„Absolute atheism starts in an act of faith in reverse gear and is a full-blown religious commitment. Here we have the first internal inconsistency of contemporary atheism: it proclaims that all religion must necessarily vanish away, and it is itself a religious phenomena.“

—  Jacques Maritain, buch The Range of Reason

The Range of Reason (1952). New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, p. 106.

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französischer Philosoph 1882 - 1973

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„As to the Christian system of faith, it appears to me as a species of Atheism — a sort of religious denial of God. It professes to believe in a man rather than in God. It is a compound made up chiefly of Manism with but little Deism, and is as near to Atheism as twilight is to darkness.“

—  Thomas Paine, buch The Age of Reason

1790s, The Age of Reason, Part I (1794)
Kontext: As to the Christian system of faith, it appears to me as a species of Atheism — a sort of religious denial of God. It professes to believe in a man rather than in God. It is a compound made up chiefly of Manism with but little Deism, and is as near to Atheism as twilight is to darkness. It introduces between man and his Maker an opaque body, which it calls a Redeemer, as the moon introduces her opaque self between the earth and the sun, and it produces by this means a religious, or an irreligious, eclipse of light. It has put the whole orbit of reason into shade.

„Our ignorance of the cosmos is too vast to commit to atheism, and yet we know too much to commit to a particular religion.“

—  David Eagleman neuroscientist and author 1971

As quoted in "Stray Questions for: David Eagleman" by Blake Wilson in The New York Times (10 July 2009) http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/07/10/stray-questions-for-david-eagleman/
Kontext: Our ignorance of the cosmos is too vast to commit to atheism, and yet we know too much to commit to a particular religion. A third position, agnosticism, is often an uninteresting stance in which a person simply questions whether his traditional religious story (say, a man with a beard on a cloud) is true or not true. But with Possibilianism I’m hoping to define a new position — one that emphasizes the exploration of new, unconsidered possibilities. Possibilianism is comfortable holding multiple ideas in mind; it is not interested in committing to any particular story.

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„I have heard many times that atheists know more about religion than religious people. Atheism is an effect of that knowledge, not a lack of knowledge. I gave a Bible to my daughter. That's how you make atheists.“

—  David Silverman American animator and director 1957

David Silverman, quoted in * 2010-09-28
Basic Religion Test Stumps Many Americans
Laurie Goodstein
New York Times
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/28/us/28religion.html

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„Atheism should always be encouraged (i. e. rationalistic not emotional atheism) for the sake of the Faith.“

—  T.S. Eliot 20th century English author 1888 - 1965

Letter to Richard Aldington (24 February, 1927). The Letters of T.S. Eliot: 1926-1927 p. 424

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„Religion in so far as it is a source of consolation is a hindrance to true faith; and in this sense atheism is a purification.“

—  Simone Weil French philosopher, Christian mystic, and social activist 1909 - 1943

"Faiths of Meditation; Contemplation of the divine" as translated in The Simone Weil Reader (1957) edited by George A. Panichas, p. 417
Kontext: Religion in so far as it is a source of consolation is a hindrance to true faith; and in this sense atheism is a purification. I have to be an atheist with that part of myself which is not made for God. Among those in whom the supernatural part of themselves has not been awakened, the atheists are right and the believers wrong.

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„Atheism is, I suppose, the supreme example of a simple faith.“

—  G. K. Chesterton English mystery novelist and Christian apologist 1874 - 1936

Where All Roads Lead (1922); this is often misquoted as "If there were no God, there would be no atheists."
Kontext: Atheism is, I suppose, the supreme example of a simple faith. The man says there is no God; if he really says it in his heart, he is a certain sort of man so designated in Scripture [i. e. a fool, Ps 53:2]. But, anyhow, when he has said it, he has said it; and there seems to be no more to be said. The conversation seems likely to languish. The truth is that the atmosphere of excitement, by which the atheist lived, was an atmosphere of thrilled and shuddering theism, and not of atheism at all; it was an atmosphere of defiance and not of denial. Irreverence is a very servile parasite of reverence; and has starved with its starving lord. After this first fuss about the merely aesthetic effect of blasphemy, the whole thing vanishes into its own void. If there were not God, there would be no atheists.

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„Atheism is a religion of death. Though atheists make their own “meaning” or “purpose” while alive, ultimately atheism is all meaningless, purposeless, and utterly hopeless.“

—  Ken Ham Australian young Earth creationist 1951

“When You Die You’re Done” https://answersingenesis.org/blogs/ken-ham/2016/08/02/when-you-die-youre-done/, Around the World with Ken Ham (August 2, 2016)

„If you have a sloppy religion you get a sloppy atheism.“

—  Ronald Knox English priest and theologian 1888 - 1957

Quoted in Penelope Fitzgerald, The Knox Brothers (1977), Ch. IV

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„Atheism, not religion, is the real force behind the mass murders of history.“

—  Dinesh D'Souza Indian-American political commentator, filmmaker, author 1961

Article http://www.csmonitor.com/2006/1121/p09s01-coop.html for The Christian Science Monitor (21 November 2006).

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„Atheism, a religion dedicated to its own sense of smug superiority.“

—  Stephen Colbert American political satirist, writer, comedian, television host, and actor 1964

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