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You can't reason someone out of something they weren't reasoned into.
If Christ were here there is one thing he would not be - a Christian.
Religion is regarded by the foolish as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful.
It only takes 20 years for a liberal to become a conservative without changing a single idea.
-Robert Anton Wilson
He who would do good to another must do it in minute particulars. General good is the plea of the scoundrel, hypocrite, and flatterer.
Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness. Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
...Faith: that is to say, to shut one's eyes once and for all, in order not to suffer at the sight of incurable falsity.
- Nietzsche, the Antichrist
They say, 'We do not know how this is, but we know that God can do it.' You poor fools! God can make a cow out of a tree, but has he ever done so? Therefore show some reason why a thing is so, or cease to hold that it is so.
-William of Conches
I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forego their use.
[Christianity has made the world] a prey to the wicked, who have found men readier, for the sake of going to paradise, to submit to blows rather than to resent them.
And don't tell me God works in mysterious ways. There's nothing so mysterious about it. He's not working at all. He's playing. Or else He's forgotten all about us. That's the kind of God you people talk about - a country bumpkin, a clumsy, bungling, brainless, conceited, uncouth hayseed. Good God, how much reverence can you have for a Supreme Being who finds it necessary to include such phenomena as phlegm and tooth decay in His divine system of creation? What in the world was running through that warped, evil, scatological mind of His when He robbed old people of the power to control their bowel movements?
-Yossarian, in Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
Life is both entirely and only what you make of it.
-attributed to many, modified by dimmer
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Atheism is the logical conclusion of Agnosticism. If you don't believe me please read on.
There is a common misconception that an Agnostic is someone who cannot decide what to believe - or they don't believe in anything. An Agnostic is technically someone who believes that God cannot be proven to exist, nor can God be disproven to exist, given our present knowledge. A basic argument an agnostic would use is that you cannot deduce that God exists from logic alone. eg the ontological, cosmological, transcendental, teleological, argument from morals, argument from miracles, argument from scripture, argument from personal experience are all flawed (elaborations on these flaws abound, just google them). And as long as God doesn't come down and introduce himself there is no way to prove he exists. In addition, there's no way to prove that practically ANYTHING doesn't exist. For example, you can't prove there isn't a Flying Spaghetti Monster, a Zeus, a Flyping Purple People Eater, or a Bigfoot. Therefore an Agnostic is not on the fence about God - an Agnostic KNOWS that there is currently no way to prove or disprove God(s). This is the definition of Agnostic.
Given that there is no evidence for the Flying Spaghetti Monster, Zeus, a Flying Purple People Eater, Bigfoot, or God(s) the rational conclusion is that until proven otherwise they do not exist. The idea that the burden of proof is on the believer bridges the gap from Agnosticism to Atheism.
Unlike propaganda claims, an Atheist does not mean someone hates God and is immoral. Atheism literally means "without Theism". An Atheist is someone who simply does not believe in God(s). It's does not automatically mean that an Atheist disbelieves in God in a definite sense (although she might).
If an Agnostic is a logical person, she knows that you cannot prove or disprove a God just like unicorns and Zeus. The logical conclusion is disbelief until evidence presents itself to support a belief. Therefore, an Agnostic is without Theism and is an Atheist.