in Heaven, Cries out, "Where is it?"Samuel Taylor Coleridge
At the end of Being and Nothingness ...[,] Being in-itself and Being for-itself were of Being ; and this totality of beings, in which they were effected, itself was linked up to itself, relating and appearing to itself, by means of the essential project of human-reality. What was named in this way, in an allegedly neutral and undetermined way, was nothing other than the metaphysical unity of man and God, the relation of man to God, the project of becoming God as the project constituting human-reality. atheism changes nothing in this fundamental structure.jacques derrida
atheism is just a way of clearing the space for better conversations.sam harris
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