Quotes from the Good Book

The good book in this case being “The Portable Atheist“.

Some of the following quotes have been paraphrased or adapted by me.

All religions were created by the prejudiced fancy of men who had not attained the full development and full possession of their faculties. Michael Bakunin as quoted by Emma Goldman.

So can the human race can only achieve it’s full potential once the shackles of religions have been cast aside?

The God idea is growing more impersonal and nebulous as the human mind learns to understand natural phenomena. Emma Goldman

Gods were invented by man to explain the unexplainable. As we determine the real causes of natural phenomena, God’s powers diminish.

There have always been men and women without the gift of faith. They lack it, do not desire it, and would not know what to do with it if they had it. Carl Van Doren

I like his sentiment but I’m not sure about the use of the term “gift of faith”. I see it more as a curse than a gift. A curse I was once under the spell of, but know now I have no desire for at all.

Where is the graveyard of dead gods? H. L. Menken

As Menken points out there have been many many gods over the years, ones who were viewed as being just as powerful as the Christian God is purported to be.

gods of civilized people – worshipped and believed in by millions. All were theoretically omnipotent, omniscient, and immortal. And all are dead. H. L. Menken

So what makes your god so special? Who’s to say your god may not one day join the list of dead and forgotten gods?

Just as no one can be forced to believe, so no one can be forced to disbelieve.

Ignorance is ignorance; no right to believe anything can be derived from it. In other matters no sensible person will behave so irresponsibly … It is only in [relation to the spiritual] that he allows himself to do so. Sigmund Freud

Sigmund discussing that believing in religion is an illusion, it is merely wishful thinking.

Lastly a quote turned into a poster, next time you want to convey negativity to someone’s absurd claim send them a copy of this picture. Text from H. P. Lovecraft.




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7 responses to “Quotes from the Good Book

  1. That book was a great read. Too many good quotes to keep track of.

  2. I have another “good” book. The Atheist’s Bible. It was a gift, a good one at that. 🙂

  3. insertlifehere

    I’m reading that at the moment and it is a VERY good book 😀

  4. DB

    Hitchens did a great service to atheism by collecting these selected pieces for this book. It really opens your eyes to some thought provoking ideas on the concept of god and religion, especially regarding how irrelevant it has become in today’s society. We just need to keep pushing the idea.

  5. the chaplain

    Thanks for pulling out these quotes and reminding me of them. I enjoyed The Portable Atheist too and expect to write some more posts based on some of its selections. There’s a lot of good material in there.

  6. my parents won’t let me read the portable atheist but i did read part of the god delusion by richard dawkins and liked it so thank you for the quotes

  7. Love the BAH! poster. I can think of several people I’d like to send that too…

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