Fun, 'anti'-religious readings thread, take 2.

posted 3 years ago in Secular
Post # 8
1584 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Love some of these, especially in the last post you made – commenting to come back later!

Post # 9
1689 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

“Isn’t it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?”

I really like that one.  Thanks for sharing!

Post # 10
2661 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

@Demi-chan:  What if you took White Wine in the Sun and tweaked it so it was about marriage? Could you somehow replace “Christmas” with “wedding” or something like that? You could even change it to “we.” And preceed with some sort of disclaimer of what you’re using, credit the author, but say you’ve altered it to reflect this special day?

We really like weddings
It’s sentimental, we know, but we just really like them
  We are hardly religious
We’d rather break bread with Dawkins than Desmond Tutu, to be honest

“We’re looking forward to our wedding
Though we’re not expecting a visit from Jesus”
The line about presents even applies!
Sorry if this makes it silly or lame…but I thought if you really like the original, maybe you could tweak it to be just what you want

Post # 11
1327 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

Mostly commenting to come back later.  This is a great resource for secular readings, many of them work regardless of religious beliefs.

“The Union” by Robert Fulghum is one of my favorites.  I found it a while back and literlly teared up a bit while reading it.  We’re for sure using it.

Post # 12
8847 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

These are great, thanks!!!

(I love that Douglas Adams bit about how God used to be the best explanation but now there are so many better ones, so God has the burden of proof. I wouldn’t use that in my wedding, just personally, but it’s great logic for explaining my beliefs!)

Post # 14
505 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Wow, some of these are amazin and beautiful.  And they don’t really seem to be anti-religious,  they’re just coming from a different world view.  I see nothing at all offensive here, and I’m having a bit of a religious ceremony!  I love this Terry Prachet one in particular:


“Wen considered the nature of time and understood that the universe is, instant by instant, re-created anew. Therefore, he understood, there is, in truth, no Past, only a memory of the Past. Blink your eyes, and the world you see next did not exist when you closed them. Therefore, he said, the only appropriate state of the mind is surprise. The only appropriate state of the heart is joy. The sky you see now, you have never seen before. The perfect moment is now. Be glad of it.”

If you like that one, you might consider pairing it with the Heraclitus quote – “No man ever steps into the same river twice, for it is not the same river and he is not the same man.”  Or an alternative version of the same idea: “You could not step twice into the same rivers; for other waters are ever flowing on to you.”

Another lovely Heraclitus quote: “Couples are wholes and not wholes, what agrees disagrees, the concordant is discordant. From all things one and from one all things.”

Post # 15
4395 posts
Honey bee

Commenting to follow. Fingers crossed that this thread goes well.

Post # 16
1696 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@Demi-chan:  “

“And then it struck Vimes that, in her own special category, she was quite beautiful; this was the category of all the women, in his entire life, who had ever thought he was worth smiling at. She couldn’t do worse, but then, he couldn’t do better. So maybe it balanced out. She wasn’t getting any younger, but then, who was? And she had style and money and common-sense and self-assurance and all the things he didn’t, and she had opened her heart, and if you let her she could engulf you; the woman was a city.
And eventually, under siege, you did what Ankh-Morpork had always done – unbar the gates, let the conquerors in, and make them your own.” was my favorite.


AWESOME collection of quotes from two of my favorite authors, as well as other sources. I approve. 🙂 Thanks for reposting these from the remains of the other thread!


As a fellow atheist, I am curious why you need to point out what you do not believe in. It’s like classifying atheism as a religion. An atheist is a person who does not beleive in any of that, so making a point to say that to me, is the same as calling out that you don’t believe in smurfs and that you aren’t a member of the Justin Bieber fan club. I’m NOT a lot of things and I have no intention to bring them up.


I’m not attacking. Like I said, I’m an atheist too and I do understand leaving religion out of the ceremony completely. I’m just curious why you would feel the need to call so much attention to it? 

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