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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #87 on: October 07, 2009, 10:02:36 AM »
The idea of god was not a lie but a device of the unconscious which needed to be decoded by psychology. A personal god was nothing more than an exalted father-figure.  Desire for such a deity sprang from infantile yearnings for a powerful, protective father; for justice and fairness and for life to go on forever. God is simply a projection of these desires, feared and worshipped by human beings out of an abiding sense of helplessness. Religion belonged to the infancy of the human race; it had been a necessary stage in the transition from childhood to maturity. It had promoted ethical values which were essential to society. Now that humanity had come of age, however, it should be left behind.  (Sigmund Freud)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #88 on: October 08, 2009, 11:15:53 AM »
Religions are like pills, which must be swallowed whole, without chewing.
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #89 on: October 09, 2009, 11:27:23 AM »
Religion is based, I think, primarily and mainly upon fear. It is partly the terror of the unknown and partly, as I have said, the wish to feel that you have a kind of elder brother who will stand by you in all your troubles and disputes. Fear is the basis of the whole thing; fear of the mysterious, fear of defeat, fear of death. Fear is the parent of cruelty, and therefore it is no wonder if cruelty and religion have gone hand in hand.  (Bertrand Russell)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #90 on: October 10, 2009, 02:09:18 PM »
Scriptures: The sacred books of our holy religion, as distinguished from the false and profane writings on which all other faiths are based.  (Ambrose Bierce)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #91 on: October 11, 2009, 02:17:40 PM »
Each epoch has found in the Gospels what it sought to find there, and has overlooked what it wished to overlook.  (Ludwig Von Mises)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #92 on: October 12, 2009, 06:05:33 PM »
Mother goddesses are just as silly a notion as father gods. If a revival of the myths of these cults gives woman emotional satisfaction, it does so at the price of obscuring the real conditions of life. This is why they were invented in the first place.  (Angela Carter)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #93 on: October 13, 2009, 11:00:26 AM »
If I stepped out of church whenever I heard a false statement I could never stay there five minutes.  (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #94 on: October 14, 2009, 10:47:39 AM »
A man's ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties; no religious basis is necessary. Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death.  (Albert Einstein)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #95 on: October 15, 2009, 10:44:02 AM »
Most people are bothered by those passages in scripture which they cannot understand; but as for me, I always noticed that the passages in scripture which trouble me most are those that I do understand.  (Mark Twain)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #96 on: October 16, 2009, 12:02:37 PM »
The way to see by faith is to shut the eye of reason.  (Benjamin Franklin)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #97 on: October 17, 2009, 10:58:58 AM »
Faith is the determination to remain ignorant in the face of all evidence that you are ignorant.  (Shaun Mason)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #98 on: October 18, 2009, 11:30:34 AM »
The most costly of all follies is to believe passionately in the palpably not true. It is the chief occupation of mankind.  (H.I. Mencken)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #99 on: October 19, 2009, 10:41:44 AM »
Beliefs are what divide people. Doubt unites them.  (Peter Ustinov)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #100 on: October 21, 2009, 02:35:23 PM »
Why am I an atheist? I ask you: Why is anybody not an atheist? Everyone starts out being an atheist. No one is born with belief in anything. Infants are atheists until they are indoctrinated. I resent anyone pushing their religion on me. I don't push my atheism on anybody else. Live and let live. Not many people practice that when it comes to religion.  (Andy Rooney)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #101 on: October 22, 2009, 10:04:33 AM »
I'd forgive you, but I don't have a son to kill.  (Gregory A. Greenman)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #102 on: October 23, 2009, 10:57:30 AM »
Question with boldness even the existence of a god; because if there is one, it must approve more of reason than that of blindfolded fear.  (Thomas Jefferson)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #103 on: October 24, 2009, 02:46:23 PM »
If atheism is a religion then abstinence is a form of sex.  (Karl Johanson)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #104 on: October 25, 2009, 09:26:38 AM »
Isn't bracing truth better than false hope?  (Richard Dawkins)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #105 on: October 26, 2009, 11:00:23 AM »
A wise man proportions his belief to the evidence.  (David Hume)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #106 on: October 27, 2009, 03:29:39 PM »
You know, this attitude astounds me. I consider myself the product of a marvelous and intricate four billion year process that unifies me with the entire biological world at a very deep and intimate level. These people tend to see themselves as the product of some god's whim enacted upon some random lump of clay dredged from a river. And I am the one who is supposed to feel demeaned by my perceived origins? The mind boggles.  (Andrew Lias)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #107 on: October 28, 2009, 11:52:36 AM »
Geology shows that fossils are of different ages. Paleontology shows a fossil sequence, the list of species represented changes through time. Taxonomy shows biological relationships among species. Evolution is the explanation that threads it all together. Creationism is the practice of squeezing one's eyes shut and wailing “does not!”
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #108 on: October 29, 2009, 11:00:59 AM »
Beware of 'God of the Gaps', the incredible shrinking deity who fills the gaps in our understanding until understanding shrinks both gaps and God down to nothing.  (George A. Staffa)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #109 on: October 30, 2009, 10:10:01 AM »
I am patient with stupidity, but not with those who are proud of it.  (Edith Sitwell)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #110 on: October 31, 2009, 11:14:13 AM »
We drape our own standards with the stories of divine origin as a way of asserting their authority.  (Simon Blackburn)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #111 on: November 02, 2009, 12:32:27 PM »
I missed yesterday.  Here's two:


Theology is never any help; it is searching in a dark cellar at midnight for a black cat that isn't there. Theologians can persuade themselves of anything.  (Robert A. Heinlein)




Religion is the idol of the mob; it adores everything it does not understand.
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #112 on: November 03, 2009, 11:30:14 AM »
Words like 'God' and 'Allah' must go the way of 'Apollo' and 'Baal' or they will unmake our world.  (Sam Harris)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #113 on: November 04, 2009, 02:22:11 PM »
Ours is a terrible religion.  The fleets of the world could swim in spacious comfort in the innocent blood it has spilt.  (Mark Twain)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #114 on: November 05, 2009, 01:02:33 PM »
An idea does not gain truth as it gains followers.  (Amanda Bloom)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #115 on: November 06, 2009, 12:00:07 PM »
We can form a fair notion of what the devout believer's "experience of god" is like. At every turn, it sounds very much like wishing hard, or compulsively pretending, or claiming to experience something that is felt to be meritorious to experience, or getting a thrill out of daringly affirming something evidently untrue, or regressing to the mental state of the five-year-old who says he has a big, chatty, invisible companion.  (David Ramsay Steele).
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