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“Religion is the one area of our discourse where it is considered noble to pretend to be certain about things no human being could possibly be certain about.”
—Sam Harris (From Letter to a Christian Nation)

Sam Harris is the author of the New York Times bestsellers, The End of Faith and Letter to a Christian Nation. He also authored The Moral Landscape: How Science Can Determine Human Values. He received a degree in philosophy from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in neuroscience from UCLA. See: http://www.samharris.org/



“It is taboo, in our society, to criticize a person's religious faith.” “It's taboo to even to notice the differences among our religions. It's taboo, for instance, to even notice that certain religions lead to violence in a way that other religions don't. Certain religious doctrines promulgate violence.

Now, what I argue in my book (The End of Faith) is that these taboos are offensive, deeply unreasonable but worse than that, they're getting people killed. This is really my concern, my concern is that our religions, the diversity of our religious doctrines, is going to get us killed. I'm worried that our religious discourse, our religious beliefs are ultimately incompatible with civilization.”
—Sam Harris

From "Talks about his book, The End of Faith"
by Sam Harris, University Synagogue Jan 18, 2005



“We're all familiar with this notion that you should respect another person's religious beliefs. Your neighbor has the right to believe whatever he wants to about God or the moral structure to this universe or what happens after death. And you should respect these beliefs, merely because he believes them.

Does this sound strange to anybody? Where else do we play by these rules? When was the last time any of us was admonished to respects someone's beliefs about history or biology or geography?

If someone comes into this room and claims to believe with all his heart, down to his toes, that Tennessee is on the west coast of the United States, you are under no obligation at all, to respect him for it. And you're certainly under no obligation to give him a job as a fighter pilot or an airline pilot.”
—Sam Harris



“Christianity, just as much as Islam, teaches children that unquestioned faith is a virtue. You don't have to make the case for what you believe. If somebody announces that it is part of his faith, the rest of society, whether of the same faith, or another, or of none, is obliged, by ingrained custom, to ‘respect’ it without question; respect it until the day it manifests itself in a horrible massacre like the the destruction of the World Trade Center, or the London or Madrid bombings.

Then there is a great chorus of disownings, as clerics and ‘community leaders’ (Who elected them, by the way?) line up to explain that this extremism is a perversion of the ‘true’ faith. But how can there be a perversion of faith, if faith, lacking objective justification, doesn't have any demonstrable standard to pervert?”

–Richard Dawkins (From The God Delusion)

Richard Dawkins is the author of many books and his most recent best seller is The God Delusion. Richard Dawkins is the former Charles Simonyi Professor of the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University, a position he held from 1995-2008. See: http://richarddawkins.net/



“There's another problem with faith and it occurs between people and between societies. You see, we have a choice, we have two options as human beings. We have a choice between conversation and war. That's it. Conversation and violence. And faith is a conversation stopper.

The only thing that guarantees an open ended collaboration among human beings, the only thing that guarantees that this project is truly open ended, is a willingness to have our beliefs and behaviors modified by the power of conversation.

It should be clear. What else could do it? What else could guarantee that our future together of collaboration is actually open ended. We have to have a consensual space where we continually revise our description of the world, new data comes in, new arguments come in. Now failing that, when the stakes are high, we just start clubbing each other over the head.

If there is nothing that a devout Muslim and a devout Christian can say to one another that will put their beliefs about the world, in check, that will make them mutually susceptible to the power of conversation, then when the stakes are high, there is nothing to appeal to but force.”

—Sam Harris



“Our religious beliefs are ultimately incompatible with civilization. It seems to me to be absolutely obvious that there is no future, in which nuclear armed fundamentalist regimes will live side by side with one another and manage to keep the missiles happily in their silos indefinitely.”
—Sam Harris



“(Faith is) a choice? It’s a celestial dictatorship. If you don't believe, what happens? You go to hell. I don't like being talked to in this tone of voice.”

