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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #58 on: September 05, 2009, 06:33:54 PM »
There's no reason, in theory, why god's presence couldn't be measured or detected in some way. The only reason that believers claim that god can't be detected in this way is because god isn't detected, and so a vast and intricate rationale has to be devised to explain this vast, loving, eternal, all-powerful "something" which is, in every external, objective respect, indistinguishable from nothing.
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« Reply #59 on: September 08, 2009, 10:33:02 AM »
Most religions prophecy the end of the world and then consistently work together to ensure that these prophecies come true.
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #60 on: September 09, 2009, 10:50:44 AM »
The notion that faith in Christ is to be rewarded by an eternity of bliss, while a dependence upon reason, observation, and experience merits everlasting pain, is too absurd for refutation, and can be relieved only by that unhappy mixture of insanity and ignorance called faith.  (Robert Ingersoll)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #61 on: September 10, 2009, 11:26:04 AM »
Q: How can you tell that your god is man-made?
A: If he hates all the same people you do.
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #62 on: September 11, 2009, 09:59:03 AM »
Christianity still practices virtual cannibalism by eating their god's body and drinking his blood during their rituals. They also venerate his execution by placing its depiction in a prominent position in their sanctuaries. Worshipers even go so far as to wear a miniature of the murder weapon as a necklace. Then, they have the temerity to complain about the violence depicted on television.
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #63 on: September 12, 2009, 11:42:46 PM »
Christian reference to 'God the Father' also poses a problem. Show me a father who wants his children prostrate before him, praying, pleading for mercy, worshiping him, and who then doles out rewards to the chosen submissive ones, and I'll show you a bad father.  (Sherwood Goozee)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #64 on: September 13, 2009, 09:19:40 AM »
Why should I allow that same god to tell me how to raise my kids, who drowned his own?  (Robert Ingersoll)
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« Reply #65 on: September 14, 2009, 11:06:58 AM »
Millions long for immortality who don’t know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon.  (Susan Ertz)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #66 on: September 15, 2009, 11:24:46 AM »
He, who begins by loving Christianity better than truth, will proceed by loving his own sect or church better than Christianity, and end in loving himself better than all.  (Samuel Taylor Coleridge)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #67 on: September 16, 2009, 10:04:28 AM »
And it is in his own image, let us remember, that man creates god.  (Havelock Ellis)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #68 on: September 17, 2009, 10:29:25 AM »
If a man would follow today, the teachings of the old testament he would be a criminal.  If he would strictly follow the teachings of the new, he would be insane.  (Robert Ingersoll)
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« Reply #69 on: September 18, 2009, 12:24:59 PM »
Religion is the source of all imaginable follies and disorders; it is the mother of fanaticism and civil discord; it is the enemy of mankind.  (Voltaire)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #70 on: September 19, 2009, 03:54:36 PM »
Faith in the supernatural is a desperate wager made by man at the lowest ebb of his fortunes.  (George Santayana)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #71 on: September 20, 2009, 02:53:53 PM »
The religious interpretations that compel Muslim women to wear the veil in secular countries where church and state have long been separated and where equality of the sexes is firmly established, reveals a mentality that is not content merely with veiling women, but seeks to shroud man, society, and life in general, to pull the veil over the eyes of reason itself.  (Adonis)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #72 on: September 21, 2009, 10:44:54 AM »
Three quarters of the American population the truly believes in religious miracles. The numbers who believe in the devil, in resurrection, god does this and that – astonishing! These are numbers that you have nowhere else in the industrial world.  (Noam Chomsky)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #73 on: September 22, 2009, 10:36:53 AM »
It seems to me that Christians worship the incredible shrinking god.  I mean at one time it was supposedly capable of flinging thousands of billions of galaxies into existence with a mere thought.  By the time of Noah, it was reduced to flooding an insignificant speck in the cosmos.  By the time of Moses, its best trick was moving a tiny portion of a minor sea aside for a short while.  By the time of Jesus, it has to send a delegate on its behalf who leaves behind only rumors that he was able to turn water into another beverage, or render himself extra buoyant. Now it counts as a miracle if a water stain grows mold that kind of looks like a bearded face which could be claimed to resemble this supposed delegate.

