Quotes from Famous Freethinkers

Aug 10, 2012 Full story: 1,536
How about posting some of your favorite quotes that speak to non-theism, Humanism, freethought, etc. Full Story

“ecrasez l'infame”

Since: May 08

Atlanta, Georgia

#896 Oct 9, 2012
"Faith is a cop-out. It is intellectual bankruptcy. If the only way you can accept an assertion is by faith, then you are conceding that it can't be taken on its own merits." ~ Dan Barker

“ecrasez l'infame”

Since: May 08

Atlanta, Georgia

#897 Oct 9, 2012
"I am an atheist because there is no evidence for the existence of God. That should be all that needs to be said about it: no evidence, no belief." ~ Dan Barker

Since: Feb 09

Louisville, KY

#898 Oct 9, 2012
Hedonist wrote:
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Did you not understand the title of this thread -- "Quotes from Famous Freethinkers" or the subtitle -- "quotes that speak to non-theism, Humanism, freethought, etc.".
I think you just proved you are "not the sharpest knife in the drawer."
Yeah, genius, I grasped that. Following that parroting of others' thoughts, it stands to reason there c-o-u-l-d be comments on their relevance. Otherwise you're simply commiting what I already illuded to- you don't/can't have relevant thoughts of your own. One other thing- who decides who gets to be considered a "famous freethinker"?

Since: Sep 10

San Francisco, CA

#899 Oct 9, 2012
justagi wrote:
<quoted text>Yeah, genius, I grasped that. Following that parroting of others' thoughts, it stands to reason there c-o-u-l-d be comments on their relevance. Otherwise you're simply commiting what I already illuded to- you don't/can't have relevant thoughts of your own. One other thing- who decides who gets to be considered a "famous freethinker"?
I decided Mr. Ingersoll is a famous freethinker:

"It may be that ministers really think that their prayers do good and it may be that frogs imagine that their croaking brings spring."

That's Robert Green Ingersoll. A famous freethinker. OK?

You may pray until you croak by the way.

Since: Feb 09

Louisville, KY

#900 Oct 9, 2012
Catcher1 wrote:
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I decided Mr. Ingersoll is a famous freethinker:
"It may be that ministers really think that their prayers do good and it may be that frogs imagine that their croaking brings spring."
That's Robert Green Ingersoll. A famous freethinker. OK?
You may pray until you croak by the way.
Soooo, you think it's a deep thought that someone compares people to frogs? How's that deep thinking working out for you?

“ecrasez l'infame”

Since: May 08

Atlanta, Georgia

#901 Oct 9, 2012
"You can cite a hundred references to show that the biblical God is a bloodthirsty tyrant, but if they can dig up two or three verses that say God is love, they will claim that *you* are taking things out of context!" ~ Dan Barker

“ecrasez l'infame”

Since: May 08

Atlanta, Georgia

#902 Oct 9, 2012
"So far as religion of the day is concerned, it is a damned fake... Religion is all bunk." ~ Thomas Edison

“ecrasez l'infame”

Since: May 08

Atlanta, Georgia

#903 Oct 9, 2012
"The great trouble is that the preachers get the children from six to seven years of age and then it is almost impossible to do anything with them." ~ Thomas Edison

“ecrasez l'infame”

Since: May 08

Atlanta, Georgia

#904 Oct 9, 2012
"Incurably religious, that is the best way to describe the mental condition of so many people." ~ Thomas Edison

“ecrasez l'infame”

Since: May 08

Atlanta, Georgia

#905 Oct 9, 2012
"Creation science has not entered the curriculum for a reason so simple and so basic that we often forget to mention it: because it is false, and because good teachers understand exactly why it is false. What could be more destructive of that most fragile yet most precious commodity in our entire intellectual heritage -- good teaching -- than a bill forcing honorable teachers to sully their sacred trust by granting equal treatment to a doctrine not only known to be false, but calculated to undermine any general understanding of science as an enterprise" ~ Stephen Jay Gould

“ecrasez l'infame”

Since: May 08

Atlanta, Georgia

#906 Oct 9, 2012
"In science, fact can only mean confirmed to such a degree that it would be perverse to withhold provisional assent. I suppose that apples might start to rise tomorrow, but the possibility does not merit equal time in physics classrooms." ~ Stephen J. Gould

“ecrasez l'infame”

Since: May 08

Atlanta, Georgia

#907 Oct 9, 2012
justagi wrote:
<quoted text>Yeah, genius, I grasped that. Following that parroting of others' thoughts, it stands to reason there c-o-u-l-d be comments on their relevance. Otherwise you're simply commiting what I already illuded to- you don't/can't have relevant thoughts of your own.
We have already established that you are a Christian troll who continues to show everyone just how rude you can be by your incessant posting in a thread where you are not welcome. A fine example of what Christianity really stands for.
justagi wrote:
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One other thing- who decides who gets to be considered a "famous freethinker"?
This is a thread which exists only in the Atheism forum, therefore it stands to reason that the expectation would be that atheists would be the target group who should be posting in here. But anybody would be welcome if they would post on topic.

