All posts by David Madison

Valerie Tarico – Quotes

Knockout Quote No 98, Tarico, The Jesus story follows a sacred template
Knockout Quote No 488, Tarico, So few humans are embarrassed to assign to divinity the attributes of a male alpha primate
Knockout Quote No 322, Tarico, Forms of Christianity the emphasize right belief have built-in safeguards
Knockout Quote No 313, Tarico, Abstract theologies are a fairly recent invention in the history of human religion
Knockout Quote No 310, Tarico, Certainty is a confession of ignorance about our ability to be profoundly mistaken
Knockout Quote No 309, Tarico, We are capable of feeling so certain about our false beliefs that we are willing to kill for them
Knockout Quote No 308, Tarico, Athletes huddle in prayer before a game, just in case those random bounces aren’t random
Knockout Quote No 305, Tarico, Worship practices, music and religious architecture have been optimized over time
Knockout Quote No 288, Tarico, Why has the main current of Christianity produced a steady diet of misogyny for 2000 years?
Knockout Quote No 222, Tarico, Righteous confidence, unchecked by humble self-examination, is dangerous
Knockout Quote No 196, Tarico, Modern Christian soldiers react to perceived threats against their faith
Knockout Quote No 186, Tarico, When praying, most believers don’t look puffed up
Knockout Quote No 185, Tarico, If that’s not a bit presumptuous—arrogant even—I don’t know what is
Knockout Quote No 105, Tarico, not a very impressive claim for an omnipotent deity

Hector Avalos – Quotes

Knockout Quotes No 22, Avalos, I suspect that 99 percent of the Bible would not be missed
Knockout Quote No 476, Avalos, Jesus himself says that the Jews are liars fathered by the devil
Knockout Quote No 160, Avalos, the eternal duration of the violence are infinitely greater
Knockout Quote No 159, Avalos, A man who was egotistical, delusional or economically inept
Knockout Quote No 157, Avalos, Jesus demands that followers transfer allegiance from their families
Knockout Quote No 156, Avalos, If Jesus was a human being, he must have had flaws
Knockout Quote No 155, Avalos, All faith claims are equal in their unverifiability

David Chumney – Quotes

Knockout Quote No 363, Chumney, The Gospels as a whole comprise not memories
Knockout Quote No 441, Chumney, Many of Mark’s stories about Jesus likely owe their existence not to genuine recollections
Knockout Quote No 365, Chumney,the mythical character encountered in the gospels
Knockout Quote No 364, Chumney,It is very likely a product of the church’s imagination

David Fitzgerald – Quotes

Knockout Quote No 372, Fitzgerald, Christ is not the solid rock, but shifting sand
Knockout Quote No 372, Fitzgerald, Christ is not the solid rock, but shifting sand
Knockout Quote No 362, Fitzgerald, If you ever get hit by this particular cloud of apologetic squid ink
Knockout Quote No 360, Fitzgerald, It seems the real sin of Judas is not treachery, petty theft or demon possession
Knockout Quote No 359, Fitzgerald, The New Testament sags under the weight of forgeries
Knockout Quote No 358, Fitzgerald, Nowhere do the four gospels ever claim to be the work of eyewitnesses
Knockout Quote No 354, Fitzgerald, The field of Jesus Studies has failed to verify any single fact of Jesus’ life
Knockout Quote No 350, Fitzgerald, Like the pagan miracle workers, Jesus cast out demons and healed the blind, deaf, and mute
Knockout Quote No 349, Fitzgerald, The profile of Jesus in the New Testament is composed of stock motifs
Knockout Quote No 347, Fitzgerald, Jesus Studies is in crisis—because Christianity is in crisis
Knockout Quote No 338, Fitzgerald, The methods that have been devised and employed to tease out hints of the “Real Jesus”
Knockout Quote No 335, Fitzgerald, It’s no skin off my atheist nose if it turns out there WAS a Jesus after all
Knockout Quote No 334, Fitzgerald, How is anyone supposed to take the Gospels at face value?
Knockout Quote No 331, Fitzgerald, It’s no coincidence that the Christians who study the Bible the hardest
Knockout Quote No 330, Fitzgerald, Christianity had a good, long run But it is not too big to fail
Knockout Quote No 273, Fitzgerald,The fool has said in his heart, there is no god “Exactly! The wise man says it out loud
Knockout Quote No 345, Fitzgerald, Like a sweatshop of Rumplestiltskins desperate to spin insistence into ironclad certitude
CCKQ No 371, David Fitzgerald, Saying Jesus invented Christianity is like saying Mickey Mouse invented Disneyland