—Christopher Hitchens

The author of the best selling book "god is not Great: How Religions Poisons Everything". “An English-American author and journalist whose books, essays, and journalistic career span more than four decades. In 2005 he was voted the world's fifth top public intellectual in a Prospect/Foreign Policy poll.” Wikipedia.org/wiki/Christopher_Hitchens




"Faith is an evil precisely because it requires no justification and brooks no argument. Teaching children that unquestioned faith is a virtue primes them—given certain other ingredients that are not hard to come by—to grow up into potentially lethal weapons for future jihads or crusades."

—Richard Dawkins (From The God Delusion)



“The truth is, you know exactly what is it like to be an atheist with respect to the beliefs of Muslims. Isn't it obvious that Muslims are fooling themselves? Isn't it obvious that anyone who thinks that the Koran is the perfect word of the creator of the universe has not read he book critically?

Isn't it obvious that the doctrine of Islam represents a near-perfect barrier to honest inquiry? Yes, these things are obvious. Understand that the way you view Islam is precisely the way devout Muslims view Christianity. And it is the way I view all religions.”

—Sam Harris (From Letter to a Christian Nation)



"The most dangerous part of any religion is the surrender of the mind. Why would anyone want to discard the one thing which makes us important, useful and different from the other primates? The ability to reason."

—Christopher Hitchens



“On a day [The December 26, 2004 tsunami in Asia.] when over one hundred thousand children were simultaneously torn from their mother’s arms and casually drowned, liberal theology must stand revealed for what it is: the sheerest of mortal pretenses.

The theology of wrath has far more intellectual merit. If God exists and takes an interest in the affairs of human beings, his will is not inscrutable. The only thing inscrutable here is that so many otherwise rational men and women can deny the unmitigated horror of these events and think this is the height of moral wisdom.”

—Sam Harris (From Letter to a Christian Nation)



“To connect meteorology to morality is insane. Think about Hurricane Katrina. The French Quarter was left alone. Does God intervene or not? No.”
—Christopher Hitchens



“One of the most pernicious effects of religion is that it tends to divorce morality from the reality of human and animal suffering. Religion allows people to imagine that their concerns are moral when they are not—that is, when they have nothing to do with suffering or its alleviation.

Indeed, religion allows people to imagine that their concerns are moral when they are highly immoral—that is, when pressing these concerns inflicts unnecessary and appalling suffering on innocent human beings.

This explains why Christians like yourself expend more “moral” energy opposing abortion than fighting genocide. It explains why you are more concerned about human embryos than about the lifesaving promise of stem-cell research. And it explains why you can preach against condom use in sub-Saharan Africa while millions die from AIDS there each year.”

—Sam Harris (From Letter to a Christian Nation)




“Christians tell non-believers they need to be more humble. From people who are completely arrogant, claiming they know a god. They have some divine knowledge. “Don't mind me, I'm on an errand from god, how modest is that?”
—Christopher Hitchens



“Name a moral action or moral sentiment uttered, by a believer that couldn't be taken or uttered by me as a nonbeliever something that only a believer, a person of faith could do, I couldn't emulate since I don't have any belief in God. So far, no one has been able to suggest anything under that heading.

Now think of a wicked thing said or an evil thing done by someone only because they thought God was telling them to do it. Now you've already thought of one haven't you, of course you have, and now you've thought of another, and another. I rest my case.”
—Christopher Hitchens



“Is it moral to believe that your sins can be forgiven by the punishment of another person? Is it ethical to believe this? I submit that the doctrine of vicarious redemption by human sacrifice is utterly immoral. A positively immoral doctrine that abolishes the concept of personal responsibility on which all ethics and morality must depend.”
—Christopher Hitchens



“I can only summarize it now and I’ll do so as very tersely as I can. First, Fascism the original 20th century totalitarian movement is really, historically, another name for the political activity of the Catholic right-wing, there is no other name for it, Francoism, Salazarism, what happened in Croatia, in Austria, and so on.

