„Atheism is nothing more than the noises reasonable people make in the presence of unjustified religious beliefs.“

—  Sam Harris

Quelle: 2000s, Letter to a Christian Nation (2006), p. 51
Kontext: Atheism is not a philosophy - it is not even a view of the world. It is simply an admission of the obvious. In fact, "atheism" is a term that should not even exist. No one ever needs to identify himself as a "non-astrologer" or a "non-alchemist." We do not have words for people who doubt that Elvis is still alive or that aliens have traversed the galaxy only to molest ranchers and their cattle. Atheism is nothing more than the noises reasonable people make in the presence of unjustified religious beliefs.

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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
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http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/28/us/28religion.html

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„Nothing makes a woman more beautiful than the belief that she is beautiful.“

—  Sophia Loren Italian actress 1934

As quoted in The Subtlety of Emotions (2001) by Aaron Ben-Ze'ev, p. 204.

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„… the reason your conscience has nothing to say about your atheism is that atheism is not a moral issue. It's an intellectual issue.“

—  Ray Comfort New Zealand-born Christian minister and evangelist 1949

You Can Lead an Atheist to Evidence, But You Can't Make Him Think (2009)

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„People who make no noise are dangerous.“

—  Jean De La Fontaine French poet, fabulist and writer. 1621 - 1695

Les gens sans bruit sont dangereux.
Book VIII (1678–1679), fable 23.
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„Depend on me; never fear your enemies. I'll warrant we make more noise than they.“

—  Henry Fielding English novelist and dramatist 1707 - 1754

Eurydice Hissed : or A Word to the Wise (1736) in The Works of Henry Fielding (1775) in Twelve Volumes, Vol. IV, p. 222

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„Nothing is more dangerous to reason than the flights of the imagination, and nothing has been the occasion of more mistakes among philosophers.“

—  David Hume, buch A Treatise of Human Nature

Part 4, Section 7
A Treatise of Human Nature (1739-40), Book 1: Of the understanding
Kontext: This deficiency in our ideas is not, indeed, perceived in common life, nor are we sensible, that in the most usual conjunctions of cause and effect we are as ignorant of the ultimate principle, which binds them together, as in the most unusual and extraordinary. But this proceeds merely from an illusion of the imagination; and the question is, how far we ought to yield to these illusions. This question is very difficult, and reduces us to a very dangerous dilemma, whichever way we answer it. For if we assent to every trivial suggestion of the fancy; beside that these suggestions are often contrary to each other; they lead us into such errors, absurdities, and obscurities, that we must at last become asham'd of our credulity. Nothing is more dangerous to reason than the flights of the imagination, and nothing has been the occasion of more mistakes among philosophers. Men of bright fancies may in this respect be compar'd to those angels, whom the scripture represents as covering their eyes with their wings. This has already appear'd in so many instances, that we may spare ourselves the trouble of enlarging upon it any farther.

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„There is no position on which people are so immovable as their religious beliefs. There is no more powerful ally one can claim in a debate than Jesus Christ, or God, or Allah, or whatever one calls this supreme being.“

—  Barry Goldwater American politician 1909 - 1998

Address on religious factions (1981)
Kontext: There is no position on which people are so immovable as their religious beliefs. There is no more powerful ally one can claim in a debate than Jesus Christ, or God, or Allah, or whatever one calls this supreme being. But like any powerful weapon, the use of God's name on one's behalf should be used sparingly. The religious factions that are growing throughout our land are not using their religious clout with wisdom. They are trying to force government leaders into following their position 100 percent. If you disagree with these religious groups on a particular moral issue, they complain, they threaten you with a loss of money or votes or both.

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„Nothing can be more contrary to religion and the clergy than reason and common sense.“

—  Voltaire French writer, historian, and philosopher 1694 - 1778

Rien n'est plus contraire à la religion et au clergé qu'une tête sensée et raisonnable. — Paul-Henri Thiry, Baron d'Holbach, Théologie portative, ou Dictionnaire abrégé de la religion chrétienne (1768): Folie
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