"I contend that 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."
"If Atheism is a religion, then health is a disease!"
"People have suffered and become insane for centuries by the thought
of eternal punishment after death. Wouldn't it be better to depend on blind
matter (...) than by a god who puts out traps for people, invites them
to sin, and allows them to sin and commit crimes he could prevent. Only
to finally get the barbarian pleasure to punish them in an excessive way,
of no use for himself, without them changing their ways and without their
example preventing others from committing crimes."
[Baron d'Holbach (Systeme de la Nature, 1789)]
Philosophy is questions that may never be answered.
Religion is answers that may never be questioned.
"If god doesn't like the way I live, Let him tell me, not you."
[As seen on a button]
"Marge, have you ever actually sat down and read this thing?
Technically, we're not even allowed to go to the bathroom."
[Priest on "The Simpson's"]
"I can hardly see how anyone ought to wish Christianity to be true;
for if so the plain language of the text seems to show that the men who
do not believe, and this would include my Father, Brother and almost all
my best friends, will be everlastingly punished. And this is a damnable
"If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for
reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed."
"If 50 million people believe a foolish thing, it is still a foolish
"Science has proof without any certainty. Creationists have certainty
without any proof."
"Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence."
"We must question the story logic of having an all-knowing all-powerful
God, who creates faulty Humans, and then blames them for his own mistakes."
"To believe that consciousness can survive the wreck of the brain is
like believing that 70 mph can survive the wreck of the car."
Any belief worth having must survive doubt.
"Faith is to the human what sand is to the ostrich."
"For god so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, that
whosoever would believe in him would believe in anything."
"The mind of the fundamentalist is like the pupil of the eye: the more
light you pour on it, the more it will contract".
"God is a gross answer, an indelicacy against us thinkers -- at bottom
merely a gross prohibition for us: you shall not think!"
[Nietzsche, Ecce Homo]
"..but the Bible is such a book of lies and contradictions there is
no knowing which part to believe or whether any..."
[_The Age of Reason_, Thomas Paine, p. 104]
"It ain't the parts of the Bible that I can't understand that bother
me, it is the parts that I do understand."
"There once was a time when all people believed in God and the church
ruled. This time was called the Dark Ages."
[Richard Lederer (Anguished English)]
"If the Bible is mistaken in telling us where we came from, how can
we trust it to tell us where we're going?"
"The invisible and the non-existent look very much alike."
[Delos B. McKown]
It's your god.
They're your rules.
*You* go to hell.