Some Relevant Quotes
The gravitational pull between narcissists and religion exists for a number of reasons. For starters, the self-righteousness that religion provides for people is extremely attractive to those who view themselves with pathological levels of grandiosity/superiority. Nick Carmody JD, MS Psych
“Even the truth has its victims.” Douglas Preston
“The fanatic is always concealing a secret doubt.” John le Carré
“When no amount of evidence can convince you that your worldview might be inaccurate, then we’ve exited the realm of reason and entered religious territory. This is why I laugh at the notion of reconciling faith and science. Science is based on the premise that logic and reason can tell us the true nature of reality. Religion is based on the idea that when logic and reason don’t support a predetermined view of reality, they are at fault.” Andrew Mayne
“If you wind up with a boring, miserable life because you listened to your mom, your dad, your teacher, your priest or some guy on TV telling you how to do your shit, then YOU DESERVE IT.”
If God lived on earth people would break his windows.
Yiddish saying quoted by Steven Pinker
“There must be Religion. Otherwise the poor would murder the rich.”
Remember that pain, like fear, is merely god’s way of hurting us.”
People need gods like fish need bicycles.
A cult is a religion with no political power.
“The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off.”
― Joe Klaas
“Telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”
― George Orwell
“Fuck the pope.” Engelbert Humperdink
If you study one religion you can be absorbed for a lifetime. If you study two religions, you can be done in a day.
“There are no great religions; they’re all stupid and dangerous.”
— Bill Maher
If kids got raped at Denny’s as often as they get raped at church, it would be illegal to take your kid to Denny’s.
“All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian, or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit.” — Thomas Paine (1737-1809)
“Religion may not be a mental illness, but it simulates one perfectly. Weird beliefs, hearing voices, ignoring or denying reality, living in fear of an imaginary super-being, the list goes on and on.” — Teh Borken
“Civilization will not attain to its perfection until the last stone from the last church falls on the last priest.”
Jesus. Because believing in the Easter Bunny is silly.
“The uneducated masses see religion as truth, the educated classes see it as nonsense and the leaders of nations see it as useful.”
Belief in heaven is very difficult without a greedy desire for it: All scams need a hook.
Tolerance is to let others live like they want. To appease religious fundamentalists is not tolerance, but submission.
“If you could reason with religious people there would be no religious people.”
— Dr House
“Men will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest.” ― Denis Diderot
Religious belief is a contagious mental illness.
“I find the whole business of religion profoundly interesting. But it does mystify me that otherwise intelligent people take it seriously.” — Douglas Adams
“Faith is believing what you know ain’t so.” — Mark Twain
“Faith: not wanting to know what is true.” — Friedrich Nietzsche
“The way to see by faith is to shut the eye of reason.”
— Ben Franklin, Poor Richard’s Almanack, 1758
“The first clergyman was the first rascal who met the first fool.”
“As long as people believe in absurdities they will continue to commit atrocities.” — Voltaire
“The less you think, the more you believe.” — Richard Dawkins
“What can be asserted without evidence can be dismissed without evidence.”
— Christopher Hitchens