Thursday, January 10, 2013
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?
When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours.
-Stephen F Roberts
I am against religion because it teaches us to be satisfied with not understanding the world.
What can be asserted without proof can be dismissed without proof.
Morality is doing what is right, no matter what you are told. Religion is doing what you are told, no matter what is right.
When the only tool you have is a hammer, everything around you starts to look like a nail.
If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones.
Two hands working can do more than a thousand clasped in prayer.
Prejudice, not being founded on reason, cannot be removed by argument
Life is journey, not a destination.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
Religion easily has the best bullshit story of all time. Think about it. Religion has convinced people that there’s an invisible man… living in the sky. Who watches everything you do every minute of every day. And the invisible man has a list of ten specific things he doesn’t want you to do. And if you do any of these things, he will send you to a special place, of burning and fire and smoke and torture and anguish for you to live forever, and suffer, and burn, and scream, until the end of time. But he loves you. He loves you. He loves you and he needs money.
I do not believe in a personal God and I have never denied this but have expressed it clearly. If something is in me which can be called religious then it is the unbounded admiration for the structure of the world so far as our science can reveal it.
I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.
Lighthouses are more helpful then churches.
We could call order by the name of God, but it would be an impersonal God. There’s not much personal about the laws of physics.
The constant assertion of belief is an indication of fear.
Men never commit evil so fully and joyfully as when they do it for religious convictions.
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.
The invisible and the non-existent look very much alike.
-Delos B. McKown
Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful.
Our ignorance is God; what we know is science.
Where knowledge ends, religion begins.
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.
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?
Properly read, the Bible is the most potent force for atheism ever conceived.
A belief which leaves no place for doubt is not a belief; it is a superstition.