Truth That Matters

"What will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?" - Jesus Christ

ATHEIST QUOTES

In other pages, I have tried to point out the flaws of atheism and evolution. This page contains admissions by atheists and evolutionists of the same flaws. In all cases, the emphasis has been added. Use the references provided to check that the quotes are genuine and not taken out of context.

Atheists admit the failure of humanism to instill morality and virtue

Humanism is the (atheist) idea that man is intrinsically good, and can progress indefinitely with appropriate education.

"[We socialist humanist atheists thought] that the millennium (golden age) was just round the corner, waiting to be introduced by a society of adequately psycho-analyzed, prosperous Socialists. It is because we rejected the doctrine of original sin that we on the Left were always being disappointed; disappointed by the refusal of people to be reasonable, by the subservience of intellect to emotion, by the failure of true Socialism to arrive, by the behaviour of nations and politicians, by the preference of the masses for Hollywood to Shakespeare, and for Mr Sinatra to Beethoven; above all, by the recurrent fact of war...The more I knew of [the failure of education to instill character], the more Christianity seemed to offer just that strength and assistance [I needed]. And with that, the rationalist-optimist philosophy, by the light of which I had hitherto done my best to live, came to seem intolerably trivial and superficial.... I abandoned it, and in abandoning it found myself a Christian." – Professor Joad, Recovery of Belief, p82

"It is one of the greatest woes among mortal men that although we attempt so much that it is good, we do not achieve it" – Herodotus

"The Metropolitan Commissioner of Police wrote in its Annual Report to the Home Secretary: "The most distressing feature in the rise of crime today is that neither the absence of real poverty, nor the progress in the methods of dealing with delinquents have done anything to reduce the volume. The Daily Telegraph, commenting on this Report, admitted that it too, was baffled by the increase in crime, now that poverty, once almost universally adduced as its chief cause, has almost disappeared." Quoted in Runaway World, Michael Green, p98 [This Report is from the 1960s, when atheism had replaced Christianity as the dominant worldview among Britain's policy makers]

"I see the better course and approve it; but I follow the worse" – Ovid

"Who can change that intractable thing, human nature? There is a tragedy at the heart of things" – Martin Buber

Atheists admit that atheism leads to a moral vacuum

"Much as we might wish to believe otherwise, universal love and the welfare of the species as a whole are concepts that simply do not make evolutionary sense" – Richard Dawkins, Selfish Gene, 30th anniversary edition. (New York: Oxford University Press), 2

"Biological arguments for racism may have been common before 1850, but they increased by orders of magnitude following the acceptance of evolutionary theory" – Gould, Stephen Jay. 1977. Ontogeny and Phylogeny, p. 127-128. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard Press.  

“We have grasped the mystery of the atom and we rejected the Sermon on the Mount. Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants.” – Omar Bradley in a speech in Boston on November 10, 1948. Cited in Jaki, The Road of Science and the Ways to God, p. 304. 

"Man is the product of causes which had no prevision of the end they were his achieving; that his origin, his growth, his hopes and fears, his loves and his beliefs, are but the outcome of accidental collocations of atoms; that no fire, no heroism, no intensity of thought and feeling, can preserve an individual life beyond the grave; that all the labour of the ages, all the devotion, all the noonday brightness of human genius, are destined to extinction in the vast death of the solar system, and that the whole temple of man's achievement must inevitably be buried beneath the debris of a universe in ruins - all these things, if not quite beyond dispute, are yet so nearly certain, that no philosophy which rejects them can hope to stand. Only within the scaffolding of these truths, only on the firm foundation of unyielding despair, can the soul's habitation be safely built" – Russell, The Autobiography of Bertrand Russell, 3:220 

Atheists admit that they are not objective or neutral in analyzing viewpoints

“Even though writers like Michael Behe and Stephen Meyer are motivated at least in part by their religious beliefs, the empirical arguments they offer against the likelihood that the origin of life and its evolutionary history can be fully explained by physics and chemistry are of great interest in themselves. … Even if one is not drawn to the alternative of an explanation by the actions of a designer, the problems that these iconoclasts pose for the orthodox scientific consensus should be taken seriously. They do not deserve the scorn with which they are commonly met. It is manifestly unfair.” – Thomas Nagel, Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature Is Almost Certainly False, Oxford University Press, 2012

