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

Since: Mar 11

Louisville, KY

#958 Oct 10, 2012
Adrenaline and runners high a good old second wind. Nothing special I have experienced the same thing you were gullible enough to think Jesus was doing it.
justagi wrote:
<quoted text>Fair enough. You require concrete proof and I cannot offer you any. In my case, the evidence of God was always around me in the actions and personalities of my frinds and family. They grew up that way as attending Church was as much a part of our lives as eating. I'm well aware that everyone sins and that remains a puzzle, but we all DO try. As far as concrete proof goes- it happened to me about 4 years ago while I was running on post. Getting near the limit of my strength, I felt gentle hands under my arms, lifting me into an upright position I hadn't realized I had slumped out of- lifted me up like a parent liting a tired child, smiling and renewed, I finished my run. Understand please that I HAVE to run- it's part of a Soldiers' duty and we're tested every 6 months at least. After 'scopes on both knees and 3 toes worked on, running isn't the joy it used to be, but it was that day. God didn't heal me but He let me know He was there. My life is what I make of what I have, I don't expect miracles or help. I never asked for proof either- it just happened and I'm grateful for that.

“Why does my ignorance”

Since: Mar 11

justify your deity?

#959 Oct 10, 2012
Reason Personified wrote:
<quoted text>It is not at all compelling to me, either. That this god thing would gently lift a soldier and help him to shirk his commitment to endurance, while allowing a child, any child to shrivel and die in agony for the lack of sustenance, tells me the god is as big a shit, as is the priest who is telling another child that god wants him on his knees, with his pants down.
They are all foul, and that the believer, will believe that he has the loving attention, of this thing who would, if angered make him eat his own children, purely asinine.
Well, you certainly have one powerful way of saying "you, oh Christian, are misunderstanding the nature of experience."

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Since: Feb 09

Louisville, KY

#960 Oct 11, 2012
Reason Personified wrote:
<quoted text>Maybe you should read that again, the comparison was "prayers to croaking", and not "people to frogs".
Hows that failure to comphrehend problem, you've got working out for you?
Yeah, I got the implication, but chose the high road. What you're saying is that someone you admire can speak for frogs, or that frogs speak, or that you admire frogs- got it.

Since: Feb 09

Louisville, KY

#961 Oct 11, 2012
Reason Personified wrote:
<quoted text>It is not at all compelling to me, either. That this god thing would gently lift a soldier and help him to shirk his commitment to endurance, while allowing a child, any child to shrivel and die in agony for the lack of sustenance, tells me the god is as big a shit, as is the priest who is telling another child that god wants him on his knees, with his pants down.
They are all foul, and that the believer, will believe that he has the loving attention, of this thing who would, if angered make him eat his own children, purely asinine.
You fail to comprehend, yourself. We belong to God- just as my tools belong to me, to use or not as I see fit. If I abuse a tool, that's my choice and another person may not approve of the abuse, but tough- it's mine. Someday (propably Judgement Day), you will comprehend that it isn't your place to judge God- but gee, I doubt this makes sense to you.

Since: Feb 09

Louisville, KY

#962 Oct 11, 2012
Givemeliberty wrote:
Adrenaline and runners high a good old second wind. Nothing special I have experienced the same thing you were gullible enough to think Jesus was doing it.
<quoted text>
You don't impress me with this- I've been running for decades and know what I'm talking about, but please, feel free to tell others what they are feeling, doctor.

Since: Dec 10

Orefield, PA

#963 Oct 11, 2012
justagi wrote:
<quoted text>Fair enough. You require concrete proof and I cannot offer you any. In my case, the evidence of God was always around me in the actions and personalities of my frinds and family. They grew up that way as attending Church was as much a part of our lives as eating. I'm well aware that everyone sins and that remains a puzzle, but we all DO try. As far as concrete proof goes- it happened to me about 4 years ago while I was running on post. Getting near the limit of my strength, I felt gentle hands under my arms, lifting me into an upright position I hadn't realized I had slumped out of- lifted me up like a parent liting a tired child, smiling and renewed, I finished my run. Understand please that I HAVE to run- it's part of a Soldiers' duty and we're tested every 6 months at least. After 'scopes on both knees and 3 toes worked on, running isn't the joy it used to be, but it was that day. God didn't heal me but He let me know He was there. My life is what I make of what I have, I don't expect miracles or help. I never asked for proof either- it just happened and I'm grateful for that.
Well, I guess we all have our standards of proof. I could probably explain what you felt, but why should I? I don't mean that in a mean way, but it is rather obvious that you are happy in your belief. Some day you may understand where I am coming from. No, you probably won't be happier, but you won't feel less happy either. One thing you will understand, is the freedom that I feel since I lost faith.

