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?
George Bernard Shaw
The fact that a believer is happier than a sceptic is no more to the point than the fact that a drunken man is happier than a sober one. The happiness of credulity is a cheap and dangerous quality.
Faith means not wanting to know what is true.
In Christianity neither morality nor religion come into contact with reality at any point.
Which is it, is man one of God's blunders or is God one of man's?
Frank Lloyd Wright
I believe in God, only I spell it "Nature".
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 surrender to ignorance and call it God has always been premature, and it remains premature today.
If I were not an atheist, I would believe in a God who would choose to save people on the basis of the totality of their lives and not the pattern of their words. I think he would prefer an honest and righteous atheist to a TV preacher whose every word is God, God, God, and whose every deed is foul, foul, foul.
Properly read, the bible is the most potent force for Atheism ever conceived.
A man is accepted into a church for what he believes and he is turned out for what he knows.
I do not fear death. I had been dead for billions and billions of years before I was born, and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience from it.
It ain't the parts of the Bible that I can't understand that bother me, it is the parts that I do understand.
Seneca the Younger
Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful.
Not only is there no god, but try getting a plumber on weekends.
If it turns out that there is a God, I don't think that he's evil. But the worst that you can say about him is that basically he's an underachiever.
Belief in the supernatural reflects a failure of the imagination.
I still say a church steeple with a lightning rod on top shows a lack of confidence.
Abu'-Ala al Ma'arri
The world holds two classes of men - intelligent men without religion, and religious men without intelligence.
I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires.
The invisible and the non-existent look very much alike.
Atheism leaves a man to sense, to philosophy, to natural piety, to laws, to reputation; all of which may be guides to an outward moral virtue, even if religion vanished; but religious superstition dismounts all these and erects an absolute monarchy in the minds of men.
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.
Be thankful that you have a life, and forsake your vain and presumptuous desire for a second one.
We are all atheists about most of the gods that societies have ever believed in. Some of us just go one god further.
A God who kept tinkering with the universe was absurd; a God who interfered with human freedom and creativity was tyrant. If God is seen as a self in a world of his own, an ego that relates to a thought, a cause separate from its effect, he becomes a being, not Being itself. An omnipotent, all-knowing tyrant is not so different from earthly dictators who make everything and everybody mere cogs in the machine which they control. An atheism that rejects such a God is amply justified
It is not as in the Bible, that God created man in his own image. But, on the contrary, man created God in his own image.
People ask me what I think about that woman priest thing. What, a woman priest? Women priests. Great, great. Now there's priests of both sexes I don't listen to.
All the biblical miracles will at last disappear with the progress of science.
What can be asserted without proof can be dismissed without proof.
It will yet be the proud boast of women that they never contributed a line to the Bible.
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.
You do not need the Bible to justify love, but no better tool has been invented to justify hate. By the way, how's Granny?
Steve Buscemi (in the movie "The Island")
What's "God"? Well, you know, when you want something really bad and you close your eyes and you wish for it? God's the guy that ignores you.
As far as I can tell from studying the scriptures, all you do in heaven is pretty much just sit around all day and praise the Lord. I don't know about you, but I think that after the first, oh, I don't know, 50,000,000 years of that I'd start to get a little bored.
Calling Atheism a religion is like calling bald a hair color.
Bryan Emmanuel Gutierrez
God should be executed for crimes against humanity.
To say that atheism requires faith is as dim-witted as saying that disbelief in pixies or leprechauns takes faith. Even if Einstein himself told me there was an elf on my shoulder, I would still ask for proof and I wouldn't be wrong to ask.
Of all religions the Christian is without doubt the one which should inspire tolerance most, although up to now the Christians have been the most intolerant of all men.
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.
I'm a polyatheist - there are many gods I don't believe in.
A lie is a lie even if everyone believes it. The truth is the truth even if nobody believes it.
Men rarely (if ever) manage to dream up a God superior to themselves. Most Gods have the manners and morals of a spoiled child.
I refuse to prove that I exist," says God, "for proof denies faith, and without faith I am nothing.
People will then often say 'But surely it's better to remain an Agnostic just in case?' This, to me, suggests such a level of silliness and muddle that I usually edge out of the conversation rather than get sucked into it (if it turns out that I've been wrong all along, and there is in fact a god, and if it further turned out that this kind of legalistic, cross-your-fingers-behind-your-back, Clintonian hair-splitting impressed him, then I think I would choose not to worship him anyway).
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?
He that will not reason is a bigot; he that cannot reason is a fool; he that dares not reason is a slave.
