Citaten van atheïsten

Het is soms wel gemakkelijk om leerlingen bij een thema ter introductie een aantal uitspraken voor te leggen, waarop zijn kunnen reageren vanuit de vraag, welke uitspraak hen zeer, niet of helemaal niet aanspreekt. Vaak komen daar interessante gesprekken van, die vervolgens tot verdieping kunnen leiden.
Een andere manier is om na enkele lessen over een thema de leerlingen uit een serie uitspraken te laten kiezen zodat ze over een of twee ervan een dieper gravende bespiegeling kunnen schrijven als afsluiting van het thema.
De volgende serie is afkomstig van mensen met een atheïstische inslag:

20. A man is accepted into a church for what he believes and he is turned out for what he knows. Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain)
19. Philosophy is questions that may never be answered. Religion is answers that may never be questioned. Anonymous
18. With or without religion, you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion. Steven Weinberg
17. Since the Bible and the church are obviously mistaken in telling us where we came from, how can we trust them to tell us where we are going? Anonymous
16. The invisible and the non-existent look very much alike. Delos B. McKown
15. Two hands working can do more than a thousand clasped in prayer. Anonymous
14. Blind faith is an ironic gift to return to the Creator of human intelligence. Anonymous
13. What can be asserted without proof can be dismissed without proof. Christopher Hitchens
12. I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours. Stephen Roberts
11. It ain’t the parts of the Bible that I can’t understand that bother me, it is the parts that I do understand. Mark Twain
10. Atheism is a non-prophet organization. George Carlin
9. Absolute faith corrupts as absolutely as absolute power but absolute power is corrupt only in the hands of the absolutely faithful. Anonymous
8. Gods are fragile things; they may be killed by a whiff of science or a dose of common sense. Chapman Cohen
7. When one person suffers from a delusion, it is called insanity. When many people suffer from a delusion it is called religion. Robert Pirsig
6. Animals do not have gods, they are smarter than that. Ronnie Snow
5. Most religions prophecy the end of the world and then consistently work together to ensure that these prophecies come true. Anonymous
4. Religions are like pills, which must be swallowed whole without chewing. Anonymous
3. If I were not an atheist, I would believe in a God who would choose to save people on the basis of the totality of their lives and not the pattern of their words. I think he would prefer an honest and righteous atheist to a TV preacher whose every word is God, God, God, and whose every deed is foul, foul, foul. Isaac Asimov
2. Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful. Seneca the Younger
1. Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil? Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God? Epicurus

De tweede serie ging aan de eerste vooraf en waren citaten van bekende atheïsten:

1. Creationists make it sound like a ‘theory’ is something you dreamt up after being drunk all night Isaac Asimov
2. I don’t believe in God. My god is patriotism. Teach a man to be a good citizen and you have solved the problem of life. Andrew Carnegie
3. All thinking men are atheists. Ernest Hemingway
4. Lighthouses are more helpful then churches. Benjamin Franklin
5. Faith means not wanting to know what is true. Friedrich Nietzsche
6. The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the point than the fact that a drunken man is happier than a sober one. George Bernard Shaw
7. Say what you will about the sweet miracle of unquestioning faith, I consider a capacity for it terrifying and absolutely vile. Kurt Vonnegut
8. I believe in God, only I spell it Nature. Frank Lloyd Wright
9. Man will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest. Denis Diderot
10. A man is accepted into a church for what he believes and he is turned out for what he knows. Samuel Clemens
11. The whole thing is so patently infantile, so foreign to reality, that to anyone with a friendly attitude to humanity it is painful to think that the great majority of mortals will never be able to rise above this view of life. Sigmund Freud
12. Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful. Edward Gibbon
13. The church says the earth is flat, but I know that it is round, for I have seen the shadow on the moon, and I have more faith in a shadow than in the church. Ferdinand Magellan
14. Not only is there no god, but try getting a plumber on weekends. Woody Allen
15. It’s an incredible con job when you think about it, to believe something now in exchange for something after death. Even corporations with their reward systems don’t try to make it posthumous. Gloria Steinem