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Favourite Atheist Quote
« on: October 26, 2011, 04:23:20 PM »
What's yours?
Every time I think of Christopher Hitchen's comment on Jerry Falwell, "If they gave him an enema, they could bury him in a matchbox", I end up LMAO.
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Re: Favourite Atheist Quote
« Reply #1 on: October 27, 2011, 01:06:57 AM »
Mine is from Richard Dawkins, in Unweaving the Rainbow:
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We are going to die, and that makes us the lucky ones. Most people are never going to die because they are never going to be born. The potential people who could have been here in my place but who will in fact never see the light of day outnumber the sand grains of Arabia. Certainly those unborn ghosts include greater poets than Keats, scientists greater than Newton. We know this because the set of possible people allowed by our DNA so massively exceeds the set of actual people. In the teeth of these stupefying odds it is you and I, in our ordinariness, that are here.
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Re: Favourite Atheist Quote
« Reply #2 on: October 27, 2011, 02:26:11 AM »
I've always liked this one, from  H.L. Mencken "Faith may be defined briefly as an illogical belief in the occurrence of the improbable. A man full of faith is simply one who has lost (or never had) the capacity for clear and realistic thought. He is not a mere ass; he is actually ill."
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Re: Favourite Atheist Quote
« Reply #3 on: October 27, 2011, 02:32:44 AM »
"Truth can stand on its own; only lies require faith."
Best one I've found about faith so far. Dunno who said/wrote it.
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Re: Favourite Atheist Quote
« Reply #4 on: October 27, 2011, 02:42:48 AM »
there is a few, but this one sticks to me like glue.


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The danger of religious faith is that it allows otherwise normal human beings to reap the fruits of madness and consider them holy. Because each new generation of children is taught that religious propositions need not be justified in the way that all others must, civilization is still besieged by the armies of the preposterous. We are, even now, killing ourselves over ancient literature. Who would have thought something so tragically absurd could be possible?  Richard Dawkins the god delusion.

so does the one below, for some reason.  &)
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Re: Favourite Atheist Quote
« Reply #5 on: October 27, 2011, 05:31:39 AM »
I have seen so many I can't remember them all in Star Stuff's sticky "quote of the day"
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Re: Favourite Atheist Quote
« Reply #6 on: October 27, 2011, 09:01:56 AM »
"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."

-- Stephen F Roberts
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Re: Favourite Atheist Quote
« Reply #7 on: October 27, 2011, 09:08:01 AM »
Religion convinced the world that there's an invisible man in the sky who watches everything you do. And there's 10 things he doesn't want you to do or else you'll to to a burning place with a lake of fire until the end of eternity. But he loves you! ...And he needs money! He's all powerful, but he can't handle money!


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Re: Favourite Atheist Quote
« Reply #8 on: October 28, 2011, 04:33:08 AM »
Don't have a single favorite, I just love too many of them, but here's a few I love which I think sum up just about everything about most religions from the atheist perspective:

"It ain't those parts of the Bible that I can't understand that bother me, it is the parts that I do understand".

- Mark Twain.

"Those who believe absurdities will commit atrocities."

- Voltaire

"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

"Where knowledge ends, religion begins."

- Benjamin Disraeli

"The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the point that a drunken man is happier than a sober one."

- George Bernard Shaw
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Re: Favourite Atheist Quote
« Reply #9 on: October 28, 2011, 05:11:39 AM »
There are a lot of good quotes out there, here is one I like:

Author: Captain: "The surest path to Atheism is to read the WHOLE Bible, not just what makes you feel good."

Reading the WHOLE Bible would take a long time, but it is better than just doing what makes one feel good without good reason.
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Re: Favourite Atheist Quote
« Reply #10 on: October 28, 2011, 07:13:25 PM »
 I don't quote many atheists but I liked these two from Antony Flew:
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Previously, in his central work, The Presumption of Atheism (1976), Flew argued that the "onus of proof [of God] must lie upon the theist."

 and then after over 50 years of atheism:

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After chewing on his scientific worldview for more than five decades, Flew concluded, "A super-intelligence is the only good explanation for the origin of life and the complexity of nature."


When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
when sorrows like sea billows roll;
what ever my lot, you have taught me to say
it is well, it is well with my soul.

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Re: Favourite Atheist Quote
« Reply #11 on: October 29, 2011, 12:52:25 AM »
Right, so..he's a deist in the latter, not an atheist.  :P
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Re: Favourite Atheist Quote
« Reply #12 on: October 29, 2011, 12:58:23 AM »
"Two hands working will do more than a thousand clasped in prayer."
- Multiple Attributions

My addendum: "But at least prayer will keep 1000 idiots busy, not running around, making matters worse with their 'inputs'."

     
“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.”
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Re: Favourite Atheist Quote
« Reply #13 on: October 29, 2011, 10:35:28 AM »
Right, so..he's a deist in the latter, not an atheist.  :P

And isn't it a shame when a person gets older and gets a little sloppy in his faculties?

Anthony Flew was famous in atheist circles in about 1962(when he actually appeared on TV) seven years before I was born. But until theist started trumpeting him, I had never heard of him.  His most celebrated work on Atheism was published in 1950

So 50 years he is not an authority, to be despised in Theist circles. And more or less, forgotten in Atheist ones.  However, at age 81, he became a Deist...utterly rejecting the Christian notion of God...but all this trumpeting seems to conveniently leave this part out. There is also the odd fact that his work rejecting atheism, is filled with American expressions, despite being a life long resident of the UK.

It is unprovable, but it looks to me for someone in the declining years, forgotten by the public, suddenly gets fame and money, with a book that doesn't even seem to be completely written by him...isn't all that sound of an authority to appeal to.

And even if my suspicions are incorrect, it is still an appeal to authority.
An Omnipowerful God needed to sacrifice himself to himself (but only for a long weekend) in order to avert his own wrath against his own creations who he made in a manner knowing that they weren't going to live up to his standards.

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Re: Favourite Atheist Quote
« Reply #14 on: October 29, 2011, 10:41:54 AM »
^^^^ Oh right, I heard something about him mentally waning and that the book in which he claimed there could be evidence of intelligent design was authored out by this other guy who was "working with" him.. But I believe he himself denied all that?

And yeah, pretty damn suspicious.

It's a good thing though, that Christopher Hitchens outright stated that if he ever speaks about God being real or something like that, he would most likely be mentally addled by his illness.
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Re: Favourite Atheist Quote
« Reply #15 on: October 29, 2011, 03:20:53 PM »
The only article I've read about Flew comes from Skeptic magazine.  It explains a bit about some concerns raised about his conversion.  I know nothing really about the guy except what comes from this article.
http://www.skeptic.com/eskeptic/10-04-21/#feature
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Re: Favourite Atheist Quote
« Reply #16 on: October 29, 2011, 03:37:59 PM »
Right, so..he's a deist in the latter, not an atheist.  :P

Exactly. ;)
When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
when sorrows like sea billows roll;
what ever my lot, you have taught me to say
it is well, it is well with my soul.

Horatio Spafford