Since she was already an atheist - which she remained all her life - she greeted this news with a certain nonchalance. She was amused when, in later life, she was designated as a patron saint of Australian writers. It is a possible way of democratic and pluralistic life that only became thinkable after several wars and revolutions had ruthlessly smashed the hold of the clergy on the state. I have spent all my life on the atheist side of this argument He understood Nietzsche's keen wit, and was very funny in his own fashion, cracking many a joke, often at his own expense.
Oh alright, just a large one! XLVII 6. Archived from the original Scholar search on He was an atheist but retained an affection for churches and the sound of the bells. And atheist! Triple A rating! Ibsen: Three Plays. Nick Hern Books. Sternly atheist, unswervingly rationalist, he allows religion no part in the events of Hedda Gabler. When characters do invoke God Tesman; Mrs Elvsted; Miss Tesman it is a superficial, conventional way of talking, to add emphasis to otherwise bland remarks - and Ibsen the ironist takes it one step further when he makes Brack invoke, for the same purpose, not the deity but the devil.
I am not remotely religious. What brought out the venom of my attack - in so far as that's a fair description, which it isn't - was the complacency of Dawkins' prose, his inability, which he mistakes for a virtue, to imagine how another living soul imagines the universe. All of which I could have said exactly as I said it and still been more of an atheist than he is. I don't know where you get this certainty from. There are things we don't know.
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However, much of his language, especially when he talks of forgiving the old Stalinist order rather than seeking revenge, is Christian. The paradox, then, is that Kadare is a humanist who claims that the greatest riches of Albanian culture derive from its Christian tradition. Gilman Franz Kafka. Reaktion Books. Through his consumption of such books Kafka rejected both capitalism and religion as a teenager - declaring himself to be a socialist and an atheist. Merriam-Webster's Encyclopedia Of Literature. As an adolescent, he declared himself a socialist as well as an atheist.
As a Jew, Kafka was isolated from the German community in Prague, but as a modern intellectual he was also alienated from his own Jewish heritage. Luebering, ed. The Rosen Publishing Group. Kafka's opposition to established society became apparent when, as an adolescent, he declared himself a socialist as well as an atheist. The Life and Times of Franz Kafka. BookCaps Study Guides. In time Kafka would become an atheist. Oxford University Press. Undoubtedly, synagogue life appalled Kafka, but not because he was an atheist.
The Jewish Chronicle Online. Retrieved 15 March Whilst Kafka had a brief interest in Kabbalah, mysticism, and Yiddish theatre, he rarely attended synagogue and considered himself an atheist.
Merriman Jalic Inc. Kafka eventually declared himself a socialist atheist, Spinoza, Darwin and Nietzsche some of his influences.
Shivarama Karanth. Sahitya Akademi. And even if we don't buy the "controlling hand of God", we often try to console ourselves with the "to everything a purpose" theory of chance. This is especially true in instances of random calamity. At the risk of sounding like a smug wagon, my life was horrible and now it's not. I hate this attitude that we are all ricocheting around in despair.
Hope is not my default position, but we have to work for it. I don't believe in God - I wish I did - so the only way for me is through other people: a connection with other people is what makes us whole. Misery is optional. Excerpt: "I had developed that habit of communicating with my imaginary friend when I was a kid who actually believed in an all-knowing, all-powerful Being.
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That afternoon, I told God I couldn't believe in him any more because he had allowed such devastation to happen. Why do you think I gave humans free will? Retrieved July 24, Burchfield, 'Laski, Marghanita — ' , rev. If God existed, He would have certainly not permitted that human beings be thrown alive into furnaces, and the heads of little toddlers be smashed with gun butts or shoved into sacks and gassed to death. Fundamental Beliefs". Le Guin Susan Wood ed. Ultramarine Publishing.
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I talk about the gods, I an atheist. Conversations with Ursula K. Le Guin. Press of Mississippi. I am an atheist and I always have been; I have a great deal of trouble with C. Lewis, with the way his mind works. The Missouri Review , vol. Since nothing is absolutely necessary, there is no absolute reason why something could not be, or not be in a certain way And everything is possible, that is there is no absolute reason why some arbitrary thing can not exist, or exist in a certain manner And there is no absolute distinction between all these possibilities, nor absolute difference between all the possible perfections and so on It is certain that since the Platonic forms that preexist all things have been destroyed, God is destroyed.
Bryn Mawr College. Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World. Vanity Fair. America First! Amherst, NY: Prometheus, Jack London: A Life. HarperCollins UK. Lovecraft", section II. On this occasion he rose early, leaving her sleeping undisturbed in bed. Dickie emphasizes that Lucian wrote in a sometimes self-contradictory range of first-person personae that make it difficult to assess his own beliefs.
