"It is among men of genius and science that atheism alone is found."
"After all, is our idea of God anything more than personified incomprehensibility?"
"Atheism is more than just the knowledge that gods do not exist, and that religion is either
a mistake or a fraud. Atheism is an attitude, a frame of mind that looks at the world
objectively, fearlessly, always trying to understand all things as a part of nature."
"The atheist is a man who destroys the chimera which afflicts
the human race, and so leads men back to nature, to
experience and reason."
"A lie is a lie even if everyone believes it.
The truth is the truth even if nobody believes it."
"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,
though religion were not; but superstition dismounts all these and
erecteth an absolute monarchy in the minds of men."
"The word god is for me nothing more than the expression and product
of human weakness, the Bible a collection of honourable, but still primitive
legends which are nevertheless pretty childish. No interpretation no matter
how subtle can (for me) change this. For me the Jewish religion like all
others is an incarnation of the most childish superstitions."
"Man is certainly stark mad; he cannot make a worm,
yet he will make gods by the dozen."
"To know much is often the cause of doubting more."
Michel De Montaigne
http://youtu.be/_YGbsQkeMsA Tim Minchin Interview (Be Skeptical episode 1)
"Does God exist?
Well, it depends on what you mean by God.
The universe is a maze of mysteries. How can gravity-an invisible,
unexplainable force-pull the Milky Way into a spiral? How can atoms
contain such awesome power that an amount of matter smaller than a dime
produced the energy in the bomb that killed one hundred thousand Hiroshima
residents? How can the double-helix thread of DNA create all living things,
from bacteria to trees to Beethoven? How can electrons, dormant in every
atom of your body, explode into violent lightening bolts when they're detached?
Finally, why does anything exist at all?
If you say that the power of gravity, atoms, DNA, lightening and all the rest is
God-that God is E = mc2- then God exists, Those baffling forces are undeniably real.
Or if you say, as some do, that God is the love and pity in every human heart, then
God exists. Those feelings are undeniably real-just like the paranoid capacity for
suspicion, hate, jealousy, anger, and the like.
But if you mean church-type deities-the three gods of the Christian Trinity, the
330 million gods of Hinduism, the wrathful Jehovah of the Old Testament, the
multitudinous Greek and Roman gods, the invisible feathered serpent of the
Aztecs, and so on-you've entered the Twilight Zone."
James A. Haught
It is often said that atheists are arrogant and self-centered.
I believe the opposite to be true. Atheists do not claim to
have a personal relationship with the creator of the universe.
Atheists do not believe that the universe and planet Earth
were made with them primarily in mind (or that humans
were made in the image of the creator). Atheists do not
believe that they will experience eternal life.
Atheists believe that we humans are fortunate to have
this one and only life. Atheists believe that we are cousins
to all other forms of life (some more closely than others) and
that we are not superior to any others. The universe just exists
and we know no more than that; nature and the universe are
unsympathetic towards all living beings. Galaxies and stars
are born and die violently, but in doing so provide the
opportunity for more life to be.
Atheism is not "like a religion." We accept science, not as
gospel, but as the best (and truly only way) to explain the
existence of ourselves, our cousins and the entire universe.
Atheists do not need religion in order to be moral beings.
Nobody needs to be told what is right or wrong, good or
bad. Morality is separate from religions and God.
Reason may indeed be the enemy of faith, for it exposes
the truth, and is not blinded by lazy traditions. Sometimes
the truth is not the most pleasant option, but it is the truth.
Less than a hundred years ago, humans believed the Milky
Way Galaxy to be the limits of the universe. We now know
that there are billions of galaxies. We are but a grain in
the immense ocean of space and time. Sometimes I think
that the major problem is that people just do not understand
how long 13.7 billion years really is. Our brains are perhaps
not capable of grasping the enormity of such a figure.
Ask yourself, not who created the universe, galaxies, Earth, humans,
hydrogen, but instead, what did? Ask not why, but rather, how?
A Universe Not Made For Us HD: Carl Sagan on religion, geocentrism
[Carl Sagan Tribute Series]
Atheists & Agnostics
"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."
Ridiculous! First and foremost they were all COMMUNISTS.
Does that mean that all communists are mass murderers?
In Korea and China, and the old Soviet Union, they
worship(ped) their leader in cult-like fashion.
"Marxism is another powerful god virus that smoldered for years in many
small pockets of Europe and eventually broke out in Russia in 1917, because
of the weakness of the Russian political structure and Orthodox Church.
its tenets are as faith-based as any pronouncement by Jesus or Jerry Falwell....
Lenin became the deity of Marxism and was displayed for all to see. No
Pharaoh or Caesar was more deified after his death."...
Right now, an experiment is going on in Asia and Russia. While the
Marxist/communist religion has largely fallen out of favor, other
religions have not been able to rush in and fill the void. This is not
coincidental, as the governments of China and Russia have created
and continue to develop a scientifically educated populace."
Darrel W. Ray
Yep. Hitler was indeed a Catholic, as were his Nazi
soldiers (and Lutheran) He certainly had a relationship
with the Vatican (as did Mussolini and Franco).
The Cult of Communism
has nothing to do with atheism.
D'Holbach was one of the first to
write a book dealing with atheism.
http://youtu.be/jy1iydM_f8g Hitchens vs. Pastor Wilson
http://youtu.be/geStcOk2tmM More Hitchens
"God is a holding place for everything we don't understand."
Betty Sue Flowers
http://youtu.be/S2J232lPZno History of Disbelief: Atheism documentary part 1
http://youtu.be/jUn9bOh3e9g History of Disbelief: Atheism documentary part 2
http://youtu.be/bqSOUDl8dKU History of Disbelief: Atheism documentary part 3
http://atheistmovies.blogspot.com good blog
http://youtu.be/3jYwrgHONSc Ricky Gervais on religion and atheism
http://youtu.be/22cYcsVPOok good Sam Harris clip
http://youtu.be/MQox1hQrABQ good Christopher Hitchens clip
http://youtu.be/zhA8TXdCg4M Isaac Asimov : Reason and Religion
http://youtu.be/fdnWwlZCsSw What Do You Think of Atheists?
Book: A Better Life: 100 Atheists Speak Out on
Joy and Meaning in a World Without God.
Many evolutionists blame atheism for the lack
of acceptance of evolution. Many people do associate
the two, but I believe the main reason for not "believing"
in evolution is ignorance and religious brain-washing.
Interesting chart, but the light blue should be smaller.
Yes, those are their ages listed.
And atheists are the crazy ones?
"The foolish renounce this world and pursue an imaginary world to come."
Giordano Bruno was burned at the stake by the Roman Inquisition for
believing that the earth rotates the sun and that the universe is infinite.
http://youtu.be/s47ArcQL-XQ 50 Renowned Academics Speaking About God
http://youtu.be/6Gt4WSK_NlQ Another 50 Renowned Academics Speaking About God (Part 2)
http://youtu.be/YltEym9H0x4 Richard Feynman on God