“Science … is not so much concerned with truth as it is with consensus. What counts as ‘truth’ is what scientists can agree to count as truth at any particular moment in time … [Scientists] are not really receptive or not really open-minded to any sorts of criticisms or any sorts of claims that actually are attacking some of the established parts of the research (traditional) paradigm — in this case neo-Darwinism — so it is very difficult for people who are pushing claims that contradict the paradigm to get a hearing. They’ll find it difficult to [get] research grants; they’ll find it hard to get their research published; they’ll, in fact, find it very hard.” – Professor Evelleen Richards, Science Historian, University of NSW, Australia, Lateline, 9 October 1998, Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

'I had motives for not wanting the world to have a meaning; consequently assumed that it had none, and was able without any difficulty to find satisfying reasons for this assumption. The philosopher who finds no meaning in the world is not concerned exclusively with a problem in pure metaphysics; he is also concerned to prove that there is no valid reason why he personally should not do as he wants to do, or why his friends should not seize political power and govern in the way that they find most advantageous to themselves.... For myself, the philosophy of meaninglessness was essentially an instrument of liberation, sexual and political.' – Aldous Huxley, Ends and Means, p270

"Evolution is promoted by its practitioners as more than mere science. Evolution is promulgated as an ideology, a secular religion—a full-fledged alternative to Christianity, with meaning and morality. I am an ardent evolutionist and an ex-Christian, but I must admit that in this one complaint—and Mr [sic] Gish is but one of many to make it—the literalists are absolutely right. Evolution is a religion. This was true of evolution in the beginning, and it is true of evolution still today." – Ruse, M., How evolution became a religion: creationists correct? National Post, pp. B1,B3,B7 May 13, 2000. 

"Research on the origin of life seems to be unique in that the conclusion has already been authoritatively accepted…What remains to be done is to find the scenarios which describe the detailed mechanisms and processes by which this happened." – Yockey, H.P., A calculation of the probability of spontaneous biogenesis by information theory, Journal of Theoretical Biology, 67:377-398, 1977; quotes from pp. 379, 396.

Atheists admit that radioactive dating is bogus

Radioactive dating yields long ages for the earth that evolution theory (and hence, atheism) requires.

“It therefore follows that the whole of the classical interpretation of the meteorite lead isotope data is in doubt, and that the radiometric estimates of the age of the Earth are placed in jeopardy.” – Gale. N.H., Arden, J. and Hutchison, R., Nature Phys. Science 240:57, 1972.

“Mr Webster Smith … regarded the atomic dating method (except in respect to carbon) as still very tentative especially where the older rocks were concerned and where discordant and even absurd results were quite common. There were records of granites which atomically were older than other granites that they intruded … argon was all too prone to be either deficient, wholly absent, or even too high; in such cases the author ‘adjusted’ his figures.” – Sabine, P.A. and Watson, J.J., Geol. Soc. London 12:525, 1965.

“Unfortunately, such checks have painted a generally gloomy picture for those seeking a chronometric tool … Experience shows that, with the exception of results from the mineral uraninite, the three uranium-thorium-lead ages are almost always different.” – Encyclopedia Britannica, Vol. 5, p. 505, 1976.

“In general, dates in the ‘correct ball park’ are assumed to be correct and are published, but those in disagreement with other data are seldom published nor are discrepancies fully explained.” – Mauger, R.L., Contributions to Geology 15:37, 1977.

“We’re building a new generation of fairy castles and myths for the next generation to play with.” – Science, p. 55, May/June 1980

Atheists admit that blind faith is necessary for atheism

"I will not accept [creation] philosophically because I do not want to believe in God. Therefore I choose to believe in that which I know to be scientifically impossible, spontaneous evolution." – Nobel laureate George Wald, Biochemical Science: An Inquiry into Life

"We take the side of science in spite of the patent absurdity of some of its constructs, in spite of its failure to fulfill many of its extravagant promises of health and life, in spite of the tolerance of the scientific community for unsubstantiated just-so stories, because we have a prior commitment, a commitment to materialism...It is not that the methods and institutions of science somehow compel us to accept a material explanation of the phenomenal world, but, on the contrary, that we are forced by our a priori adherence to material causes to create an apparatus of investigation and a set of concepts that produce material explanations, no matter how counter-intuitive, no matter how mystifying to the uninitiated. Moreover, that materialism is an absolute, for we cannot allow a Divine Foot in the door." – Geneticist professor Richard Lewontin of Harvard Uniersity, Billions and billions of demons (review of The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark by Carl Sagan, 1997), The New York Review, p. 31, 9 January 1997, Emphasis in original.