“ecrasez l'infame”

Since: May 08

Atlanta, Georgia

#908 Oct 9, 2012
"In science it often happens that scientists say,'You know that's a really good argument; my position is mistaken,' and then they actually change their minds and you never hear that old view from them again. They really do it. It doesn't happen as often as it should, because scientists are human and change is sometimes painful. But it happens every day. I cannot recall the last time something like that happened in politics or religion." ~ Carl Sagan

“ecrasez l'infame”

Since: May 08

Atlanta, Georgia

#909 Oct 9, 2012
"The idea that God is an oversized white male with a flowing beard who sits in the sky and tallies the fall of every sparrow is ludicrous. But if by God one means the set of physical laws that govern the universe, then clearly there is such a God. This God is emotionally unsatisfying... it does not make much sense to pray to the law of gravity." ~ Carl Sagan

“ecrasez l'infame”

Since: May 08

Atlanta, Georgia

#910 Oct 9, 2012
"A celibate clergy is an especially good idea, because it tends to suppress any hereditary propensity toward fanaticism." ~ Carl Sagan

Since: Sep 10

San Francisco, CA

#911 Oct 9, 2012
justagi wrote:
<quoted text>Soooo, you think it's a deep thought that someone compares people to frogs? How's that deep thinking working out for you?
It's working out great, thanks.

But if you didn't care for that Ingersoll quote, here's another one of his:

"The old lady who said there must be a devil, else how could they make pictures that looked exactly like him, reasoned like a trained theologian -- like a doctor of divinity."

Let me know what you think; I have more, we can keep working on it until you are happy.

Since: Feb 09

Louisville, KY

#912 Oct 9, 2012
Catcher1 wrote:
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It's working out great, thanks.
But if you didn't care for that Ingersoll quote, here's another one of his:
"The old lady who said there must be a devil, else how could they make pictures that looked exactly like him, reasoned like a trained theologian -- like a doctor of divinity."
Let me know what you think; I have more, we can keep working on it until you are happy.
I'm usually happy- thank you for your concern. A morning run puts everything in perspective, and living as God wants me to rounds it out. BTW, I also hunt, fish and will eat what I kill, unless it's a coyote. I even mow my own lawn, unlike so many who hire it done. Sweating is good for you. If you live your life as well as you can and follow the words of Jesus, you'll never go wrong. Recall if you will that I choose to ignore the Old Testament. Prophets seemed a fervish bunch.

Since: Sep 10

San Francisco, CA

#913 Oct 9, 2012
justagi wrote:
<quoted text>I'm usually happy- thank you for your concern. A morning run puts everything in perspective, and living as God wants me to rounds it out. BTW, I also hunt, fish and will eat what I kill, unless it's a coyote. I even mow my own lawn, unlike so many who hire it done. Sweating is good for you. If you live your life as well as you can and follow the words of Jesus, you'll never go wrong. Recall if you will that I choose to ignore the Old Testament. Prophets seemed a fervish bunch.
OK fine. The good news is that you have now qualified for one more Ingersoll quote; a bonus if you will.

"Christianity has such a contemptible opinion of human nature that it does not believe a man can tell the truth unless frightened by a belief in God. No lower opinion of the human race has ever been expressed."

What's fervish by the way?

Since: Feb 09

Louisville, KY

#914 Oct 9, 2012
Catcher1 wrote:
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OK fine. The good news is that you have now qualified for one more Ingersoll quote; a bonus if you will.
"Christianity has such a contemptible opinion of human nature that it does not believe a man can tell the truth unless frightened by a belief in God. No lower opinion of the human race has ever been expressed."
What's fervish by the way?
It isn't fright, it's gratitude.

Since: Sep 10

San Francisco, CA

#915 Oct 9, 2012
justagi wrote:
<quoted text>It isn't fright, it's gratitude.
You're welcome.

But what's fervish?

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