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64,823.  That God cannot lie, is no advantage to your argument, because it is no proof that priests can not, or that the Bible does not.  (Advantage & Priest & Bible & God)  Thomas Paine

 

 

117,732.  It’s almost as if the Bible was written by racist, sexist, homophobic, violent, sexually frustrated men instead of a loving God.  Weird.  Ricky Gervais 

 

 

463.  Among the most detestable villains in history, you could not find one worse than Moses.  Here is an order, attributed to ‘God’ to butcher the boys, to massacre the mothers and to debauch and rape the daughters.  I would not dare to dishonor my Creator’s name by [attaching] it to this filthy book.  Men and books lie.  Only nature does not lie.  (God & Moses & Old Testament & Nature & Bible)  Thomas Paine

 

 

11,790.  Whenever we read the obscene stories, the voluptuous debaucheries, the cruel and tortuous executions, the unrelenting vindictiveness with which more than half the Bible is filled, it would be more consistent that we call it the word of a demon than the word of God.  It is a history of wickedness that has served to corrupt and brutalize mankind.  (Bible & Cruelty & Old Testament & God)  Thomas Paine, The Age of Reason

 

 

11,791.  It is from the Bible that man has learned cruelty, rapine and murder.  For the belief in a cruel God makes a cruel man.  And the Bible is a history of wickedness that has served to corrupt and brutalise mankind.  (Bible & Old Testament & Cruel & God)  Thomas Paine

 

 

11,792.  There are matters in the Bible, said to be done by the express commandment of God, that are shocking to humanity and to every idea we have of moral justice.  (Bible & Old Testament & God & Justice)  Thomas Paine

 

 

51,019.  It is not a god, just and good, but a devil, under the name of God, that the Bible describes.  (Devil & God & Bible)  Thomas Paine

 

 

95,914.  These books are spurious, and that Moses is not the author of them; and still further, that they were not written in the times of Moses, not till several hundred years afterwards.  (Bible & Old Testament)  Thomas Paine

 

 

36.  The word God is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weaknesses, the Bible a collection of honourable, but still primitive, legends which are nevertheless pretty childish.  No interpretation no matter how subtle can (for me) change this.  (God & Bible)  Albert Einstein

 

 

81,180.  When the Missionaries arrived, the Africans had the Land and the Missionaries had the Bible.  They taught us how to pray with our eyes closed.  When we opened them, they had the land and we had the Bible.  (Missionary & Bible)  Jomo Kenyatta, cited J F Walker ‘A Certain Curve of Horn’ 2004, attributed Desmond Tutu

 

 

62.  What I’m saying is, if God wanted to send us a message, and ancient writings were the only way he could think of doing it, he could have done a better job.  (God & Bible & Scripture)  Professor Carl Sagan

 

 

2,475.  Who is more humble?  The scientist who looks at the universe with an open mind and accepts whatever it has to teach us, or somebody who says everything in this book must be considered the literal truth and never mind the fallibility of all the human beings involved?  (Science & Humble & Universe & Bible & Religion)  Carl Sagan, interview Charlie Rose 27th May 1996 

 

 

224.  To trust the God of the Bible is to trust an irascible, vindictive, fierce and ever fickle and changeful master.  (God & Trust & Bible)  Mark Twain, a Biography  

 

 

486.  There is one notable thing about our Christianity: bad, bloody, merciless, money-grabbing, and predatory as it is – in our country particularly and in all other Christian countries in a somewhat modified degree – it is still a hundred times better than the Christianity of the Bible, with its prodigious crime – the invention of Hell.  Measured by our Christianity of to-day, bad as it is, hypocritical as it is, empty and hollow as it is, neither the Deity nor his Son is a Christian, nor qualified for that moderately high place.  Ours is a terrible religion.  The fleets of the world could swim in spacious comfort in the innocent blood it has spilled.  (Religion & Christianity & Bible)  Mark Twain, Autobiography

 

 

11,932.  The Bible has noble poetry in it ... and some good morals and a wealth of obscenity, and upwards of a thousand lies.  (Bible & Lies)  Mark Twain 

 

 

11,797.  It ain’t the parts of the Bible that I can’t understand that bother me, it is the parts that I do understand.  Mark Twain

 

 

11,798.  The Bible is a wonderful book; you can prove anything you want with it.  Mark Twain

 

 

390.  Every sect is a certificate that God has not plainly revealed his will to man.  To each reader the Bible conveys a different meaning.  About the meaning of this book, called a revelation, there have been ages of war, and centuries of sword and flame.  If written by an infinite God, he must have known that these results must follow; and thus knowing, he must be responsible for all.  (Religion & God & Bible)  Robert G Ingersoll, Some Mistakes of Moses 1879