Even if all the data point to an intelligent designer, such an hypothesis is excluded from science because it is not naturalistic” – Scott Todd (an immunologist at Kansas State University).

"I had motives for not wanting the world to have meaning; consequently assumed that it had none, and was able without any difficulty to find satisfying reasons for this assumption" – Aldous Huxley, Ends and Means, p270

"Evolution [is] a theory universally accepted not because it can be proven by logically coherent evidence to be true, but because the only alternative, special creation, is clearly incredible." – .D.M.S. Watson, Adaptation, Nature 124:233, 1929 

“There is a popular image of human evolution that you’ll find all over the place, from the backs of cereal packets to advertisements for expensive scientific equipment. On the left of the picture there’s an ape—stocky, jutting jaw, hunched in the knuckle-walking position. On the right, a man—graceful, high forehead, striding purposefully into the future...Our progress from ape to human looks so smooth, so tidy. It’s such a beguiling image that even the experts are loath to let it go. But it is an illusion.” - Wood, B., “Who are we?” New Scientist 176(2366):44–47, 26 October 2002

"I woke up and realized that all my life I had been duped into taking evolutionism as revealed truth in some way." – Colin Patterson, "Evolution and Creationism", speech at the American Museum of Natural History, New York, November 5, 1981

"By careful experiments, notably those of Pasteur, it became an accepted doctrine [the law of biogenesis] that life never arises except from life. So far as actual evidence goes, this is still the only possible conclusion. But since it is a conclusion that seems to lead back to some supernatural creative act, it is a conclusion that scientific men find very difficult of acceptance. It carries with it what are felt to be, in present mental climate, undesirable philosophic implications... For that reason most scientific men prefer to believe that life arose, in some way not yet understood, from inorganic matter in accordance with the laws of physics and chemistry." – W. N. Sullivan, The Limitations Of Science, (New York: Viking Press, 1933), 94.

"My guess is that the popular theory of evolution appeals precisely as an alternative to the Christian view of man, which not only demands faith but imposes moral obligations. People who adopt Evolutionism are not driven to it by the consideration of the evidence; they like it without respect to the evidence, because they are passionate creatures, and it offers no moral impediment to their passions." – Joseph Sobran, "The Averted Gaze, Liberalism and Fetal Pain", Human Life Review (Spring, 1984), 10 

"People need to be aware that there is a range of models that could explain the observations….For instance, I can construct you a spherically symmetrical universe with Earth at its center, and you cannot disprove it based on observations….You can only exclude it on philosophical grounds. In my view there is absolutely nothing wrong in that. What I want to bring into the open is the fact that we are using philosophical criteria in choosing our models. A lot of cosmology tries to hide that." – W. Wayt Gibbs, "Profile: George F. R. Ellis," Scientific American, October 1995, Vol. 273, No.4, p. 55. George Ellis worked with Stephen Hawking and Roger Penrose on the Big Bang Theory.

“In short there is not a shred of objective evidence to support the hypothesis that life began in an organic soup here on the Earth.” – Fred Hoyle, The Intelligent Universe, New York: Holt, Rinhart and Winston, 1983, p23

"Research on the origin of life seems to be unique in that the conclusion has already been authoritatively accepted…What remains to be done is to find the scenarios which describe the detailed mechanisms and processes by which this happened." – Yockey, H.P., A calculation of the probability of spontaneous biogenesis by information theory, Journal of Theoretical Biology, 67:377-398, 1977; quotes from pp. 379, 396.

