The below is not original, though I could not agree more with the sentiments it expresses.
“This I Believe.
I am an atheist. I do not believe in any supernatural deities.
I believe in Science, not the death cult superstitions of bronze age nomadic tribes in the
I believe in Logic and Reason, and not in vengeful gods that demand unthinking worship.
My “Bible” is the ‘CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics’ and ‘Mark’s Standard
Handbook for Mechanical Engineers’. My “Concordance” is ‘The Pocket Ref, 3rd Edition’.
The symbol of my “faith” is not an ancient torture device, it’s a slide rule. The simple three
part device that helped build the Brooklyn Bridge, Hoover Dam and the Empire State
Building, as well as sending humans to the Moon and returning them to Earth.
Algebra and Calculus are my “liturgy”, and Physics is the celebration of all that exists, from
the smallest subatomic particle yet to be discovered, to the Universe as a whole.
The “Saints” of my faith are legion. Galileo and Einstein, Sagan and Asimov, Eratosthenes
and Fermi, Hawking and Feynman, Dawkins and Darwin, Jefferson and Franklin and Paine,
and countless others who have sought and still seek to expand the knowledge of how the
Universe works, for the betterment of all, to free the minds of humanity from the shackles of
superstition and ignorance, and, finally & simply, “To Know.”
I worship no god, nor bend the knee to anyone, man or god.
And yet, despite my lack of fawning obeisance to the judeo/christian/islamic deity, I do not
rape nor rob nor murder my fellow man or woman. I do not defraud them nor seek to
enslave their bodies or their minds. I do not turn my face from them if their beliefs differ
from mine, nor do I condemn them if they choose to love someone of the same sex or of a
My friends include the gay and the straight, the atheist and the deeply faithful, Caucasian,
African and Asian.
I help the less fortunate in this world as best I can, and do not seek to convert them to my
way of thought by my actions. I help merely to ease their suffering.
I choose to stand in the Light of Knowledge and Reason.
I oppose the Darkness that is ignorance and superstition.
And I KNOW that, in the end, it IS Knowledge and Reason that will triumph over ignorance
and superstition, and triumph over those who would use ignorance and superstition for their
own evil and ego-driven ends.
THIS I believe…”