All teachings are mere references.
The true experience is living your own life.
Then, even the holiest of words are only words.
To determine the true rulers of any society, you must ask this question; “Who am I not allowed to criticize?”
‘All religions are equally sublime to the ignorant, useful to the politician [to keep the hoi-polloi in order], and ridiculous to the philosopher.’
“Religion is excellent stuff for keeping common people quiet. Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich.” – Napoleon Bonaparte
Napoleon was not an Atheist. He was Catholic and realized how he could use religion to rule the masses.
“Properly read, the Bible is the most potent force for Atheism ever conceived.”
If prayer actually worked, we’d see two things:
1 – Ambulances would take patients to churches
2 – Christians would have longer life spans than the rest of the population
Most people are not looking for provable truths. Truth is often accompanied by terrible pain, and almost no-one is looking for painful truths. What people need are beautiful, comforting stories that make them feel as if their lives have some meaning. This is where religion comes from.
My favorite part of the Bible is where God gives everyone free will, and then drowns everybody in a flood for not acting the way He wanted.
The idea that we are not related to apes, no matter how many genes we share, but are in fact, descended from dirt.
Religion has at every age kept the human mind in darkness and held it in ignorance of its true relations, of its real duties, and its true interests. It is but in removing its clouds and phantoms that we may find the source of truth, reason, morality, and the actual motives which inspire virtue—Jean Messlier 1704
How many religious people does it take to change a light bulb?
None! They just sit in the dark and demand that you believe that the light is still on.
The cold, hard truth is worth so much more than a comforting lie.
“In religions and politics, people’s beliefs and convictions are, in almost every case, gotten at second-hand, and without examination, from authorities who themselves have not examined the questions at issue, but have taken them second-hand from other examiners, whose opinions about them are not worth a brass farthing.”
When you have to ignore mountains of evidence to hold a belief; when your words are those of others to preserve your faith; when you refuse to use logic, to protect your fantasy, your willful ignorance does not make you a unique individual. It doesn’t afford you special consideration.
Actually, it means that you are just plain wrong. It means that you have nothing to add to intelligent conversation. Believers show all the hallmarks of long-term abuse, unable to distinguish threats, fear and degradation, from kindness, love and self-worth.
Atheism says absolutely nothing about the issues of Northern Ireland, Shia/Sunni wars, genocide in Rwanda, questions of religious freedom, stem cell research, or gay marriage. Atheism is not a belief, it’s not a set of values, it’s not a political movement, it’s not even a platform. It merely is the understanding that all the religions seem made up. And since we have no way to figure out if any of them are real, we must deal with life on our own. We must use our brains. So let’s quit being dicks to each other, roll up our sleeves, and figure these things out. And keep making fun of religions.