The word god is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weaknesses, the Bible a collection of honourable, but still primitive legends which are nevertheless pretty childish. No interpretation no matter how subtle can (for me) change this.
Science should be taught not in order to support religion and not in order to destroy religion. Science should be taught simply ignoring religion.Steven Weinberg, unidentified article/page, Freethought Today, April 2000
Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by rulers as useful.Attributed to Seneca, as quoted in What Great Men Think About Religion (1945) by Ira D. Cardiff, p. 342; No original source for this has been found in the works of Seneca, or published translations (see: Talk:Seneca the Younger).
I have seldom met an intelligent person whose views were not narrowed and distorted by religion.James Buchanan
By simple common sense I don't believe in God.Charlie Chaplin
There is probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life.Ariane Sherine, in her Atheist Bus Campaign (2008)
I contend 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.Stephen F. Roberts. See his "Brief History of the Quote" or Alex Colias, "No Theist is Atheist Towards Anything".
In the unlikely event of losing Pascal's Wager, I intend to saunter in to Judgement Day with a bookshelf full of grievances, a flaming sword of my own devising, and a serious attitude problem.Rick Moen, "TAN: Mormons" 1997-10-11, rec.arts.sf.written.robert-jordan
An atheist doesn't have to be someone who thinks he has a proof that there can't be a god. He only has to be someone who believes that the evidence on the God question is at a similar level to the evidence on the werewolf question.John McCarthy, "Agnostics and Atheists" (1992-07-23), rec.arts.books
The opposite of the religious fanatic is not the fanatical atheist but the gentle cynic who cares not whether there is a god or not.Eric Hoffer, in The True Believer: Thoughts On The Nature Of Mass Movements (1951) Section 62
God did not, as the Bible says, make man in His image; on the contrary man, as I have shown in The Essence of Christianity , made God in his image.Ludwig Feuerbach, Lectures on the essence of religion. Transl. Ralph Manheim. New York: Harper & Row. 1967. p. 187. German: Vorlesungen über das Wesen der Religion. Leipzig: Wigand. 1851. p. 241.
It is easier for a Russian to become an Atheist, than for any other nationality in the world. And not only does a Russian 'become an Atheist,' but he actually BELIEVES IN Atheism, just as though he had found a new faith, not perceiving that he has pinned his faith in a negation. Such is our anguish of thirst!fyodor dostoevsky
I would, like any other scientist, willingly change my mind if the evidence led me to do so. So I care about what's true, I care about evidence, I care about evidence as the reason for knowing what is true. It is true that I come across rather passionate sometimes and that's because I am passionate about the truth. … I do get very impatient with humbug, with cant, with fakery, with charlatans.Richard Dawkins, BBC interview, April 2004
There are no atheists in foxholes.Father William Thomas Cummings, Field Sermon on Bataan (1942), quoted in I Saw the Fall of the Philippines by Carlos P. Romulo; also attributed to Lieut. Col. Warren J. Clear, "Bataan Defenders' Suffering Related," The Los Angeles Times, 13 April 1942, Pg. 3.
I have heard of a man exclaiming "I am an atheist, thank God!"Samuel Butler, The Note-Books of Samuel Butler: Selections arranged and edited by Henry Festing Jones (1912). New York: E. P. Dutton & Co., 1917, p. 315
The inhabitants of the earth are of two sorts: Those with brains, but no religion, And those with religion, but no brains.Abu'l-`Ala' al-Ma`arri (973–1058) (Arabic: ?), poet of Ma`arra, quoted in Crusades Through Arab Eyes (1989) by Amin Maalouf
Reading the Bible is the fast track to atheism. Reading the Bible means starting at "In the beginning..." and throwing it down with disgust at "...the grace of the lord Jesus be with all. Amen." I'm sure there are lots of religious people who've read the Bible from start to finish and kept their faith, but in my self-selected sample, all the people I know who have done that are atheists.penn jillette
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