My earlier views on the unsoundness of the Christian scheme of salvation have become clearer and stronger with advancing years.
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).
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
Along with Islam and Christianity, Judaism does insist that some turgid and contradictory and sometimes evil and mad texts, obviously written by fairly unexceptional humans, are in fact the word of god. I think that the indispensable condition of any intellectual liberty is the realisation that there is no such thing.christopher hitchens
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
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
I have heard an atheist defined as a man who had no invisible means of support.John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsmuir, speaking to the Law Society of Upper Canada, (21 February 1936); published in Canadian Occasions (1940), p. 201.
Atheism is the vice of a few intelligent persons, and superstition is the vice of fools.Voltaire, Philosophical Dictionary (1764), "Atheism", Section I
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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