Lucian the Syrian Satirist. Kessinger Publishing. Both of them struck at a great religion, but they had very different objects in view. Perhaps Mackay, also, was serious about sainthood. Amongst the allusions and quotations in his memoir, the King James Bible and Bunyan's wonderful Pilgrim's Progress are predominant. He was an atheist, he reiterated, but his disappointment with the world - with failed and brutal Communism, with crass capitalist consumerism - moved him towards "prophecy" in the Judaeo-Christian tradition. His friend Roger Martin du Gard saw disbelief as a modern responsibility, and claimed that 'my atheism was formed at the same time as my mind'.
It sounds cold, but at the same time, it's important to remember how wonderful that is. Questioned about her claim, she found that she had in fact done so. She remained an atheist. Atheists have as much conscience, possibly more, than people with deep religious conviction, and they still have the same problem of how they reconcile themselves to a bad deed in the past. The New York Times. And then it simply vanished. I simply lay down one evening to go to sleep and woke up the next day and it wasn't there anymore.
I quickly, at some point in my late teens, began reading and surmising that the idea of religion was a creation of man's longing to be a permanent part of the universe. But in real life Toad is dead; Alice is dead; Peter Pan and Wendy are long flown; and now Christopher Robin, a 'sweet and decent' man who overcame a childhood in which he was haunted by Pooh and taunted by peers, has left without saying his prayers - he was a dedicated atheist - aged I'm interested in people who struggle with these things.
But I have never suffered from them myself. I was never personally convinced by religion. I've never believed in God. I still don't. But I am certainly fascinated by those who do. There's something eternally fascinating about respectability gone wrong. The poet, who describes himself as an atheist, called for an overhaul of the school curriculum to reverse the "depressing" trend which threatened to leave future generations unable to fully understand the works of Milton and Shakespeare or even more recent writers such as TS Eliot. She was devoted yet never demanding, serious yet never solemn, a lover of all living things yet never a preacher, and in laughter never jeering but always joyful.
Bloomsbury Publishing USA. Despite their political differences and the fact that she was religious and Neruda was an atheist, Pablo had far more in common with Bombal than with Maruca. Versions of the speech that Nesin delivered differ, but all agree that he said he was an atheist, that religion should be adapted to modern times and that there was no reason to obey books written hundreds of years ago, including the Koran.
July 28, Retrieved September 27, I probably stopped believing in God around the same time - and for the same reasons - as I stopped believing in Santa Claus. It seemed to me to be just another fictional story. Perhaps it is a step beyond nontheist or humanist. Do you identify as an atheist? Oates: That's a good question. He is very adversarial, very eloquent, and very funny in his interviews.
And, of course, he is very much a self-declared atheist. I'm not averse to acknowledging it, but as a novelist and a writer, I really don't want to confront and be antagonistic toward people. As soon as you declare that you are an atheist, it's like somebody declaring that he is the son of God; it arouses a lot antagonism.
I'm wondering whether it might be better to avoid arousing this antagonism in order to find—not compromise—some common ground. They still don't talk about it. His mother, he says, is also very religious but in an emotional way: 'She believes that in heaven she will be reunited with every spaniel she has ever owned. O'Hanlon was shocked, but 'I decided not to be angry about it.
A real atheist, you see, is not exercised about it.
Henderson , 'Oswald, John c. Ralph A. She says she cannot pinpoint the day with the same clarity with which she can remember discovering herself an atheist—at the age of 11 in an Isle of Wight boarding house—but hearing about the outbreak of World War I in the company of bellicose friends, and a feminist cousin who supported conscientious objectors, put her on the path. Matthew that stunned people. It was the discovery that a director who was both a communist and an atheist could bring such fervor and insight to a religious subject.
I am religious because I have a natural identification between reality and God. Reality is divine. That is why my films are never naturalistic. The motivation that unites all of my films is to give back to reality its original sacred significance. The New Yorker. Retrieved 29 July He was at Marlborough at the same time as John Betjeman, where his disposition to dissent first showed itself when he was the only boy to refuse to join the Corps.
Farmington Hills, Mich. He admitted it was a "strange" piece for him to have written. But she lost her faith when she discovered snogging because she couldn't bring herself to believe that it was sinful. She now describes herself as an atheist, but with "a penchant for the pagan gods". But if you're not my mother-in-law, and she's not reading this, then He does not exist.
