Posts tagged "atheist feminists"
“The atheist is free to concentrate on the fate of this world — whether that means visiting a friend in a hospital or advocating for tougher gun control laws — without trying to square things with an unseen overlord in the next.
Atheists do not want to deny religious believers the comfort of their faith. We do want our fellow citizens to respect our deeply held conviction that the absence of an afterlife lends a greater, not a lesser, moral importance to our actions on earth.” - Susan Jacoby
“It isn’t necessary to be anti-national to be deeply suspicious of all nationalism, to be anti-nationalism. Nationalism of one kind or another was the cause of most of the genocides of the twentieth century.
Flags are bits of coloured cloth that governments use first to shrink-wrap people’s minds and then as ceremonial shrouds to bury the dead.
When independent, thinking people begin to rally under flags, when writers, painters, musicians, film makers suspend their judgement and blindly yoke their art to the service of the nation, it’s time for all of us to sit up and worry. ” - Arundhati Roy
“The unbeliever is not obliged to fit his morality and his facts into the four corners of any religion or tradition or inherited dogma.
He is always in a position to review and to revise his teaching and his experiences; to absorb new knowledge and to remould his ideas according to the new light he receives. He has no Church dogmas to hinder him from searching what he knows not by what he knows, and ‘closing up truth to truth.’
He also knows that, at the least, his new thoughts mean growth, and not stagnation; and he is always possessed with the inspiring hope that the glowing thought which he plucks to-day from the darkness of the unknown may tomorrow be the light showing the way to greater and more important truths.” - Hypatia Bradlaugh Bonner
“It is clear that before anything else, God’s commandments are about shoring up God’s position. Do people really, in this day and age, want to obey a God who, like a Third World dictator, insists above all on unconditional, absolute reverence to Himself?” - Pamela Bone
“All the mythic versions of women, from the myth of the redeeming purity of the virgin to that of the healing, reconciliatory mother, are consolatory nonsenses; and consolatory nonsense seems to me a fair definition of myth, anyway. Mother goddesses are just as silly a notion as father gods. If a revival of the myths gives women emotional satisfaction, it does so at the price of obscuring the real conditions of life. This is why they were invented in the first place.” - Angela Carter
“When a man projects into an ideal heaven that impossible synthesis of the for-itself and the in-itself that is called God, it is because he wishes the regard of this existing Being to change his existence into being.
But if he agrees not to be in order to exist genuinely, he will abandon the dream of an inhuman objectivity. He will understand that it is not a matter of being right in the eyes of a God, but of being right in his own eyes.” - Simone de Beauvoir
If the alleged creator really were a god of love, then he must be so incompetent that it would surely have been better had he left creation uncreated.
What is the I.Q. of “divine intelligence”? Since it apparently scores no better than random chance, and has learned nothing at all from billions of years of trial and error, “divine intelligence” would be put to shame by the powers of adaptability exhibited by the least of its supposed creatures - Barbara Smoker
“God must harden the hearts of his saints in heaven as of old he hardened Pharaoh’s heart, if they are to rejoice over the anguished multitude below, and to bear to live amid the lurid smoke ascending from the burning bodies of the lost.
To me the idea is so unutterably loathsome that I marvel how Christians endure to retain such language in their sacred books.
If this heaven is true I do not hesitate to say that it is the duty of every human being to reject it utterly and to refuse to enter it.” - Annie Besant
“I have no faith in the sense of comforting beliefs which persuade me that all my troubles are blessings in disguise. I do not believe that any facts exist, or, rather, are accessible to me, which give any assurance that my life has served an eternal purpose.
I feel no overwhelming anxiety to find some creed to assure me that all has been for the best, which will tell me that I have only to follow a particular path to be consoled by eternal happiness.” - Rebecca West
Yet another woman freethinker who remains largely unknown.
Lilian Leland traveled 60K miles alone around the world at the age of 25 for nearly two years, and this excerpt is from her book “A Woman’s Journey Around the World” (1890)
“An all-powerful being who has stood calmly by and permitted the torture and massacre of his own chosen children and chosen prophets, not to mention the thousands of unfortunate women and children, is — well, he is not the kind of a God that I want to worship, and I don’t think either “merciful” or “just” are exactly the adjectives that should apply to him.
As for those people who cry out for the past and mourn the overthrow of superstition and the advance of science and reason, I hardly think they would on the whole care to be placed in a world such as this was three or four centuries back.” - Lilian Leland