From the viewpoint of a Jesuit priest I am, of course, and have always been an atheist.
If there is a god, the only genuine friend he has is an atheist. He does not blame him for anything.
Is man one of God’s blunders? Or is God one of man’s blunders?
This would be the best of all possible worlds, if there were no religion in it.
I don’t believe that prayers actually change God’s mind – if there is a God – but I liked praying for people in need. It was like moral weightlifting. I tend to be self-obsessed, and it was nice to get out of my brain once in a while.
If there is a God, I want to see Him, not only His energy or His light, but Him.
Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.
If there is a God who will damn his children forever, I would rather go to hell than to go to heaven and keep the society of such an infamous tyrant.
Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.
The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others. But it does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods, or no god. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.
Two hands working can do more than a thousand clasped in prayer.
I would rather live my life as if there is a God and die to find out there isn’t, than live as if there isn’t and to die to find out that there is.
There is for me powerful evidence that there is something going on behind it all. . . It seems as though somebody has fine tuned nature’s numbers to make the Universe. . . The impression of design is overwhelming.
If there is a God, there should be no slaves.