The church keeps trying to apologize for it and can’t apologize for it enough. It’s the Catholic right—Mussolini. You can’t quite say that about Hitler, National Socialism, because that's also based on Nordic and pagan blood myths, leader worship and so on, though Hitler never repudiated his membership of the Church, and prayers where said for him on his birthday, every year to the very end, on the orders of the Vatican.

All of these facts are well known and the church still hasn't found any way to apologize enough. And whatever it is, you can call that, you can’t call it secular, you may not call it secular.

By the way, Joseph Gobbles was excommunicated from the Catholic church. Fifty percent, according to Paul Johnson, the Catholic historian of the Waffen SS, were confessing Catholic. None of them was ever threatened with excommunication; even threaten for it, with it, for taking part of the Final Solution.

But Joseph Gobbles was excommunicated. For? (pause) For marrying a protestant. See? We do have our standards.”
—Christopher Hitchens




“Scientists love mysteries. They love not knowing. That's a key part of science. The excitement of the learning about the universe. And that again is so different than the sterile aspect of religion where the excitement is apparently knowing everything, all though really knowing nothing.”
—Lawrence Krauss

Prof. Lawrence M. Krauss is an internationally known theoretical physicist with wide research interests, including the interface between elementary particle physics and cosmology, where his studies include the early universe, the nature of dark matter, general relativity and neutrino astrophysics and a best selling author. See: wikipedia/wiki/Lawrence_m._Krauss



The definition of education is something like this: The more I learn, the more I realize I don't know.

Scientists are (typically) not arrogant. When you get scientists together, they first start out by saying how much they don't know.

Science welcomes honest inquiry, investigation, experimentation, testing, doubt, criticism, reason, logic, evidence and revision. Religion does not.

Science is in the business of understanding the world around us. Science says, if we don't know, let's find out. Science says, if we can't find out, we are okay with this. Religion says we know.

In fact, religion claims to know more than science does. Religion claims to know who made us, why we are here, the purpose for all of humanity and after we die, there is another life.

Religions claim to have found the ultimate truth and don't like it when criticized or when their truth claims are questioned. Religious certainty is a human-made conclusion, not god-made. We have functional certainty in our day-to-day lives but certainty is a false goal.

—Combination of paraphrases from various speakers.




“Christians who doubt the truth of evolution are apt to say things like “Evolution is just a theory, not a fact.” Such statements betray a serious misunderstanding of the way the term “theory” is used in scientific discourse.

In science, facts must be explained with reference to other facts. These larger explanatory models are “theories”. Theories make predictions and can, in principle, be tested.

The phrase, “the theory of evolution” does not in the least suggest that evolution is not a fact. One can speak about the “germ theory of disease” or “the theory of gravitation” without casting doubt upon disease or gravity as facts of nature.”

—Sam Harris (From Letter to a Christian Nation)



“Science is the methodology we use to keep from fooling ourselves.”

—Sam Harris



“How is it that hardly any major religion has looked at science and concluded, "This is better than we thought!" The Universe is much bigger than our prophets said, grander, more subtle, more elegant? Instead they say, 'No, no, no! My god is a little god, and I want him to stay that way.'

A religion, old or new, that stressed the magnificence of the Universe as revealed by modern science might be able to draw forth reserves of reverence and awe hardly tapped by the conventional faiths.”

—Carl Sagan




“People like to say that faith and science can live together, side by side. But I don’t think they can. They're deeply opposed. Science is a discipline of investigation and constructive doubt, questing with logic, evidence and reason to draw conclusions.

Faith, by stark contrast, demands a positive suspension of critical faculties. Science proceeds by setting up hypotheses, ideas or models, and then attempts to disprove them, so a scientist is constantly asking questions, being skeptical. Religion is about turning untested belief into unshakeable truth through the power of institutions and the passage of time.”

—Richard Dawkins
See entire video documentary here "The Root of All Evil?".




