1. Creationists make it sound like a ‘theory’ is something you dreamt up after being drunk all night — Isaac Asimov

2. I don’t believe in God. My god is patriotism. Teach a man to be a good citizen and you have solved the problem of life. — Andrew Carnegie

3. All thinking men are atheists. — Ernest Hemingway

4. Lighthouses are more helpful then churches. — Benjamin Franklin

5. Faith means not wanting to know what is true. — Friedrich Nietzsche

6. The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the point than the fact that a drunken man is happier than a sober one. — George Bernard Shaw

7. Say what you will about the sweet miracle of unquestioning faith, I consider a capacity for it terrifying and absolutely vile. — Kurt Vonnegut

8. I believe in God, only I spell it Nature. — Frank Lloyd Wright

9. Man will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest. — Denis Diderot

10. A man is accepted into a church for what he believes and he is turned out for what he knows. — Samuel Clemens

11. The whole thing is so patently infantile, so foreign to reality, that to anyone with a friendly attitude to humanity it is painful to think that the great majority of mortals will never be able to rise above this view of life. — Sigmund Freud

12. Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful. — Edward Gibbon

13. The church says the earth is flat, but I know that it is round, for I have seen the shadow on the moon, and I have more faith in a shadow than in the church. — Ferdinand Magellan

14. Not only is there no god, but try getting a plumber on weekends. — Woody Allen

15. It’s an incredible con job when you think about it, to believe something now in exchange for something after death. Even corporations with their reward systems don’t try to make it posthumous. — Gloria Steinem

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awesome quotes! =) i especially love number 12 & 13 =) really speak into my heart =)
10. A man is accepted into a church for what he believes and he is turned out for what he knows. — Samuel Clemens

Love the quotes ~ I like Voltaire's quotes he loved to poke fun at the church and their sheep back in the day!

If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent him. - Voltaire
I love the Josh Charles quote!! Is that the actor Josh Charles (from Threesome, Sports Night, etc.)? Gotta love an adorable, logical, like-mided guy...

I do not see 'truth' as 'vulgar', but I can see it as non-validating.

At times I wonder of 'faith' is that last stand against raw fact. Like a frog grabing the throat of a large bird before the frog is consumed, that last act of defiance, before reality settles the issue of delusions of immortality.  

Vonnegut wasn't an atheist, he was a humanist. He meant that you should always question your faith, not just follow it blindly.
Ugh. It depresses me that so many atheists trade one sort of folly for another and think themselves superior to their fellow man as a result. "All thinking men are atheists"? Please. To err is human, not Christian. In my experience, atheists hold plenty of patently illogical beliefs just as everyone else does; "Goddidit" just isn't one of them. It's this sort of rank arrogance that divides humanity and retards genuine progress. Was Einstein a fool, since he believed that there is a design? Was Aristotle nothing more than a useful idiot? What about Isaac Newton, or George Washington, or Mohandas Gandhi, or Francis Collins? Gullible morons all?

Much as I hate it when theists declare that atheism is just another religion, one generally based on just as much blind faith and bigotry as the rest of them, this sort of stereotyping and ill logic makes it difficult to credibly contest that position.

I agree that atheists need to get their houses in order before arrogantly claiming they have superior logical faculties.  I know an atheist that believes in spirits and I bump into anti-vaccers on the net.

The anti-vacciners I run into tend to be Religious Right Wing nuts.. 

It is possible that atheism is in some cases just as faith based as a religion would be. At the same time, it requires a whole heck of a lot more effort to continue to say “No” when saying “Yes” is so much more popular. Even further beyond that, there are a great many people who just can’t be bothered to care about the religious debate and just want everyone involved to just stfu and get on with their lives.

Interesting thread; anyone wanna bring it back to life? :D
Here some of mine:

If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for a reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed. -Albert Einstein

Give a man a fish, and you'll feed him for a day; Give him a religion, and he'll starve to death while praying for a fish. -unknown

Philosophy is questions that may never be answered. Religion is answers that may never be questioned. -Unknown

Two hands working can do more than a thousand hands clasped in prayer. -Unknown

The sailor does not pray for wind, he learns to sail. -Gustaf Lindborg

All religions are pieced together out of elements which seem so at odds with reason that any intelligence laughs at them. -Pierre Charron

As people become more intelligent, they care less for preachers and more for teachers. -Robert Ingersoll

The inspiration of the bible depends on the ignorance of the person who reads it. -Robert Ingersoll

Isn't killing people in the name of God a pretty good definition of insanity? -Arthur C. Clarke

Whatever we cannot easily understand we call God. This saves much wear and tear on the brain tissues. -Edward Abbey

Write whatever you like; the quotable will come

So many brilliant quotes. Sparks that illuminate, maybe set ablaze a mind ready for them.

So good to read, but I pointedly avoid them when writing:
1. No use making my prose, by comparison, more everyday than it is.
2. The quotable (as aphorism) cannot be manufactured -- it comes on its own.

Who can equal Nietzsche (in good translation)? A great artist with humor. Surprised?

A little girl asked her mother,

-- “Is it true that God is everywhere?”
-- “Yes, he is.”
-- “Well, I think that is indecent.”

-- Nietzsche The gay science 2nd ed 1887 preface

the anti_supernaturalist


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