Quotations – Momentous, Memorable, Meaningful

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Quotations – Momentous, Memorable, Meaningful

A place to share the words of others (or your own!) which have been impactful in your life, whether they're serious, poignant, humorous, or just something worth noting.

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I have been a quote collector and quote monger for at least as long as I've been an atheist and probably a good deal longer.  My admiration for those who enjoy reputations as wordsmiths extends even further back, whether we're talking about John F. Kennedy's assertion: "We choose to go to the moon," George Santayana's warning: "Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it," or James T. Kirk's deft observation when faced with the dauntingly huge First Federation ship: "Not chess, Mr. Spock ... poker!"

The realm of atheist activism has had its own share of verbal craftsmen and women, from Madalyn Murray O'Hair's: "An atheist believes that a hospital should be built instead of a church." to Aron Ra's succinct: "If you can't show it, you don't know it."

Regardless of the topic, these are words which are capable of fomenting inspiration, reflection, and sometimes even action.  They can educate and illuminate the human condition and allow us to better know ourselves.  That said, here is an open invitation to share those words which have been particularly meaningful or impactful or timely or just special to you for one reason or another.

Let's share those words and have fun!

One bit of clerical business: please hold your quotes in the comment area below to 20 lines or 200 words.  One comment should not so dominate the Home page of this group that no other comment is visible.  That way, the briefer comments and quotes of all participants are more likely to be seen, read, and appreciated.  If you have a long quote or commentary, create a post, please.

Discussion Forum

On Emotion, Vulnerability, and a Flawed God

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Jul 2. 3 Replies

On 31 May, 2018, Joan Denoo posted a most excellent quote from David Hume: That quote was well deserving of a response, which is the following:The most preposterous notion that H. sapiens has ever…Continue

Tags: flawed, vulnerable, emotion, god

Sam Harris on Morality and the Christian God

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller May 24. 2 Replies

The debate between Sam Harris and William Lane Craig at Notre Dame in 2011 was particularly notable for one particular rebuttal by Harris to Craig, well into the debate.  Those 10 or so minutes…Continue

Big Bang vs Electric Universe, Lawrence Krauss' response

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller May 23. 2 Replies

I wrote to Lawrence Krauss during the discussion of Big Bang vs Electric Universe:"Thurs, 5:54 PM, Lawrence, I belong to Atheist Nexus and a rather ugly debate began about the Big Bang Theory. One…Continue

The Oneida Perfectionists

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller May 17. 4 Replies

The Oneida Perfectionists had a vision of utopian life, and they structured their communities according to ideological similarities.1. First, it believed that its members had entered into an…Continue

Tags: communist, authoritarian, leadership, utopia, free-love

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Comment by Joan Denoo on June 21, 2018 at 12:42pm
From a friend on Facebook:

"MY CONFESSION

"I have a confession to make.

"I was raised a Christian and at age 13 I figured out Christianity was a story, and there no reason to believe it was true. But those few years as a Christian burned something in my brain that took almost fifty years to erase.

"For most of my life, there seemed to be something good and righteous about being a Christian. That thought stopped me from criticising Christianity too harshly, even though I did not believe the Christian God was real and I thought Christian theology was barking mad. So for all those years, I focused on talking about God, but not about Christianity.

"Deep inside, I felt there was something treacherous and dishonorable in saying the honest truth about Christianity.

"Only in recent years have I been able to articulate what reason has been telling me since I was 13. For those who've spent 50 years as a Christian, I have a small idea how hard it must be for you to say what you truly believe.

"The truth is, Christianity gave us the Crusades with bloody slaughter of the innocents, the Inquisition with the terrible torture of tens of thousands and witch hunts with the burning to death and drowning of innocent men and women. Even to this day, we see children being tortured to release imaginary demons, elderly folk being burned as witches and gay folk being kicked and beaten to death.

"Now, at last, I am free to say it. Christianity has no basis in fact. It is a vile religion, based on human sacrifice that has caused the brutal deaths of more than a million human beings and continues to kill innocent people.

"There is nothing righteous in being a Christian. And there is nothing dishonorable in telling the truth about it.

Bill Flavell, Facebook, June 20, 2018

Comment by Loren Miller on June 21, 2018 at 8:48am

The day I quit playing, like the day quit learning, call the coroner!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on June 21, 2018 at 8:44am

We don't stop playing because we grow old.

We grow old because we stop playing.

~Dr. Seuss

Comment by Loren Miller on June 21, 2018 at 8:15am

Sex has become more and more attractive because of its condemnation by priests.
-- Osho

Frankly, I think sex would remain popular in any case, but we all have heard the saying: If you want to make something more appealing, make it illegal!

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 21, 2018 at 1:05am

"Hand on the bible and swearing in front of judge, jury, and god is an affront to civilization."

~ Frankie Dapper, Atheist Nexus, "The USA Is Becoming More Secular in An Important Way (Despite the Pessimism of A Few of Us), June 17, 2018.

Comment by Patricia on June 20, 2018 at 7:19pm

Yeah, & all are ''loved''......GAH!!!!

Comment by Loren Miller on June 20, 2018 at 7:17pm

Didn't there used to be this repeated trope about our all being god's children?  Aaaaah, why even waste your time with such crap when they themselves don't adhere to it?  Merde, alors!

Comment by Patricia on June 20, 2018 at 7:15pm

I remember a fellow in church who couldn't be in the moron priesthood because he was 1/8th aboriginal. I was very young, & didn't know what was what when it came to race, but I didn't think it was right even then.

Comment by Loren Miller on June 20, 2018 at 6:12pm

GC, the hell of it is, those "new revelations" are no more reliable or credible than the original crap.  Occasionally you get good things going on, like that one pronouncement which conveniently got out of the way of blacks when their rights were finally starting to become established in the US, but for the large portion, all it is is bullshit on top of more bullshit.

Comment by Grinning Cat on June 20, 2018 at 4:54pm

"...the nature of those books disallows their correction or updating."

That's indeed evidence against a supernaturally wise and good being creating or inspiring those books!

Some religions have "supplements" that can reinterpret or overrule their older scriptures. Take the New Testament for Christians, or the Book of Mormon / Doctrine and Covenants / Pearl of Great Price that supplement the Christian Bible for Mormons (and they accept new revelations received by their President).

 

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