Religion, like poetry, is simply a concerted effort to deny the most obvious realities.
Belief in the supernatural reflects a failure of the imagination.
Each religion, so dear to those whose life it sanctifies, and fulfilling so necessary a function in the society that has adopted it, necessarily contradicts every other religion, and probably contradicts itself.
Only atheists can be moral. If you`re doing it for reward or to avoid punishment, it`s not morality.
One of the big reliefs for the atheist is not having to worry about what to hope, wish, and pray for. Did I want to pray for my mother`s suffering to end? Did I want to hope for her death? I didn`t have to worry about that. I could hope one day that she`d live longer so I could talk to her, and wish the next day that she would die and not have to suffer her paralysis and physical loss any longer. My wishing and hoping were inert; I could let them run wild. I could use them as pure solace.
You don`t have to be brave or a saint, a martyr, or even very smart to be an atheist. All you have to be able to say is "I don`t know".
To you I’m an atheist; to God, I’m the Loyal Opposition.
The whole point of faith, in fact, is to believe regardless of the evidence, which is the very antithesis of science.
People believe in God because we are pattern-seeking, storytelling, mythmaking, religious, moral animals.
Man is a Religious Animal. He is the only Religious Animal. He is the only animal that has the True Religion - several of them.
We must respect the other fellow`s religion but only in the sense and to the extent that we respect his theory that his wife is beautiful and his children smart.
This crime called blasphemy was invented by priests for the purpose of defending doctrines not able to take care of themselves.
In the long run nothing can withstand reason and experience, and the contradiction religion offers to both is only too palpable.
It doesn`t seem to me that this fantastically marvelous universe, this tremendous range of time and space and different kinds of animals, and all the different planets, and all these atoms with all their motions, and so on, all this complicated thing can merely be a stage so that God can watch human beings struggle for good and evil - which is the view that religion has. The stage is too big for the drama.