Top 10 quotes about religion

"Religion is the opiate of the people."
Karl Marx

"This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness."

Dalai Lama

Robert Ingersoll

"When I became convinced that the universe is natural – that all ghosts and gods are myths, there entered into my brain … the joy of freedom… . I was free – free to think, to express my thoughts … free to live for myself and those I loved … free to investigate, to guess and dream and hope … free to reject all ignorant and cruel creeds, all the ‘inspired’ books that savages have produced … free from popes and priests … free from sanctified mistakes and holy lies … free from the fear of eternal pain … free from devils, ghosts and gods… . There were no prohibited places in all the realms of thought … no following another’s steps … no need to bow, or cringe, or crawl, or utter lying words."

“Eskimo: "If I did not know about God and sin, would I go to hell?" Priest: "No, not if you did not know." Eskimo: "Then why did you tell me?"”

Annie Dillard American Author.

“Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?”

? Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

"To terrify children with the image of hell, to consider women an inferior creation—is that good for the world?”

Christopher Hitchens

"Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction."

- Blaise Pascal

? George Carlin

“Religion has convinced people that there's an invisible man ... living in the sky. Who watches everything you do every minute of every day. And the invisible man has a list of ten specific things he doesn't want you to do. And if you do any of these things, he will send you to a special place, of burning and fire and smoke and torture and anguish for you to live forever, and suffer, and suffer, and burn, and scream, until the end of time. But he loves you. He loves you. He loves you and he needs money.”

"Religions are all alike - founded upon fables and mythologies."

Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson

"Millions of innocent men, women, and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burned, tortured, fined, and imprisoned, yet we have not advanced one inch toward uniformity. What has been the effect of coercion? To make one half of the world fools and the other half hypocrites."

" It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change."

Charles Darwin

Comments (2)

Shouldn't the titel be "Top ten atheist quotes about religon"?

I think people will be be "evil" or "bad" whatever. Just they use the general consensus view as an excuse to hide behind.

So Wars of Royal Succession, Nepoleanic Wars, World War I, World War II, Stalin, Korean War, Vietnam War - I fail to see the religious connection. Also I think I could find many other examples, and a good historian even more.

Sure the Crusades and the 30 Years War were religious, but staying with a western christain perspective "the colonial wars" - they were really about empire building. However during this time period "the age of discovery" - missionaries were really active, peacefully spreading their beliefs. Furthermore, thousands of them, and those they had converted were executed. Should we say these colonial conquests and missonary campaigns were the same thing? Or two things happening at the same time?

What do you think about the Japanese Shogun Period? The Portuguese and the Dutch tried to establish trade, but at the same time the Japanese saw Christianity as a destabilising force, and so killed thousands of Christians. Were these Christains part of an attempt to spread "the Good News" like the early Christains during the Roman period and Dark Ages or part of a Colonial plan?

Religion is not a corrupt political institution of power, though such an institution may claim it is.
Faith: Belief without evidence in what is told by those without knowledge of things without parallel.

-- Ambrose Bierce
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