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“Some people call themselves atheists, but they do not know that in their hearts they long after God. For when someone yearns for justice, love and truth, he is really yearning after God. All people long for love that never changes and justice that is always the same. All living things long for God. The only difference is that some oppose Him and others don’t, some yearn after Him consciously while others are not aware that their yearning is really after God.” (Elder Thaddeus of Vitovnica)

“When someone says they do not believe in God, they are quite likely simply relaying accurately how they perceive the world – that the world they see is simply disenchanted… The disenchanted world is doubtless a major source of modern atheism.” (Father Stephen Freeman)"Clearly God’s mercy and love for us is unlimited and no one, Christian, atheist or pagan is loved any less by Him." (Father Spyridon Baily)

"fool. This word does not refer to mental inability, but to moral and spiritual insensitivity. A fool is one who lives a life of “practical atheism,” the view that even if there is a God, it really does not matter to one’s life.” (Foundation Study Bible, Psalms 14:1)

“…we are such a practical people. Our culture, formed and shaped by modernity, is deeply “utilitarian.” We can justify doing almost anything “because it works.” When problems arise, we try to fix them. This same drive, in the life of the Church, can often lead to practical atheism…We do things because doing them is an obedience to Christ Himself. The drive to practicality often carries within it a certain amount of “necessary evil.” We do a bit of harm in order to arrive at a greater good. This is atheism, regardless of the greatness of the good. We find ourselves trying to do the “heavy lifting” for God, because, we do not trust that He’ll do it Himself. This is the inherent temptation of “making a better world.” We have no such commandment from God. Every atheist regime that has existed has done so in the name of a better world.” (Father Stephen Freeman)

“We may acknowledge God exists in our minds, but we deny He exists through our behavior.” (Sacramental Living Blog)

"The greatest danger is not atheism, but that we ask God to co-exist with idols." (Pastor Timothy Keller)

“…let us recall that simply receiving, learning, and reciting the words of the historic faith does not means we fully practice the faith of the martyrs, confessors, and saints. The Apostle Paul warns us that we may have “a form of godliness” but deny “its power” (2 Tim 3:5).” (OCPM 8/16/2017)

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