Atheism Quotes

“Good people will do good things, and bad people will do bad things. But for good people to do bad things—that takes religion.”

~ Steven Weinberg, Theoretical Physicist, Nobel Prize Winner

“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, Evolutionary Biologist

“The president of the United States [George Bush] has claimed, on more than one occasion, to be in dialogue with God. If he said that he was talking to God through his hairdryer, this would precipitate a national emergency. I fail to see how the addition of a hairdryer makes the claim more ridiculous or offensive.”

~ Sam Harris, Neuroscientist

“Human decency is not derived from religion. It precedes it.”

~ Christopher Hitchens, Journalist and Critic

“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 (341-270 BC), Philosopher

“Don’t pray in my school, and I won’t think in your church.”

~ Unknown

“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, TV Screenwriter and Producer

“Men never commit evil so fully and joyfully as when they do it for religious convictions”

~ Blaise Pascal, Mathematician, Physicist, Philosopher

“Religion has actually 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 special list of ten things he does not want you to do.. And if you do any of these ten things, he has a special place, full of fire and smoke and burning and torture and anguish, where he will send you to live and suffer and burn and choke and scream and cry forever and ever ’til the end of time! ..But He loves you… and HE NEEDS MONEY!”

~ George Carlin

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

~ Doug McLeod, Writer

“Atheism is not a philosophy; it is not even a view of the world; it is simply an admission of the obvious. In fact, ‘atheism’ is a term that should not even exist. No one needs to identify himself as a ‘non-astrologer’ or a ‘non-alchemist.’ We do not have words for people who doubt that Elvis is still alive or that aliens have traversed the galaxy only to molest ranchers and cattle. Atheism is nothing more than the noises reasonable people make in the presence of unjustified religious beliefs.”

~ Sam Harris, Letter to a Christian Nation

“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

“Philosophy is questions that may never be answered. Religion is answers that may never be questioned.”

~ Unknown

“Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.”

~ Carl Sagan

4 thoughts on “Atheism Quotes

  1. Humans have various drives. These drives are usually viewed as emanating from individuals. Sex and aggression, for example, are frequently deemed to be human drives. God at least in part could be a human drive, however the drive could be grasped as emanating from outside the individual. This God could have created the World humans inhabit which leaves open the question how this God is connected to a God who created the universe. With God as minimally a kind of human drive at least some forms of religion can make sense. Being under the sway of bad religion can lead to terrible deeds but so can being under the sway of bad sex or bad aggression. Getting rid of sex to do away with bad sex and getting rid of aggression to get rid of bad aggression are absurd. Likewise getting rid of religion to get rid of bad religion is absurd.

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    1. Thanks for your input on this conversation.

      I never have or ever will argue “to get rid of religion.” People are free to believe whatever they wish no matter how absurd. My issue is with blind faith and because they accept a list of rules to live by that all others should be forced to live by that list of rules. I personally don’t believe in a “God” that created this world, however I am open to being wrong and changing my beliefs. If someone was able to present solid evidence and proof for the existence of said “God” I would change my beliefs. If this was done I find it highly unlikely that “God” would be the one presented in scripture or other religious writings.

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  2. The God who created this World would be working through various scriptures and religious writings, not all by any means. Undeniably religion has had a very large influence on human life which would be a kind of proof the the God who created this World exists. William James wrote a book called ‘The Varieties of Religious Experience’ where James points out that it is a fact that many individuals have profound religious experiences which would be evidence that there is minimally a a God who created this World.

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    1. I think we’ll have to agree to disagree.

      Religion has had a profound influence, not always in a good way, in no way do I see that as proof of God’s existence. Greek, Norse and Egyptian among other mythologies had very large influences on the world of their time, however I don’t believe in Zeus, Odin or Amun-Ra.

      James in his later book “Pragmatism” comes to the conclusion that religion is overall beneficial to humankind, although this does not establish its truth.

      I understand the need for people to see more meaning to life than just this one life in the world. I understand it comforts some people that they are basically living a dress rehearsal and after death will continue on in some form.

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