Famous atheists.atheism_good_enough_for_these_idiots

Posted by Ian, filed under Images. Date: April 2, 2009, 9:34 pm | 15 Comments »

  • Tom

    Wrong about Lincoln, wrong about Einstein, wrong about Franklin, wrong about Darwin, wrong about Carl Sagan. None of them were atheists.
    I don't know for sure who the other two are but it's a fair bet that you're wrong about them too.

  • Tom

    Oh one of them is Benjamin Franklin. Wrong about him too

  • Tom

    Sorry – Jefferson

  • atheist

    Einstein was an atheist for sure

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/IansBrain Ian

      Some of these people never officially came out as atheists due to fear
      of persecution.

      • Not quite.

        Not really…many of them were branded atheists, particularly after their death, because they didn't ascribe to commonly held religious tenants. Jefferson was a staunch Unitarian, and in one letter said he wished all Virginians would belong to the Unitarian faith. Franklin was a Deist, Einstein was anti-christianity, but he wasnt atheist either, Lincoln was branded an atheist by many bitter historians after his death, but his own wife held to her death that Lincoln became quite religious after the war began, and even more so after the death of his son, and there can be no arguing the fact that he attended church regularly the final years of his life.

    • Nick

      No he wasnt. He subscribed to the "God of Spinoza", as a result most think he was a deist, but "Spinoza's God" refers to pantheism

    • know your history

      no he was jew =p

  • nick

    Einstein definately wasn’t an atheist. In fact he got pissed off when people quoted him in support of atheism.
    Every single one of these characters were either deists or pantheists

  • Nick

    Einstein definately wasnt an atheist. In fact he got pissed off when people quoted him in support of atheism.
    He subscribed to the "God of Spinoza", as a result many people called him a deist, when in fact "Spinoza's God" relates to pantheism.

  • JAke

    Einstein was DEFINITELY an Atheist :

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

    "A man's ethical behavior should be based solely on sympathy, education, and social ties; no religious basis is necessary. Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death."

    "Now that I have quite openly stated our differences in intellectual convictions it is still clear to me that we are quite close to each other in essential things, i.e. in our evaluation of human behavior … [b]I think that we would understand each other quite well if we talked about concrete things.[/b]"


    • J.C.B.

      Einstein…in a letter to Baruch Spinoza: "I'm not an atheist and I don't think I can call myself a pantheist"

      • J.C.B.

        oops…other quotes from Einstein about atheism:

        "In view of such harmony in the cosmos which I, with my limited human understanding, am able to recognize, there are yet people who say there is no God. But what really makes me angry is that they quote me for the support of such views."

        "The bigotry of the nonbeliever is for me nearly as funny as the bigotry of the believer."

        "The idea of a personal God is quite alien to me and seems even naive. However, I am also not a "Freethinker" in the usual sense of the word because I find that this is in the main an attitude nourished exclusively by an opposition against naive superstition. My feeling is insofar religious as I am imbued with the consciousness of the insuffiency of the human mind to understand deeply the harmony of the Universe which we try to formulate as "laws of nature." It is this consciousness and humility I miss in the Freethinker mentality. Sincerely yours, Albert Einstein. "

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/OscarGecko OscarGecko

      I'm not an atheist and I don't think I can call myself a pantheist. We are in the position of a little child entering a huge library filled with books in many different languages. The child knows someone must have written those books. It does not know how. The child dimly suspects a mysterious order in the arrangement of the books but doesn't know what it is. That, it seems to me, is the attitude of even the most intelligent human being toward God.
      —Albert Einstein


  • Kss

    Benjamin Franklin was a deist, not atheist.