The upheavals of adolescence silenced 'A Christmas Carol' for a few years. I became a firebrand atheist. Christmas - humbug! Too commercial! Then I became an agnostic. Christmas was a pro-forma affair basically a chore. Buy mother a book dad a new tie my brother and sister small gifts. Pretend thanks for the fountain pens and shirts I received.
It's surprising to me how many of my friends send Christmas cards or holiday cards including my atheist and secular friends.
I once wanted to become an atheist but I gave up - they have no holidays.
The worst moment for the atheist is when he is really thankful and has nobody to thank.
Not one man in a thousand has the strength of mind or the goodness of heart to be an atheist.
Evolution is a bankrupt speculative philosophy not a scientific fact. Only a spiritually bankrupt society could ever believe it. Only atheists could accept this Satanic theory.
I'm an atheist but I'm very relaxed about it. I don't preach my atheism but I have a huge amount of respect for people like Richard Dawkins who do.
Both of my parents would say they were atheists so where I inherited my connection to God I don't know. But it's natural. No Bible no Torah just the love religion.
It is an interesting and demonstrable fact that all children are atheists and were religion not inculcated into their minds they would remain so.
I am an atheist and if an atheist and a pope think the same things there must be something true. There must be some human truth that is beyond religion.
I'm actually an evangelical atheist but there is something I recognise about religion: that it gives people a chance to surrender.
Although I'm an atheist who believes only in great nature I recognize the spiritual richness and grandeur of the Roman Catholicism in which I was raised.
We all dream. We dream vividly depending on our nature. Our existence is beyond our explanation whether we believe in God or we have religion or we're atheist.
I don't have any real spirituality in my life - I'm kind of an atheist - but when music can take me to the highest heights it's almost like a spiritual feeling. It fills that void for me.
In theater or movies you see either 'I'm religious' or 'I'm an atheist.' I've never seen too much discussion of 'I believe there's a higher power but I'm hesitant to reach out to him because I don't know if I'm worthy of his attention.'
I've been an atheist since I was nine years old. And my mom is really religious so we have a strange relationship. But if my mother was right what would be the reason that the gods could let anything bad happen in the world?
The Hebrews have done more to civilize men than any other nation. If I were an atheist and believed blind eternal fate I should still believe that fate had ordained the Jews to be the most essential instrument for civilizing the nations.
Mr. Speaker the fact of the matter is that the Ten Commandments are a historical document that contains moral ethical and legal truisms that any person of any religion or even an atheist can recognize and appreciate.
I kind of call myself an atheist I suppose - although quite a spiritual atheist I hope.
Theist and atheist: the fight between them is as to whether God shall be called God or shall have some other name.
When I told the people of Northern Ireland that I was an atheist a woman in the audience stood up and said 'Yes but is it the God of the Catholics or the God of the Protestants in whom you don't believe?
He was an embittered atheist the sort of atheist who does not so much disbelieve in God as personally dislike Him.
To you I'm an atheist to God I'm the Loyal Opposition.
We are all atheists about most of the gods that societies have ever believed in. Some of us just go one god further.