Religion is a by-product of fear. For much of human history, it may have been a necessary evil, but why was it more evil than necessary? Isn't killing people in the name of God a pretty good definition of insanity?
Arthur C. Clarke
That the world is in a bad shape is undeniable, but there is not the faintest reason in history to suppose that Christianity offers a way out.
The invisible and the non-existent look very much alike.
Suppose we've chosen the wrong god. Every time we go to church we're just making him madder and madder.
Scientific research confirms that humans are a link in the evolutionary life chain. There is no credible evidence for the existence of an immortal supernatural element. Our only life is here and now. Make it worthy of a moral person.
Keith S. Cornish
I don't believe in God because I don't believe in Mother Goose.
For me, it is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring.
To sum up: 1. The cosmos is a gigantic flywheel making 10,000 revolutions a minute. 2. Man is a sick fly taking a dizzy ride on it. 3. Religion is the theory that the wheel was designed and set spinning to give him a ride.
H. L. Mencken
I cannot be angry at God, in whom I do not believe.
Simone de Beauvoir
Conventional people are roused to fury by departure from convention, largely because they regard such departure as a criticism of themselves.