Struggling with Meaninglessness

searching meaning in meaninglessness

Random Atheists and Agnostics Quotes

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Before i wrote my previous two pieces of articles, i looked around on the net seeking inspirations. All the stuffs below are very well worth reading …

An interview with Sam Harris on the Colbert Report:

Sam Harris: None of us believe in Poseidon. We all know what would it be like to be an atheist to Poseidon. Anyone worshipping Poseidon,even at sea, is a lunatic. Even Christians know how it feels to be an ‘atheist’ in respect to the beliefs of Muslims.

Steven Colbert : I know what it is like to be a Christian in respect to the beliefs of Muslims, OK? It’s not inherent in my belief that you are crazy, it’s inherent in my belief that you are wrong. Even that God can exist. He can just be a false God that my God will smite.

I’m not saying Poseidon is not there. For all i know he is down there with his big green beard at the bottom of the sea with his little trident and you know ….. finding Nemo. I’m just saying my God is a greater God. My God … can kick your God’s ass.

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Sam Harris: I think either you have good reasons for what you believe, or you don’t. If you have good reasons, those beliefs are part of the worldview of science and rationality generally. If there were good reasons to believe that Jesus was born of a virgin, or that Mohammed went to heaven on a winged horse, that would be part of our rational worldview. And it’s only when people lose their purchase on evidence and argument, when they have bad reasons, that they talk about faith.

Steven Colbert : I’ve got a strong evidence that the Bible tells me that Jesus was born from a virgin. There are also witnesses in the Bible.

Sam Harris : Unfortunately, the Quran says that anyone who thinks that, is going to spend an eternity in hell.

Steven Colbert : We are not talking about the Quran! We are talking about the Bible, Ok? The Bible is without flaw. It is inerrant. And we know this, because the Bible says IT IS WITHOUT flaw…. So, you are talking about rationality and reason, what part of my logical loop you want to get on?

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I laughed my ass off …

Below are some of the extremely constructive and rational quotes from several of the greatest thinkers in history.

“The idea of God was not a lie but a device of the unconscious which needed to be decoded by psychology. A personal god was nothing more than an exalted father-figure: desire for such a deity sprang from infantile yearnings for a powerful, protective father, for justice and fairness and for life to go on forever. God is simply a projection of these desires, feared and worshipped by human beings out of an abiding sense of helplessness. Religion belonged to the infancy of the human race; it had been a necessary stage in the transition from childhood to maturity. It had promoted ethical values which were essential to society. Now that humanity had come of age, however, it should be left behind.”Sigmund Freud, psychoanalyst.

“The beauty of religious mania is that it has the power to explain everything. Once God is accepted as the first cause of everything which happens in the mortal world, nothing is left to chance…logic can be happily tossed out the window.” – Stephen King, Novel Writer.

“I prefer rationalism to atheism. The question of God and other objects-of-faith are outside reason and play no part in rationalism, thus you don’t have to waste your time in either attacking or defending.”Isaac Asimov, Science Fiction Writer

“I am an atheist, out and out. It took me a long time to say it. I’ve been an atheist for years and years, but somehow I felt it was intellectually unrespectable to say one was an atheist, because it assumed knowledge that one didn’t have. Somehow, it was better to say one was a humanist or an agnostic. I finally decided that I’m a creature of emotion as well as of reason. Emotionally, I am an atheist. I don’t have the evidence to prove that God doesn’t exist, but I so strongly suspect he doesn’t that I don’t want to waste my time.”Isaac Asimov, Science Fiction Writer

“The word god is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weaknesses, the Bible a collection of honourable, but still primitive legends which are nevertheless pretty childish. No interpretation no matter how subtle can (for me) change this.”Albert Einstein, Physicist

“The religion of the future will be a cosmic religion.  It should transcend a personal God and avoid dogmas and theology.  Covering both the natural and the spiritual, it should be based on a religious sense arising from the experience of all things, natural and spiritual, as a meaningful unity”.Albert Einstein, Physicist

“Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little, not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science.”- Charles Darwin, Naturalist.

“God was invented to explain mystery. God is always invented to explain those things that you do not understand. Now, when you finally discover how something works, you get some laws which you’re taking away from God; you don’t need him anymore. But you need him for the other mysteries. So therefore you leave him to create the universe because we haven’t figured that out yet; you need him for understanding those things which you don’t believe the laws will explain, such as consciousness, or why you only live to a certain length of time — life and death — stuff like that. God is always associated with those things that you do not understand. Therefore I don’t think that the laws can be considered to be like God because they have been figured out.” Richard Feynman, Physicist.

“You can’t convince a believer of anything; for their belief is not based on evidence, it’s based on a deep seated need to believe”. Carl Sagan, Astronomer

“One kind of honesty has been unknown to all founders of religions and their likes — they have never made of their experiences a matter of conscience and knowledge. “What did I really experience? What happened in me and around me then? Was my mind sufficiently alert? Was my will bent against fantasy?” — none of them has asked such questions, none of our dear religious people asks such questions even now: they feel, rather, a thirst for things which are contrary to reason and do not put too many difficulties in the way of satisfying it — thus they experience “miracles” and “rebirths” and hear the voices of angels!” Friedrich Nietzsche, Philosopher

The most heinous and the must cruel crimes of which history has record have been committed under the cover of religion or equally noble motives. Gandhi, Political & Spiritual Leader.

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Written by elan85

May 22, 2008 at 1:43 am

Posted in Atheism

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  1. Stephen King is not an atheist.

    chris

    June 25, 2010 at 4:45 pm


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