- Religion and Philosophy
Silly Man, I am God
(Links should be good, I reposted fresh link for Dawkins. Thank you.)
"One must state it plainly. Religion comes from the period of human prehistory where nobody-not even the mighty Democritus who concluded that all matter was made from atoms-had the smallest idea what was going on. It comes from the bawling and fearful infancy of our species, and is a babyish attempt to meet our inescapable demand for knowledge (as well as for comfort, reassurance and other infantile needs). Today the least educated of my children knows much more about the natural order than any of the founders of religion, and one would like to think-though the connection is not a fully demonstrable one-that this is why they seem so uninterested in sending fellow humans to hell."
— Christopher Hitchens (God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything)
I am against religion because it teaches us to be satisfied with not understanding the world.
-- Richard Dawkins (attributed: source unknown)
Religion teaches the dangerous nonsense that death is not the end.
-- Richard Dawkins, "Religion's Misguided Missiles" (September 15, 2001)
Faith is the great cop-out, the great excuse to evade the need to think and evaluate evidence. Faith is belief in spite of, even perhaps because of, the lack of evidence.
-- Richard Dawkins, Untitled Lecture, Edinburgh Science Festival (1992)
I don't think God is an explanation at all. It's simply redescribing the problem.
We are trying to understand how we have got a complicated world, and we have an explanation in terms of a slightly simpler world, and we explain that in terms of a slightly simpler world and it all hangs together down to an ultimately simple world.
Now, God is not an explanation of that kind. God himself cannot be simple if he has power to do all the things he is supposed to do.
-- Richard Dawkins, http://www.damaris.org/content/content.php?type=5&id=102(Damars: 1999)
“Say to the Israelites, ‘The Lord, the God of your fathers the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob has sent me to you. This is my name forever, the name by which I am to be remembered from generation to generation.’” (Exodus 3:15)
You whom I fashioned from the light
You whom I gave twinkling eyes so bright
Why do you hate yourself with loathing tenacity
Why do you denigrate my work with deadly capacity
Why do you succumb to that Cherub’s plans
Why do you build your heart upon his sands
Do you think you have the answers to tomorrow
All your hypothesizing prognosticates cold sorrow
There is coming a day for your great epiphany
Unfortunately for you it will be no symphony
Your words cut off many of my choicest vines
You spew bile to which deafens and blinds
You celebrate removing me from your educated
Your dictum ceaseless toil wants me eradicated
Get out your best telescope you harvester of men
I am sending Wormwood straight to your den
Enjoy while you can my fabulous Bordeaux’s
Soon you will choke from which thy vain flows
Explain if you can the Babylon I will decimate
Your powerless whores will try to pontificate
In the end a knee you will take before thy son
Go gallivant now, reap the last of your fun
“A malicious man disguises himself with his lips, but in his heart he harbors deceit. Though his speech is charming, do not believe him, for seven abominations fill his heart. His malice may be concealed by deception, but his wickedness will be exposed in the assembly.” (Proverbs 26:24-26)
“You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation. –
To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power for ever and ever!” (Revelation 5:9 & 5:13)
All God’s people said Amen