quote by Alvin Plantinga

There is superficial conflict but deep concord between science and theistic religion, but superficial concord and deep conflict between science and naturalism

— Alvin Plantinga

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A common sense interpretation of the facts suggests that a superintellect has monkeyed with physics.

Pantheism is sexed-up atheism. Deism is watered-down theism.

The exquisite order displayed by our scientific understanding of the physical world calls for the divine.

The struggle against atheism is foremost and of necessity a struggle against the inadequacy of our own theism.


The opposite of theism is not atheism, it’s idolatry

Theism is so confused and the sentences in which "God" appears so incoherent and so incapable of verifiability or falsifiability that to speak of belief or unbelief, faith or unfaith, is logically impossible.

Anti-theism presupposes Theism

So far as the religion of the day is concerned, it is a damned fake ... Religion is all bunk.

Freedom of thought is best promoted by the gradual illumination of men’s minds which follows from the advance of science.


It is my view that these circumstances indicate the universe was created for man to live in.

It seems to me that when confronted with the marvels of life and the universe, one must ask why and not just how. The only possible answers are religious. . . . I find a need for God in the universe and in my own life.

If the ignorance of nature gave birth to gods, the knowledge of nature is calculated to destroy them.

In theory I am an agnostic, but pending the appearance of rational evidence I must be classed, practically and provisionally, as an atheist. The chance's of theism's truth being to my mind so microscopically small, I would be a pedant and a hypocrite to call myself anything else.

The theist can only find meaning by leaving this life for a transcendental world beyond the grave. The human world as he finds it is empty of 'ultimate purpose' and hence meaningless. Theism thus is an attempt to escape from the human condition; it is a pathetic deceit.


The question of whether there exists a Creator and Ruler of the Universe has been answered in the affirmative by some of the highest intellects that have ever existed.

The language of theism which was familiar to the people, gave Gandhi the advantage of easy communication with the people, but it is atheistic in principle. It could have been the starting point for the atheistic movement in the modern age.

Modernist discourse [...] incorporates semantic devices - such as the labeling of theism as 'religion' and naturalism as 'science' - that work to prevent a dangerous debate over fundamental assumptions from breaking out in the open.

When I hear that a personal friend has fallen into matrimonial courses, I feel the same sorrow as if I had heard of his lapsing into theism — a holy sorrow, unmixed with anger.

Secular Humanism is opposed to other religions;

it actively rejects, excludes, and attempts to eliminate traditional theism from meaningful participation in the American culture.


Christianity is not a mere religion but an experimentally testable science.

There are yet people who say there is no God.

But what really makes me angry is that they quote me for the support of such views

Materialism means simply the denial that the moral order is eternal, and the cutting off of ultimate hopes; spiritualism means theaffirmation of an eternal moral order and the letting loose of hope.

It appears to me (whether rightly or wrongly) that direct arguments against Christianity and theism produce hardly any effect on the public; and freedom of thought is best promoted by the gradual illumination of men's minds, which follows from the advance of science.

What terrible questions we are learning to ask! The former men believed in magic, by which temples, cities, and men were swallowed up, and all trace of them gone. We are coming on the secret of a magic which sweeps out of men's minds all vestige of theism and beliefs which they and their fathers held and were framed upon.


Classical philosophical theism maintained the ontological distinction between God and creative world that is necessary for any genuine theism by conceiving them to be of different substances, with particular attributes predicated of each.

The fine tuning of the universe provides prima facie evidence of deistic design.

Contemporary movies just drive me crazy.

The violence and the sentimentality and the spiritual materialism and Theism and the incredible indulgence in ignorance is so claustrophobic.

Disbelief crept over me at a very slow rate, but at last it was complete.

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.


It is undesirable to believe a proposition when there is no ground whatever for supposing it true

Atheism deprives superstition of its stand ground, and compels Theism to reason for its existence

Atheism is the last word of theism

It is the absolutism of theism, its pernicious influence upon humanity, its paralyzing effect upon thought and action, which Atheism is fighting with all its power.

We know that nature is described by the best of all possible mathematics because God created it.

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