The Cure-For-Christianity Library

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INTRODUCTION

“What do you think about the upheaval in Jesus studies?”                                                        THIS IS THE QUESTION I WOULD so much like to pose to my Christian friends—to be met, I am sure, in most instances–with blank stares. “What upheaval?” Because they are not paying attention. In fact, the Jesus question has been removed from the exclusive domain of Bible scholars and ecclesiastical functionaries. Most New Testament scholars have been, and remain, committed to the Jesus faith. These are the folks who, in the words of one observer, “…still write books manufacturing and manicuring Jesus to look like they do.” Secular observers decided that this biased community could no longer be trusted to provide honest answers on who and what Jesus was. So you will find plenty of titles on this list by secular analysts who have opened up Jesus studies as never before—and exposed its faulty methodologies and conclusions, e.g., Richard Carrier, Robert Price, David Fitzgerald.

Of course, it’s not just Jesus; theism in general and Christianity in particular have been subjected to penetrating, withering critique. As I point out in the Introduction of my book, we are experiencing—and have been for some twenty years—an unprecedented atheist publishing surge. This has never happened before. Ever. There are more than 275 titles on the list below. Some of the titles predate 2000; I have included them because they are classics in the deconstruction of Christianity, e.g. H. L. Mencken’s Treatise on the Gods (1932) and Charles Guignebert’s Jesus (1935). Not all of the authors cited here are atheists, but one thing that they do have in common is their conviction that the Christian brand of theism—no matter how successful it has been—has been falsified.

My purpose in this Cure-for-Christianity Library is to document many of the resources now available to inquiring minds, and I do hope that Christians can take the hint: use this list to get a grasp of what all the fuss is about—why we have been smacking Christianity down so emphatically—and get a move on! Tackle the homework.

These are the resources that have come to my attention, in book form. Admittedly, this approach may have an archaic aroma. Books? What percentage of the populace—spread across multiple demographics—still reads books? But even for people who no longer pick up hard copies, the titles listed here can be considered portals; many of the authors on this list have their own websites, Facebook pages, blogs, Twitter accounts. “The Internet,” it has been said, “is where religion goes to die.”

In my book I have presented ten tough problems in Christian thought and belief, to whet the appetite. Please pursue research, read, probe: find out how Jesus, Christianity and theism have all been so convincingly slam dunked.

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Abram, Cheryl,

Firing God, 2014

Alcántar, Fernando,

To the Cross and Back: An Immigrant’s Journey from Faith to Reason, 2015

Alter, Michael,

The Resurrection: A Critical Inquiry, 2015

Andrews, Seth,

Deconverted: A Journey from Religion to Reason, 2012

Angier, Natalie,

The Canon: A Whirligig Tour of the Beautiful Basics of Science, 2008

Antony, Louise, ed.,

Philosophers without Gods: Meditations on Atheism and the Secular Life, 2010

Arel, Dan,

Parenting Without God: how to raise moral, ethical and intelligent children, free from religious dogma, 2014

Avalos, Hector,

Baggini, Julian,

Atheism: A Very Short Introduction, 2003

Baker, Brian,

Nonsense from the Bible, 2012

Barbera, Don,

Black and Not Baptist: Nonbelief and Freethought in the Black Community, 2003

Barker, Dan,

Beaumont, Paul,

A Brief Eternity, 2013

Bekius, Drew,

The Rise and Fall of Faith: A God-to-Godless Story for Atheists and Christians, 2017

Benson, Ophelia & Stangroom, Jeremy

Blackford, Russell & Schüklenk, Udo,

Boghossian, Peter,

A Manual for Creating Atheists, 2013

Boyer, Pascal,

Religion Explained: The Evolutionary Origins of Religious Thought, 2002

Brewster, Melanie, ed.,

Atheists in America, 2014

Bradley, Raymond,

God’s Gravediggers: Why No Deity Exists, 2016

Brodie, Thomas,

Beyond the Quest for the Historical Jesus: Memoir of a Discovery, 2012

Callahan, Tim,

Secret Origins of the Bible, 2002

Carroll, Sean,

Carrier, Richard,

Centre, Bart,

Chaney, Daniel, 

Religion Refuted: Debunking the case for God, 2018

Christina, Greta,

Chumney, David, 

Jesus Eclipsed: How Searching the Scriptures Got in the Way of Recounting the Facts, 2017

Comings, David,

Did Man Create God? Is Your Spiritual Brain at Peace With Your Thinking Brain? 2008

Compere, John,

Outgrowing Religion: Why a Fifth-Generation Southern Baptist Minister Left God for Good, 2016

