[The atheist believes] a world marked by so much injustice, innocent suffering, and cynicism of power cannot be the work of a good God.
"Tell me," said the atheist , "Is there a God really?" Said the master, "If you want me to be perfectly honest with you, I will not answer." Later the disciples demanded to know why he had not answered. "Because the question is unanswerable," said the Master. "So you are an atheist?" "Certainly not. The atheist makes the mistake of denying that of which nothing may be said... and the theist makes the mistake of affirming it.anthony de mello
On second thought, maybe the atheist cannot find God, for the same reason a thief cannot find a policeman.
Absolutists frighten me. During all the endless discussions on my blog about evolution , intelligent design, God , and the afterworld, numbering altogether thousands of comments, I have never named my beliefs , although readers have freely informed me that I am an atheist , and agnostic , or at the very least a secular humanist which I am.roger ebert
His [Turgot's] first important literary and scholastic effort was a treatise On the Existence of God. Few fragments of it remain, but we are helped to understand him when we learn that he asserted, and to the end of his life maintained, his belief in an Almighty Creator and Upholder of the Universe. It did, indeed, at a later period suit the purposes of his enemies, exasperated by his tolerant spirit and his reforming plans, to proclaim him an atheist; but that sort of charge has been the commonest of missiles against troublesome thinkers in all times.Andrew Dickson White
Stephen Colbert: So you're an agnostic? Bart Ehrman: That's right. Colbert: Isn't that just an atheist without balls?
I have heard of a man exclaiming "I am an atheist, thank God!"
Might there not be a connection between the attempt to eradicate religion and the loss of freedom? It is unlikely that Mao, who launched his assault on the people and culture of Tibet with the slogan "Religion is poison," would have agreed that his atheist world-view had no bearing on his policies.
Everyone - pantheist , atheist , skeptic , polytheist - has to answer these questions: 'Where did I come from? What is life 's meaning? How do I define right from wrong and what happens to me when I die?' Those are the fulcrum points of our existence.
The Cross! There, and there only (though the deist rave, And atheist, if Earth bears so base a slave); There and there only, is the power to save.william cowper
I tell you, Mr. Hunsden, you are a more unpractical man than I am an unpractical woman, for you don't acknowledge what really exists; you want to annihilate individual patriotism and national greatness as an atheist would annihilate God and his own soul, by denying their existence.charlotte brontë
Our interest's on the dangerous edge of things. The honest thief, the tender murderer, The superstitious atheist.Robert Browning
I have heard an atheist defined as a man who had no invisible means of support.john buchan
[I call myself] an atheist. Agnostic for me would be trying to weasel out and sound a little nicer than I am about this.richard feynman
I have two grandchildren: Maggie is 11; Robert is 9. I am convinced that if we do not decisively win the struggle over the nature of America, by the time they're my age they will be in a secular atheist country, potentially one dominated by radical Islamists and with no understanding of what it once meant to be an American.newt gingrich
Might there not be a connection between the attempt to eradicate religion and the loss of freedom? It is unlikely that Mao , who launched his assault on the people and culture of Tibet with the slogan "Religion is poison," would have agreed that his atheist world-view had no bearing on his policies.john n. gray
All I say is that I think it is damned unlikely that anything like a central cosmic will, a spirit world, or an eternal survival of personality exist. They are the most preposterous and unjustified of all the guesses which can be made about the universe, and I am not enough of a hair-splitter to pretend that I don't regard them as arrant and negligible moonshine. In theory I am an agnostic, but pending the appearance of radical evidence I must be classed, practically and provisionally, as an atheist.h. p. lovecraft
(He remarked) that anyone who truly wished to develop tolerance toward other human beings should start by casting aside any and all religious affiliation. When challenged by one of the other guests, he had asked innocently whether anyone could name a single person put to death or driven from his home by an atheist over theological matters.jack mcdevitt
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.
In order to obey God, one must receive his commands. How did it happen that I received them in adolescence, while I was professing atheism? To believe that the desire for good is always fulfilled that is faith, and whoever has it is not an atheist.Simone Weil
No human being escapes the necessity of conceiving some good outside himself towards which his thought turns in a movement of desire , supplication, and hope . consequently, the only choice is between worshipping the true God or an idol. Every atheist is an idolater unless he is worshipping the true God in his impersonal aspect. The majority of the pious are idolaters.
A pandeist scientist or philosopher studying the Universe is not necessarily irrational, nor is he or she particularly distinguishable, from an atheist scientist or philosopher who loves the subject of his or her work.
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