"To surrender to ignorance and call it God has always been premature, and it remains premature today." -- Isaac Asimov
"Humanity has the stars in its future, and that future is too important
to be lost under the burden of juvenile folly and ignorant superstition." -- Isaac Asimov
"Imagine the people who believe such things and who are not ashamed to ignore,
totally, all the patient findings of thinking minds through all the centuries since the Bible was written. And it is these
ignorant people, the most uneducated, the most unimaginative, the most unthinking among us, who would make themselves the
guides and leaders of us all; who would force their feeble and childish beliefs on us; who would invade our schools and libraries
and homes. I personally resent it bitterly..." -- Isaac Asimov, Canadian Atheists Newsletter, 1994
"To rebel against a powerful political, economic, religious, or social establishment
is very dangerous and very few people do it, except, perhaps, as part of a mob. To rebel against the "scientific" establishment,
however, is the easiest thing in the world, and anyone can do it and feel enormously brave, without risking as much as a hangnail.
Thus, the vast majority, who believe in astrology and think that the planets have nothing better to do than form a code that
will tell them whether tomorrow is a good day to close a business deal or not, become all the more excited and enthusiastic
about the bilge when a group of astronomers denounces it." -- Isaac Asimov
"...if I were not an atheist, I would believe in a God who would choose to save
people on the basis of the totality of their lives and not the pattern of their words. I think he would prefer an honest and
righteous atheist to a TV preacher whose every word is God, God, God, and whose every deed is foul, foul, foul." -- Isaac Asimov, "I. Asimov: A Memoir"
"The Bible contains legendary, historical and ethical contents. It is quite
possible to consider them separately, and one doesn't have to accept the legends in order to get the ethics. Fundamentalists
make a grave mistake to insist on the letter of the writings, because they drive away many who can't swallow the Adam-and-Eve
bit" -- Isaac Asimov, "I. Asimov: A Memoir"
"We owe it to ourselves as respectable human beings, as thinking human beings,
to do what we can to make humanity more rational...Humanists recognize that it is only when people feel free to think for
themselves, using reason as their guide, that they are best capable of developing values that succeed in satisfying human
needs and serving human interests." -- Isaac Asimov
"Creationists make it sound as though a theory is something you dreamt up after
being drunk all night." -- Isaac Asimov
(Isaac Asimov (January 2, 1920 - April 6, 1992) was a Russian-born American author and biochemist, a highly successful
and extraordinarily prolific writer best known for his works of science fiction and for his science books for the layperson.
Isaac Asimov was a humanist and a rationalist. He didn't oppose genuine religious conviction in others but was against superstitious,