Obviously I am painting religious people with a very broad brush, but it seems to me that most of them choose a particular god because it was the one their parents and family taught them was real, or perhaps because it better reflects the world as they want it to be (in the case of conversions).
Those are *not* the reasons I use to reject those gods.
Stephen Roberts When I was a kid I had an imaginary friend and I used to think that he went everywhere with me, and that I could talk to him and that he could hear me, and that he could grant me wishes and stuff. Jimmy Carr Believe nothing, No matter where you read it, Or who has said it, Not even if I have said it, Unless it agrees with your own reason And your own common sense.
Buddha To understand via the heart is not to understand.
I love the quotes, but found the first one humorous since it is on *my* list of atheist quotes I disagree with. Most religious people reject other gods, not from some deep analysis of the likelihood they might exist, but rather because they aren’t the god they grew up with.
You never see animals going through the absurd and often horrible fooleries of magic and religion….
Seuss [Philosophy's] sole function is to discover the truth about things divine and things human.
From her side religion never departs, nor duty, nor justice, nor any of the whole company of virtues which cling together in close-united fellowship.
Or consider this Julian Baggini quote: “Goblins, hobbits… God is just one of the things that atheists don’t believe in, it just happens to be the thing that, for historical reasons, gave them their name.” Actually, no.It’s both a Stoic and Buddhist practice to attempt to remind yourself that not only will you be dead one day, but that it might well be the last time you see every single person you encounter.An intellectual assent to this proposition only gets one so far; but with practice, as this sinks into “the heart” (choose another metaphor if this one’s unappealing to you), it may radically change the way you interact with people and how you live your life for the better.Blaise Pascal Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by rulers as useful. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders.Anonymous “Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by rulers as useful. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations.