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Saturday, February 23, 2008

Atheistic Quotes

Having seen a fair bit of many -isms, I can't see Atheism as a single entity - there is a whole range of 'atheisms'. Here are some sample quotations (without the sources and mostly made from memory). Some personal comments follow each quote. And as usual, I prefer to react to individual statements and details thereof rather than take broad ideological positions.

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."


  • At 1:08 AM, Blogger Karthik said…

    Hi nanda,
    To quote Einstein "Science without religion is lame and religion without science is blind"..:-)

  • At 7:18 AM, Blogger R.Nandakumar said…

    thanks karthik.
    opinions are subjective - like most things human. for example, there is another version of this einstein quote which goes: "religion without science is lame; science without religion is blind"!

    well, if i were to ask myself whether both quotes imply the same thing, an honest answer would be "yes and not; and maybe"


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