Conner, Jonah David, 

All That’s Wrong with the Bible: Contradictions, Absurdities, and More,  2017

Conner, Robert,

Coyne, Jerry,

Faith Versus Fact: Why Science and Religion Are Incompatible, 2015

Cragun, Ryan,

Crane, Tim,

The Meaning of Belief: Religion from an Atheist’s Point of View, 2017

Cunningham, George,

Decoding the Language of God: Can a Scientist Really Be a Believer? A Geneticist Responds to Francis Collins, 2009

Daleiden, Joseph,

The Final Superstition: A Critical Evaluation of the Judeo-Christian Legacy, 1994

Daniels, Kenneth,

Why I Believed: Reflections of a Former Missionary, 2010

Dawkins, Richard,

Dennett, Daniel & LaScola, Linda,

Caught in The Pulpit: Leaving Belief Behind, 2013

Dennett, Daniel,

DeWitt, Jerry & Brown, Ethan,

Hope after Faith: An Ex-Pastor’s Journey from Belief to Atheism, 2013

Doherty, Earl,

Eden, Jason,

That’s Me In the Corner: Coming Out as An Atheist on Facebook, 2014

Edis, Tanner,

Ehrman, Bart,

Einhorn, Lena,

A Shift in Time: How Historical Documents Reveal the Surprising Truth about Jesus, 2016 

Eller, David,

Epstein, Greg,

Good Without God: What a Billion Nonreligious People Do Believe, 2010

Evans, D. K.,

Emancipation of a Black Atheist, 2017

Ferris, Timothy,

Coming of Age in the Milky Way, 1988

Finklestein, Israel & Silberman, Neil Asher,

The Bible Unearthed: Archaeology’s New Vision of Ancient Israel and the Origin of Its Sacred Texts, 2002

Fitzgerald, David,

Fodor, James,

Unreasonable Faith: How William Lane Craig Overstates the Case for Christianity, 2018

Fox, Robin Lane,

The Unauthorized Version: Truth and Fiction in the Bible, 1992

Fredriksen, Paula,

From Jesus to Christ: The Origins of the New Testament Images of Christ, 2000

Garcia, Hector,

Alpha God: The Psychology of Religious Violence and Oppression, 2015

Garst, Karen L., 

Gilgamesh, Horus,

Gill, Tyson,

Belief in Science and the Science of Belief, 2010

Gorham, Candace A.M.,

The Ebony Exodus Project: Why Some Black Women Are Walking Out on Religion—and Others Should Too, 2014

Grant, Michael,

Saint Paul, 2000

Grayling, A.C.,

Guigneberg, Charles,

Jesus, 1935

Hafer, Abby,

The Not-So-Intelligent Designer: Why Evolution Explains the Human Body and Intelligent Design Does Not, 2015

Hallquist, Chris,

UFOs, Ghosts, and a Rising God: Debunking the Resurrection of Jesus, 2009

Harbour, Daniel,

An Intelligent Person’s Guide to Atheism, 2001

Harding, Nick,

How to Be a Good Atheist, 2008

Harris, Sam

Harrison, Guy,

Harvie, Robin. & Meyers, Stephanie, eds.,

The Atheist’s Guide to Christmas, 2010

Harwood, William,

Mythology’s Last Gods: Yahweh and Jesus, 1992

Hawking, Stephen & Mladinow, Leonard,

The Grand Design, 2012

Hecht, Jennifer Michael,

Doubt: A History: The Great Doubters and Their Legacy of Innovation from Socrates and Jesus to Thomas Jefferson and Emily Dickinson, 2004

Helms, Randel,

Hitchens, Christopher,

Houk, James, 

The Illusion of Certainty: How the Flawed Beliefs of Religion Harm Our Culture, 2017

Hunsberger, Bruce & Altemeyer, Bob,

Atheists: A Groundbreaking Study of America’s Nonbelievers, 2006

Hyppolite, Carolyn,

Still Small Voices: The Testimony of a Born Again Atheist, 2014

Jacoby, Susan,

James, Craig,

The Religion Virus: Why We Believe in God, 2010

Jefferson, Thomas

The Jefferson Bible, Smithsonian Press, 2011

Jelbert, Glenton,

Evidence Considered: A Response to Evidence for God, 2017

Jenkins, Philip,

Jesus Wars: How Four Patriarchs, Three Queens, and Two Emperors Decided What Christians Would Believe for the Next 1,500 years, 2011

Jillette, Penn,

God, No! Signs You May Already Be an Atheist and Other Magical Tales, 2012

Johnson, Chris,

A Better Life: 100 Atheists Speak Out on Joy & Meaning in a World Without God, 2014

Johnson, David, et al,

Still Unbelievable: Why after listening to Christian Arguments We Are Still Skeptics, 2018

Joshi, S. T.,

Kelly, Joshua,

Oh, Your God!: The Evil Idea That Is Religion, 2016

Kennedy, Ludovic,

All In the Mind: A Farewell to God, 1999

Kick, Russ, ed.,

Everything You Know About God Is Wrong: The Disinformation Guide to Religion, 2007