Atheists deify other things

"Coterminous with space and coeval with time is the kingdom of mathematics; within this range her dominion is supreme; otherwise than according to her order nothing can exist, in contradiction to her laws nothing takes place. On her mysterious scroll is to be found written for those who can read it that which has been, that which is, and that which is to come" – William Spottiswoode, at the Dublin meeting of the British Association, 1878; cited in British Association Report (1878), p31.
 
"Ecological concern...starts with the premise that the Universe is God.” – Victor Ferkiss, Emeritus Professor of Government at Georgetown University, Science Digest, November 1981, 39.
 
“if we must worship a power greater than ourselves, does it not make sense to revere the Sun and stars?” – Carl Sagan, Cosmos (Random House, 1980), 243.
 
On July 5, 1997, “the project manager of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory renamed the Mars Pathfinder Lander in memory of Carl Sagan. He stated that he believed that Sagan was ‘up there’ watching the entire Mars landing [and] that he believed that Sagan had his hand in several of the project’s miracles.” – Arizona Daily Sun, Flagstaff, AZ, July 17, 1997, 6, “Letters to the Editor.”
 
"Thou, nature, are my goddess, to thy laws my services are bound.” – Carl F Gauss, Cited in Bell, Men of Mathematics, p. 230. The lines are actually due to Shakespeare, but Gauss made them his motto. Gauss was a deist.

Atheists admit that materialism is at odds with reality

Materialism is the belief that matter and energy are all that is. It is the other side of the atheist coin.

“The eternal mystery of the world is its comprehensibility.” – Albert Einstein, Out of My Later Years, p. 61.

"You find it surprising that I think of the comprehensibility of the world . . . as a miracle or an eternal mystery. But surely, a priori, one should expect [from an atheist viewpoint] the world to be chaotic, not to be grasped by thought in any way. One might expect that the world evidence itself as lawful only so far as we grasp it in an orderly fashion. This would be a sort of order like the alphabetical order of words of a language. On the other hand, the kind of order created, for example, by Newton’s gravitational theory is of a very different character. Even if the axioms of the theory are posited by man, the success of such a procedure supposes in the objective world a high degree of order which we are in no way entitled to expect a priori. Therein lies the “miracle” which becomes more and more evident as our knowledge develops. . . And here is the weak point of positivists and of professional atheists, who feel happy because they think that they have not only pre-empted the world of the divine, but also of the miraculous. Curiously, we have to be resigned to be recognizing the “miracle” without having any legitimate way of getting any further. I have to add the last point explicitly, lest you think that, weakened by age, I have fallen into the hands of priests." – Albert Einstein, Letters to Maurice Solovine (Paris: Gauthier-Villars, 1956) pp. 114-115 and cited in Jaki, The Road of Science and The Ways to God, p. 193. 

"The facts of human morality and ethics are clearly at variance with a theory that explains all behavior in terms of self-preservation and the preservation of the species...We are a combination of two things or entities: our brains on the one hand; and our conscious selves on the other" – Eccles, Sir John and Daniel N. Robinson. The Wonder of being Human: Our Brain and our Mind. Boston, MA.: New Science Library, 1985, p71.

"The most striking feature of our own existence is our sentience (consciousness). The laws of physics and chemistry include no conception of sentience, and any system wholly determined by these laws must be insentient. It may be to the interests of science to turn a blind eye on this central fact of the universe, but it certainly is not in the interest of truth." – Michael Polanyi, The Tacit Dimension (New York: Anchor, 1967), 80.  Michael Polanyi was head of the department of physical chemistry at Manchester University  before he switched to the philosophy of science.

"Philemon and other figures of my fantasies brought home to me the crucial insight that there are things in the psyche which I do not produce, but which produce themselves and have their own life. Philemon represented a force which was not myself. In my fantasies I held conversations with him, and he said things which I had not consciously thought. For I observed clearly that it was he who spoke, not I. . . . Psychologically, Philemon represented superior insight. He was a mysterious figure to me. At times he seemed to me quite real, as if he were a living personality. I went walking up and down the garden with him, and to me he was what the Indians call a guru." – C. G. Jung. Memories, Dreams, Reflections, ed. by Aniela Jaffe, trans. by Richard and Clara Winston. New York: Pantheon, 1963, p.183

