2My favorite quotes12/24/07 15:47:13http://www.mega.nu:8080/atheist_quotes_1.html"I cannot conceive otherwise than that He, the Inﬁnite Father, expects or requires no worship or praise from us, but thatHe is even inﬁnitely above it."[Benjamin Franklin from "Articles of Belief and Acts of Religion", Nov. 20, 1728]"Belief in a cruel God makes a cruel man."[Thomas Paine]"Of all the tyrannies that affect mankind, tyranny in religion is the worst."[Thomas Paine]"As to the book called the bible, it is blasphemy to call it the Word of God. It is a book of lies and contradictions and ahistory of bad times and bad men."[Thomas Paine, writing to Andrew Dean August 15, 1806]"...Thomas did not believe the resurrection [John 20:25], and, as they say, would not believe without having ocular andmanual demonstration himself. So neither will I, and the reason is equally as good for me, and for every other person, asfor Thomas."[Thomas Paine, Age Of Reason, pg. 54]"The study of theology, as it stands in the Christian churches, is the study of nothing; it is founded on nothing; it rests onno principles; it proceeds by no authority; it has no data; it can demonstrate nothing; and it admits of no conclusion."[Thomas Paine]"The continually progressive change to which the meaning of words is subject, the want of a universal language whichrenders translation necessary, the errors to which translations are again subject, the mistakes of copyists and printers,together with the possibility of willful alteration, are of themselves evidences that the human language, whether inspeech or in print, cannot be the vehicle of the Word of God. The Word of God exists in something else."[Thomas Paine, Age of Reason]"The adulterous connection between church and state."[Thomas Paine, _The Age of Reason_]"Whenever we read the obscene stories, the voluptuous debaucheries, the cruel and tortuous executions, the unrelentingvindictiveness with which more than half the Bible is ﬁlled, it would be more consistant that we call it the word of ademon than the word of God. It is a history of wickedness that has served to corrupt and brutalize mankind; and, for mypart, I sincerely detest it, as I detest everything that is cruel."[Thomas Paine, _The Age of Reason_]"That God cannot lie, is no advantage to your argument, because it is no proof that priests can not, or that the Bible doesnot."[The Life and Works of Thomas Paine, Vol. 9 p. 134]"The NT, compared with the Old, is like a farce of one act..."[_The Age of Reason_, Thomas Paine, p. 153]"There are matters in the Bible, said to be done by the express commandment of God, that are shocking to humanity andto every idea we have of moral justice....".