Citing the Bible as evidence for anything is like saying that the sun is in fact a chariot of fire that races across the sky because we read about it in Greek mythology.
~ Stephen Ban
It is impossible to use electrical light and the wireless and to avail ourselves of modern medical and surgical discoveries, and at the same time to believe in the New Testament world of spirits and miracles.
~ Rudolf Bultmann
I would never want to be a member of a group whose symbol was a guy nailed to two pieces of wood.
~ George Carlin
As to Jesus of Nazareth, my opinion of whom you particularly desire, I think the system of morals and his religion, as he left them to us, the best the world ever saw or is likely to see; but I apprehend it has received various corrupting changes, and I have, with most of the present dissenters in England, some doubts of his divinity.
~ Benjamin Franklin, in a letter to Ezra Styles, March 9, 1790
Religion is comparable to a childhood neurosis.
~ Sigmund Freud, in The Future of Illusion
I imagined that if a Christian had a brain cell, it would die of loneliness.
~ Josh McDowell, in More Than a Carpenter, talking about the way he thought prior to his conversion to Christianity.
Of all the systems of religion that ever were invented, there is no more derogatory to the Almighty, more unedifying to man, more repugnant to reason, and more contradictory to itself that this thing called Christianity.
~ Thomas Paine, in The Age of Reason
A London lady sat next to Bertrand Russell at this party, and over the soup she suggested to him that he was not only the world’s most famous atheist but, by this time, very probably the world’s oldest atheist. “What will you do, Bertie, if it turns out you’re wrong?” she asked. “I mean, what if–uh–when the time comes, you should meet Him? What will you say?” Russell was delighted with the question. His bright, birdlike eyes grew even brighter as he contemplated this possible future dialogue, and then he pointed a finger upward and cried, “Why, I should say, ‘God, you gave us insufficient evidence.’”
~ Al Seckel, in the preface to Bertrand Russell on God and Religion
On Being Born Again
The trouble with born again Christians is that they are an even bigger pain the second time around.
Born again?! No, I’m not. Excuse me for getting it right the first time.
~ Dennis Miller
Making fun of born-again Christians is like hunting dairy cows with a high powered rifle and scope.
~ P. J. O’Rourke
Why do born-again people so often make you wish they’d never been born the first time?
~ Katherine Whitehorn