 

 

398.  The liberty of man is not safe in the hands of any church.  Wherever the Bible and sword are in partnership, man is a slave.  (Religion & Liberty & Bible)  Robert G Ingersoll

 

 

399.  It is contended by many that ours is a Christian government, founded upon the Bible, and that all who look upon the book as false or foolish are destroying the foundation of our country.  The truth is, our government is not founded upon the rights of gods, but upon the rights of men.  Our Constitution was framed, not to declare and uphold the deity of Christ, but the sacredness of humanity.  Ours is the first government made by the people and for the people.  It is the only nation with which the gods have had nothing to do.  And yet there are some judges dishonest and cowardly enough to solemnly decide that this is a Christian country, and that our free institutions are based upon the infamous laws of Jehovah.  (Religion & Christianity & Bible & Constitution & United States of America & Gods)  Robert G Ingersoll

 

 

11,930.  The inspiration of the Bible depends upon the ignorance of the gentleman who reads it.  Robert G Ingersoll

 

 

11,814.  What in the twenty-first century are we doing venerating a book that contains such stuff?  (Bible & Old Testament)  Professor Richard Dawkins, The Root of All Evil? The Virus of Faith

 

2,487.  They half-believe in the Bible.  But how do they decide which parts to believe literally and which parts are allegorical.  (Faith & Religion & God & Bible)    

 

11,815.  It seems to me an odd proposition that we should adhere to some parts of the Bible story but not to others.  After all, when it comes to important moral questions by what standards do we cherry-pick the Bible?  Why bother with the Bible at all if we have the ability to pick and choose from it what is right and what is wrong for today’s society?  (Bible & Old Testament)  ibid.

 

11,816.  But dwarfed by the mighty temples and giant statues of Babylonian Gods, the Israelites must also confront the fundamental question – Why did their god – Yahweh – forsake them?  (Bible & Old Testament & Israel)  ibid.

 

 

529.  What on earth makes you trust religion to tell you what’s right and wrong?  If you do trust religion, where are you going to get it from?  For goodness sake don’t get it from the Bible.  (Religion & Bible)  Professor Richard Dawkins v Alister McGrath, Oxford Literary Festival 2007

 

 

553.  Do we really want to take our morals straight from the rather rigid rule book of an ancient desert tribe?  (Religion & Morality & Bible)  Richard Dawkins, Sex, Death and The Meaning of Life I: Sin, Channel 4 2012

 

 

11,934.  To be fair, much of the Bible is not systematically evil but just plain weird, as you would expect of a chaotically cobbled-together anthology of disjointed documents, composed, revised, translated, distorted and ‘improved’ by hundreds of anonymous authors, editors and copyists, unknown to us and mostly unknown to each other, spanning nine centuries.  Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion p237

 

95,747.  The well-loved story of Noah, derived from the Babylonian myth of Uta-Napisthim and known from the older mythologies of several cultures.  The legend of the animals going into the ark two by two is charming, but the moral of the story of Noah is appalling.  God took a dim view of humans, so he (with the exception of one family) drowned the lot of them including children and also, for good measure, the rest of the (presumably blameless) animals as well.  (Bible & Old Testament & Noah)  ibid.  pp237-238

 

95,750.  We pick and choose which bits of scripture to believe, which bits to write off as symbols or allegories.  (Bible & Scripture)  ibid.  p238

 

95,749.  Again, Lot was too drunk to notice, and he impregnated her too (Genesis 19:31-6).  If this dysfunctional family was the best Sodom had to offer by way of morals, some might begin to feel a certain sympathy with God and his judicial brimstone.  (Bible & Old Testament & Lot & Sodom & Gomorrah)  ibid.  p240

 

95,748.  The tragi-farce of God’s maniacal jealousy against alternative gods recurs continually throughout the Old Testament.  (Bible & Old Testament & Jealousy & Gods)  ibid.  p246

 

95,751.  Modern morality, wherever else it comes from, does not come from the Bible.  Apologists cannot get away with claiming that religion provides them with some sort of inside track to defining what is good and what is bad – a privileged source unavailable to atheists.  (Bible & Morality & Religion)  ibid.  pp246-247

 

11,817.  The ethnic cleansing begun in the time of Moses is brought to bloody fruition in the Book of Joshua, a text remarkable for the bloodthirsty massacres it records and the xenophobic relish with which it does so.  (Bible & Old Testament & Genocide & Moses & Joshua)   ibid.  p247

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