"All religions were made by men."
-- Napoleon Bonaparte
An atheist before Darwin could have said, following Hume: "I have no explanation for complex biological design. All I know is that God isn't a good explanation, so we must wait and hope that somebody comes up with a better one." I can't help feeling that such a position, though logically sound, would have left one feeling pretty unsatisfied, and that although atheism might have been logically tenable before Darwin, Darwin made it possible to be an intellectually fulfilled atheist.
-- Richard Dawkins, The Blind Watchmaker, p. 6..
I'm an atheist, and that's it. I believe there's nothing we can know except that we should be kind to each other and do what we can for other people.
-- Katharine Hepburn, American Actress; in Ladies' Home Journal, October 1991, from James A Haught, ed., 2000 Years of Disbelief
I am terrified of restrictive religious doctrine, having learned from history that when men who adhere to any form of it are in control, common men like me are in peril.
-- James A Michener, The World Is My Home(1991)..
All the sweetness of religion is conveyed to the world by the hands of storytellers and image-makers. Without their fictions the truths of religion would for the multitude be neither intelligible nor even apprehensible; and the prophets would prophesy and the teachers teach in vain.
-- George Bernard Shaw, Back to Methusaleh,Preface (1921)..
Truth, in matters of religion, is simply the opinion that has survived.
-- Oscar Wilde, The Critic as Artist (1891)..
"I believe in one thing only, the power of human will." -- Joseph Stalin
"At one time I was so much involved in the religious bullsh*t that I used to go around calling myself a Christian Communist, but as Janov says, religion is legalised madness."
"Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink.... I don't know what will go first, rock 'n' roll or Christianity. We're more popular than Jesus now. Jesus was all right, but his disciples were thick and ordinary. It's them twisting it that ruins it for me."
-- John Lennon
Some famous female atheists: Elizabeth Cady-Stanton (American Suffragette) Gloria Steinam (women's rights activist) Pamela Sargent (American Sci-Fi author) Jodie Foster (American actress) Janeane Garofalo (American actress and comic) Katharine Hepburn (American actress) Angelina Jolie (American Actress) Björk (Icelandic singer) Most of the above were taken from here: http://www.celebatheists.com/?title=Category:Atheist No doubt there are many more (especially in the USA, where it could be a bad acreer move to come out as an atheist).
Some were Catholic, some were Protestants, but it is hard to believe that any of them were truly observant Christians. A few were declared atheists.
Some did and do, others didn't and don't. Hitler attacked atheists as he seemed to equate atheism with communism.
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Some were religious and Orthodox Jews, some were Reform Jews; some held no real religious convictions, some were atheists, some had converted to Christianity, some were the children or grandchildren of mixed marriages who were now 'tainted' in the eye of Nazism. They were all doomed.
There are no rules of behavior that apply to all atheists because it is not an organized religion. Some atheists are very respectful of others and some are not.
Some atheists are vegetarians but most are not, as it is for non-atheists. There is no single characteristic shared among all atheists other than a disbelief in any sort of god.
Atheism isn't a belief system, so there's no reason why atheists would share the same beliefs. So, doubtless, some atheists believe in evil and some don't.
Some atheists do. However, the hypothesis that religious belief is facilitated by genetics is not universally agreed upon by atheists. This is not a central concept of atheism.
Some atheists do. But it is impossible to cover such a large group with a generalization like that.
There is no "official" atheist symbol as there is no governing body of atheists. The US Military has developed a symbol (stylized atom) to mark military graves of atheists and some atheists use a red "A" on their web sites and blogs.
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Shakespeare wasn't a famous atheist; being an atheist was illegal in Elizabethan England, so atheists kept very quiet. Shakespeare's fellow dramatists Thomas Kyd and Christopher Marlowe were tortured for being atheists; Shakespeare was not.
Mrs. Jolie is an atheist/agnostic. Bill Maher, Ian McKellen, Jamie Hyneman, Adam Savage, Woody Allen, Lance Armstorng and some more.
There are many religions which require their adherents to eat or refrain from eating specific kinds of food. However, atheism is not a religion, it is merely skepticism about religion. It has no dietary rules connected to it. Therefore, atheists eat whatever they want to eat. This. of course, somewhat modified by the culture the atheists live in and their personal preferences. American atheists probably don't eat as much horse as French atheists, Inuit atheists probably eat more muktuk (raw blubber) than others, and vegetarian atheists probably eat less steak. At a recent meeting of French atheists, snails and frog legs were served. British atheists have been known to eat mutton. American atheists love pizza and spaghetti (some are devotees of the Flying Spaghetti Monster). At a recent meeting of New Guinea cannibal atheists, theists were on the menu. All atheists love ice cream, no one knows why. Lactose intolerant atheists eat special, lactose-free ice cream.
Atheism isn't a belief system; it is the not believing there is a god or gods. Some atheists probably believe there is life on other planets, some don't and some don't know.
All theists. Atheism is the default position; belief in a god must be taught.