Kiekeben, Franz

Klein, George

The Atheist and the Holy City: Encounters and Reflections, 1990

Klein, Peter

Beyond God: Why Religions Are False, Outdated and Dangerous, 2018

Komarnitsky, Kris,

Doubting Jesus’ Resurrection: What Happened in the Black Box? 2009

Krauss, Lawrence,

A Universe from Nothing: Why There Is Something Rather than Nothing, 2013

Lalli, Nica,

Nothing: Something to Believe In, 2007

Lataster, Raphael,

Law, Stephen,

Believing Bullshit: How Not to Get Sucked into an Intellectual Black Hole, 2011

Lee, Adam,

Daylight Atheism  (2014)

Lehto, Bill, ed.,

Atheist Voices of Minnesota: an Anthology of Personal Stories, 2012

Le Poidevin, Robin,

Arguing for Atheism: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion, 1996

Lewis, Ralph,

Finding Purpose in a Godless World: Why We Care Even If the Universe Doesn’t, 2018

Lindsay, James,

Lindsay, Ronald,

The Necessity of Secularism: Why God Can’t Tell Us What To Do, 2014

Lobdell, William,
Losing My Religion: How I Lost My Faith Reporting on Religion in America and Found Unexpected Peace, 2009

Loftus, John,

Long, Jason,

Maccoby, Hyam,

The Mythmaker: Paul and the Invention of Christianity, 1998

MacDonald, Dennis,

The Homeric Epics and the Gospel of Mark, 2000

Mack, Burton,

Madison, David, 

10 Tough Problems in Christian Thought and Belief: a Minister-Turned-Atheist Shows Why You Should Ditch the Faith, 2016

Maisel, Eric,

The Atheist’s Way: Living Well Without Gods, 2009

Malkin, Vitaly,

Dangerous Illusions: How Religion Deprives Us of Happiness, 2018

Mark, Jeffrey,

Christian No More: On Leaving Christianity, Debunking Christianity, And Embracing Atheism And Freethinking, 2008

Martin, Michael,

Martin, Michael & Monnier, Ricki, eds.,

Matheson, Chris,

The Story of God: A Biblical Comedy about Love (and Hate), 2015

McAfee, David,

McCormick, Matthew,

Atheism and the Case Against Christ, 2012

McGowan, Dale,

McGowan, Dale, ed.,

Voices of Unbelief: Documents from Atheists and Agnostics, 2012

McGowan, Dale; Matsumura, Molleen; Metskas, Amada; Devor, Jan,

Raising Freethinkers: A Practical Guide for Parenting Beyond Belief, 2009

Mencken, H. L.,

Treatise on the Gods, 1932

Mehta, Hemant,

Miller, Richard C., 

Miller, Richard J.,

Mills, David,

Atheist Universe: The Thinking Person’s Answer to Christian Fundamentalism, 2006

Mitchell, Deborah,

Growing Up Godless: A Parent’s Guide to Raising Kids Without Religion, 2014

Molyneux, Stefan,

Against the Gods? A Concise Guide to Atheism and Agnosticism, 2011

Murphy, Derek,

Jesus Potter Harry Christ: The Fascinating Parallels Between Two of the World’s Most Popular Literary Characters, 2011

Murray, Malcolm,

The Atheist’s Primer (Broadview Guides to Philosophy, 2010

Musolino, Julien,

The Soul Fallacy: What Science Shows We Gain from Letting Go of Our Soul Beliefs, 2015

Navabi, Armin,

Why There Is No God: Simple Responses to 20 Common Arguments for the Existence of God, 2014

Nixey, Catherine,

The Darkening Age: The Christian Destruction of the Classical World, 2018

Niose, David,

Onfray, Michel,

Atheism Manifesto: The Case Against Christianity, Judaism and Islam, 2011

Orenstein, David & Blaikie, Linda,

Godless Grace: How Non-Believers Make the World Safer, Richer and Kinder, 2015

Ostman, Cami & Tive, Susan,

Beyond Belief: The Secret Lives of Women in Extreme Religions, 2013

Ozment, Katherine,

Grace Without God: The Search for Meaning, Purpose, and Belonging in a Secular Age, 2016

Palmer, Michael,

Paulkovich, Michael

Beyond the Crusades: Christianity’s Lies, Laws and Legacy, 2016

Perakh, Mark,

Unintelligent Design, 2003

Pervo, Richard,

Pfeiffer, C. Boyd

No Proof at All: A Cure for Christianity, 2015

Pinn, Anthony,

Price, Robert,

 

Price, Robert & Suominen, Ed

Evolving Out of Eden, 2013

Price, Robert & Lowder, J. J., eds.,

The Empty Tomb: Jesus Beyond The Grave, 2005

Prothero, Stephen,

Rafferty, Tom,

Making Stuff Up Is Unwise: An Introduction to Reason, Skepticism and Science, 2012

