Posts Tagged ‘Steven Weinberg’

Religion is an insult to human dignity. With or without it you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion.”

–Steven Weinberg (winner 1979 Nobel Prize in Physics), address to the American Association for the Advancement of Science Conference on Cosmic Design, Washington, D.C., April 1999

“Most religions have been and are started by nonbelievers–atheists, technically speaking, but basically con artists–‘faithless men who use the faith and belief of others to steal from them with lies.’ They have no functioning moral compass and they hurt people, unlike most self-identified atheists whose atheism is a morally sound, well thought out conclusion. You don’t need a god to have a heart, and neither do you need one if you are heartless. However, as physicist Steven Weinberg says, if you have a heart, it takes a religion to enable you to be heartless.”

–Marie Alena Castle, “Understanding Atheism: What It Is, What Works, What Doesn’t, What Might” in the March-April 2016 issue of The Moral Atheist, published by Atheists for Human Rights