"From my earliest training as a scientist, I was very strongly brainwashed to believe that science cannot be consistent with any kind of deliberate creation. That notion has had to be painfully shed. Each found that the odds against the spark of life igniting accidently on Earth were . . . “10 to the power of 40,000.” They did calculations based on the size and age of the universe (15 billion years) and found that the odds against life beginning spontaneously anywhere in space were “10 to the power of 30.” At the moment, I can’t find any rational argument to knock down the view which argues for conversion to God. . . We used to have an open mind; now we realize that the only logical answer to life is creation—and not accidental random shuffling. – C Wickramasinghe, Professor of Applied Math and Astronomy, University College, Cardiff, interviewed in the London Daily Express (August 14, 1981) 

"If my mental processes are determined wholly by the motions of atoms in my brain, I have no reason to suppose my beliefs are true … and hence I have no reason for supposing my brain to be composed of atoms." – J. B. S. Haldane

Evolutionists admit the absence of transitional forms

"This oddity [the absence of transitional forms] has been attributed to gaps in the fossil record, which gradualists [believers in gradual evolution] expected to fill when rock strata of the proper age had been found. In the last decade however, geologists have found rock layers of all divisions of the last 500 million years and no transitional forms were contained in them. If it is not the fossil record which is incomplete then it must be the theory" – Niles Eldredge, "Missing, Believed Nonexistent", cited in Brown, Walt. In the Beginning, 8th ed. Phoenix, AZ: Center for Scientific Creationism, 2008.

"We are now about 120 years after Darwin and the knowledge of the fossil record has been greatly expanded. We now have a quarter of a million fossil species but the situation hasn’t changed much. The record of evolution is still surprisingly jerky and,  ironically, we have even fewer examples of evolutionary transition than we had in Darwin’s time. By this I mean that some of the classic cases of Darwinian change in the fossil record, such as the evolution of the horse in North America, have had to be discarded or modified as a result of more detailed information  —  what appeared to be a nice simple progression when relatively few data were available now appears to be much more complex and much less gradualistic." – Dr. David M. Raup (Curator of Geology, Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago), "Conflicts between Darwin and paleontology". "Field Museum of Natural History Bulletin," vol. 50 (1), January 1979, p. 25.

" …  I fully agree with your comments on the lack of direct illustration of evolutionary transitions in my book. If I knew of any, fossil or living, I would certainly have included them. You suggest that an artist should be used to visualize such transformations, but where would he get the information from? I could not, honestly, provide it, and if I were to leave it to artistic license, would that not mislead the reader? I wrote the text of my book four years ago. If I were to write it now, I think the book would be rather different. Gradualism is a concept I believe in, not just because of Darwin’s authority, but because my understanding of genetics seems to demand it. Yet Gould [Stephen Jay, of Harvard University] and the American Museum people are hard to contradict when they say there are no transitional fossils. As a palaeontologist myself, I am much occupied with the philosophical problems of identifying ancestral forms in the fossil record. You say that I should at least ‘show a photo of the fossil from which each type of organism was derived.’ I will lay it on the line  —  there is not one such fossil for which one could make a watertight argument." – Personal letter (written 10 April 1979) from Dr. Colin Patterson, Senior Palaeontologist at the British Museum of Natural History in London, to Luther D. Sunderland; as quoted in "Darwin’s Enigma" by Luther D. Sunderland, Master Books, San Diego, USA, 1984, p. 89.

"A major problem in proving the theory has been the fossil record; the imprints of vanished species preserved in the Earth’s geological formations. This record has never revealed the traces of Darwin’s hypothetical intermediate variants — [species] instead appear and disappear abruptly, and this anomaly has fueled the creationist argument that each species was created by God as described in the Bible." – Mark Czarnecki, The Revival of the Creationist Crusade, Mac Lean's (January 19, 1981), 56 

“The known fossil record fails to document a single example of phyletic evolution accomplishing a major morphologic [structural] transition and hence offers no evidence that the gradualistic model can be valid.” – Steven M. Stanley, Professor, the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Johns Hopkins University, Macroevolution: Pattern and Process (San Francisco: W. H. Freeman, 1979), 39.