“And on almost every measure of societal health, the least religious countries are better off than the most religious. Countries like Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and the Netherlands—which are the most atheistic societies on earth—consistently rate better than religious nations on measures like life expectancy, infant mortality, crime, literacy, GDP, child welfare, economic equality, economic competitiveness, gender equality, health care, investments in education, rates of university enrollment, internet access, environmental protection, lack of corruption, political stability, and charity to poorer nations, etc.

The independent researcher Gregory Paul has cast further light on this terrain by creating two scales—the Successful Societies Scale and Popular Religiosity Versus Secularism Scale—which offer greater support for a link between religious conviction and societal insecurity. And there is another finding which may be relevant to this variable of societal insecurity: religious commitment in the United States is highly correlated with racism.”
—Sam Harris (From The Moral Landscape:
How Science Can Determine Human Values
)



(Off-topic from religion but is an important point concerning alternative health remedies. One can see the inherent problem with religion, prone to bias, delusion and prejudice as it's not based on science.)

“Remember this is a multibillion pound industry. Yet, 80% of alternative remedies have never subjected themselves to controlled scientific trials. They depend entirely on subjective word of mouth. Hunches and private feeling which may be prone to bias or possibly even delusion.

The scientific method by contrast tests with objective experiment and statistical analysis, what is effective and what is not. Individual scientists may or may not be honest but science with its safeguards of peer review and repeating experiment, has scrupulous honesty built into it by design. Science replaces private prejudice with publicly verifiable evidence.”

—Richard Dawkins




“Nathanson testified at his deposition that religion lies at the heart of the hostility and violence directed at gays and lesbians and that there is no evidence that children raised by same-sex couples fare worse than children raised by opposite-sex couples.”

—Page 39, California Prop 8 Court Ruling (links directly to the 138 page Prop 8 Court Ruling PDF), August 2010.



“A majority of Americans agree that messages coming from places of worship about the issue of homosexuality are not positive,” said Daniel Cox, Director of Research for Public Religion Research Institute.

“Americans are six times more likely to say that messages coming from places of worship are negative as they are to say that they are positive."

—Daniel Cox, Director of Research for Public Religion Research Institute, October 2010



“Many followers will claim their god is all powerful, all loving, all knowing, all just, all perfect, all wise, omnipotent and knows the past, present and future. They also typically claim their God had the imagination and power to create the entire universe.

If this is the case, why didn't their god have the foresight to inspire the writers of the Bible so the Bible would be filled with timeless morals and ethics which would apply to any culture in any time period of human history and could never be misinterpret by anyone? Clearly, this would be child's play for an all powerful, all wise god to write such a book.”

—Eric Kincade, NoneExist.com



“One can even ask—why didn't their god simply write and publish the Bible himself? There would have been no confusion if this had happened. A bible published by a god would have had a much greater impact on humanity as we would have an object which was made by an alien (or advanced) being.

And why don't religious texts have the wow factor one would expect from a god? When you read ancient religious texts, the content is exactly what you'd expect from an author from that time period in the Middle East, and the content is not what you would expect from an all knowledgeable god.”

—Eric Kincade, NoneExist.com



“In Biblical days, why didn’t God write his scripture in all languages and deliver these books to every culture around the world?”

—Eric Kincade, NoneExist.com



“Most of the faithful claim their own religion is the one and only true religion and will typically claim their particular God answers their prayers.

Either all religions are all true, some are true, one is true or all religions are man-made. When all religious followers claim prayer works for their own religion, then all are true, some are true and one is true simply can't work. Otherwise, the collective religious masses, without realizing what they are implying, are claiming that polytheism is true.

Religious followers, I suspect have never thought about this predicament. Who is fooling who? What is the reality of our world? Prayer never works.

Amputees are never healed. Millions of children starve to death each year—prayers do not fix this titanic horror. Cancer is not wiped out overnight by the 'miracle' of prayer. Honesty requires the acknowledgement that what people consider 'answered' prayers are simply a coincidence and that all religions are man-made.