Accessed December 24, He himself was baptized on August 5, , at the church of Saint-Louis d'Antin and later confirmed as a Catholic, but he never practiced that faith and as an adult could best be described as a mystical atheist, someone imbued with spirituality who nonetheless did not believe in a personal God, much less in a savior.
The Oxford dictionary of quotations. Retrieved 31 October Plugged In Online. Archived from the original on 21 February Retrieved 14 September I suppose technically, you'd have to put me down as an agnostic. Eliot , Charles Osborne and Sally Cousins wrote: "Raine, a fine poet, is also an entertaining and thought-provoking critic, and his subjects range widely from the Bible, which as an atheist he appreciates for its short stories, "some of the greatest ever written", to Bruce Chatwin, whom he sensibly does not take too seriously.
Berliner Two years later she married a passionate atheist, the poet and artist Stan Rice, and in , began a literary career that she now retrospectively views as representing her 'quest for meaning in a world without God'. Apparently, though, I wouldn't close my eyes, put my hands together or say the prayer but would only shout 'No thank you, God!
Norton, Retrieved 14 February I attended Quigley Preparatory Seminary North, a Catholic high school in Chicago for boys thinking of becoming priests. I got to meet the Pope in In September she said, "You're very secular, you don't believe in God. Among other things, he remarked, "It [religion, and belief in God] must have made life much easier [for some religious friends of his].
It's harder for us nonbelievers. It was at the Shelley Society's first large meeting that Shaw startled London by announcing himself as, " like Shelley, a Socialist, an atheist, and a vegetarian. Mittal Publications. Shaw explains what atheism really meant in his time. Belief in God in his time meant belief in the old tribal idol "I preferred to call myself an atheist", writes Shaw, "because belief in God then meant belief in the old tribal idol called Jehovah. Chesterton George Bernard Shaw. Echo Library. I was," he writes, "wholly unmoved by their eloquence; and felt bound to inform the public that I was, on the whole, an atheist.
Nattersand Hanna Sheehy-Skeffington: Irish Feminist. Syracuse University Press. Though Francis was always referred to as an atheist, Hanna, for reasons that remain uncertain, was usually labeled an agnostic. There, I said it. Are you happy, all you atheists out there who have remonstrated with me for adopting the agnostic moniker? If "atheist" means someone who does not believe in God, then an atheist is what I am. But I detest all such labels.
Call me what you like — humanist, secular humanist, agnostic, nonbeliever, nontheist, freethinker, heretic, or even bright. I prefer skeptic. Duffy; Alastair B. Duncan Claude Simon: A Retrospective. Liverpool University Press. While it is true that Simon's earlier fiction provides considerable evidence both of his atheism and his fascination for religious iconography, it is in Le Jardin des Plantes that one finds his most sustained meditation upon religion, Roger T. I read Umberto Eco, though. This caused a painful rift with his father, who damned him as a "careless infidel".
Such a Deathly Desire. SUNY Press. Andre Suares — was a French poet and essayist famous for his atheism. Hosking wrote: "Perhaps because of his concern for the human personality, Tendryakov was the first writer in the post-Stalin period to raise religious questions seriously in fiction. Though an atheist himself, he understood the intrinsic importance of religion, and did not treat it merely satirically or condescendingly. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Retrieved June As an atheist she saw religion only as the shield of tyranny, intolerance, and cruelty.
I don't literally believe in miracles. But I think one has to be a, a little bit careful of that, that there are sudden reversals that can happen in people's lives, sudden epiphanies. And one might say that they have no rational explanation, and therefore they can be categorised with the miraculous.
But I don't now believe in the superstructure of God dispensing em any wonders in the world. I don't, that's not something I believe in. Did you feel that you'd walked into a wilderness? I did miss the sense of being held in the merciful hands of God, certainly I felt that. But actually I felt liberated into a kind of, y'know a world where people had thought many things and invented many things, and they were there to be discovered and there in a sense to be retrieved or selected from. I mean I lost it quite a long time ago.
And when my mother was dying earlier this year  I wished for her to have the faith of her childhood sufficiently to help her. But I couldn't have it for her, I couldn't pray for her. Later he would repudiate the concept As an atheist, I can't even imagine that I was spared so that I wouldn't die a fool or a sinner.
Of course the values we're left with are all the residue of Christianity, though shorn of system and stripped of finality. An atheist lives in the present, since there will be no eternity 'They were shut up in days,' John McGahern says with strangely beautiful concision in Amongst Women. Perhaps that's why I was given so much of the present to work with, since it's all I'll be getting. The solo space opera books are certainly tapping into the same vein, perhaps more overtly than ever.