Carlespie Mary Alice McKinney
Religion does three things quite effectively: Divides people, Controls people, Deludes people.
When a man is freed of religion, he has a better chance to live a normal and wholesome life.
They felt that science would be corrosive to religious belief and they were worried about it. Damn it, I think they were right. It is corrosive to religious belief and it's a good thing.
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.
Take from the church the miraculous, the supernatural, the incomprehensible, the unreasonable, the impossible, the unknowable, the absurd, and nothing but a vacuum remains.
History teaches us that no other cause has brought more death than the word of god.
Atheism is a non-prophet organization.
"There are no atheists in foxholes" isn't an argument against atheism, it's an argument against foxholes.
An atheist is a man who has no invisible means of support.
Gods don't kill people. People with Gods kill people.
If God were suddenly condemned to live the life which He has inflicted upon men, He would kill Himself.
Atheism is nothing more than the noises reasonable people make when in the presence of religious dogma.
I don't believe in God because I don't believe in Mother Goose.
Annie Wood Besant
No philosophy, no religion, has ever brought so glad a message to the world as this good news of Atheism.
I refuse to believe in a god who is the primary cause of conflict in the world, preaches racism, sexism, homophobia, and ignorance, and then sends me to hell if I'm 'bad'.
Faith does not give you the answers, it just stops you asking the questions.
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.
Gods are fragile things; they may be killed by a whiff of science or a dose of common sense.
The inspiration of the bible depends on the ignorance of the person who reads it.
When one person suffers from a delusion, it is called insanity. When many people suffer from a delusion it is called religion.
I wonder who got the shit job of scouring the planet for the 15,000 species of butterfly or the 8,800 species of ant they eventually took on board Noah's Ark. But at least we got that magical rainbow for all their trouble.
Oh ….. my ….. God! (just kiddin'!)
Man has always required an explanation for all of those things in the world he did not understand. If an explanation was not available, he created one.
What has been Christianity's fruits? Superstition, Bigotry and Persecution.
Penn & Teller
The characters and events depicted in the damn bible are fictitious. Any similarity to actual persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.
If god is the alpha and the omega, the beginning and the end, knows what has passed and what is to come like it states in the bible, why do people pray and think it will make any difference?
Religion is the opiate of the masses.
Animals do not have gods, they are smarter than that.
I have observed that the world has suffered far less from ignorance than from pretensions to knowledge. It is not skeptics or explorers but fanatics and ideologues who menace decency and progress. No agnostic ever burned anyone at the stake or tortured a pagan, a heretic, or an unbeliever.
I have never seen the slightest scientific proof of the religious ideas of heaven and hell, of future life for individuals, or of a personal God. So far as religion of the day is concerned, it is a damned fake. Religion is all bunk.
Fundamentalism, of any type, due to its prerequisite lack of intelligent thought, could prove to be the worst weapon of mass destruction, of all.
To really be free, you need to be free in the mind.
Religion is like a virus that affects the behaviour of its host in such a way as to propagate itself further.
Religions are like pills, which must be swallowed whole without chewing.
Today's religion will be the future's mythology. Both believed at one time by many; but proved wrong by the clever.
Christian: one who thinks the New Testament a divinely inspired book admirably suited to the spiritual needs of his neighbour.
When the missionaries came to Africa, they had the Bible and we had the land. They said "Let us pray", and we closed our eyes. When we opened them, we had the Bible and they had the land.
Philosophy is questions that may never be answered. Religion is answers that may never be questioned.
Since the Bible and the church are obviously mistaken in telling us where we came from, how can we trust them to tell us where we are going?
Two hands working can do more than a thousand clasped in prayer.
Blind faith is an ironic gift to return to the creator of human intelligence.
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.
Religion has caused more misery to all of mankind in every stage of human history than any other single idea.
A believer states everything must have a creator but fails to say how the creator was created.
If all the Christians who have called other Christians "not really a Christian" were to vanish, there'd be no Christians left.
Absolute faith corrupts as absolutely as absolute power but absolute power is corrupt only in the hands of the absolutely faithful.
I have no need for religion, I have a conscience.
The finality of death is the coldest truth one must face. Religion makes the perfect distraction.
Atheists will celebrate life, while you're in church celebrating death.
Most religions prophesy the end of the world and then consistently work together to ensure that these prophecies come true.
Jesus hardly made the greatest sacrifice. He knew he would be resurrected anyway.
The Bible - a fairytale book of rules, brainwashing millions. Obliviously used to help create war, kill, hate, judge and discriminate.
On the first day, man created God.
The Grumpy Old Sod
Yeah. What they said.
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