"Today, the theory of evolution is an accepted fact for everyone but a fundamentalist minority, whose objections are based not on reasoning but on doctrinaire adherence to religious principles." [James Watson, winner of the Nobel prize for his co-discovery of the structure of DNA]
"I think the Zapruder film was arranged [by] Jesus, so that this particular 'terrible head wound' would be seen by the whole word for over 3 decades." [John Prewett, net.fundie.idiot]
"If you are ethical only because you believe in God, you are buying your ticket to heaven or trying to tear up your ticket to hell. In either case, you are just being a shrewd profiteer, nothing else. The idea of being ethical is to be ethical for no reason except that that is the way to be if you want the world to run smoothly. I think that people who say virtue is its own reward or honesty is the best policy have the right idea." -- Isaac Asimov
"The temperature of Heaven can be rather accurately computed. Our authority is Isaiah 30:26, "Moreover, the light of the Moon shall be as the light of the Sun and the light of the Sun shall be sevenfold, as the light of seven days." Thus Heaven receives from the Moon as much radiation as we do from the Sun, and in addition 7*7 (49) times as much as the Earth does from the Sun, or 50 times in all. The light we receive from the Moon is one 1/10,000 of the light we receive from the Sun, so we can ignore that ... The radiation falling on Heaven will heat it to the point where the heat lost by radiation is just equal to the heat received by radiation, i.e., Heaven loses 50 times as much heat as the Earth by radiation. Using the Stefan-Boltzmann law for radiation, (H/E) temperature of the earth (-300K), gives H as 798K (525C). The exact temperature of Hell cannot be computed ... [However] Revelations 21:8 says "But the fearful, and unbelieving ... shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone." A lake of molten brimstone means that its temperature must be at or below the boiling point, 444.6C. We have, then, that Heaven, at 525C is hotter than Hell at 445C."[From "Applied Optics" vol. 11, A14, 1972]
"A polar bear is a rectangular bear after a coordinate transform."
"Life is bad enough already. Why should I want to invent any more of it?" -- someone accused of making things up
"God does not play dice with the universe; He plays an ineffeable game of his own devising, which might be compared, from the perspective of any of the other players [ie., everybody], to being involved in an obscure and complex version of poker in a pitch-dark room, with blank cards, for infinite stakes, with a Dealer who won't tell you the rules, and who _smiles all the time_." [_Good Omens_ by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, Corgi Books 1991, pg 17]
"What the mind cannot believe the heart can finally never adore." Bishop John Shelby Spong, Rescuing the Bible From Fundamentalism, (San Fransisco: Harper Collins, 1991), p. 24.
"Creationists standardly make two mistakes. They assimilate apparent randomness to irreducible randomness, and they overlook the fact that processes that are irreducibly complex may be governed by probabilistic laws." Philip Kitcher, Abusing Science (Cambridge: MIT Press, 1982), p. 88.
Ad for candy bars: "Sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don't."
"Perhaps religion might be dismissed as unimportant if it were merely theoretical. If it were merely theoretical. It is difficult, however, if not impossible to separate theory and practice. Religion, to be sure, is full of inconsistencies between theory and practice; but there is and has always been sternly and largely a disposition of religion to enforce its theory in the conduct of life; religion has meant not simply dogmatism in abstract thinking but intolerance in legal and social action. Religion interferes with life and, being false, it necessarily interferes very much to the detriment of the sound human interests of life." [E. Haldeman-Julius, "The Meaning Of Atheism"]
All of the "extant post-Pauline epistles of the New Testament which are likely to have been written before the end of the first century (and probably before 90) refer to Jesus in essentially the same manner as Paul does. They stress one or more of his supernatural aspects -- his existence before his life on earth, his resurrection and second coming - - but say nothing of the teachings or miracles ascribed to him in the gospels, and give no historical setting to the crucifixion, which remains the one episode in his incarnate life unambiguously mentioned, at least in some of them." G.A. Wells, The Historical Evidence for Jesus (Buffalo, NY: Prometheus, 1986), p. 47.
"Few theologians would care to pursue their research to its logical conclusion and finally assert, as did Thomas Paine, that the biblical account of Jesus 'has every mark of fraud and imposition stamped upon the face of it.'" George Smith, Atheism: The Case Against God (Buffalo, NY: Prometheus, 1989), pp. 203-204.
"It is now quite lawful for a Catholic woman to avoid pregnancy by a resort to mathematics, though she is still forbidden to resort to physics or chemistry." [H.L. Mencken]
"freethinker n. A person who forms opinions about religion on the basis of reason, independently of tradition, authority, or established belief."
"The Bible is not my Book and Christianity is not my religion. I could never give assent to the long complicated statements of Christian dogma." [Abraham Lincoln]
"We are Borg sheep, resistance is futile, you will be... Ooh look, fresh grass."
"An organization that requires the suppression of facts and the discouragement of knowledge in order to maintain its supremacy, is the relic of a tyranny which our free age and our free thought are in duty bound to remove from the earth." [Lemuel K. Washburn, _Is The Bible Worth Reading And Other Essays_]
"Science may have come a long way, but as far as religion is concerned, we are first cousins to the !Kung tribesmen of the Kalahari Desert." -- Phil Donahue
"Skepticism is the first step towards truth." -- Denis Diderot (1713-1784, Pensees philosophiques