Friday, February 24, 2006

Moving in for the Gil

Greetings, all — It's my weekend, so I may not post again 'til Monday (I know, famous last words), but in the meantime I have a treat for you: Via the American Chesteron Society, and in honor of my dear blog pal The Raving Atheist, here are some quotes from Gilbert K. Chesterton on 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" Heretics)

"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." (ILN 1-3-31)

"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 Ball and the Cross)

"If there were no God, there would be no atheists." (Where All Roads Lead)