“ Religion is dangerous because it allows human beings who don’t have all the answers to think that they do… Anyone who tells you they know, they just know what happens when you die, I promise you: you don’t. How can I be so sure? Because I don’t know and you do not possess mental powers that I do not. The only appropriate attitude for man to have about the big questions is not the arrogant certitude that is the hallmark of religion, but doubt. Doubt is humble and that’s what man needs to be considering that human history is just a litany of getting shit dead wrong. ”
“ Agnosticism and atheism answer two different questions. If someone asks you, “Is there a god?” and you say, “I don’t know,” that’s agnosticism. If someone asks you, “Do you believe in a god?” you have to answer yes or no. ”
While science, logic and reason are on the side of the nonreligious, the cold, hard facts are just so cold and hard. Yes, the evidence for evolution is irrefutable. Yes, there is a plethora of Biblical contradictions. Yes, there is mounting evidence from neuroscientists that suggests that God may be a product of the mind. Yes, yes, yes. But when is the choir going to sing? And when is the picnic? And is my child going to get a part in the holiday play?
As the nonreligious movement picks up steam, it needs do a better job of appealing to the ethereal part of our human exceptionalism — that wondrous, precious part where logic and reason hold little purchase, where love and compassion reign. It’s the part that fears loneliness, craves companionship and needs affirmation and fellowship.”
(Source: The New York Times)