Quotes from Dan Barker

 

 

Losing Faith in Faith:  From Preacher to Atheist

"The very concept of sin comes from the bible. Christianity offers to solve a problem of its own making! Would you be thankful to a person who cut you with a knife in order to sell you a bandage?"

"The longer I have been an atheist, the more amazed I am that I ever believed Christian notions."

"How happy can you be when you think every action and thought is being monitored by a judgmental ghost?"

"You can cite a hundred references to show that the biblical God is a bloodthirsty tyrant, but if they can dig up two or three verses that say "God is love," they will claim that *you* are taking things out of context!"

"I do understand what love is, and that is one of the reasons I can never again be a Christian. Love is not self denial. Love is not blood and suffering.  Love is not murdering your son to appease your own vanity. Love is not hatred or wrath, consigning billions of people to eternal torture because they have offended your ego or disobeyed your rules.
 Love is not obedience, conformity, or submission. It is a counterfeit love that iscontingent upon authority, punishment, or reward.  True love is respect and admiration, compassion and kindness, freely given by a healthy, unafraid human being."

"I have something to say to the religionist who feels atheists never say anything positive: You are an intelligent human being. Your life is valuable for its own sake. You are not second-class in the universe, deriving meaning and purpose from some other mind. You are not inherently evil--you are inherently human, possessing the positive rational potential
 to help make this a world of morality, peace and joy. Trust yourself."

"There is joy in rationality, happiness in clarity of mind. Free thought is thrilling and fulfilling--absolutely essential to mental health and happiness."

"For my money, I'll bet on reason and humanistic kindness. Even if I am wrong I will have enjoyed my life, the existence of which is under little dispute."

"Not thinking critically, I assumed that the "successful" prayers were proof that God answers prayer while the failures were proof that there was something wrong with me."

"To think that the ruler of the universe will run to my assistance and bend the laws of nature for me is the height of arrogance."

"Without "The Law of Moses" would we all be wandering around like little gods, stealing, raping, and spilling blood whenever our vanity was offended?"

"You believe in a book that has talking animals, wizards, witches, demons, sticks turning into snakes, food falling from the sky, people walking on water, and all sorts of magical, absurd and primitive stories, and you say that  we are the ones that need help?"

"If the answers to prayer are merely what God wills all along, then why pray?"

Random Quotes

"You keep accusing me of blasphemy all of the time, But I cannot be convicted of a victimless crime."

"Just say NO to religion."

"Truth does not demand belief. Scientists do not join hands every Sunday, singing, "yes, gravity is real! I will have faith! I will be strong! I believe in my heart that what goes up, up, up must come down, down. down. Amen!" If they did, we would think they were pretty insecure about it."

 

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