Ray, Darrell,

The God Virus: How Religion Infects our Lives and our Culture, 2009

Ripley, Bob,

Life Beyond Belief: A Preacher’s Deconversion, 2014

Roncace, Mark,

Raw Revelation: The Bible They Never Tell You About, 2012

Russell, Bertrand,

Why I Am Not a Christian and Other Essays on Religion and Related Subjects, 1967

Sagan, Carl,

Seidensticker, Bob, 

Shermer, Michael,

Silverman, David,

Fighting God: An Atheist Manifesto for a Religious World, 2015

Silverman, Herb,

Candidate Without a Prayer: An Autobiography of a Jewish Atheist in the Bible Belt, 2012

Sjørdal, Jonathan Erik, Two Witnesses: Hebrew Texts Changed By The Greek New Testament, 2009

Sledge, Tim

Goodbye Jesus: An Evangelical Preacher’s Journey Beyond Faith, 2018

Smith, George,

Atheism: The Case Against God, 1979

Stefanelli, Al,

Stedman, Chris,

Faitheist: How an Atheist Found Common Ground with the Religious, 2013

Steele, David Ramsay,

Atheism Explained: From Folly to Philosophy, 2008

Stenger, Victor,

Stephens, Mitchell,

Imagine There’s No Heaven: How Atheism Helped Create the Modern World, 2014

Tarico, Valerie,

Templeton, Charles,

Thomas, J. Anderson & Aukofer, Claire,

Why We Believe in God(s): A Concise Guide to the Science of Faith, 2011

Thompson, Thomas,

The Messiah Myth: The Near Eastern Roots of Jesus and David, 2005

Thompson, Thomas & Verenna, Thomas S., editors,

Is Not This the Carpenter? The Question of the Historicity of the Figure of Jesus, 2014

Torres, Phil,

The End: What Science and Religion Tell Us about the Apocalypse, 2016

Tuchman, Barbara,

A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century, 1987

Tyson, Neil deGrasse & Goldsmith, Donald,

Origins: Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution, 2014

Vincent, Marc,

Liberation from God: Step Away from the Fairytale, 2014

Watson, Peter,

The Age of Atheists: How We Have Sought to Live since the Death of God, 2014

Wells, Steve,

Werner, Michael,

What Can You Believe If You Don’t Believe in God? 2017

Wathey, John,

The Illusion of God’s Presence: The Biological Origins of Spiritual Longing, 2016

Wheaton, Billy & Fuller, Joy,

Hooks and Ladders: A Journey on a Bridge to Nowhere with American Evangelical Christians, 2009

Whitmarsh, Tim,

Battling the Gods: Atheism in the Ancient World, 2015

Wilson, A.N.,

Winell, Marlene,

Leaving the Fold, 2006

Young, Matt,

No Sense of Obligation: Science and Religion in an Impersonal Universe, 2001

Young, Matt & Edis, Tanner,

Why Intelligent Design Fails: A Scientific Critique of the New Creationism, 2004

Zichterman, Jocelyn,

I Fired God: My Life Inside—and Escape from—the Secret World of the Independent Fundamental Baptist Cult, 2013

Zingrone, William A.,

The Arrogance of Religious Thought: Information Kills Religion,  (2016)

Zuckerman, Phil,

Zuckerman, Phil; Galen, Luke; Pasquale, Frank,

The Nonreligious: Understanding Secular People and Societies, 2016

John W. Loftus – Quotes

Knockout Quote No 506, Loftus, It’s time to give religion in all of its forms a swift kick in the butt
Knockout Quote No 506, Loftus, It’s time to give religion in all of its forms a swift kick in the butt

CCCQ No 512, Loftus, Yet Christians believe anyway that God is perfectly good and omnipotent

