It amazes me how many people believe in god because they're afraid NOT to. Or because they're supposed to. That's pretty sad actually.
Oh sure, those people would never admit such things, but when their actions clearly contradict their so-called beliefs... one has to wonder if the beliefs are real? A fine example is the spammer who sends me pro-war right wing propaganda in one email and religious zealotry in the next - mixed with a healthy dose of bigotry and sexism. So much for one's christian beliefs. I'll never understand it.
Why not just be a good person for the sake of being a good person? Isn't it disingenuous to choose actions for the sake of pleasing a god, rather than because the actions represent what one would choose to do? My grade school principal knew sucking up when she saw it. Surely a 'god' could... right?
My beliefs are quite simple: I believe in me. And I believe in you.
"I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours."
- Sir Stephen Henry Roberts (1901-1971)
"God for you is where you sweep away all the mysteries of the world, all the challenges to our intelligence. You simply turn your mind off and say God did it."
- Carl Sagan (1934-1996), Contact
"Science has proof without any certainty. Creationists have certainty without any proof."
- Ashley Montague (1905-1999)
"Faith: not wanting to know what is true."
- Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)
"In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and is widely regarded as a bad move."
- Douglas Adams (1952-2001)
"The being we call god is merely a pawn working for a powerful and rational force in some far-off galaxy. This force is trying to weed out people who are irrational by seeing who would be stupid enough to believe in his god illusion so easily. Those that believe in this illusion, he will send to eternal damnation and he will deliver the rational beings, those who stoically refused to believe in a god, to heaven."
- Nicholas Yee
"Man will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest."
- Denis Diderot (1713-1784)
"If a kid asks where rain comes from, I think a cute thing to tell him is 'God is crying'. And if he asks why God is crying, another cute thing to tell him is 'Probably because of something you did'."
- Jack Handey, Deep Thoughts
"Religion hinges upon faith, politics hinges upon who can tell the most convincing lies or maybe just shout the loudest, but science hinges upon whether its conclusions resemble what actually happens."
- Ian Stewart (1945-)
"If this is the best God can do, I'm not impressed."
- George Carlin
"The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose."
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616), The Merchant of Venice, I.iii
"Hell is paved with good samaritans."
- William M. Holden
"Not only is there no God, but try finding a plumber on Sunday."
- Woody Allen (1935-)
Famous Last Words:
"They couldn't hit an elephant at this dist..."
- General John Sedgwick (1813-1864)
OK, that has nothing to do with god, but it's a superb quote nonetheless! And it cracks me up.
A Final Thought:
"After I'm dead I'd rather have people ask why I have no monument than why I have one."
- Cato the Elder (234-149 BC, AKA Marcus Porcius Cato)
the Stephen Henry Roberts quote is the best!::::: | September 17, 2006 12:56 PM