1. The Good: "Most modern Monotheists are much closer to atheists than they like to believe. Monotheists happily deny Baal and the Golden Calf, Ra and Isis, Odin and Thor, Zeus and Poseidon. We atheists just go one God farther!".
- I like this quote, rhetoric and all, and find it quite smart. Wonder why say, "Vishnu and Siva" did not feature there, though!
2. The Bad: "My practice as a scientist is atheistic. That is to say, when I set up an experiment I assume that no god, angel, or devil is going to interfere with its course..."
- too grossly polemical to make any kind of sense! Yes, I remember myself setting up experiments as a student of science - and as a believer; the prayers then were mostly that there were no power failures and other malfunctions, definitely not that the results be doctored by higher or baser powers.
But then, I also know some who think this particular quote captures the very quintessence of scientific spirit, indeed to imply "Science does not recognise any kind of faith as an explanation". Anyways, to each, his creed, atheism included!
3. The ****: "Ah, back from temple,eh? Such a good, God-fearing boy! By the way, did you pray for the souls of atheists like me?"
- aggressively flaunting one's credo, 'otherizing' the other, eh?
4. 'The Honest': "I do not believe in God *and* I am not an atheist."
5. The Ultimate: "In general, I envy believers. I am 90, and am being overcome by illnesses. For believers, it is perhaps easier to deal with them and with life's other hardships. But what can I do? I cannot believe in resurrection after death."