Knockout Quote No 510, Loftus, Let’s say there is a human person behind the myths about the Jesus in the Gospels
Knockout Quote No 509, Loftus, No, God did not die We just came to the realization he never existed in the first place
Knockout Quote No 508, Loftus, On the heels of the most horrific example of moral evil comes the most horrific example of natural evil
Knockout Quote no 448, Loftus, Defending the Christian Faith requires special pleading
Knockout Quote No 396, Loftus, They obfuscate to make what they believe more palatable
Knockout Quote No 381, Loftus, If some of us would not have sinned in the Garden of Eden under the same “ideal” conditions
Knockout Quote No 376, Loftus, Christian theism has no more credibility than Scientology
Knockout Quote No 356, Loftus, I laugh almost daily when reading something written by one of the top Christian apologists
Knockout Quote No 353, Loftus, Someday in the future people will treat Christianity just like all of the other dead gods and religions
Knockout Quote No 352, Loftus, Believers do not reason well because they are blinded by faith in their culturally inherited fantasies
Knockout Quote No 351, Loftus, As more people think Yahweh is no longer a credible god then more of us should ridicule
Knockout Quote No 346, Loftus, According to Christian theology Jesus is one with Yahweh
Knockout Quote No 343, Loftus, We’ve been above the moon and sent satellites through the solar system
Knockout Quote No 339, Loftus, Christians demand that I prove their faith is impossible
Knockout Quote No 337, Loftus, It would have never entered the mind of a Catholic Christian
Knockout Quote No 336, Loftus, If Allah is the same deity as the one worshipped by Christians
Knockout Quote No 333, Loftus, I have come to the conclusion that Christianity is no more to be respected than Scientology
Knockout Quote No 329, Loftus, Religious philosophy is to philosophy what “creation science” is to science
Knockout Quote No 328, Loftus, It takes sophistication to make Christian faith palatable
Knockout Quote No 327, Loftus, Now is the time to ridicule Christian faith and other faiths in our world
Knockout Quote No 326, Loftus, I mean, come on, the facts are in- there is no positive empirical evidence for the existence of God
Knockout Quote No 325, Loftus, They are simply making shit up to believe and to justify why they believe
Knockout Quote No 323, Loftus, Fairies don’t exist Neither does Yahweh, the supposed Father-god of Jesus
Knockout Quote No 320, Loftus, Christian pseudo-philosophers simply take for granted a set of inconsistent beliefs
Knockout Quote No 315, Loftus, When it comes to Christianity, two thousand years are enough

CCCQ No 311, Loftus, Never forget it was science that discovered these mysteries, not religion

Knockout Quote No 307, Loftus, That’s because it’s the evidence that convinces, not the personalities behind it
Knockout Quote No 299, Loftus, With the rise of science, the method of science, the progress of science
Knockout Quote No 292, Loftus, Faith has no method, solves no problems, and is an utterly unreliable guide
Knockout Quote No 291, Loftus, Biblical studies must end because the evidence is decisive
Knockout Quote No 289, Loftus, Christians are responding to their critics by reinventing their faith every decade
Knockout Quote No 272, Loftus, Faith should be rejected by all reasonable, thinking, emotionally healthy adults
Knockout Quote No 262, Loftus, Believers in the three Abrahamic religious have been killing each other for nothing
Knockout Quote No 261, Loftus, All that believers must do is test their religious faith from the perspective of an outsider
Knockout Quote No 243, Loftus, Believer, you must bring your brain to heel by demanding objective evidence
Knockout Quote No 242, Luftus, Faith is the mother of all cognitive biases
Knockout Quote No 517, Loftus, according to objective evidence evaluated dispassionately without any double standards, as an outsider
Knockout Quote No 208, Loftus, they were wrong to believe in the Bibl
Knockout Quote No 181, Loftus, Evil speaks like a megaphone against the existence of this God
Knockout Quote No 163, Loftus, How might gospel writers objectively know Jesus was born of a virgin?
Knockout Quote No 68, Loftus, It’s as if God shot himself in the foot
Knockout Quote No 66, Loftus, subjective experience provide no evidence at all
Knockout Quote No 62, Loftus, I’ve kicked this dead rodent into lifeless blob
Knockout Quote No 181, Loftus, Evil speaks like a megaphone against the existence of this God
Knockout Quote No 109, Loftus, This is the problem of divine hiddenness
Knockout Quote No 379, Loftus,Christianity is just way too improbable to be believed or defended
Knockout Quote No 379, Loftus,Christianity is just way too improbable to be believed or defended

David Madison – Quotes

Knockout Quote No 402, Madison, A world religion is a cult that grabbed major market share

CCCQ No 511, Madison, If only Christians could read the gospels and wise up that they’ve been conned

CCCQ No 505, Madison, It seems, instead, that God had been giving his Omnipotent Finger to humanity

Knockout Quote No 504, Madison, Don’t Christians ever stop to think that, just maybe, Jesus got the message wrong?
Knockout Quote No 502, Madison, Jesus and Paul were among those who fell hard for so much of the strange new revenge-reward theology
Knockout Quote No 499, Madison, How ironic that the Christian religion itself shows no evidence whatever of being intelligently designed
Knockout Quote No 498, Madison, What a sorry state of affairs that Christian theology sank to these lows
Knockout Quote No 497, Madison, The theologians who came up with this idea discovered the formula for terrorizing people
Knockout Quote No 496, Madison, Unbeknown to most of the folks in the pews, the New Testament is a minefield

CCCQ No 488, Tarico, So few humans are embarrassed to assign to divinity the attributes of a male alpha primate

