The Atheist's Bible: An Illustrious Collection of Irreverent Thoughts

Hardcover | June 12, 2007

byJoan 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. 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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"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 WildeSAINT, n. ...

"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 WildeSAINT, n. ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:208 pages, 7.12 × 5 × 0.77 inPublished:June 12, 2007Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780061349157

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from A weak collection Obviously published to capitalize on the "new atheist" movement spearheaded by Christopher Hitchens and others, this is a weak collection of quotations, some of which have only tangential relation to the subject. Included are quotes from people who, if you didn't know any better, would think were atheists or agnostics but who clearly aren't (Bishop Desmond Tutu?) and some in which the quoted was talking about something drastically different (Philip K. Dick's line about reality being what doesn't go away was not a refutation of God as much as a statement of his skepticism about reality itself). Even those by true non-belivers are amusingly contradictory (one wonders what Christopher Hitchens and Ernest Hemingway, both champion drinkers, who think of Shaw's comparison of religious people to drunkards). Finally, some are of questionable veracity (a quote from Charlie Chaplin about being a Jew and an atheist and therefore ideal to play Jesus has one problem, namely that Chaplin wasn't Jewish). In any case, this book flattens religious arguments into a bunch of pithy quotes that you could probably find with a quick google search.
Date published: 2008-05-03

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