"The fossil material is so complete that . . the lack of transitional series cannot be explained as due to scarcity of the material. The deficiencies are real, they will never be filled. . . . The true situation is that those fossils have not been found which were expected. Just where new branches are supposed to fork off from the main stem it has been impossible to find the connecting types." – Nils Heribert-Nilsson, director of the Botanical institute at Lund University, Sweden, in Synthetische Artbildung (The Synthetic Origin Of Species) (1953), 1212.

“The origin of our own genus remains frustratingly unclear.” – Wood, B., Did early Homo migrate “out of ” or “in to” Africa?, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 2011; published ahead of print 15 June 2011, doi:10.1073/pnas.1107724108.

“Missing links in the sequence of fossil evidence were a sorry to Darwin. He felt sure they would eventually turn up, but they are still missing and seem likely to remain so.” – Edmund R. Leach, “Men, Bishops and Apes,” Nature 293, September 3, 1981, 20.

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Atheistic scientists admit the failure of the Big Bang Theory

"No cosmologist could now tell you of how the Big Bang – the explosion of a super-hot , superdense atom - ultimately gave rise to galaxies, stars and other cosmic lumps" – Ben Patrusky, "Why is the Cosmos Lumpy?" Science - 81 (June 1981), 96

"We don't understand star formation at a fundamental level" – Abraham Loeb (a leader in the search for extraterrestrial life from Harvard University), in New Scientist, 157 (2120): 26-30 (February 7, 1998)

"The problem of explaining the existence of galaxies has proved to be one of the thorniest in cosmology. By all rights they just shouldn't be there, yet there they sit. It's hard to convey the depth of frustration that this simple fact induces among scientists" – James Trefil, professor of physics at George Mason University, Virginia, in The Dark Side of the Universe (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1988), 3, 55

"Astronomy, rather cosmology, is in trouble...It has departed from the scientific method and its principles, and drifted into the bizarre; it has raised imaginative invention to an art form; and has shown a ready willingness to surrender or ignore fundamental laws, such as the second law of thermodynamics and the maximum speed of light...Perhaps no "science" is receiving more self-criticism, chest beating, and self doubt; none other seems so lost and misdirected; trapped in debilitating dogma" – Roy Martin Jr, Astronomy on Trial: A Devastating and Complete Repudiation of the Big Bang Fiasco (New York: University Press of America, 1999), xv
 
"The scary part is that if none of us knew in advance that stars exist, front line research [based on a Big Bang scenario] would offer plenty of convincing reasons for why stars could never form." – Tyson, N. de Grass., Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries, p. 187, W.W. Norton & Company, 2007 

Atheists admit that molecular evidence is against evolution

"Each class at a molecular level is unique, isolated and unlinked by intermediates. Thus molecules, like fossils, have failed to provide the elusive intermediates so long sought by evolutionary biology… At molecular level, no organism is "ancestral" or "primitive" or "advanced" compared with its relatives… There is little doubt that if this molecular evidence had been available one century ago… the idea of organic evolution might never have been accepted." –  Michael Denton, Evolution: A Theory in Crisis, pp. 290-91
 
"How, then, did the precursor cell arise? The only unequivocal rejoinder to this question is that we do not know." – David E Green and Robert Goldberger, Molecular Insights into the Insight Process (New York, Academic Press, 1967), 403
 
Note: It may sound honest and honorable to say "we do not know" (After all, we may find out in the future) but it isn't, at least here. This is because the ground reality is that we do know that natural processes cannot produce information, and therefore a cell.
 
"It is disappointing that the origin of the genetic code is still as obscure as the origin of life itself. " – John Maddox, "The Genesis Code by Numbers", Nature, 367 (January 13, 1994), III

Atheists admit that complexity in nature stretches the credibility of evolution

"It is the sheer universality of perfection, the fact that everywhere we look, to whatever depth we look, we find an elegance and ingenuity of an absolutely transcending quality, which so mitigates against the idea of chance. Is it really credible that random processes could have constructed a reality, the smallest element of which – a functional protein or gene – is complex beyond our own creative capacities, a reality which is the very antithesis of chance, which excels in every sense anything produced by the intelligence of man?" – Michael Denton, Evolution: A Theory in Crisis, p. 342
 