Knockout Quote No 495, Madison, As an exercise to shock Christians out of faith-complacency
Knockout Quote No 518, Madison, If you believe this, eat that, drink something else, you’ll get eternal life
Knockout Quote No 516, Madison, When I was a kid, growing up in a rural Indiana church, we all went to kneel at the front of the sanctuar
Knockout Quote No 418, Madison, So what is the life expectancy of ole Yahweh’s vast data dump
Knockout Quote No 489, Madison, The gospel writers were story-inventors, they created episodes to advance their theological agendas
Knockout Quote No 487, Madison, Fess up, the gospel writers have indulged their weakness for magical thinking
Knockout Quote No 482, Madison, It’s too bad J. K. Rowling didn’t write the gospels
Knockout Quote No 416, Madison, Children ascribe personalities to their teddy bears and talk to them
Knockout Quote No 400, Madison, “It’s all part of God’s plan” wears thin
Knockout Quote No 398, Madison,This vindictive version of Christian piety can be traced directly to the words of Jesus and the apostle Pau
Knockout Quote No 393, Madison,Theology was longwinded on what God was like, but short of breath on epistemology
Knockout Quote No 383, Madison, Nearly Headless Nick and Moaning Myrtle
Knockout Quote No 480, Madison, But Paul does his best to keep the wrathful god alive and hovering over hapless humans
Knockout Quote No 473, Madison, That once-upon-a-time ‘inspired’ Bible is gone.
Knockout Quote No 472, Madison, God’s job performance was well below par on his inspire-the-Bible days
Knockout Quote No 377, Madison, Most Christians have ditched Adam and Eve
Knockout Quote No 373, Madison, The apostle Paul was pretty far down the rabbit hole of delusional theology
Knockout Quote No 370,Madison, The marching orders to apologists from all ecclesiastical authorities
Knockout Quote No 357, Madison, The Virgin Mary Appears on Toast Seriously?
Knockout Quote No 471, Madison, If Christians actually buy it, our suspicion is confirmed that they aren’t all that curious
Knockout Quote No 469, Madison, Why should anyone outside the faith in-groups trust their claims?
Knockout Quote No 467, Madison,You know who should write a Bible commentary? How about God himself?
Knockout Quote No 348, Madison, Even on Facebook, devout folks muster prayer marathons
Knockout Quote No 332, Madison, One of Richard Carrier’s more acerbic descriptions of Jesus
Knockout Quote No 319, Madison, A creator god—perhaps as in, May the Force Be with You—leaves you with an undefined
Knockout Quote No 317, Madison, Whatever you believe about your god—well, it took thousands of years of theological squabbling
Knockout Quote No 464, Madison, Religious quacks, shrewd theologians of all persuasions, have been selling a product they don’t have
Knockout Quote No 295, Madison, But Paul had no clue that this drags theology down with magical thinking
Knockout Quote No 294, Madison, Eventually a great kaleidoscope of pagan beliefs invaded Jewish thought
Knockout Quote No 258, Madison,The Bible misses the mark as reliable history, and isn’t all that great morally or spiritually
Knockout Quote No 252, Madison, There is no such thing as a holy man This is part of the bamboozle
Knockout Quote No 238, Madison, Those who want to adore Mary will not find an ally in Paul
Knockout Quote No 237, Madison, Paul was an obsessive-compulsive mediocre thinker and bad theologian
Knockout Quote No 457, Madison, Yes, it was cool that a disabled man was lowered through the roof to meet Jesus
Knockout Quote No 236, Madison, Matthew insults our intelligence in the first chapter of his gospel
Knockout Quote No 233, Madison, The apostle Paul was a crank, the most fitting label is Delusional Cult Fanatic
Knockout Quote No 229, Madison, Once upon a time, Christianity was inventing by cobbling together spare parts
Knockout Quote No 450, Madison, Christian theologians know full well that the Bible is more of a curse
Knockout Quote No 446, Madison, The eternal life gimmick fueled Christianity from the very beginning
Knockout Quote No 442, Madison, How foolish, how gullible, to grant Word-of-God status to stuff that tumbled out of somebody’s imagination
Knockout Quote No 440, Madison, Jesus takes his place alongside Harry, Hermione and Ron as alumni of Hogwarts
Knockout Quote No 439, Madison, Please go through the Bible, line by line, and mark the verses that can be ruled out as Word of God
Knockout Quote No 437, Madison, I have zero awe and wonder for the absurd deity
Knockout Quote No 436, Madison, It’s too bad that all the awe and wonder aimed at God degrade into silliness
Knockout Quote No 435, Madison, If you accept the Jesus of Mark’s gospel, you are well on the way to full-throttle crazy religion
Knockout Quote No 433, Madison, Cosmologists know that “God did it” is a non-answer
Knockout Quote No 432, Madison, One of the utterly useless statements in the Sermon of the Mount
Knockout Quote No 431, Madison, God must have wanted more angels
Knockout Quote No 429, Madison, If only the apostle Paul’s zeal had been directed toward something more beneficial to humankind
Knockout Quote No 423, Madison, I Belong to Jesus
Knockout Quote No 418, Madison, So what is the life expectancy of ole Yahweh’s vast data dump
Knockout Quote No 416, Madison, Children ascribe personalities to their teddy bears and talk to them
Knockout Quote No 229, Madison, Once upon a time, Christianity was inventing by cobbling together spare parts
Knockout Quote No 400, Madison, “It’s all part of God’s plan” wears thin