Since: Dec 10

Orefield, PA

#964 Oct 11, 2012
justagi wrote:
<quoted text>You fail to comprehend, yourself. We belong to God- just as my tools belong to me, to use or not as I see fit. If I abuse a tool, that's my choice and another person may not approve of the abuse, but tough- it's mine. Someday (propably Judgement Day), you will comprehend that it isn't your place to judge God- but gee, I doubt this makes sense to you.
Do you believe in absolute morality?

“There is no such thing”

Since: May 08

as a reasonable person

#965 Oct 11, 2012
Adapt or perish, now as ever, is nature's inexorable imperative.
H. G. Wells

Since: Dec 10

Orefield, PA

#966 Oct 11, 2012
justagi wrote:
<quoted text>You don't impress me with this- I've been running for decades and know what I'm talking about, but please, feel free to tell others what they are feeling, doctor.
I have to ask....
Let's say a believer in Zeus had the same experience, and claimed it as proof that Zeus is real. What would your response be?
Bob of Quantum Faith

Australia

#967 Oct 11, 2012
Hidingfromyou wrote:
<quoted text>
Bless you sir, for pointing that out. Seriously, it speaks to your morality.
I know Bob the atheist and that's why I knew this one wasn't legit.
You have no morality, you don't know me.
I am Bob of Quantum Faith and I renounce atheism.
Praise Jehovah.
Amen.

Since: Dec 10

Orefield, PA

#968 Oct 11, 2012
Bob of Quantum Faith wrote:
<quoted text>
You have no morality, you don't know me.
I am Bob of Quantum Faith and I renounce atheism.
Praise Jehovah.
Amen.
You wish.
You're just a troll who got his ass kicked by the real Bob of Quantum faith. Go away.

Since: Feb 09

Louisville, KY

#970 Oct 11, 2012
The serpent was right wrote:
<quoted text>
I have to ask....
Let's say a believer in Zeus had the same experience, and claimed it as proof that Zeus is real. What would your response be?
I can't answer that until I run into one.

Since: Feb 09

Louisville, KY

#971 Oct 11, 2012
The serpent was right wrote:
<quoted text>
Do you believe in absolute morality?
I've yet to meet anyone who exemplifies anything close to this, it may exist but not in my experience.

“ecrasez l'infame”

Since: May 08

Atlanta, Georgia

#972 Oct 11, 2012
"I've begun worshipping the Sun for a number of reasons. First of all, unlike some other gods I could mention, I can see the Sun. It's there for me every day. And the things it brings me are quite apparent all the time: heat, light, food, a lovely day. There's no mystery, no one asks for money, I don't have to dress up, and there's no boring pageantry. And interestingly enough, I have found that the prayers I offer to the sun and the prayers I formerly offered to God are all answered at about the same 50-percent rate." ~ George Carlin

“ecrasez l'infame”

Since: May 08

Atlanta, Georgia

#973 Oct 11, 2012
"I don't believe in God because I don't believe in Mother Goose." ~ Clarence Darrow

“ecrasez l'infame”

Since: May 08

Atlanta, Georgia

#974 Oct 11, 2012
"Some of you say religion makes people happy. So does laughing gas. So does whiskey." ~ Clarence Darrow

“Citizen_Patriot_ Voter_Atheist!”

Since: May 09

Earth,TX

#975 Oct 11, 2012
Hidingfromyou wrote:
<quoted text>
Well, you certainly have one powerful way of saying "you, oh Christian, are misunderstanding the nature of experience."
:)
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Okay, I guess so.
:D

“ecrasez l'infame”

Since: May 08

Atlanta, Georgia

#976 Oct 11, 2012
"Many a long dispute among divines may be thus abridged: It is so; It is not so. It is so; it is not so." ~ Benjamin Franklin

“ecrasez l'infame”

Since: May 08

Atlanta, Georgia

#977 Oct 11, 2012
"Lighthouses are more helpful than churches." ~ Benjamin Franklin

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Since: May 09

Earth,TX

#978 Oct 11, 2012
justagi wrote:
<quoted text>Yeah, I got the implication, but chose the high road. What you're saying is that someone you admire can speak for frogs, or that frogs speak, or that you admire frogs- got it.
No, you didn't get it, and taking the high road has done nothing but get you mired down into pure foolishness.

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