This is what comes of being an atheist, perhaps: we think about these things more than most people. Obsess about them, probably. He states that the book "Science and Civilization," by Joseph Needham is focused on every issues linked to China's relationship with water. Winchester admits that he is an atheist in a nonpolemical way.
Being an atheist, I suppose. I see religion as a cultural and psychological construct, which fulfils certain almost universal needs and which, as a consequence, I am disinclined to condemn. But for a great many people who don't have those advantages a religious framework is very important. I am, in fact, an atheist. Yet here I was, listening to the readings, and singing several verses of the occasional carol I sort-of-knew.
Famine, earthquakes, plane crashes, unemployment figures, plagues, wars all are grist to the Panglossean mill. Nothing is too horrible for it not to be used as evidence of the mysterious way in which God is working His purpose out. Nothing is too ghastly for it not to be further proof of His infinite love. On the media God-slots, they pray for anything from better weather to the release of hostages. To me the logic is incomprehensible. If this omnipotent God is in control of the climate then in His infinite wisdom he must have sent the floods and hurricanes and droughts, and if he is capable of releasing the hostages then he must be responsible for their having been taken in the first place.
The sight of rows of believers facing Mecca to answer the call to prayer often moves me, an atheist, deeply. Yet the Arabic word for martyr - and currently suicide bomber - comes from the same linguistic stem as the word for bearing witness. If I weren't already an atheist, I would lose my faith in God again.
But it gave me an idea for another piece for the Times. I am an atheist because God wants me to be an atheist. And the God who wants me to be an atheist is stern, uncompromising and rigidly doctrinaire, not to mention immature, petulant, fond of flashy theatrical effects, and duplicitous. Despite being called "Cohen", I've never been Jewish before. It's not simply that I am an atheist. My Jewish friends tell me that it is hard to find an educated London Jew who is not an atheist, but that I have no connection with Jewish culture.
He remained an atheist to the end, but, he said, he wanted his children, Cosima and Bruno, to know something of the Judaism into which they had been born. But all these years in I still don't know what to do about the evangelists. I've written here before about the problem I have disposing with the tracts, pamphlets, Bibles, crucifixes and so on which I get sent pretty regularly: the neurosis which stops me proclaiming my atheism is the same which stops me binning glossy books promising me life eternal. There is some part of me which pictures my spectral self at the pearly gates being forgiven for the sundry lies, thefts, treacheries and so on to which we're all so humanly prone, but seeing the archangelic finger run down the column until it hits "Put Children of God pamphlet in cat litter tray", and starting to quiver angrily.
Why didn't she pick up his constant conversational invocations of God, press him on his choice of Psalm 23 as disc six? An Ashkenazi Jew who doesn't believe in God or "in karmic challenges that could be defeated with the strength of one's spirit", she does believe "in action and, most of all Not in an agnostic sense but in the spirit of pure atheism which asserts that man invented divinities to account for the temporarily inexplicable.
Would I, as an avowed atheist, be turned away, I asked Rabbi Pini [ She is disturbed by 'the dark clouds of religious fervour that are closing in again', and doesn't believe in God. She grew up an agnostic and for four years has been more of an atheist, there being no room for God in a world in which her daughter lost so much.
But she has no fear of death, not any more. BBC Radio 4, July 11, Transcript , accessed July 22, I greatly regret this, but, despite extensive reflection, I can see no reason after all these years to revise my view. I rejoice wholeheartedly as an atheist that I live in a Christian culture".
We lucky atheists can skip the dilemma and savour the score - vintage Glass, as if his musical imagination had moved on barely a bar since the repetitive rhythmic patterns he pioneered 30 years ago. What does worry me is the rise of a New Atheism that, never mind God, appears to have lost faith in humanity. What if, however, every incarnation for eternity was just a life of disappointment.
Suppose you were born and reborn and born again to great fanfare and welcome and died every time to indifference and derision. You probably wouldn't be so keen on reincarnation if it was like the National Football League. If my lack of faith is the greatest of evils, what words do you have left, Cardinal Murphy-O'Connor, to describe the priest who gained sexual gratification from attacking altar boys, who raped a boy in a wheelchair, and whom you allowed to work as a chaplain though you knew of his proclivities?
He comes from a long-line of atheists; his mother and his step-father, AJ Ayer included. That is not the way I am. I believe we're utterly alone, and we must do the best we can in that emptiness. It's a big step to take, but it was becoming difficult to cling to the agnostic fig-leaf any longer. As Lloyd George once said, if you sit on the fence too long it means that the iron enters your soul.
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