How much more pathetic can this god get?  How do Christians manage to sing praises of its glory and greatness without feeling like fools, or at best, like new parents gushing over their toddler's ability to make a pee.  (Kronk)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #74 on: September 23, 2009, 10:00:23 AM »
I think I do understand god.  I actually think a good working definition of "atheist" is "one who understands what a god is".  It is like magic; once you understand how the trick is done it is no longer magic.  Understanding destroys faith.  (Mark Richardson)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #75 on: September 24, 2009, 09:26:06 AM »
I live in a culture that wholeheartedly embraces the idea that man is inherently evil, and that human beings will not behave themselves unless they live their short lives under the constant threat of immanent and eternal agony.  Such a premise affects me very much; I have to live with these people, who one way or another are in constant fear of (not for) their own souls.  I don't want my children associating with people who are trained from birth to loathe themselves. It strikes me as very unhealthy.  (Elf Sternberg)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #76 on: September 25, 2009, 10:40:07 AM »
If atheism is a religion, then not collecting stamps is a hobby.
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #77 on: September 26, 2009, 03:58:34 PM »
A sacrifice is not a sacrifice by definition if you get back what you supposedly sacrificed.  At best, Jesus can be considered to have been inconvenienced for your sins.
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« Reply #78 on: September 27, 2009, 02:21:54 PM »
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.  (Jim Crawford)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #79 on: September 28, 2009, 10:15:15 AM »
From what we now know about the cosmos, to think that all this was created for just one species among tens of millions of species who live on one planet circling one of a couple of hundred billion stars that are located in one galaxy among hundreds of billions of galaxies, all of which are in one universe among perhaps an infinite number of universes all nestled within a grand cosmic multiverse, is provincially insular and anthropocentrically blinkered.  Which is more likely: that the universe was designed just for us, or that we think the universe was designed just for us?  (Michael Shermer)
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« Reply #80 on: September 29, 2009, 10:31:15 AM »
Faith in a holy cause is to a considerable extent a substitute for the lost faith in ourselves.  (Eric Hoffer)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #81 on: September 30, 2009, 10:33:15 AM »
Faith does not give you the answers; it just stops you asking the questions.  (Frater Ravus)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #82 on: October 01, 2009, 10:50:16 AM »
When you believe in things that you don't understand, then you suffer.  (Stevie Wonder)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #83 on: October 02, 2009, 11:20:35 AM »
Let me get this straight, you have "faith" in the existence of the most powerful being you can imagine, who's your best bud and who you can ask to do favors, and further, you have "faith" that when you die you don't actually cease to exist and become worm food, but your magical buddy invites you to come live with him in the most wonderful place you can imagine, and yet we are the ones for whom truth has become "whatever works for you" or "whatever makes you feel good"?  (Bob Enweiven)
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« Reply #84 on: October 03, 2009, 09:48:21 AM »
In science it often happens that scientists say, “You know that's a really good argument; my position is mistaken”, and then they actually change their minds and you never hear that old view from them again. They really do it, it happens every day. I cannot recall the last time something like that has happened in politics or religion.  (Carl Sagan) 
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #85 on: October 05, 2009, 10:52:10 AM »
I missed yesterday, so here's two:


I have endeavored to dissipate these religious superstitions from the minds of women, and base their faith on science and reason, where I found for myself at last that peace and comfort I could never find in the Bible and the church.  (Elizabeth Cady Stanton)


Faith is believing what you know ain't so.  (Mark Twain)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #86 on: October 06, 2009, 09:58:09 AM »
Men create the gods after their own image, not only with regard to their form but with regard to their mode of life.  (Aristotle)
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