good morning

You know it’s a sweet morning when you wake up to the cold, tasty smell of Atheism Quotes that your girlfriend (who was equally excited finding them) has kindly sent to you. Interestingly, this is the third morning in a row that someone has emailed me something that I was delighted to read/watch. Jo sent this yesterday, while Shakti sent this link the day before. I could get used to this! Anyway, to the quotes now:

You never see animals going through the absurd and often horrible fooleries of magic and religion. Only man behaves with such gratuitous folly. It is the price he has to pay for being intelligent but not, as yet, quite intelligent enough.
– Aldous Huxley

A thorough reading and understanding of the Bible is the surest path to atheism.
– Donald Morgan

Friends don’t let friends believe in imaginary friends.
– Bo Michaels, Member, Atheist Quote of the Day.

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.
– Gene Roddenberry

Know more? Drop ‘em in the comments section. There’s no such thing as one too many of these!

Update: I just couldn’t leave it at that. So, I did my own digging around, and here is the fruit:

“Not only is there no god, but try getting a plumber on weekends.”
– Woody Allen

“I still say a church steeple with a lightning rod on top shows a lack of confidence.”
– Doug McLeod

“The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.”
– Richard Dawkins (From The God Delusion)

“What can be asserted without proof can be dismissed without proof.”
– Christopher Hitchens (A take on the ‘burden of proof argument.)

“On the first day, man created God.”
– Anonymous

“And if there were a God, I think it very unlikely that He would have such an uneasy vanity as to be offended by those who doubt His existence.”
– Bertrand Russell (Trust this man for thinking up the wittiest lines that also manage to deliver a fine argument!)

“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?”
– Epicurus (One of the classic arguments against the existence of God – in eight sentences. Another one is about how God cannot be omniscient and omnipotent at the same time. If he knows all that has been and all that will be (omniscient), how can he change something if he wishes to (omnipotent)?)

“Which is it, is man one of God’s blunders or is God one of man’s?”
– Friedrich Nietzsche

“Atheism is a non-prophet organization.”
– George Carlin

“We are all atheists about most of the gods that societies have ever believed in. Some of us just go one god further.”
– Richard Dawkins

“Believing there is no God gives me more room for belief in family, people, love, truth, beauty, sex, Jell-o, and all the other things I can prove and that make this life the best life I will ever have.”
– Penn Jillette (Personal experience confirms.)

“The finality of death is the coldest truth one must face. Religion makes the perfect distraction.”
– Anonymous

“Religion is the opiate of the masses.”
– Karl Marx (How could I leave out this classic? However, I’d now argue that TV has overtaken religion in its role as an opiate. The most intolerably moronic people I’ve ever met all have been TV addicts.)

“Isn’t it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?”
– Douglas Adams (Dawkin’s The God Delusion begins with this simple and eloquent one-line argument.)

Okay, I think I should stop ODing on atheism. Sad truth is, atheists read the most atheist literature. So, we more or less get nowhere, except knowing classic philosophical rebuttals to faith. But more often than not, people of faith are too dense to appreciate a finely constructed philosophical argument.

So, we more or less get nowhere.

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