ATHEISM QUOTES VII

quotations about atheism

Atheism has had a distinguished and varied lineage. It seems likely that doubt about religion is just as old as religion itself, although there is no way to prove what people believed or did not believe in cultures that have left us no literary evidence.

EMILY WILSON, "Battling the Gods: Atheism in the Ancient World review -- disbelief has been around for 2,500 years", The Guardian, March 9, 2016

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Society must fight against this belief in God as it fought against idol worship and other narrow conceptions of religion. In this way man will try to stand on his feet. Being realistic, he will have to throw his faith aside and face all adversaries with courage and valour.

BHAGAT SINGH, "Why I Am an Atheist", October 5-6, 1930

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To its adherents, it is the antidote to centuries of ignorance and superstition, but to its detractors it is the product of latter-day decadence and materialism. But a new Cambridge University study argues that atheism is in fact one of the world's oldest beliefs -- long predating Christianity and Islam. The belief that there were no gods was common in the ancient world, research by Professor Tim Whitmarsh, professor of Greek culture at Cambridge, concludes. But "ancient atheism" was effectively written out of history when Christianity became the official religion of the Roman Empire in the early fourth century, heralding a new era of state-imposed belief.

STAFF WRITER, "Believe it, atheism is ancient", Times LIVE, February 16, 2016

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Atheism is not a world view or a belief system or a political philosophy. It is not a religion, it has no doctrine or dogma. It has nothing to do with whether a person is moral or immoral, good or evil. Atheism is simply a lack of belief in a god or gods.

RANDY VLACH, letter to the editor, "Important to define atheism", Casper Star Tribune, March 15, 2016

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What I find funny about promoting atheism is that atheists are doing the same thing many religions do. They are literally advocating for their (non)beliefs. And doing that with so much passion, trying to convince people to give up their faith, working that hard to prove everyone that your standpoint is the right one and that everyone around who don't believe in the same thing you do are stupid ... there is something religious about it.

NINA ZDINJAK, "Top 10 Atheist YouTube Channels To Watch", Insider Monkey, March 9, 2016

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With modern science or atheism, a new concept may be met with opposition, but once it becomes established, old texts and beliefs are scrapped and referenced for limited purposes.

SPENCER KASSIMIR, "Atheism: A new faith", Washington Times, March 23, 2016

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You cannot fight Islamic terrorism from an atheistic standpoint because atheism is not a standpoint. It offers people nowhere to stand, just a floating platform where no one feels secure.

DONALD HANK, "There's only one way Europe can be saved", Renew America, March 25, 2016

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Believers talk about atheism as if it's a pathology of a particularly odd phase of modern Western culture that will pass, but if you ask someone to think hard, clearly people also thought this way in antiquity.

TIM WHITMARSH, Battling the Gods: Atheism in the Ancient World

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Some are raised in atheism by atheist parents. Some come to atheism after years of religious study. I came to atheism the way that many Christians come to Christianity -- through faith. I was six years old, sitting in my frilly yellow Easter dress, throwing black jelly beans out into the yard, when my mom explained the story of Easter to me. She explained Jesus's crucifixion and resurrection as the son of God, going into great detail. And when she was finished telling me the story that had been a foundation of her faith for the majority of her life, I looked at her and said: "I don't think that really happened." I didn't come to this conclusion because the story of a man waking from the dead made no sense -- I wasn't an overly analytical child. I still enthusiastically believed in Santa Claus and the Easter bunny. But when I searched myself for any sense of belief in a higher power, it just wasn't there. I wanted it to be there -- how comforting to have a God. But it wasn't there, and it isn't to this day.

IJEOMA OLUO, "My atheism does not make me superior to believers. It's a leap of faith too", The Guardian, October 24, 2015

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Atheism is not the default position despite what many atheists persist. The default position is nothing. To be an atheist you must first become aware of the concept of gods to reject them either consciously or unconsciously. To disbelieve in something you must first acquire knowledge.

RATIONAL THINKER, "Atheism is the default position aka nonsense", MyNews24, March 15, 2016

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In regard to atheism, religious apologists have one and only one task: Produce credible real world evidence to back up their belief in whatever god(s) they believe in. Everything else they talk about, all the millions of words these people produce discussing every subject under the sun except this one, is precisely an evasion of their sole task, in regard to atheism. The vast majority of the rhetoric of religious apologetics is one huge profusion of red herring.

STEVE GREENE, "Not buying into nonsense rhetoric about gods is the default position", MyNews24, March 24, 2016

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The big misconception about atheists and atheism is that we don't believe in anything, or that we have no morals and that's just not true. Most of us are very nice people.

HEATHER HENDERSON, "'We're Not Scary': Atheists Seek Understanding", NBC 7 San Diego, March 18, 2016

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Humans are not inherently wired for religious belief, a new study claims. While modern rhetoric suggests that atheism is an idea of today's world, a professor from the University of Cambridge argues that it is an ancient way of thought, which was later squashed by imperial forces. Disbelief in God (or gods) stretches back to the polytheistic civilizations of ancient Greece and pre-Christian Rome -- and in these ancient societies, atheism likely thrived.

CHEYENNE MACDONALD, "History shows atheism is as natural to humans as religion", Daily Mail, February 18, 2016

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We tend to see atheism as an idea that has only recently emerged in secular Western societies. The rhetoric used to describe it is hyper-modern. In fact, early societies were far more capable than many since of containing atheism within the spectrum of what they considered normal. Rather than making judgements based on scientific reason, these early atheists were making what seem to be universal objections about the paradoxical nature of religion -- the fact that it asks you to accept things that aren't intuitively there in your world. The fact that this was happening thousands of years ago suggests that forms of disbelief can exist in all cultures, and probably always have.

TIM WHITMARSH, Battling the Gods: Atheism in the Ancient World

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Look through new atheist websites and twitter feeds. You'll see the same hatred and bigotry that theists have been spouting against other theists for millennia. But when confronted about this bigotry, we say "But I feel this way about all religion," as if that somehow makes it better. But our belief that we are right while everyone else is wrong; our belief that our atheism is more moral; our belief that others are lost: none of it is original.

IJEOMA OLUO, "My atheism does not make me superior to believers. It's a leap of faith too", The Guardian, October 24, 2015

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