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"The churches can well afford to pay fair taxation. But supposing they couldn't. Would not that be a very significant evidence that the churches were not really wanted?" [E. Haldeman-Julius, "The Church Is a Burden, Not a Benefit, In Social Life"]
1545
"To the truly religious man, God is not being without qualities . . . the denial of determinate, positive predicates . . . is nothing else than a denial of religion, with, however, an appearance of religion in its favour, so that it is not recognized as a denial; it is simply a subtle, disguised atheism." Ludwig Feuerbach, The Essence of Christianity (1873, trans. George Eliot, New York: Harper and Row, 1957), pp. 14-15.
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"Dear God. We paid for all this stuff ourselves, so thanks for nothing." [Bart Simpson saying grace]
469
"Sentience and Intelligence are alike- You rarely know it's missing if you don't have it."
1543
"But if oxen (and horses) and lions ... could draw with hands and create works of art like those made by men, horses would draw pictures of gods like horses, and oxen of gods like oxen . . . . Aethiopians have gods with snub noses and black hair, Thracians have gods with grey eyes and red hair." Xenophanes, quoted in Stewart Guthrie, Faces in the Clouds: A New Theory of Religion (New York: Oxford University Press, 1996), p. 179.
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"Nothing is worse than active ignorance." -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
2800
"The Christian faith from the beginning, is sacrifice: the sacrifice of all freedom, all price, all self-confidence of spirit; it is at the same time subjection, self-derision, and self-mutilation..." [Nietzsche]
1819
"For god so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever would believe in him would believe in anything."
1925
"Who made who?" [AC/DC]
3120
"The fact of having been born is a bad augury for immortality." [George Santayana, "The Life of Reason"]
1590
"Creation out of absolute nothing is a metaphysical quagmire for theists anyway, since nothing must at least have the potentiality for becoming something. Since theists are stuck with potentiality, it might as well be something like a quantum vacuum." Taner Edis, Is Anybody Out There?
812
"I submit that we are both Atheists. I simply believe in one fewer god that you do. When you can understand why you dismiss all other gods, then you will understand why I dismiss yours." -- Stephen F. Frost
3538
"Increasing knowledge lessens the sphere of the supernatural..." [Edward A. Westermarck, _The Origin and Development of the Moral Ideas_]
2923
"Christianity faces no greater enemy than the age of information." ["Psycho" Dave, Psycho0@ix.netcom.com]
3503
"When the church teaches that "confession is good for the soul," it teaches false doctrine; it is only good for the church." [Lemuel K. Washburn, _Is The Bible Worth Reading And Other Essays_, 1911]
1910
You Go Yahweh - and I'll go Mine!
2802
"Faith, indeed, has up to the present not been able to move real mountains... But it can put mountains where there are none." [Nietzche, _Human, All Too Human - 1879]
1961
"Since the Bible and the church are obviously mistaken in telling us where we came from, how can we trust them to tell us where we are going?" [Anonymous]
236
"Religion is the original war crime." -- Michelle Malkin (Feb 26, 2005)
1515
"It seems quite unlikely that all the instances of intense suffering occurring daily in our world are intimately related to the occurrence of a greater good or the prevention of evils at least as bad; and even more unlikely, should they somehow all be so related, that an omnipotent, omniscient being could not have achieved at least some of those goods (or prevented some of those evils) without permitting the instances of intense suffering that are supposedly related to them. In the light of our experience and knowledge of the variety and scale of human and animal suffering in our world, the idea that none of this suffering could have been prevented by an omnipotent being without thereby losing a greater good or permitting an evil at least as bad seems an extraordinarily absurd idea, quite beyond our belief." William L. Rowe, "The Problem of Evil & Some Varieties of Atheism" The Evidential Argument from Evil (ed. Daniel Howard-Snyder, Indianapolis, IN: Indiana University Press, 1996), p. 5.

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