"I never knew real joy until I regained possession of my own mind."
"The very concept of sin comes from the bible. Christianity offers to solve a problem of its own making! Would you be thankful to a person who cut you with a knife in order to sell you a bandage?"
"There is joy in rationality, happiness in clarity of mind. Freethought is thrilling and fulfilling--absolutely essential to mental health and happiness."
"How happy can you be when you think every action and thought is being monitored by a judgmental ghost?"
"I have something to say to the religionist who feels atheists never say anything positive: You are an intelligent human being. Your life is valuable for its own sake. You are not second-class in the universe, deriving meaning and purpose from some other mind. You are not inherently evil--you are inherently human, possessing the positive rational potential to help make this a world of morality, peace and joy. Trust yourself."
"You can cite a hundred references to show that the biblical God is a bloodthirsty tyrant, but if they can dig up two or three verses that say "God is love," they will claim that you are taking things out of context!"
"It's not easy to change world views. Faith has its own momentum and belief is comfortable. To restructure reality is traumatic and scary. That is why many intelligent people continue to believe: unbelief is an unknown."
"I do understand what love is, and that is one of the reasons I can never again be a Christian. Love is not self denial. Love is not blood and suffering. Love is not murdering your son to appease your own vanity. Love is not hatred or wrath, consigning billions of people to eternal torture because they have offended your ego or disobeyed your rules. Love is not obedience, conformity, or submission. It is a counterfeit love that is contingent upon authority, punishment, or reward. True love is respect and admiration, compassion and kindness, freely given by a healthy, unafraid human being."
"For my money, I'll bet on reason and humanistic kindness. Even if I am wrong I will have enjoyed my life, the existence of which is under little dispute."
"The longer I have been an atheist, the more amazed I am that I ever believed Christian notions."
"Not thinking critically, I assumed that the "successful" prayers were proof that God answers prayer while the failures were proof that there was something wrong with me."
[On prayer] "To think that the ruler of the universe will run to my assistance and bend the laws of nature for me is the height of arrogance."
"Without "The Law of Moses" would we all be wandering around like little gods, stealing, raping, and spilling blood whenever our vanity was offended?"
This is from the ex-tian mailing list:
Dan Barker's book was instrumental in my de-conversion. I was brought up in the Missouri Synod Lutheran church, a very conservative but not theologically fundamentalist church. There was never anytime I doubted that Christianity was the true religion. As I got older (high school, college), I started to lean more and more towards Fundamentalism. After graduating from college, I bought my first computer and subscribed to Prodigy. I was always posting on the LDS and other 'cultish' boards, convinced that they were on the road to hell and it was my job to bring them the truth to save them. Eventually I ran into an atheist who suggested that I read "Losing Faith in Faith". I did so with the intention that by better understanding atheists I would be able to convert them to Christianity more successfully. I read the book over a weekend and I was shocked at what I read. I'd never heard that stuff before. I immediately lost my faith in Christianity.