Let's take a closer look at this Atheism picture.
Below I've listed every man on this picture and posted quotations from wikipedia articles on their religious faith (or lack thereof). Obviously this
is information which anyone can find in just a few moments. I've posted quotes from the articles for ease, but obviously the citations can be found
in the articles themselves.
So let's see if the picture is intellectually honest or whether it is indeed an epic fail.
: "He said he believed in the god of Baruch Spinoza, but not in a personal god, a belief he criticized. He also reportedly called
himself an agnostic, and criticized atheism, preferring he said 'an attitude of humility.'"
: "He clarified himself as a deist in his 1771 autobiography, although he still considered himself a Christian. He retained a strong
faith in a God as the wellspring of morality and goodness in man, and as a Providential actor in history responsible for American independence."
: "Jefferson was most closely connected with unitarianism and the religious philosophy of Christian deism."
: "In reply to a question in 1996 about his religious beliefs, Sagan answered, "I'm agnostic". Sagan's views on religion have been
interpreted as a form of pantheism comparable to Einstein's belief in Spinoza's God."
Sagan once said, "An atheist is someone who is certain that God does not exist, someone who has compelling evidence against the existence of God. I
know of no such compelling evidence.
: "He frequently referenced God and quoted the Bible; he accompanied his wife and children to Protestant services, and after the deaths
of two children became more intensely concerned with God's plan for mankind. He was private about his beliefs and respected the beliefs of others.
Lincoln never made a clear profession of standard Christian beliefs; he did believe in an all-powerful God that shaped events and, by 1865, was
expressing those beliefs in major speeches."
: "Though reticent about his religious views, in 1879 he responded that he had never been an atheist in the sense of denying the
existence of a god, and that generally 'an Agnostic would be the more correct description of my state of mind.'"
: "In the essay Three Statements of the Eighties in the 1880s, Twain stated that he believed in an almighty God, but not in any messages,
revelations, holy scriptures such as the Bible, Providence, or retribution in the afterlife. He did state that "the goodness, the justice, and the
mercy of God are manifested in His works," but also that "the universe is governed by strict and immutable laws," which determine "small matters,"
such as who dies in a pestilence. At other times he wrote or spoke in ways that contradicted a strict deist view, for example, plainly professing
a belief in Providence....Those who knew Twain well late in life recount that he dwelt on the subject of the afterlife, his daughter Clara saying:
'Sometimes he believed death ended everything, but most of the time he felt sure of a life beyond.'"
: This was the only one on which I couldn't find an explicit quotation. He converted to Catholicism though he didn't show any signs
of being devout (he converted for marriage). As far as I can see, he had some quotes about atheism in his books, but he also used many Christian
themes. The jury seems to still be out but I'll even give you this one for lack of being able to find anything which directly proves the picture
There are 8 men on this picture. At least 7 of them were clearly not atheists.
And yet theists are said to be the only ones who don't think logically and rigorously...
edit on 3-11-2012 by AntoniusBlock because:
edit on 3-11-2012 by AntoniusBlock because: More grammar.