Is there a God?  This is a question of long-standing.  For some people it is self-evident that must be a God.  I am one such person, and this webpage is a plea for people to examine the evidence.  However, for others such as Albert Einstein as pictured above, it is equally self-evident that there cannot be a God, or that they simply don't know and don't want to make a decision for or against this proposal.  However, either one is a theist, or an atheist.  Either you believe in a God, or you do not.  There is no middle ground.  To say, "I don't know," simply means you are not a theist.  Thus, an agnostic is one who doesn't know, but who is, from the standpoint of belief, a functional atheist.

There have been many intelligent and prominent atheists and agnostics.  The following is one collection of "Sound-Bites Against Religion and Christianity" that is found in the Encyclopedia of World Religions regarding the views of atheists and agnostics:
Atheists, agnostics, and others against religion have been very vocal in speaking out against religion in general and against Christianity in particular. Here is a selection of some of their sound-bites.

The divinity of Jesus is made a convenient cover for absurdity. John Adams, U.S. President

This would be the best of all possible worlds, if there were no religion in it. John Adams, U.S. President

Every sensible man, every honorable man, must hold the Christian sect in horror. Francois Marie Arouet (“Voltaire”) French author and playwright

Christianity is the most ridiculous, the most absurd and bloody religion that has ever infected the world. Francois Marie Arouet (“Voltaire”) French author and playwright

Nothing can be more contrary to religion and the clergy than reason and common sense. Francois Marie Arouet (“Voltaire”) French author and playwright

I am an atheist, out and out. It took me a long time to say it. I’ve been an atheist for years and years, but somehow I felt it was intellectually unrespectable to say that one is an atheist, because it assumed knowledge that one didn’t have. Somehow it was better to say one was a humanist or agnostic. I don’t have the evidence to prove that God doesn’t exist, but I so strongly suspect that he doesn’t that I don’t want to waste my time. Isaac Asimov, Russian-born American author

All religions have been made by men. Napoleon Bonaparte, French emperor

Religion is just mind control. George Carlin, comedian

I don’t believe in God. My god is patriotism. Teach a man to be a good citizen and you have solved the problem of life. Andrew Carnegie, Scottish-born American industrialist and philanthropist

It may be that our role on this planet is not to worship God, but to create him. Arthur C. Clarke, author

Religion is a byproduct of fear. For much of human history, it may have been a necessary evil, but why was it more evil than necessary? Isn’t killing people in the name of God a pretty good definition of insanity? Arthur C. Clarke, author

If there is a God, he is a malign thug. Samuel Clemens (“Mark Twain”) American author and humorist

I do not consider it an insult, but rather a compliment, to be called an agnostic. I do not pretend to know where many ignorant men are sure. Clarence Darrow, American lawyer

I believe that religion is the belief in future life and in God. I don’t believe in either. I don’t believe in God as I don’t believe in Mother Goose. Clarence Darrow, American lawyer

The mystery of the beginning of all things is insoluble by us, and I for one must be content to remain an agnostic. Charles Darwin, English naturalist

I cannot believe in the immortality of the soul… No, all this talk of an existence for us, as individuals, beyond the grave is wrong. It is born of our tenacity of life—our desire to go on living—our dread of coming to an end. Thomas Edison, American inventor

I do not believe in a personal God and I have never denied this but have expressed it clearly. If something is in me which can be called religion then it is the unbounded admiration for the structure of the world so far as our science can reveal it. Albert Einstein, German-born American physicist

I do not believe in the immortality of the individual, and I consider ethics to be an exclusively human concern with no superhuman authority behind it. Albert Einstein, German-born American physicist

Neither in my private life nor in my writings, have I ever made a secret of being an out-and-out unbeliever. Sigmund Freud, German-born psychologist

Religion is comparable to a childhood neurosis. Sigmund Freud, German-born psychologist

The first requisite for the happiness of the people is the abolition of religion. Karl Marx

Religion…is the first enemy of the ability to think… Faith is the worst curse of mankind, as the exact antithesis and enemy of thought. Ayn Rand, novelist

I turned to speak to God,
About the world’s despair;
But to make bad matters worse,
I found God wasn’t there.
Robert Frost, American poet

All thinking men are atheists. Ernest Hemingway, American author

That it is wrong for a man to say he is certain of the objective truth of a proposition unless he can provide evidence which logically justifies that certainty. This is what agnosticism asserts and in my opinion, is all that is essential to agnosticism. Thomas Henry Huxley, English biologist

I do not find in orthodox Christianity one redeeming feature. Thomas Jefferson, U.S. President

Religions are all alike—founded upon fables and mythologies. Thomas Jefferson, U.S. President

The wretchedness of religion is at once an expression and a protest against real wretchedness. Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the feeling of a heartless world, just as it is the spirit of unspiritual conditions. It is the opium of the people. Karl Marx, German economist and political philosopher

The Christian faith from the beginning, is sacrifice: the sacrifice of all freedom, all pride, all self-confidence of spirit; it is at the same time subjection, a self-derision, and self-mutilation. Freidrich Nietzsche, German philosopher

All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions, set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit. Thomas Paine, American revolutionary

Religion is based…mainly on fear…fear of the mysterious, fear of defeat, fear of death. Fear is the parent of cruelty, and therefore it is no wonder if cruelty and religion have gone hand in hand. …My own view on religion is that of Lucretius. I regard it as a disease born of fear and as a source of untold misery to the human race. Bertrand Russell, British philosopher

Fear is the parent of cruelty, therefore it is no wonder if religion and cruelty have gone hand-in-hand. Bertrand Russell, British philosopher

The idea of God is the sole wrong for which I cannot forgive mankind. Marquis de Sade, French libertine

My view is that if there is no evidence for it, then forget about it. An agnostic is somebody who doesn’t believe in something until there is evidence for it, so I’m agnostic. Carl Sagan, American astronomer and author

At present there is not a single credible established religion in the world. George Bernard Shaw, Irish-born English playwright

If God has spoken, why is the world not convinced? Percy Bysshe Shelley, English poet

By the year 2000, we will, I hope, raise our children to believe in human potential, not God. Gloria Steinem, women’s rights activist

I do not believe in the divinity of Christ, and there are many other of the postulates of the orthodox creed to which I cannot subscribe. William Howard Taft, U.S. President 1
You may be surprised to learn that some of these very prominent people are atheists or agnostics.  Perhaps you might think that most people believe in God, and perhaps you are correct.  However, after you realize the scope, the length, the height and the depth of Postmodernism's stranglehold on the Western World, you might wish to reconsider the massive affects such people with no faith have on our culture.

The 4 classic arguments for the existence of God are presented next.  I have specifically put these first as atheists and agnostics have no respect for the Bible, and this evidence may give those holding a strong view of doubt a opportunity to reconsider their position.

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  1. Water, Mark.  Encyclopedia of World Religions, Cults and the Occult, First Edition. John Hunt Publishing Ltd, © 2006, Electronic Edition STEP Files © 2006, QuickVerse.