Special Sub-Topic: Complete the Atheist Quote
|"So far as I can remember, there is not one word in the Gospels in praise of ______________." Bertrand Russell. |
intelligence. Russell (1872-1970) was a British philosopher and mathematician. For additional perspective on his religious views, you might read his 1927 essay "Why I am not a Christian."
|"Extraordinary claims require ___________ evidence." Carl Sagan.|
extraordinary. Carl Sagan (1934-1996) was hugely successful during his lifetime in popularizing science and championing rational thinking. One of his most celebrated books is "The Demon-Haunted World", in which he stresses the importance of skepticism and explains the scientific method.
|"It may be that our role on this planet is not to worship god, but to ____________ him." Arthur C. Clarke|
create. Clarke (1917-2008) was a celebrated British sci-fi writer. His most well-known work is "2001: A Space Odyssey."
|"It ain't the parts of the Bible that I can't understand that bother me, it is ________________________________". Mark Twain.|
the parts that I do understand. Twain (aka Samuel Clemens, 1835-1910) is a beloved (and immensely quotable) American writer and humorist. He created the characters Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn.
|"Question with boldness even the existence of God; because, if there be one, he must approve of the homage of reason than that of _________________". Thomas Jefferson. |
blindfolded fear. Jefferson (1743-1826), 3rd President of America, was a firm advocate of the separation of church and state.
|"Lighthouses are more helpful than _____________." Ben Franklin.|
churches. Franklin (1706-1790) was accomplished in many fields, ranging from scientist to politician. He played a crucial role in the American Revolution. Despite the above quotation, he was a deist.
|"Creationists make it sound like a '________' is something you dreamt up after being drunk all night." Isaac Asimov. |
theory. Asimov (1920-1992) is most well-remembered as a science fiction writer. His book "I, Robot" inspired a 2004 Will Smith movie of the same name.
|"I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always _______________________." Susan B. Anthony.|
coincides with their own desires. Anthony (1820-1906) was an American rights activist who fought determinedly for women's suffrage. When in 1872 she cast a vote in the presidential election, she was arrested and found guilty in court. She never paid the fine.
|"I don't believe in God because I don't believe in _____________." Clarence Darrow.|
Mother Goose. Darrow (1857-1938) was the great American lawyer who defended Scopes in the Monkey Trial of 1925. Scopes was charged with teaching evolution in school. Despite Darrow's efforts and oratorical skills, Scopes was found guilty.
|"I am against religion because it teaches us to be satisfied with _______________." Richard Dawkins. |
not understanding the world. Dawkins (b. 1941) is a prominent British evolutionary biologist, and is frequently accused of being a "militant atheist." In 2006 he published the book "The God Delusion." Within, he argues that it is offensive to assign children religious affiliations - a child cannot be "Christian" or "Muslim" any more than they can be "Communist" or "Capitalist." They are not yet mature enough to make an informed choice.
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