The Atheist's Bible

The Atheist's Bible

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by Joan Konner
     
 

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"All thinking men are atheists," Ernest Hemingway famously wrote. True? Here are quips, quotes, and questions from a distinguished assortment of geniuses and jokers, giving readers a chance to decide for themselves....

When I think of all the harm [the bible] has done, I despair of ever writing anything to equal it.
Oscar Wilde

SAINT, n.

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"All thinking men are atheists," Ernest Hemingway famously wrote. True? Here are quips, quotes, and questions from a distinguished assortment of geniuses and jokers, giving readers a chance to decide for themselves....

When I think of all the harm [the bible] has done, I despair of ever writing anything to equal it.
Oscar Wilde

SAINT, n. A dead sinner revised and edited.
Ambrose Bierce

There ain't no answer. There ain't going to be any answer. There never has been an answer. That's the answer.
Gertrude Stein

Do not let yourself be deceived: great intellects are skeptical.
Friedrich Nietzsche

Millions long for immortality who don't know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon.
Susan Ertz

God is love, but get it in writing.
Gypsy Rose Lee

Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of our own mind.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the point than the fact that a drunken man is happier than a sober one.
George Bernard Shaw

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ISBN-13:
9780061842108
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/13/2009
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
208
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379,289
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The Atheist's Bible

An Illustrious Collection of Irreverent Thoughts
By Joan Konner

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2007 Joan Konner
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780061349157

Chapter One

Genesis

Perhaps our role on this planet is not to worship God—but to create Him.
—Arthur C. Clarke

Epicurus' old questions are yet unanswered. Is [God] willing to prevent evil, but not able? then is he impotent. Is he able, but not willing? then is he malevolent. Is he both able and willing? whence then is evil?
—David Hume

Men . . . have had the vanity to pretend that the whole creation was made for them, whilst in reality the whole creation does not suspect their existence.
—Camille Flammarion

Fear was the gods' begetter in this world.
—Petronius

We are here because one odd group of fishes had a peculiar fin anatomy that could transform into legs for terrestrial creatures; because the earth never froze entirely during an ice age; because a small and tenuous species, arising in Africa a quarter of a million years ago, has managed, so far, to survive by hook and by crook. We may yearn for a "higher" answer—but none exists.
—Stephen Jay Gould

As for me, I've long resolved not to think whether man created God or God man.
—Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Geology shows that fossils are of different ages. Paleontology shows a fossil sequence, the list of species representing changes throughtime. Taxonomy shows biological relationships among species. Evolution is the explanation that threads it all together. Creationism is the practice of squeezing one's eyes shut and wailing "Does not!"
—Anonymous

If you believe that there is a God, a God that made your body, and yet you think that you can do anything with that body that's dirty, then the fault lies with the manufacturer.
—Lenny Bruce

From the point of view of a tapeworm, man was created by God to serve the appetite of the tapeworm.
—Edward Abbey

The idea of God is the sole wrong for which I cannot forgive mankind.
—Marquis de Sade

Men create the gods after their own image, not only with regard to their form but with regard to their mode of life.
—Aristotle

We shall tell ourselves that it would be very nice if there were a God who created the world and was a benevolent Providence, and if there were a moral order in the universe and an after-life; but it is a very striking fact that all this is exactly as we are bound to wish it to be.
—Sigmund Freud

Brute force crushes many plants. Yet the plants rise again. The Pyramids will not last a moment compared with the daisy. And before Buddha or Jesus spoke the nightingale sang, and long after the words of Jesus and Buddha are gone into oblivion the nightingale still will sing. Because it is neither preaching nor teaching nor commanding nor urging. It is just singing. And in the beginning was not a Word, but a chirrup.
—D. H. Lawrence

At the beginning there was the Word—at the end just the Cliché.
—Stanislaw Jerzy Lec



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Meet the Author

Joan Konner is a veteran, award-winning journalist in television and print. She served for nine years as Dean of the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, where she introduced and taught a course in "Covering Ideas," and was publisher of the Columbia Journalism Review from 1988 to 1999. Her most recent television production was "The Mystery of Love," a 2-hour documentary special broadcast on public television in December 2006. She has produced more than 50 documentaries for public and commercial television, including the legendary six part television documentary Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth. She also founded Public Affairs Television in partnership with Bill Moyers, and served as President of the company and Executive Producer of such series as God and Politics, In Search of the Constitution, and The World of Ideas. Her work has been widely honored: in addition to 16 Emmys, she has won the Peabody Award; Alfred. I. duPont Award; three American Bar Association Awards; the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism’s Alumni Award; and the New Jersey Press Women’s Association Award for Outstanding Accomplishment. She has also been a member of the Pulitzer Prize Board. She is now Professor Emerita and Dean Emerita of the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, and lives with her husband in New York City.

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Atheist's Bible: An Illustrious Collection of Irreverent Thoughts 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am an atheist. I am not ashamed to say that under many curcumstances. Thier are many people out thier who feel that they are atheists and don't know how to express themselves. Well, take heart! They are in good company with the like of famous atheists and agnostics. Quotes in this book include famous atheists and agnostics such as Ghandi, Fidel Castro, Woody Allen, Sinclair Lewis and Abraham Lincolin. Reading this book comforted me more then the Bible ever did. I know that I am not alone in my thinking.
Guest More than 1 year ago
With a title 'The Atheist's Bible', how can that serve to make a better Christian? Well, just in the parable of the Good Samaritan, a Samaritan was considered wicked and evil yet whose example was used as a model for Christians to follow to be better Christians. So goes it with this book. The book serves as a mirror to what is wrong with religion but can be used to turn religion around to selflessly serve and better mankind. If nothing else, pick up this book for all the insightful, thought-provoking, and even humorous quotes from historical and present day figures.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have reread many times full of insightful and thought provoking quips
Guest More than 1 year ago
Imagine my surprise when my 19 year old daughter traipsed in carrying a new softcover bestseller called,' The Atheist's Bible' I almost fell out of my chair! Little did I know this book was not only misnamed, but a wonderful addition to my ever growing collection of spiritual and motivational, self-help books on the ever popular subject we like to call, 'Life'!You must read this!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I have given it to several people as gifts and quote from it all the time.
chessman2200 More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed the quotes in this book. I've read and re-read it and starred and double-starred my favorite quotes to make it easy to share them with friends and family. I've also purchased it as a gift. Quotes from such great minds further strengthen my own convictions and help to cast off the superstitions that have so long held mankind captive. Highly recommended!
benniec More than 1 year ago
This small book is packed with pithy and intelligent quotations from a variety of writers. I read it from cover to cover in an afternoon and enjoyed the time immensely.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A wonderful book - full of wit, wisdom and understanding. I howled with laughter at some of the quotes and nodded in real appreciation at others. I read a quotation or two every morning to begin my day - and am always richly rewarded.
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Faith is the belief in something without proof. You believe in the Christian bible without proof, and we simply deny that it is the truth.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just, please keep in mind that you atheists have SO much faith. In fact, I would like to know how you get it. I could use some lessons on faith.