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Quotes about God:

bullet E.S. Abernathy, Jr.: "where no explanation exists, there can only be one answer: God and not just any God but their God." From a review on Amazon of the book "20 Compelling Evidences That God Exists: Discover Why Believing In God Makes So Much Sense" Review / order it Abernathy does not believe this; he is pointing out an error by the authors of the book.

bullet David Anderson: "The God or Gods we worship are more a part of us than we realize....Only by understanding how in our own minds we have defined their nature can we begin to understand the underlying forces that make us behave the way we do.."

bullet "You can safely assume that you've created God in your own image, when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do." Sometimes attributed to Anne Lamott or Fr. John Weston.

bullet "How each of us understands the meaning of life comes down to how we answer one ultimate question: Does God really exist?" (Taken from a WCNY/PBS advertisement for a program "The Question of God.)"

bullet "No one doubted the existence of God until theologians starting trying to prove his existence."

bullet "God's hatred is one of his Holy attributes." A statement from Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, KA.

bullet "I screamed at God for all the starving children, and then I realized that all of the starving children were God screaming at me."

bullet "Some say God is nowhere. Others say God is now here. One space makes all the difference."

bullet The/an anonymous author of the Gospel of John: "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." (John 3:16; KJV)

bullet Paraphrase of John 3:16: "For God so hated humanity that he gave his only begotten Son that whosoever does not believe in him will not perish but have everlasting life being tortured for all eternity in Hell without hope of forgiveness."

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Susan B. Anthony: "I distrust those who know so well what God wants them to do, because I notice it always coincides with their own desires."

bullet Karen Armstrong: "Nirvana is something within you. It is not an external reality. No god thunders down from the mountaintop. Just as the great mystics in the Christian, Jewish and Muslim faiths all discovered, God is within the self. God is virtually inseparable from ourselves."

bullet Louis Agassiz (famous 19th century scientist): "It is the job of prophets and scientists alike to proclaim the glories of God."

bullet David Anderson, "We pattern our thoughts and actions after the God or Gods we worship. They are more a part of us than we realize. Only by understanding how in our own minds we have defined their nature can we begin to understand the underlying forces that make us behave the way we do."

bullet Marcus Aurelius: "Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones. I am not afraid."¬

bullet "bertzel" posting on a Washington Post article: "I believe in God. I do not believe in religion for it is a tool created by man to control and rule over humanity."¬

bullet Mikhail Bakunin: "A jealous lover of human liberty, deeming it the absolute condition of all that we admire and respect in humanity, I reverse the phrase of Voltaire, and say that, if God really existed, it would be necessary to abolish him."

bullet Cory Brooker: ""Don‚€™t speak to me about your religion; first show it to me in how you treat other people. Don't tell me how much you love your God; show me in how much you love all His children. Don't preach to me your passion for your faith; teach me through your compassion for your neighbors. In the end, I'm not as interested in what you have to tell or sell or preach or teach, as I am in how you choose to live and give."

bullet Lenny Bruce: "Every day people are straying away from the church and going back to God.¬ Really." ¬ From The Essential Lenny Bruce, ed. John Cohen, 1967.

bullet Ron Buford: "God is still speaking," A slogan adopted by the United Church of Christ. It was partly inspired by a statement by Gracie Allen allegedly written to her husband George Burns: "Never place a period where God has placed a comma." 1

bullet President George W. Bush: "I don't see how you can be president at least from my perspective, how you can be president, without a relationship with the Lord," 2004-JAN-11 in an interview with The Washington Times. 2

bullet Joseph Campbell: "God is a metaphor for that which transcends all levels of intellectual thought."

bullet Arthur C. Clarke: "It may be that our role on this planet is not to worship God - but to create him. "

bulletRichard Dawkins:
bullet "The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all of fiction. Jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic-cleanser; a misogynistic homophobic racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal ..." 3

bullet "The trouble is that God in this sophisticated, physicist's sense bears no resemblance to the God of the Bible or any other religion. If a physicist says God is another name for Planck's constant, or God is a superstring, we should take it as a picturesque metaphorical way of saying that the nature of superstrings or the value of Planck's constant is a profound mystery. It has obviously not the smallest connection with a being capable of forgiving sins, a being who might listen to prayers, who cares about whether or not the Sabbath begins at 5pm or 6pm, whether you wear a veil or have a bit of arm showing; and no connection whatever with a being capable of imposing a death penalty on His son to expiate the sins of the world before and after he was born."

bullet Peter De Vries (1910-1993): "It is the final proof of God's omnipotence that he need not exist in order to save us. from The Mackerel Plaza, ch. 1 (1958)"

bullet Meister Eckhart: "Nothing in all creation is so like God as stillness."

bullet Jonathan Edwards: "The smallest sin is an act of Cosmic Treason against a Holy God."

bullet Bart Ehrman: "Sometimes Christian apologists say there are only three options to who Jesus was: a liar, a lunatic or the Lord. But there could be a fourth option -- legend."

bulletAlbert Einstein:
bullet "My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself (or herself) in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble minds."

bullet "Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of truth and knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods."
bullet Epicurus (ca. 341-270 BCE): Either God wants to abolish evil, and cannot; Or he can, but does not want to; Or he cannot and does not want to. If he wants to, but cannot, he is impotent. If he can, but does not want to, he is wicked. But, if God both can and wants to abolish evil, then how come evil is in the world?

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References used:

The following information sources were used to prepare and update the above essay. The hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today.

  1. "God is still speaking," United Church of Christ, at:
  2. James G. Lakely, "President outlines role of his faith," The Washington Times, 2004-JAN-12, at:
  3. Richard Dawkins, "The God Delusion," Houghton Miffin, (2006). Read reviews or order this book safely from online book store
  4. David Sehat, "Five myths about church and state in America," The Washington Post, 2011-APR-11, at:

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