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Wicked (Atheist)Quotes

 


 

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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

 

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. Delos B. McKown

 

Men never commit evil so fully and joyfully as when they do it for religious convictions. Blaise Pascal

 

Convictions are more dangerous enemies of truth than lies. Friedrich Nietzsche

 

Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people. Karl Marx

 

Religion is an illusion and it derives its strength from the fact that it falls in with our instinctual desires. Sigmund Freud

 

A man’s ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties and needs; 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.

 

What I see in Nature is a magnificent structure that we can comprehend only very imperfectly, and that must fill a thinking person with a feeling of "humility." This is a genuinely religious feeling that has nothing to do with mysticism. Albert Einstein

 

If you gave[Jerry] Falwell an enema, he could be buried in a matchbox. Christopher Hitchens

 

What can be asserted without proof can be dismissed without proof. Christopher Hitchens

 

I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ. Ghandi

 

The constant assertion of belief is an indication of fear. Jiddu Krishnamurti

 

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All good. Epicurus forgets the importance of free will. Pascal also said that science was a cul-de-sac, a pursuit that dethrones God, elevates man to where he sees himself as Lord of creation which eventually either drives him mad, or demotes him to the merely animal.

 
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3 Responses to “Wicked (Atheist)Quotes”

  1. Frank Wilson Says:

    "What can asserted without proof can be dismissed without proof." Since one cannot prove that one exists, I suppose that could dismiss out of hand the proposition that Christopher Hitchens exists. The fact is there lots of things we know to be true that cannot be proved, nor need to be – one’s own existence is, as the late Aristotle pointed out, immediately intuited. Moreover, demonstration by proof is neither the sole nor the principal criterion for determining the truth of something. There is, for example, experience.Krishnamurti, as usual, is right. But assertion of beliefs must not be confused with faith. In fact, one could argue that beliefs are asserted in proportion as faith is lacking. 

  2. Student of Life Says:

    There are equally as many quotes in favour of Christianity as those against it I’m sure.  Here are a few of my favourites:

    "In faith there is enough light for those who want to believe and enough shadows to blind those who don’t.     Blaise Pascal

    Small amounts of philosophy lead to atheism, but larger amounts bring us back to God." Francis Bacon
    For what is faith unless it is to believe what you do not see?  Augustine

    It’s good that you mentioned that Epicurus neglected to show the importance of free will.  Here’s a great quote on the subject:

    "There’s too much tendency to attribute to God the evils that man does of his own free will"     Agathe Christie

    Now a quote I know you’ll like -not convincing of Christianity particularly, just hopeful of more than now:

    "Death is not a period
    Bringing the sentence of life to a close
    Like the spilling of a moment
    Or the dissolution of an hour.
    Death is a useful comma
    Which punctuates, and labours
    To convince
    Of much to follow.
    John Donne

    Cheers!

  3. Chris Samuels Says:

    With "I think, therefore I am", Rene Descartes proved his existance (at least to himself).  
    It can take a surprising amount of intelligence and creativity to prove some very basic, obvious things.      Proofs of less obvious things can be simpler in a way because they build upon a chain of "obvious" things–and each obvious thing is not proven, merely accepted.   With the fundamental questions though, these little "leaps" of logic (perhaps stepping stones would be a better analogy) are all there are and so omitting them leaves thinking that there is no proof. 

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