“It is impressive how nature manages to combine all of these functions in one molecule. In this respect it is still far superior to all the efforts of modern nanotechnology and serves as a great example to us all.” – Karl Leif Bates, Molecular Motors-Nature uses tiny nano-machines that could work miracles if we learn how to build them, Michigan Today, 2004
 
‘… organisms are so complex that it is very hard to change one aspect without wrecking everything else’. – Yale Paleontologist quoted by Dicks, L., The creatures time forgot, New Scientist, 164(2209):36–39, 1999
 
“Biology is the study of complicated things that give the appearance of having been designed for a purpose.” – Richard Dawkins, The Blind Watchmaker, 4.

“It is almost as if the human brain were specifically designed to misunderstand Darwinism, and to find it hard to believe.” – Richard Dawkins, The Blind Watchmaker, Preface, xvii.
 
“The statistical probability that organic structures and the most precisely harmonized reactions that typify living organisms would be generated by accident, is zero.” – Ilya Prigogine (Chemist-Physicist), recipient of two Nobel Prizes in chemistry
 
“It is prima facie highly implausible that life as we know it is the result of a sequence of physical accidents together with the mechanism of natural selection.”  – Thomas Nagel, Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature Is Almost Certainly False, Oxford University Press, 2012
 
"The origin of life may have been a highly improbable event. ...The origin of life was the chemical event, or series of events, whereby the vital conditions for natural selection came about. The major ingredient was heredity, either DNA or (more probably) something that copies like DNA but less accurately, perhaps the related molecule RNA. Once the vital ingredient - some kind of generic molecule - is in place, true Darwinian natural selection can follow, and complex life emerges as the eventual consequence. The spontaneous arising by chance of the hereditary molecule is improbable. May be it is - very, very, improbable...The origin of life is a flourishing, if speculative, subject for research...And it is still possible to maintain that the probability of its [the origin of life's] happening is, and always was, exceedingly low - although it did happen once!" – Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion, p 137.

Atheists admit they believe in miracles

"[The Big Bang] represents the instantaneous suspension of physical laws, the sudden abrupt flash of lawlessness that allowed something to come out of nothing, it represents a true miracle - transcending physical principles..." – Paul Davies, in The Edge of Infinity (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1981), 161.

"An honest man armed with all the knowledge available to us now, could only state that in some sense, the origin of life appears at the moment to be almost a miracle, so many are the conditions which would have had to have been satisfied to get it going." – Francis Crick, Life Itself: Its Origin and Nature (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1981), p88

"The reasonable view was to believe in spontaneous generation; the only alternative, to believe in a single primary act of supernatural creation. There is no third position. . . One (must) concede that the spontaneous generation of a living organism is impossible. Yet here we are—as a result, I believe, of spontaneous generation." – George Wald, ”The origin of Life,” Scientific American, Vol.190, August 1954, 46.

Atheists admit the positive influence of the Bible

“Infanticide, which might seem contrary to human nature, was almost universal before the rise of Christianity, and is recommended by Plato to prevent over-population...In antiquity, when male supremacy was unquestioned and Christian ethics were still unknown, women were harmless but rather silly, and a man who took them seriously was somewhat despised...Christianity, as soon as it conquered the state, put an end to gladiatorial shows, not because they were cruel, but because they were idolatrous. The result, however, was to diminish the widespread education in cruelty by which the populace of Roman towns were degraded. Christianity also did much to soften the lot of slaves. It established charity on a large scale, and inaugurated hospitals” – Russell, Bertrand (1950), Unpopular Essays (New York: Simon & Schuster), p. 92, 101, 137.
 
"Your services have done more for the village in a few months than all our efforts for many years. We have never been able to reclaim a single drunkard, but through your services I do not know that there is a drunkard left in the village" – Charles Darwin, speaking to Mr Fegan, a preacher.
 
