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The God Delusion Quotes

20 of the best book quotes from The God Delusion
  1. #1
    “If you agree that, in the absence of God, you would ‘commit robbery, rape, and murder’, you reveal yourself as an immoral person, ‘and we would be well advised to steer a wide course around you’.”
  2. #2
    “Why, I can’t help wondering, is God thought to need such ferocious defense? One might have supposed him amply capable of looking after himself.”
  3. #3
    “If, on the other hand, you admit that you would continue to be a good person even when not under divine surveillance, you have fatally undermined your claim that God is necessary for us to be good.”
  4. #4
    “If you are religious at all it is overwhelmingly probable that your religion is that of your parents.”
  5. #5
    “If you were born in Arkansas and you think Christianity is true and Islam false, knowing full well that you would think the opposite if you had been born in Afghanistan, you are the victim of childhood indoctrination.”
  6. #6
    “Religion is not the root of all evil, for no one thing is the root of all anything.”
  1. #7
    “The book is true, and if evidence seems to contradict it, it is the evidence that must be thrown out not the book.”
  2. #8
    “Real life seeks the gentle slopes at the back of Mount Improbable, while creationists are blind to all but the daunting precipice at the front.”
  3. #9
    “I cannot know for certain but I think God is very improbable, and I live my life on the assumption that he is not there.”
  4. #10
    “Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful.”
  5. #11
    “As the Nobel Prize-winning American physicist Steven Weinberg said, ‘Religion is an insult to human dignity. With or without it, you’d have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, it takes religion.”
  6. #12
    “There is something infantile in the presumption that somebody else (parents in the case of children, God in the case of adults) has a responsibility to give your life meaning and point.”
  1. #13
    “The truly adult view, by contrast, is that our life is as meaningful, as full and as wonderful as we choose to make it. And we can make it very wonderful indeed.”
  2. #14
    “Fundamentalist religion is hell-bent on ruining the scientific education of countless thousands of innocent, well-meaning, eager young minds. Non-fundamentalist, ‘sensible’ religion may not be doing that. But it is making the world safe for fundamentalism by teaching children, from their earliest years, that unquestioning faith is a virtue.”
  3. #15
    “The word ‘mundane’ has come to mean ‘boring’ and ‘dull’, and it really shouldn’t - it should mean the opposite. Because it comes from the latin mundus, meaning ‘the world’. And the world is anything but dull: The world is wonderful. There’s real poetry in the real world. Science is the poetry of reality.”
  4. #16
    “There is no reason to regard God as immune from consideration along the spectrum of probabilities. And there is certainly no reason to suppose that, just because God can be neither proved nor disproved, his probability of existence is 50 per cent.”
  5. #17
    “I do everything in my power to warn people against faith itself, not just against so-called ‘extremist’ faith. The teachings of ‘moderate’ religion, though not extremist in themselves, are an open invitation to extremism.”
  6. #18
    “It is all too easy to mistake passion that can change its mind for fundamentalism, which never will.”
  7. #19
    “I have found it an amusing strategy, when asked whether I am an atheist, to point out that the questioner is also an atheist when considering Zeus, Apollo, Amon Ra, Mithras, Baal, Thor, Wotan, the Golden Calf and the Flying Spaghetti Monster. I just go one god further.”
  8. #20
    “The assignment of purpose to everything is called teleology. Children are native teleologists, and many never grow out of it.”
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