Atheism

“Atheism is indeed the most daring of all dogmas . . . for it is the assertion of a universal negative.”
– “Charles II,” Twelve Types

“It is still bad taste to be an avowed atheist. But now it is equally bad taste to be an avowed Christian.”
– “Introductory Remarks on the Importance of Orthodoxy,” Heretics

“If there were no God, there would be no atheists.”
– “The Case for Complexity,” Where All Roads Lead

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“There is no bigot like the atheist.”
– Magic

“The atheist is not interested in anything except attacks on atheism.”
– “Frozen Free Thought,” The Well and the Shallows

“Progress is Providence without God. That is, it is a theory that everything has always perpetually gone right by accident. It is a sort of atheistic optimism, based on an everlasting coincidence far more miraculous than a miracle.”
– “Wells and the World State,” What I Saw in America

“There are arguments for atheism, and they do not depend, and never did depend, upon science. They are arguable enough, as far as they go, upon a general survey of life; only it happens to be a superficial survey of life.”
– Illustrated London News, Jan. 3, 1931

“I do not feel any contempt for an atheist, who is often a man limited and constrained by his own logic to a very sad simplification.”
– “Babies and Distributism,” The Well and the Shallows

“Even in an empire of atheists the dead man is always sacred.”
– “The Meaning of Dreams,” Lunacy and Letters

“Somehow one can never manage to be an atheist.”
– “The Swords Rejoined,”  The Ball and the Cross