When one person suffers from a delusion, it is called insanity. When many people suffer from a delusion it is called a Religion.
It’s a strange myth that atheists have nothing to live for. It’s the opposite. We have nothing to die for. We have everything to live for.
How strange that excision – female circumcision, with several languages using the same term for both kinds of mutilation – of little girls should revolt the westerner but excite no disapproval when it is performed on little boys. Consensus on the point seems absolute. But ask your interlocutor to think about the validity of this surgical procedure, which consists of removing a healthy part of a nonconsenting child’s body on nonmedical grounds – the legal definition of… mutilation.
Children are born atheists. Then they are indoctrinated and abused by so-called ‘God’s representatives.’ Innocents are scarred emotionally and psychologically by those who are sworn to protect them.
Remember, faith is the harbinger of chaos.
Faith is throwing yourself into the arms of the unknown and trusting that you will be safe in the hands of that monster
With reason did the Athenians adjudge Diagoras guilty of atheism, in that he not only divulged the Orphic doctrine, and published the mysteries of Eleusis and of the Cabiri, and chopped up the wooden statue of Hercules to boil his turnips, but openly declared that there were no gods at all.
For good people to do evil doesn’t require only religion, or even any religion, but simply one of it’s key elements: belief without evidence-in other words, faith.
And that kind of faith is seen not just in religion, but any authoritarian ideology that puts dogma above truth and frowns on dissent.
This was precisely the case in the totalitarian regimes of Maoist China and Stalinist Russia, whose excesses are often (and wrongly) blamed on atheism.
Faith vs. Fact. p. 220
My uncle Ernie didn’t believe in God.
At least that’s what he said. But he always
Went to church on Christmas. Which I thought
Seriously compromised his atheism.
We are all atheists about most of the gods that humanity has ever believed in. Some of us just go one god further.