Robert Conner – Quotes

Knockout Quote No 503, Conner, Christianity is ultimately folklore, loosely based on Hebrew folklore
Knockout Quote No 501, Conner, Religion is a mental illness that directly threatens planetary life
Knockout Quote No 493, Conner, Christians just live in a different time zone than the rest of us
Knockout Quote No 468, Conner, It is the Holy Spirit that convinces someone of the truth
Knockout Quote No 444, Conner, The Holy Spirit is flitting around the world whispering into the temporal lobes of billions of people
Knockout Quote No 443, Conner, If you thought the Armageddonists were literally barking insane, psychology increasingly has your back
Knockout Quote No 421, Conner, The British suffered over 57,000 casualties during the first day of the Battle of the Somme
Knockout Quote No 419, Connor, The rantings of a self-deluded man who is pretty clearly off his rocker
Knockout Quote No 417, Conner, Theoretically we have separation of church and state, Separation of church and crazy, not so much
Knockout Quote No 391, Conner, True believers come across to secular moderns as simultaneously condescending and ridiculous
Knockout Quote No 389, Conner, (ERIC) The tsunami of dishonest verbiage shows no sign of receding
Knockout Quote No 388, Conner, That the whisperings of a “Holy Spirit” would take precedence over evidence and its coherent analysis
Knockout Quote No 477, Conner,The apostle Paul was basically rummaging around in the Old Testament
Knockout Quote No 477, Conner,The apostle Paul was basically rummaging around in the Old Testament
Knockout Quote No 475, Conner, We have no problem suspecting new religious movements of being examples of folie à plusieurs
Knockout Quote No 474, Conner, The line between magic and religion is imperceptible
Knockout Quote No 390, Conner, The Holy Spirit made a right shit job of it
Knockout Quote No 366, Conner,The overwhelming majority of Christians know bupkis

Teresa Roberts – Quotes

Knockout Quote No 490, Roberts, I was never able to get a satisfying explanation for why the Bible is full of such hateful ideas
Knockout Quote No 484, Roberts, Because the masses want to attend their churches, pray to their statues, dip their fingers in tap water
Knockout Quote No 425, Roberts, Roughly 84% of the world has faith
Knockout Quote No 415, Roberts, Why can’t liberal Christians retire the Bible?
Knockout Quote No 406, Roberts, Or all of the gods formed a kind of cosmic god swat team
Knockout Quote No 404, Roberts, As long as humans give a rat’s ass about superstition and religion
Knockout Quote No 403, Roberts, Someone always wants to control us Mythologies are dangerous

Funny Atheist Quotes

Knockout Quote No 434, Maguire, This ‘nice God’ hypothesis does run into some knotty problems
Knockout Quote No 493, Conner, Christians just live in a different time zone than the rest of us
Knockout Quote No 486, Hubbard, the answers are usually blah blah context blah blah mysterious ways blah blah metaphor blah blah
Knockout Quote No 468, Conner, It is the Holy Spirit that convinces someone of the truth
Knockout Quote No 465, Gericke, Yahweh is like Donald Duck
Knockout Quote No 463, Without Malice, The one thing you would never hear such a being say is, Oops, didn’t see that coming
Knockout Quote No 462, Without Malice,Thus 2,000 years of Christians going at each other’s throats over idiotic dogmas
Knockout Quote No 444, Conner, The Holy Spirit is flitting around the world whispering into the temporal lobes of billions of people
Knockout Quote No 170, Twain & Bunker, Faoth is…
Knockout Quote No 169, Carlin, This guy would have been out on his all-powerful ass a long time ago
Knockout Quote No 260, Wilde:Bierce, A theologian is like man going into the depths of a cave at midnight
Knockout Quote No 265, RealHarryWiddifield, Your prayers are fart bubbles in the bathtub of the cosmos
Knockout Quote No 306, Sayers, “I don’t think you ought to read so much theology,” said Lord Peter
Knockout Quote No 308, Tarico, Athletes huddle in prayer before a game, just in case those random bounces aren’t random
Knockout Quote No 380, Zingrone,So, go bowling next Sunday instead of attending church and have a good time
Knockout Quote No 430, Bo Daniel, It’s all part of God’s plan is such a breathtakingly witless defense
Knockout Quote No 420, Congerton,The Holy Fact Checker seems to have been on sick leave
Knockout Quote No 422, Carter, So many theologians love to meet at pubs.
Knockout Quote No 424, Lindsay, Religion is believing there’s a diamond the size of a refrigerator buried in your yard
Knockout Quote No 428, Carlin,You know who I pray to? Joe Pesci

