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ATHEISM
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[ Also see Agnosticism Doubt God Infidelity Piety Religion Skepticism Unbelief ]

A good deal of so-called atheism is itself, from my point of view, theologically significant. It is the working of God in history, and judgement upon the pious. An authentic prophet can be a radical critic of spurious piety, of sham spirituality.
      - James Luther Adams,
        in a speech, January, 1977

One would fancy that the zealots in atheism would be exempt from the single fault which seems to grow out of the imprudent fervor of religion. But so it is, that irreligion is propagated with as much fierceness and contention, wrath and indignation, as if the safety of mankind depended upon it.
      - Joseph Addison

Supposing all the great points of atheism were formed into a kind of creed, I would fain ask whether it would not require an infinite greater measure of faith than any set of articles which they so violently oppose.
      - Joseph Addison

To be an atheist requires an infinitely greater measure of faith than to receive all the great truths which atheism would deny.
      - Joseph Addison

As atheism is in all respects hateful, so in this, that it depriveth human nature of the means to exalt itself above human frailty.
      - Francis Bacon

Atheism is rather in the life than in the heart of man.
      - Francis Bacon

God never wrought miracles to convince atheism, because His ordinary works convince it.
      - Francis Bacon

The great atheists are, indeed, the hypocrites, which are ever handling holy things, but without feeling; so as must need be cauterized in the end.
      - Francis Bacon

Though a man declares himself an atheist, it in no way alters his obligations.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

No atheist, as such, can be a true friend.
      - Richard Bentley

PRAY, v. To ask that the laws of the universe be annulled in behalf of a single petitioner confessedly unworthy.
      - Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's DIctionary

Eyes which the preacher could not school,
  By wayside graves are raised; And lips say, "God be pitiful,"
    That ne'er said "God be praised."
      - Elizabeth Barrett Browning

An atheist is a man who has no invisible means of support.
      - John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsmuir,
        On Being a Real Person (ch. 10)

An' Atheist's laugh's a poor exchange
  For Deity offended!
      - Robert Burns, Epistle to a Young Friend

Atheism is a non-prophet organization.
      - George Carlin

Atheism can benefit no class of people; neither the unfortunate, whom it bereaves of hope, nor the prosperous, whose joys it renders insipid, nor the soldier, of whom it makes a coward, nor the woman whose beauty and sensibility it mars, nor the mother, who has a son to lose, nor the rulers of men, who have no surer pledge of the fidelity of their subjects than religion.
      - Francois August Rene de Chateaubriand, Vicomte de Chateaubriand

Religion assures us that our afflictions shall have an end; she comforts us, she dries our tears, she promises us another life. On the contrary, in the abominable worship of atheism, human woes are the incense, death is the priest, a coffin the altar, and annihilation the Deity.
      - Francois August Rene de Chateaubriand, Vicomte de Chateaubriand

It is still bad taste to be an avowed atheist. But now it is equally bad taste to be an avowed Christian.
      - Gilbert Keith Chesterton, Heretics,
        Introductory Remarks

The atheist has no hope.
      - James Freeman Clarke

Gods are fragile things; they may be killed by a whiff of science or a dose of common sense.
      - Chapman Cohen

Not one man in a thousand has the strength of mind or the goodness of heart to be an atheist.
      - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

The owlet atheism, sailing on obscene wings across the noon, drops his blue-fringed lids, and shuts them close, and, hooting at the glorious sun in heaven, cries out, "Where is it?"
      - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Atheism is the result of ignorance and pride, of strong sense and feeble reasons, of good eating and ill living.
      - Jeremy Collier

Ingersoll's atheism can never become an institution; it can never be more than a destitution.
      - Robert Collyer

Atheism is a system which can communicate neither warmth nor illumination, except from those fagots which your mistaken zeal has lighted up for its destruction.
      - Charles Caleb Colton


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