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Sunday, May 30, 2004

Why i am an Atheist 

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Mood: Comfy yet again (looks like another storm is brewing)
Currently listening to: Mambo Cafe - Groove Armada

Bored and tired of staring at the computer screen, so decided to surf around on the net for a fair bit and stumbled across this site - The English Atheist.

He's got a pretty well written section in there on why he's an atheist to which all the reasons he gives and the nature in which he states them in i find myself whole heartedly agreeing. That and they aren't overly extreme in their nature towards said beliefs (unlike some sites out there). Its almost as though it was something i would have written myself if i wasn't so damnably lazy! ;p

So if you've ever wondered as to what i personally feel about religion and the context in which i place it in, by all means go ahead and read this.

On a side note, i've also been reading a fair bit of the Rotten.com library which makes for a fair amount of intresting (and highly amusing) reading on a wide plethora of various topics. Highly recommended and a great way to kill the time... ;)

And now to end this post with some choice quotes of an atheistic nature courtesy of the above website... (Yes, i'm bored)

"Could a being create the fifty billion galaxies, each with two hundred billion stars, then rejoice in the smell of burning goat flesh?" - Ron Patterson

"Isn't killing people in the name of God a pretty good definition of insanity?" - Arthur C. Clarke

"People do strange things when they are cornered by facts. When evidence cannot be denied, men who care nothing for the truth simply become illogical. Minds become willfully ignorant and emotions turn hostile." - Christian apologist Richard Sisson

"Faith is believing something you know ain't true." - Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain)

"Dear God. We paid for all this stuff ourselves, so thanks for nothing." - Bart Simpson saying grace.

"A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything." - Friedrich Nietzsche

"The Christian resolve to find the world evil and ugly, has made the world evil and ugly." - Friedrich Nietzsche

"The aim of science is not to open the door to infinite wisdom, but to set a limit to infinite error." - Bertolt Brecht

"Nothing fails like prayer." - Dan Barker

"We must question the story logic of having an all-knowing all-powerful God, who creates faulty Humans, and then blames them for his own mistakes." - Gene Roddenberry

"If god has spoken, why is the world not convinced?" - Shelly

"Religion is excellent stuff for keeping common people quiet." - Napoleon Bonaparte

"A bishop keeps on saying at the age of eighty what he was told to say at the age of eighteen." - Oscar Wilde

"When I think of all the harm the Bible has done, I despair of ever writing anything to equal it." - Oscar Wilde

"The whole religious complexion of the modern world is due to the absence from Jerusalem of a lunatic asylum" - Havelock Ellis

"All Bibles Are Man-Made." - Thomas Edison

"There was a time when religion ruled the world. It is known as the dark ages." - Ruth Green

"Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by rulers as useful." - Seneca the Younger

"It's an embarrassing thing that, in a modern culture, people still fall for lines of bull that were invented in the caves." - Teller

"The simple believeth every word." - Proverbs 14:15

"I read about an Eskimo hunter who asked the local missionary priest, 'If I did not know about God and sin, would I go to hell?' 'No,' said the priest, 'not if you did not know.' 'Then why,' asked the Eskimo earnestly, 'did you tell me?'" - Annie Dillard

"When I told the people of Northern Ireland that I was an atheist, a woman in the audience stood up and said, 'Yes, but is it the God of the Catholics or the God of the Protestants in whom you don't believe?'" - Quentin Crisp

"Writing science fiction for about a penny a word is no way to make a living, If you really want to make a million, the quickest way is to start your own religion." - L. Ron Hubbard

"Once the word of Islam was spread by the sword - today we are going to spread the word with Kalishnikovs." - Sheikh Abdullah el-Faisal, London-based Muslim cleric.

"One man's religion is another mans' belly laugh." - Isaac Asimov

"If you believe in the existence of fairies at the bottom of the garden you are deemed fit for the bin. If you believe in parthenogenesis, ascension, transubstantiation and all the rest of it you are deemed fit to govern the country." - Jonathan Meades

"Religion is an insult to human dignity. With or without it, you'd have good people doing good things and evil people doing bad things, but for good people to do bad things, it takes religion." - Steven Weinberg

"The world holds two classes of men - intelligent men without religion, and religious men without intelligence." - Abu'l-Ala-Al-Ma'arri (973-1057) Syrian poet.

"...religious belief has been a massively negative force in human history, causing great suffering and conflict, and standing deliberately in the way of most of mankind's efforts at progress, freedom and flourishing." - A C Grayling (21st century English philosopher).

"Walk with those seeking Truth. Run from those who think they've found it." - Deepak Chopra



Ok, bit of overkill there since you could just as easily have used the link... ah well. Will post again later.

Back to work. *sigh*


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