Guy P. Harrison – Quotes

Knockout Quote No 2, Harrison, the god who makes all the rules
Knockout Quote No 340, Harrison, Then there is popular belief among Christians that God sends billions of people to hell
Knockout Quote No 287, Harrison, Religions make the biggest claims with the least evidence
Knockout Quote No 286, Harrison, Humans have never been united in belief at any time in history Never
Knockout Quote No 282, Harrison, Good Thinking is not a stance or set of skills that come naturally to us
Knockout Quote No 281, Harrison, Religions constantly clash with science, Reality and truth are the goals of science
Knockout Quote No 279, Harrison, Science shows, while religions simply make claims and leave it at that
Knockout Quote No 278, Harrison, The belief system endures despite a profoundly strange and wholly unproven premise
Knockout Quote No 253, Harrison, This religion stands in direct opposition to the full blossoming of a human mind
Knockout Quote No 216, Christianity would have us not only stagnate but move backward
Knockout Quote No 180, Harrison, The war in China, fought for Jesus, claimed an estimated 20 million lives
Knockout Quote No 172, Harrison, Faith is like Kryptonite to the scientific mind
Knockout Quote No 141, Harrison, Why would god go forward with an obviously bad design?
Knockout Quote No 135, Harrison, Those same whispers from many gods for many centuries
Knockout Quote No 137, Harrison, Look around; life is not fair. What could be more obvious?


Knockout Quote No 131, Harrison, We don’t need gods to connect with something spectacular
Knockout Quote No 100, Harrison, Many thousands of excavations have been conducted
Knockout Quote No 99, Harrison, All the monumental religious controversies
Knockout Quote No 94, Harrison, if the gods really do need money
Knockout Quote No 91, Harrison, instruction manuals for achieving a divided, angry, and violent world
Knockout Quote No 88, Harrison, Atheists have found only empty air
Knockout Quote No 65, Harrison, millions of creatures are being eaten alive
Knockout Quote No 63, Harrison, We are a god-inventing species

Joseph Daleiden – Quotes

Knockout Quote No 142, Daleiden, Those who drive into the future looking in a rearview mirror
Knockout Quote No 275, Daleiden, The gospels tell of Jesus driving devils out of sick people into pigs
Knockout Quote No 267, Daleiden,The reasoning which proposes that the death of Jesus was an act of reparation
Knockout Quote No 259, Daleiden, There has been no shortage of people who declared that they spoke for the gods
Knockout Quote No 219, Daleiden, Christianity has demonstrated its destructive antihuman values
Knockout Quote No 218, Daleiden, Looking at the mess the world is in, it might seem easier to prove a Devil than a God
Knockout Quote No 166, Daleiden, Christianity had a great product, immortality. And did it sell!
Knockout Quote No 165, Daleiden, Yet another little horror story, Ananias and Sapphira
Knockout Quote No 153, Daleiden, Little that is original in the teachings attributed to Jesus
Knockout Quote No 152, Daleiden, Most people superimpose their own value systems on a religion
Knockout Quote No 143, Daleiden, I that all 2000 years of theology could come up with?

Randel Helms – Quotes

Knockout Quote No 7, Helms,Inattentive readers will be even more surprised to learn that the Bible is a self-destructing artifact
Knockout Quote No 301, Helms, Each of the canonical Gospels is religious proclamation, the form of largely fictional narrative
Knockout Quote No 297, Helms, The gospels are indeed imaginative literature, fiction

John A. Haught – Quotes

Knockout Quote No 187, Haught, New England’s Puritans decreed that Quakers must be put to death
Knockout Quote No 183, Haught, they slaughtered the whole population and gave thanks to God
Knockout Quote No 176, Haught, I think humanity has a streak of madness, a precinct of the mind
Knockout Quote No 175, Haught, After his death, Pius V was canonized as a saint

Dan Barker – Quotes

Knockout Quote No 53, Barker, Lay all the preachers in the world end to end
Knockout Quote No 179, Barker, as long as there are people gullible enough to donate to religion
Knockout Quote No 58, Barker, Let’s leave the Jesus myth buried next to Eastre
Knockout Quote No 57, Barker, I discovered there is no need for Christianity
Knockout Quote No 54, Barker, When you ask a Christian to demonstrate