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Richard Dawkins Quotes and Sayings

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We are all atheists about most of the gods
that societies have ever believed in.
Some of us just go one god further.
- Richard Dawkins

Related topics: Cynical Religion

Personally, I rather look forward to a computer program
winning the world chess championship.
Humanity needs a lesson in humility.
- Richard Dawkins

Let us try to teach generosity and altruism,
because we are born selfish.
- Richard Dawkins

Today the theory of evolution is about as much open
to doubt as the theory that the earth goes round the sun.
- Richard Dawkins

 

I am against religion because it teaches us to be satisfied
with not understanding the world.
- Richard Dawkins

Religion is about turning untested belief into unshakable
truth through the power of institutions and the passage of time.
- Richard Dawkins

The meme for blind faith secures its own perpetuation
by the simple unconscious expedient of discouraging rational inquiry.
- Richard Dawkins

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There may be fairies at the bottom of the garden.
There is no evidence for it, but you can't prove that there aren't any,
so shouldn't we be agnostic with respect to fairies?
- Richard Dawkins

God exists, if only in the form of a meme with high survival value,
or infective power, in the environment provided by human culture.
- Richard Dawkins

The theory of evolution by cumulative natural selection
is the only theory we know of that is in principle
capable of explaining the existence of organized complexity.
- Richard Dawkins

The essence of life is statistical improbability on a colossal scale.
- Richard Dawkins

Faith is the great cop-out, the great excuse to evade
the need to think and evaluate evidence.
Faith is belief in spite of, even perhaps because of,
the lack of evidence.
- Richard Dawkins

For the first half of geological time our ancestors were bacteria.
Most creatures still are bacteria, and each one of
our trillions of cells is a colony of bacteria.
- Richard Dawkins

One of the things that is wrong with religion is that
it teaches us to be satisfied with answers which are
not really answers at all.
- Richard Dawkins

Complex, statistically improbable things are by their
nature more difficult to explain than simple,
statistically probable things.
- Richard Dawkins

By all means let's be open-minded, but not so open-minded
that our brains drop out.
- Richard Dawkins

A universe with a God would look quite different from a universe without one.
A physics, a biology where there is a God is bound to look different.
So the most basic claims of religion are scientific.
Religion is a scientific theory.
- Richard Dawkins

It has become almost a cliche to remark that nobody
boasts of ignorance of literature,
but it is socially acceptable to boast ignorance of
science and proudly claim incompetence in mathematics.
- Richard Dawkins

The fact that life evolved out of nearly nothing,
some 10 billion years after the universe evolved out of literally nothing,
is a fact so staggering that I would be mad to attempt words to do it justice.
- Richard Dawkins

We humans are an extremely important manifestation of the replication bomb,
because it is through us - through our brains,
our symbolic culture and our technology -
that the explosion may proceed to the next stage and
reverberate through deep space.
- Richard Dawkins

Many of us saw religion as harmless nonsense.
Beliefs might lack all supporting evidence but,
we thought, if people needed a crutch for consolation,
where's the harm? September 11th changed all that.
- Richard Dawkins

Isn't it sad to go to your grave without ever wondering why you were born? Who,
with such a thought, would not spring from bed,
eager to resume discovering the world and rejoicing to be part of it?
- Richard Dawkins

But perhaps the rest of us could have separate classes in science appreciation,
the wonder of science, scientific ways of thinking,
and the history of scientific ideas,
rather than laboratory experience.
- Richard Dawkins

What has 'theology' ever said that is of the smallest
use to anybody? When has 'theology' ever said anything
that is demonstrably true and is not obvious? What
makes you think that 'theology' is a subject at all?
- Richard Dawkins

There are atheists and Christians, and there are people
in both groups who are a little too heavy-handed.
- Andy Dick

Unhappy, let alone angry, religious people provide
more persuasive arguments for atheism and secularism
than do all the arguments of atheists.
- Dennis Prager

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.
- Lisa Bonet

I don't believe in atheists.
- Neal Boortz

Christians can bring peace to multi-religious Europe
because we are able to understand the role of faith
in the lives of other believers better than atheists.
- Timothy Radcliffe

I contend that we are both atheists.
I just believe in one fewer god than you do.
When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods,
you will understand why I dismiss yours.
- Stephen Roberts

People who commit crimes should be responsible for those crimes.
It doesn't matter whether they're priests or ministers or atheists.
- John Ashcroft

It is an interesting and demonstrable fact,
that all children are atheists and were religion not
inculcated into their minds,
they would remain so.
- Ernestine Rose

We are all atheists.
- Kenny Hickey

Practically all the prominent leaders of thought in
China today are openly agnostics and even atheists.
- Hu Shih

Not only are Christians writing about Jesus,
but also Communists, Jews, atheists and agnostics are
taking up their pens to paint a portrait of Jesus.
- John Clayton

