Monday, October 08, 2007

Brief History of Disbelief

Atheists hardly get a say in history books, since most of western history, or what was preserved of it was because of the Catholic church, which portrayed everyone not Roman as barbarians, and muted every rational mind by erasing or torturing him.

Even before that, 2,500 years ago, Greek philosophers expressed doubts about the supernatural. What absolute zingers their rhetoric has produced.

Is god willing to prevent evil, but not able?

Then he is not omnipotent.
Is he able, but not willing?
Then he is malevolent.
Is god both able and willing?
Then whence cometh evil?
Is he neither able nor willing?
Then why call him god?

-Epicurus, 341-271 BCE

Fear is the mother of all gods. Nature does all things spontaneously by herself, without their meddling.
-Lucretius - 99-55 BCE

A tyrant must put on the appearance of uncommon devotion to religion. Subjects are less apprehensive of illegal treatment from a ruler whom they consider god fearing and pious. On the other hand, they do less easily move against him, believing that he has the gods on his side.
-Aristotle - BCE 348-322

No, I don't know that atheists should be considered as citizens, nor should they be considered patriots. This is one nation under God.
- George Bush Sr.

Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by rulers, as useful.
-Seneca 4-65 CE

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