“There are no Christians, as far as I know, blowing up buildings. I am not aware of any Christian suicide bombers. I am not aware of any major Christian denomination that believes the penalty for apostasy is death. I have mixed feelings about the decline of Christianity, in so far as Christianity might be a bulwark against something worse.”  – Richard Dawkins
 
“The Christian Church, whose pioneering monastic orders made many practical and material contributions to medieval technology, also supplied a noncynical, straight-line view of history that allowed scope for the idea of progress.” – Frances and Joseph Gies, Cathedral, Forge and Waterwheel: Technology and Invention in the Middle Ages, p. 288
 
"The work of the 16th, 17th, and most 18th century mathematicians was a . . . .religious quest. The search for the mathematical laws of nature was an action of devotion which would reveal the glory and grandeur of His handiwork." – Morris Kline, Mathematics: The Loss of Certainty (New York: Oxford University Press, 1980), pp. 34-35. Kline is professor of Mathematics at New York University’s Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences
 
"Scientists today have kept apart from their professional work the religious convictions that formerly motivated some of the finest research in the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries. From the modern viewpoint, the inspiration that these mathematicians and scientists drew from religious beliefs seems strange." – Morris Kline, Mathematics and the Physical World, p. 441.
 
"A native speaker of English who has never read a word of the King James Bible is verging on the barbarian" – Richard Dawkins, in a column he wrote for The Guardian.
 
"In order to believe in the rational intelligibility of Nature, the Western mind had to presuppose (or found it very convenient to presuppose) the existence of a Supreme Being who, himself rational, had put it there. . . Such a supreme God had inevitably to be personal. This we do not find in Chinese thought." – Joseph Neeham, The Grand Titration: Science and Society in East and West (London: George Allen and Unwin, 1969), pp. 325-326
 
If Christianity goes, the whole of our culture goes. Then you must start painfully again, and you cannot put on a new culture ready made … You must pass through many centuries of barbarism.” – T.S. Eliot, Notes Towards the Definition of Culture, Faber and Faber, 1948, p. 122.
 
"I’m an atheist. But I can only look with amazement at the devotion of the Salvation Army workers. I’ve been out with them on the streets and seen the way they work amongst the people, the most deprived and disadvantaged and sometimes pretty repugnant characters. I don’t believe they would do that were it not for the religious impulse. And I often say I never hear of atheist organizations taking food to the poor. You don’t hear of ‘Atheist Aid’ rather like Christian aid, and, I think, despite my inability to believe myself, I’m deeply impressed by what belief does for people like the Salvation Army.” – veteran British politician Roy Hattersley, in a BBC program broadcast on BBC World Service, Saturday 2nd January 2010. Hattersley has written about the founding of the salvation army: "Blood and Fire: William and Catherine Booth and their Salvation Army"

"Missionaries, not aid money, are the solution to Africa’s biggest problem—the crushing passivity of the people’s mindset.... [A village trip] inspired me, renewing my flagging faith in development charities. But traveling in Malawi refreshed another belief, too: one I’ve been trying to banish all my life, but an observation I’ve been unable to avoid since my African childhood. It confounds my ideological beliefs, stubbornly refuses to fit my world view, and has embarrassed my growing belief that there is no God. ..Now a confirmed atheist, I’ve become convinced of the enormous contribution that Christian evangelism makes in Africa: sharply distinct from the work of secular NGOs, government projects and international aid efforts. These alone will not do. Education and training alone will not do. In Africa Christianity changes people’s hearts. It brings a spiritual transformation. The rebirth is real. The change is good.” – Parris, M., As an atheist, I truly believe Africa needs God, The Times Online, 27 December 2008
 
"Western civilization, it seems to me, stands by two great heritages. One is the scientific spirit of adventure… The other great heritage is Christian ethics — the basis of action on love, the brotherhood of all men, the value of the individual — the humility of the spirit. These two heritages are logically, thoroughly consistent." – Richard Feynman, remarks (2 May 1956) at a Caltech YMCA lunch forum. Feynman ignores the fact that the Bible birthed modern science.
 
"The root of the matter is a very simple and old fashioned thing, a thing so simple that I am almost ashamed to mention it, for fear of the derisive smile with which wise cynics will greet my words. The thing I mean – please forgive me for mentioning it, is love, Christian love or compassion. If you feel this, you have a motive for existence, a guide for action, a reason for courage, an imperative necessity for intellectual honesty." – Bertrand Russell, The Impact of Science on Society (New York: Columbia University Press, 1951), p. 59.