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.
- Jimmy Swaggart

Humans: become atheists each and all!
God will nevertheless welcome you with all his heart!
- Giovanni Papini

Thus the creation, which seems an arbitrary act,
supposes laws as invariable as those of the fatality of the Atheists.
It would be absurd to say that the Creator might govern
the world without those rules,
since without them it could not subsist.
- Charles de Secondat

No true believer could be intolerant or a persecutor.
If I were a magistrate and the law carried the death
penalty against atheists,
I would begin by sending to the stake whoever denounced another.
- Jean-Jacques Rousseau

The parents have a right to say that no teacher paid
by their money shall rob their children of faith in
God and send them back to their homes skeptical,
or infidels, or agnostics, or atheists.
- William Jennings Bryan

Atheists in our midst are proof that all consciences
can be accommodated here,
even those that have no ground for holding that conscience is sacred,
inalienable, and prior to civil society.
- Michael Novak

Well, you know, Thomas Jefferson, who was the author
of the Declaration of Independence said he wouldn't
have any atheists in his cabinet because atheists wouldn't swear an oath to God.
That was Jefferson and we have never had any Muslims in the cabinet.
- Pat Robertson

I ain't here to argue about his facial features.
Or here to convert atheists into believers.
I'm just trying to say the way school need teachers
the way Kathie Lee needed Regis that's the way yall need Jesus.
- Kanye West

This is God's world, not Satan's.
Christians are the lawful heirs, not non-Christians.
- Gary North

Christians are supposed not merely to endure change,
nor even to profit by it, but to cause it.
- Harry Emerson Fosdick

I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians.
Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

During my 2004 presidential campaign,
I was fond of saying that it was high time for the
Christian right to meet the right Christians.
- Al Sharpton

The trouble with born-again Christians is that they
are an even bigger pain the second time around.
- Herb Caen

Indeed if we Christians so tell our story that Judaism is silenced,
then we have not spoken rightly of Christ.
- Timothy Radcliffe

I did not want to reject religion as nonsense because
life seemed to have no ultimate purpose without it,
and most of the good people I knew were Christians.
- Luke Ford

Let us hope that good authors who are bad Christians
will find salvation through the books they write.
- Julien Green

Christians were instructed to serve others,
and the thanksgiving was for the grace of God and the
fact that God offered a way for man to return to a
positive relationship with Him.
- John Clayton

The real evidence for Jesus and Christianity is in
how Jesus and the Christianity based on him manifest
themselves in the lives of practicing Christians.
- Lionel Blue

Poverty is from the devil and that God wants all Christians prosperous.
- Benny Hinn

The Church is not a gallery for the exhibition of eminent Christians,
but a school for the education of imperfect ones.
- Henry Ward Beecher

Jews do not have to be Christians.
Christianity is an offshoot of Judaism,
but too utopian, too hopeful, too unrealistic a turn.
- Michael Novak

I believe that today's players who are Christians feel
that it's important and their responsibility to acknowledge their faith.
- Lynn Swann

If the Christians who were alive in the 1770s behaved
and believed like the Christians of today,
there wouldn't be an America as we know it.
- Randall Terry

This Epistle, is therefore a legacy to the Christians of all ages.
- John Strachan

And in times and places where there was not much persecution,
people could become and continue Christians who neither
were nor professed to be very devoted persons.
- Robert Rainy

It is tragic that many in America think of us -
Christians -
as being people who hate others.
- Anne Rice

With participation in politics so low at the moment
I think Christians should ensure their views are represented
at all levels and not leave it to others.
- Iain Duncan Smith

That the Jews assumed a right exclusively to the benefits
of God will be a lasting witness against them and the
same will it be against Christians.
- William Blake

The Ten Commandments are the most visible symbol because
these commandments are recognized by Christians and
Jews alike as being the foundation of our system of public morality.
- Pat Robertson

We are Christians by the same title as we are natives of Perigord or Germany.
- Michel de Montaigne

On this land, Muslims, Christians and Jews can coexist together,
as they have - as they had for the -
for hundreds of years in the framework of a democratic state.
- Hassan Nasrallah

Only the old are innocent.
That is what the Victorians understood,
and the Christians.
Original sin is a property of the young.
The old grow beyond corruption very quickly.
- Malcolm Bradbury

Christians, like slaves and soldiers,
ask no questions.
- Jerry Falwell

It's kind of fun to listen to Christians who say:
I'm a New Testament Christian.
What other kind of Christian is there?
- Randall Terry

A lot of Republicans are white Christians,
but the Republican Party is reaching out to Hispanics,
and reaching out to blacks, and reaching out to Asians.
- Susan Estrich

I want to love all the children of God -
Christian,
Jew, Moslem, Hindu, Buddhist - everyone.
I want to love gay Christians and straight Christians.
- Anne Rice


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