What then? We think our way out of our problems to find the best solution. We also talk about problems with our friends, family or coworkers. Some will meditate—a quiet state that requires no belief in an invisible friend. Thinking, goal setting, doing, human cooperation and tenacity will help us move forward in our daily lives.”

—Eric Kincade, NoneExist.com




“It’s all about faith and belief. What a person believes in, is true to them. So please don’t tell me that my invisible is not as real as yours. And don’t tell me that your invisible friend is more powerful than mine.

My invisible friend is twice as powerful as yours. How do I know this is true? It’s based on my faith and belief. And you can have this same belief that I have. How? By having faith and belief in my invisible friend.”

—Eric Kincade, NoneExist.com



The internet is where religions go to die. Before the internet, when people questioned their faith, their only resource (typically) was making a visit to their local pastor.

Now, you post a question on the internet (or search for a question about religion) and you can have twenty different pastors giving twenty different answers. Most pastors are claiming divine wisdom but there is no consistency in their answers. This inconsistency points to a lack of divine direction.

You'll also have twenty people making the case that religion is simply ancient mythology and give reasons why religion is harmful to society. You'll have multiple answers from rational people because they are not claiming divine wisdom but instead are using reason to explain the world around us.

—Paraphrased from an internet article.
(We were unable to relocate this quote using a Google search,
so we are posting a paraphrased version here.)



“What is the alternative to a belief in Santa Claus? The answer really is nothing. Now, it's not that a belief in Santa Claus was doing nothing for a child. You know, a child is entranced and consoled and interested and happy that Santa Claus exists.

You take the belief away, you've taken something away—you haven't replaced it with something but whatever conspired to make the belief untenable, perhaps he saw that it was his parents wrapping the presents. The belief disappears and we all know that no one wants to be the last kid in class who believes in Santa Claus.

And imagine how untenable the position of a child would be, if he claimed not to want to throw the baby out with the bath water, he claimed to have found a moderate position on Santa Claus and he could keep the sleigh and the elves but jettison the guy in the suit.

So the first answer to the question, 'What are the alternatives to faith?' there don't have to be alternatives. If these beliefs are false, if they're untenable, we can relinquish them. As many countries in western Europe have done. Only 10 percent of Swedes, 10 to 15 percent are believers of the sort we recognize in the states.”

“We can relinquish these beliefs without an alternative. Let me remind you about how easy it is to see the wisdom of this when we simply change the word God to Zeus. No one is feeling that we should maybe hold on to Zeus.”
—Sam Harris



What does science love?
Science loves criticism, debate, doubt, analysis, evidence, inquiry, rational thinking, questioning, investigating, revision, discrediting, reason, scrutiny, throwing ideas away that don't work, intellectual honesty, logical fallacies, new discoveries, skepticism, critical thinking, testing, being wrong, examination and the scientific method.


What does religion hate?

Religion hates criticism, debate, doubt, analysis, evidence, inquiry, rational thinking, questioning, investigating, revision, discrediting, reason, scrutiny, throwing ideas away that don't work, intellectual honesty, logical fallacies, new discoveries, skepticism, critical thinking, testing, being wrong, examination and the scientific method.




Reason not superstition. Ethics not dogma. Respect not worship. Courage not fear. Fact not myth. Morality not religion. Clarity not delusion. Good not god. Skeptic not cynic. Rationality not ideology.

—Compiled from several sources on the internet.
 
       
     

”Would you rather be fooled by religion or educated by science?” —Eric Kincade/None Exist Founder

“ I contend 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 F. Roberts

“Our religious beliefs are ultimately incompatible with civilization. It seems to me to be absolutely obvious that there is no future, in which nuclear armed fundamentalist regimes will live side by side with one another and manage to keep the missiles happily in their silos indefinitely.” —Sam Harris


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