Chapman Cohen quotes

  • The defenders of godism are now shrieking against the growing number of Atheists, and there is a call to the religious world to enter upon a crusade against Atheism. The stage in which heresy meant little more than all exchange of one god for another has passed. It has become a case of acceptance or rejection of the idea of God, and the growth is with those who reject.
    -- Chapman Cohen

    #Religious #Atheist #Acceptance

  • Gods are fragile things; they may be killed by a whiff of science or a dose of common sense.
    -- Chapman Cohen

    #Common Sense #Intelligence #May

  • I have hitherto followed the lines marked out by the Theist in his attempt to prove that there exists a mind behind natural phenomena, and that the universe as we have it is, at least generally, an evidence of a plan designed by this mind. I have also pointed out that the only datum for such a conclusion is the universe we know. We must take that as a starting point. We can get neither behind it nor beyond it. We cannot start with God and deduce the universe from his existence; we must start with the world as we know it, and deduce God from the world.
    -- Chapman Cohen

    #Data #Mind #Atheism

  • If one believes in a god, one is a Theist. If one does not believe in a god, then one is an A-theist — he is without that belief. The distinction between atheism and theism is entirely, exclusively, that of whether one has or has not a belief in God.
    -- Chapman Cohen

    #Believe #Atheism #Doe

  • It is useless saying that we do not accept the gods of the primitive world. In form, no; in essence, yes. The fact before us is that all ideas of gods can be traced to the earliest stages of human history.... There is an unbroken line of descent linking the gods of the most primitive peoples to those of modern man. We reject the world of the savage; but we still, in our churches, mosques, synagogues and temples, perpetuate the theories he built upon that world.
    -- Chapman Cohen

    #Men #Essence #Ideas

  • But there are still many who continue to marvel at the wisdom of God in so planning the universe that big rivers run by great towns, and that death comes at the end of life instead of in the middle of it. Divest pleas ... of their semi-philosophic jargon, reduce his illustrations to homely similes, and he is marvelling at the wisdom of God who so planned things that the two extremities of a piece of wood should come at the ends instead of in the middle.
    -- Chapman Cohen

    #Running #Illustration #Two

  • We cannot start with God and deduce the universe from his existence; we must start with the world as we know it, and deduce God from the world.
    -- Chapman Cohen

    #Atheism #World #Existence

  • Atheism, the absence of belief in gods, is a comparatively late phenomenon in history.
    -- Chapman Cohen

    #Atheism #Belief #Absence

  • All my life I have made it a rule never to permit a religious man or woman take for granted that his or her religious beliefs deserved more consideration than non-religious beliefs or anti-religious ones. I never agree with that foolish statement that I ought to respect the views of others when I believe them to be wrong.
    -- Chapman Cohen

    #Religious #Believe #Men

  • ATHEIST is really a thoroughly honest, unambiguous term; it admits of no paltering and of no evasion, and the need of the world, now as ever, is for clear-cut issues and unambiguous speech.
    -- Chapman Cohen

    #Atheist #Cutting #Issues

  • Who knows the origin of religion? Certainly not the one who believes in it. Understanding and belief are quite antagonistic. The man who understands religion does not believe in it, the man who believes in it does not understand it.
    -- Chapman Cohen

    #Believe #Men #Understanding

  • Human society is born in the shadow of religious fear, and in that stage the suppression of heresy is a sacred social duty. Then comes the rise of a priesthood, and the independent thinker is met with punishment in this world and the threat of eternal damnation hereafter. Even today it is from the religious side that the greatest danger to freedom of thought comes. Religion is the last thing man will civilize.
    -- Chapman Cohen

    #Religious #Independent #Men

  • Worship God. It’s easier than thinking.
    -- Chapman Cohen

    #Thinking #Worship #Easier

  • The belief in God is not therefore based on the perception of design in nature. Belief in design in nature is based upon the belief in God. Things are as they are whether there is a God or not. Logically, to believe in design one must start with God. He, or it, is not a conclusion but a datum. You may begin by assuming a creator, and then say he did this or that; but you cannot logically say that because certain things exist, therefore there is a God who made them. God is an assumption, not a conclusion. And it is an assumption that explains nothing.
    -- Chapman Cohen

    #God #Believe #Data