Friday, October 4, 2019

Quotes from Richard Dawkins The God Delusion

As much I wanted to read ‘The God Delusion’ after finding out about its existence, I was expecting it to be a boring read. Turns out it’s anything but boring. Much better reading material than those self-help books out there. 

"Religion is not the root of all evil, for no one thing is the root of all anything." ~~ Richard Dawkins (Book: The God Delusion)

"Life is too short to bother with the distinction between one figment of the imagination and many." ~~ Richard Dawkins (Book: The God Delusion)

"The rest of us are expected to defend our prejudices. But ask a religious person to justify their faith and you infringe 'religious liberty'." ~~ Richard Dawkins (Book: The God Delusion)

"Book critics or theatre critics can be derisively negative and gain delighted praise for the trenchant wit of their review. But in criticisms of religion even clarity ceases to be a virtue and sounds like aggressive hostility." ~~ Richard Dawkins (Book: The God Delusion)

"Insulting a restaurant might seem trivial compared to insulting God. But restaurateurs and chefs really exist and they have feelings to be hurt, where as blasphemy, as the witty bumper sticker puts it, is a victimless crime." ~~ Richard Dawkins (Book: The God Delusion)

"There are lots of people out there who have been brought up in some religion or other, are unhappy in it, don't believe it, or are worried about the evils that are done in its name; people who feel vague yearning to leave their parents' religion and wish they could, but just don't realize that leaving is an option. If you are one of them, this book is for you. It is intended to raise consciousness -- raise consciousness to the fact that to be an atheist is a realistic aspiration and a brave and splendid one. You can be an atheist who is happy, balanced, moral and intellectually fulfilled." ~~ Richard Dawkins (Book: The God Delusion)

"The fact that we can neither prove nor disapprove the existence of something does not put existence and non-existence on an even footing." ~~ Richard Dawkins (Book: The God Delusion)

"There is no reason to regard God as immune from consideration along the spectrum of probabilities. And there is certainly no reason to suppose that, just because God can neither be proved nor disapproved, his probability of existence is 50 percent." ~~ Richard Dawkins (Book: The God Delusion)

"The fact that a question can be phrased in a grammatically correct English sentence doesn't make it meaningful, or entitle it to our serious attention. Nor, even if the question is a real one, does the fact that science cannot answer it imply that religion can." ~~ Richard Dawkins (Book: The God Delusion)

"The fact that it has nothing else to contribute to human wisdom is no reason to hand religion a free license to tell us what to do. Which religion, anyway? The one in which we happen to have been bought up?" ~~ Richard Dawkins (Book: The God Delusion)

"Entities that are complex enough to be intelligent are products of an evolutionary process. No matter how god-like they may seem when we encounter them, they didn't start that way." ~~ Richard Dawkins (Book: The God Delusion)

"For reasons that are perhaps not too hard to imagine-- those who trot out the names of admired individuals as religious exemplars very commonly choose scientists." ~~ Richard Dawkins (Book: The God Delusion)

"Believing is not something you can decide to do as a matter of policy." ~~ Richard Dawkins (Book: The God Delusion)

"People of a theological bent are often chronically incapable of distinguishing what is true from what they'd like to be true." ~~ Richard Dawkins (Book: The God Delusion)

"A functioning unit is said to be irreducibly complex if the removal of one of its parts causes the whole to cease functioning." ~~ Richard Dawkins (Book: The God Delusion)

"One of the truly bad effects of religion is that it teaches us that it is a virtue to be satisfied with not understanding." ~~ Richard Dawkins (Book: The God Delusion)

"Those people who leap from personal bafflement at a natural phenomenon straight to a hasty invocation of the supernatural are no better than the fools who see a conjuror bending a spoon and leap to the conclusion that it is 'paranormal'." ~~ Richard Dawkins (Book: The God Delusion)

"Our consciousness is also raised by the cruelty and wastefulness of natural selection, Predators seem beautifully 'designed' to catch prey animals, while the prey animals seem equally beautifully 'designed' to escape the. Whose side is God on?" ~~ Richard Dawkins (Book: The God Delusion)

"To suggest that the first cause, the great unknown which is responsible for something existing rather than nothing is a being capable of designing the universe and of talking to a million people simultaneously is a total abdication of the responsibility to find an explanation. It is a dreadful exhibition of self-indulgent, thought-denying sky-hookery." ~~ Richard Dawkins (Book: The God Delusion)

"Though the details differ across the world, no known culture lacks some version of the time-consuming, wealth-consuming, hostility provoking rituals, the anti factual counter-productive fantasies of religion." ~~ Richard Dawkins (Book: The God Delusion)

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