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.
Because, you see, God-whatever anyone chooses to call God-is one’s highest conception of the highest possible. And whoever places his highest conception above his own possibility thinks very little of himself and his life. It’s a rare gift, you know, to feel reverence for your own life and to want the best, the greatest, the highest possible, here, now, for your very own. To imagine a heaven and then not to dream of it, but to demand it.
If I convert it’s because it’s better that a believer dies than that an atheist does.
Question with boldness even the existence of a
God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of
the homage of reason than that of blindfolded fear.