26 Brutally Honest Atheist Quotes Worth A Read

by James Bishop

Everyone likes honesty. So, I’ve collected 26 honest quotes from atheists that I have read. I think much of this will come to the surprise of many people (atheists, believers & others) who have experienced the foul tactics of Dawkins, and co. This list will certainly grow (New Atheists are never on shortage of foul, vitriolic statements), and I’ll include any new quotes in a second edition to this article.

Atheism is a faith based belief system:

Many of the New Atheists today like to purport that science and reason support their worldview. Ignore the fact that on an atheistic worldview there is no such thing as reason, and reason needed to do science in the first place. The atheist needs to posit that blind forces of nature from the finite beginning of a purposeless universe gave rise to their cognitive faculties and abilities. This is impossible, unless miracles are possible. At least on a worldview where God exists things like rationality among others (objective morality etc.) can be rationally held, and justified. However, there are atheists out there who don’t deny their view is faith based:

“I am an atheist. My attitude is not based on science, but rather on faith. . . The absence of a Creator, the non-existence of God is my childhood faith, my adult belief, unshakable and holy.”

-George Klein (‘The Atheist in the Holy City.’)

I think Klein’s honesty by affirming atheism to be a faith based position is going to send some atheists into orbit. See Dawkins in this short 1 minute clip hammering his little table with those meaty fists of his, quite literally (see: 1 min 08 secs.).

Proof for God:

To rule out God’s existence for certain one needs to possess a totality of all possible knowledge. No human can muster that. Of course the likes of Dawkins, and his prophets, will posit things like the flying spaghetti monster, or unicorns in order to downplay such an epistemic responsibility. It’s also this that is behind the whole “I just lack a belief” in God tactic that merely reduces the atheists position to a psychological state of mind. To that end even my dog counts as an atheist!

“All the proofs of God’s existence may fail, but it still may be the case that God exists. In short, to show that the proofs do not work is not enough by itself. It may still be the case that God exists.”

-Kai Nielsen (‘Reason and Practice.’)

On atheism objective morality does not exist:

“When one gives up Christian belief one thereby deprives oneself of the right to Christian morality. For the latter is not self—evident. . . Christianity is a system.”

-Friedrich Nietzsche (‘Twilight of the Idols.’)

“…to say that something is wrong because . . . it is forbidden by God, is . . . perfectly understandable to anyone who believes in a law-giving God. But to say that something is wrong . . . even though no God exists to forbid it, is not understandable. . . .” “The concept of moral obligation [is] unintelligible apart from the idea of God. The words remain but their meaning is gone.”

-Richard Taylor (Atheist, ‘Ethics, Faith, and Reason.’)

“There is no objective moral standard. We are responsible for our own actions….” “The hard answer is it [moral decisions] is a matter of opinion.”

-David Silverman (Debate with Frank Turek: ‘Which offers a better explanation for reality -Theism or Atheism?’)

But remember this the next time the atheist tells you how evil, homicidal, and genocidal your God is! For something that doesn’t exist on their worldview (by that I mean morality), they sure like to use it, and use it in abundance! Is that rational? This is probably why New Atheists dislike, and try to distance themselves from their comrade Nietzsche…


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