Richard Carrier – Quotes

Knockout Quote No 316, Carrier, If Jesus was a god and really wanted to save the world
Knockout Quote No 494, Carrier, No, the character of Jesus in the Gospels was not the wisest and kindest of beings
Knockout Quote No 492, Carrier, The Catholic Church Is an International Rape Factory
Knockout Quote No 344, Carrier, It was the heavenly Jesus that was sold to the masses, not some dead carpenter from Galilee
Knockout Quote No 342, Carrier, There is no evidence that a crucified god was an obstacle to converting
Knockout Quote No 341, Carrier, Among pagans, murdered gods who came back from the dead were wildly popular
Knockout Quote No 324, Carrier, There just wasn’t any evidence Jesus really rose from the dead
Knockout Quote No 321, Carrier, The actual evidence that Jesus rose from the dead consisted of unconfirmable hearsay
Knockout Quote No 314, Carrier, All attempts to argue that Christianity’s origins and success were supernaturally special only
Knockout Quote No 312, Carrier, Right from the start Jesus simply looks a lot more like a mythical man than a historical one
Knockout Quote No 302, Carrier, Attempts to distinguish ‘magic’ from ‘religion’ are apologetic anachronisms
Knockout Quote No 300, Carrier, New Testament Embarrassments, The Parables of Jesus, Not invented yet
Knockout Quote No 290, Carrier, Luke’s methods are demonstrably non historical
Knockout Quote No 277, Carrier, Matthew then added a ridiculous Nativity Narrative
Knockout Quote No 276, Carrier, They would have killed Jesus on the spot So the story is obviously fiction
Knockout Quote No 274, Carrier, The ceaseless incomprehension of the disciples is wholly unrealistic
Knockout Quote No 254, Carrier, The evidence for Jesus is among the most compromised bodies of evidence
Knockout Quote No 215, Carrier, The dying-and-rising son of god originated over a 1000 years before Christianity
Knockout Quote No 205, Carrier, And anyone willing to tell the one lie will be just as willing to tell the other
Knockout Quote No 189, Carrier, Thracian deity Zalmoxis was believed to have died and risen from the dead
Knockout Quote No 184, Carrier, The apostle Paul includes hallucinated trips to heaven
Knockout Quote No 36, Carrier, A rash of messianism in Palestine
Knockout Quote No 182, Carrier, Indeed the Christians took it to a level of veritable lunacy
Knockout Quote No 173, Carrier, The gospel writers are mythographers; novelists; propagandists
Knockout Quote No 164, Carrier, Some scholars have argued there was no Jesus Christ
Knockout Quote No 162, Carrier, Romulus ascends to heaven to rule from on high, Just like Jesus
Knockout Quote No 139, Carrier, Could simply turn his bullets into popcorn
Knockout Quote No 120, Carrier, Almost the entire universe is lethal to life
Knockout Quote No 110, Carrier, The Universe has been mixing chemicals for billions of years
Knockout Quote No 107, Carrier, If God wants something from me, he would tell me
Knockout Quote No 104, Carrier, Christianity is a bizarre cult, superstition
Knockout Quote No 50, Carrier, The Book of Revelation is a veritable acid trip

David Eller – Quotes

Knockout Quote No 51, Eller, Human morality would be better off without the religion additions
Knockout Quote No 491, Eller, Christian love has explained and supported often white-hot hatred
Knockout Quote No 304, Eller, Even more inclined to show his face is Jesus, whose likeness is as likely to appear on a wall
Knockout Quote No 298, Eller, Religions can be as divisive as integrative, can get entire groups killed off
Knockout Quote No 293, Eller, Christian often reinterpret threatening facts as tests of faith by their god
Knockout Quote No 280, Eller, Whether or not any god is omnipresent, religion is, or strives to be
Knockout Quote No 270, Eller, All evidence powerfully suggests that the human brain and mind is a highly imperfect device
Knockout Quote No 247, Eller, Now Christianity is truly a world religion—or a loose association of religious species
Knockout Quote No 245, Eller, The Christian embrace of war would reach its climax in the Crusades
Knockout Quote No 244, Eller, An end-of-the-world movement gathered around William Miller in the 1830s
Knockout Quote No 221, Eller, That which is no longer taken for granted is often not taken at all
Knockout Quote No 212, Eller, There is no such thing as a single, unified, global Christianity

CCCQ No 211, Eller, Like the practice of naming people after religious mythology

Knockout Quote No 206, Eller, The first Christians to be executed over theology

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