Religion easily has the best bullshit story of all
about it. Religion has convinced people that there’s
an invisible man…living in the sky. Who watches
everything you do every minute of every day. And the
invisible man has a list of ten specific things he doesn’t
want you to do. And if you do any of these things,
he will send you to a special place, of burning and
and smoke and torture and anguish for you to live forever,
and suffer, and burn, and scream, until the end of
time. But he loves you. He loves you. He loves you
and he needs
2. Atheism: A non-prophet organization.
3. I’m completely in favor of the separation
of Church and State. My idea is that these two institutions
screw us up enough on their own, so both of them together
is certain death.
Why are we asked to pray after a disaster? Hasn't god
made it clear that he doesn't give a fuck?
4. Which is it, is
man one of God’s blunders or is God one of man’s?
5. Faith means not wanting to know what is true.
6. Convictions are more dangerous enemies of truth than
7. What I see in Nature is a magnificent structure
that we can comprehend only very imperfectly, and that
fill a thinking person with a feeling of “humility.” This
is a genuinely religious feeling that has nothing to
do with mysticism.
8. It seems to me that the idea of a personal God is
an anthropological concept which I cannot take seriously.
I also cannot imagine some will or goal outside the
human sphere. … Science has been charged with undermining
morality, but the charge is unjust. A man’s ethical
behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education,
and social ties and needs; no religious basis is necessary.
Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained
by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death.
9. If people are good only because they fear punishment,
and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed.
10. The most henious and the must cruel crimes of which
history has record have been committed under the cover
of religion or equally noble motives.
11. I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians.
Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.
12. “It ain’t those parts of the Bible that
I can’t understand that bother me, it is the
parts that I do understand.”
13. A man is accepted into a church for what he believes
and he is turned out for what he knows.
14. What God lacks is convictions — stability of
character. He ought to be a Presbyterian or a Catholic
or something — not try to be everything.
15. Under certain circumstances, profanity provides a
relief denied even to prayer.
16. “In God We Trust.” I don’t believe
it would sound any better if it were true.
17. Shake off all fears of servile prejudices, under
which weak minds are servilely crouched. Fix reason firmly
in her seat, and call on her tribunal for every fact,
every opinion. Question with boldness even the existence
of a God, because, if there be one, he must more approve
of the homage of reason than that of blindfolded fear.
18. We are afraid of the known and afraid of the unknown.
That is our daily life and in that there is no hope,
and therefore every form of philosophy, every form of
theological concept, is merely an escape from the actual
reality of what is. All outward forms of change brought
about by wars, revolutions, reformations, laws and ideologies
have failed completely to change the basic nature of
man and therefore of society.
19. The way to see by faith is to shut the eye of reason:
The Morning Daylight appears plainer when you put out
20. Lighthouses are more helpful than churches.
21. If God has made us in his image, we have returned
him the favor.
22. Those who believe absurdities will commit atrocities.
23. Black holes would seem to suggest that God not only
plays dice, but also sometimes throws them where they
cannot be seen.
24. We could call order by the name of God, but it
would be an impersonal God. There’s not much
personal about the laws of physics.
25. Tradition becomes our security, and when the mind
is secure it is in decay.
26. The constant assertion of belief is an indication
27. What can be asserted without proof can be dismissed
28.If you gave
Jerry Falwell an enema, he could be buried in a matchbox.
29. Religion is an illusion and it derives its strength
from the fact that it falls in with our instinctual desires.
29b. The idea of God was not a lie but a device of
the unconscious which needed to be decoded by psychology.
A personal god was nothing more than an exalted father-figure:
desire for such a deity sprang from infantile yearnings
for a powerful, protective father, for justice and
fairness and for life to go on forever. God is simply
a projection of these desires, feared and worshipped
by human beings out of an abiding sense of helplessness.
Religion belonged to the infancy of the human race;
it had been a necessary stage in the transition from
childhood to maturity. It had promoted ethical values
which were essential to society. Now that humanity
had come of age, however, it should be left behind.
30. Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the
heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless
conditions. It is the opium of the people.
MarxGeorge Bernard Shaw
31. 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.
32. Men never commit evil so fully and joyfully as when
they do it for religious convictions.
32. You’re basically killing each other to see
who’s got the better imaginary friend.
34. With or without religion, you would have good people
doing good things and evil people doing evil things.
But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion.
Delos B. McKown
35. The invisible and the non-existent look very much
36. Religion is regarded by the common people as true,
by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful.
37. Our ignorance is God; what we know is science.
38. The foolish reject what they see and not what they
think; the wise reject what they think and not what they
39. Where knowledge ends, religion begins.
40. Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day; teach
a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime; give a
man religion and he will die praying for a fish.
41. If there really is a God who created the entire universe
with all of its glories, and He decides to deliver a
message to humanity, He will not use, as His messenger,
a person on cable TV with a bad hairstyle.
42. Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then
he is not omnipotent. Is he able, but not willing? then
he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Then whence
cometh evil? Is he neither able nor willing? Then why
call him God?
43. 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.
44. I think flying planes into a building was a faith-based
initiative. I think religion is a neurological disorder.
45. There’s a phrase we live by in America: “In
God We Trust”. It’s right there where
Jesus would want it: on our money.
46. If we go back to the beginning, we shall find that
ignorance and fear created the gods; that fancy, enthusiasm,
or deceit adorned them; that weakness worships them;
that credulity preserves them and that custom, respect
and tyranny support them in order to make the blindness
of men serve their own interests. If the ignorance of
nature gave birth to gods, the knowledge of nature is
calculated to destroy them.
47. If I thought the Jews killed God, I’d
worship the Jews.
48. Properly read, the Bible is the most potent force
for atheism ever conceived.
49. A belief which leaves no place for doubt is not a
belief; it is a superstition.
Arthur C. Clarke
50. One of the great tragedies of mankind is that morality
has been hijacked by religion.
There is no god, and that’s the simple truth.
If every trace of any single religion were wiped
out and nothing were passed on, it would never
be created exactly that way again. There might
be some other nonsense in its place, but not that
exact nonsense. If all of science were wiped out,
it would still be true and someone would find a
way to figure it all out again.