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  • Not if it's OK for a religious person to quote Origin of the Species.
  • Of course not. Christians quote atheists all the time in answering their arguments.
  • No way jose. It is simply a book to them.
  • No, God loves it...:)
  • I think your miss understanding what an Atheist stands for. You can read, quote and I suppose live by the bible, and still be an Atheist.
  • Depends on which bit and for what reason. If you quote the right bit for the right reason then you'll have to admit you're a Christian but there's plenty of other stuff in there that is, for want of a better word, neutral.
  • No. Why would it be? The bible isn't different from any other book.
  • no, it's not.
  • No, because the Bible is literature that can be read and studied like any other kind of writings.
  • it shouldn't be. if it's to prove a point i think it's even better. but i think if they want to do that for debate they shouldn't take anything out of context - but i say that for every debate. never take your evidence or references out of context
  • No, but if they do it condescendingly look at them and say nothing. Quote their bible back to them.
  • No, the atheist I have spoken with are sometimes more schooled on the bible, then the people they are debating with. They have studied the bible just as other people have.
  • Of course not. No more wrong than your reading something from atheist literature.
  • If the atheist can outquote the theist, he or she is doing the theist a service: the theist is either being educated directly or learning that they need to stucy their scripture more.
  • Why should it be wrong?
  • Absolutely not. It can actually be helpful in proving that the christian God is raging murderer.
  • Why and show that an Atheist knows the Bable better than a Christian? Well, that's preposterous!
  • No, I do not think it is wrong for an atheist or anybody at all to quote the Bible. Taking quotations from the Bible, God's Words should not and must not be the exclusive right of Christians alone. I think God intended His Words, the Bible to be for all people and for all generations. I believe our God works in mysterious ways. We are told His thoughts are higher than our thoughts and His ways higher than our ways. Would you then believe if I say, it may be God's invisible hand through the ministry of His Holy Spirit moving, stirring and putting this desire in this person's heart to quote the Bible for some very real and good reasons. This may be the beginning for this person and the Holy Spirit may be knocking at the heart's door of this atheist. We may not fully comprehend God's mysteries and therefore we must not and cannot say it is wrong.
  • No. The Bible is fair game for ALL interested parties, not only those who believe in one god.
  • I hope not; I do it all the time. But if it is wrong, what do we care anyway?
  • Certainly not. The Bible is full of good arguments for being an Atheist, or at least, for not trusting the Bible. Here some examples: "Beatings don't kill kids: Withhold not correction from the child: for if thou beatest him with the rod [sceptre], he shall not die. -- Proverbs 23:13 (AV) Execute stubborn kids: If a man have a stubborn and rebellious son ... Then shall his father and his mother ... bring him out unto the elders of his city ... And all the men of his city shall stone him with stones, that he die. -- Deuteronomy 21:18-21 (AV) Kids killed for mocking hero: Some small boys came out of the city and jeered at [the prophet Elisha], saying, "Go up, you baldhead! Go up, you baldhead!" And ... he cursed them in the name of the Lord. And two she-bears came out of the woods and tore forty-two of the boys. -- II Kings 2:23-24 (RSV)" Source and further information: http://www.positiveatheism.org/hist/quotes/bilenbwframe.htm
  • Of course not. The Bible is no less subject to citation than any other piece of literature. Sometimes it phrases something just right.
  • No, they quote it usually because they want to disprove something in it.
  • How else are they going to hear the Word? The Christian world has already written them off as lost causes so they have to read it for themselves.
  • Hardly. Most atheist are former believers and they ave tired to make informed decisions. I'm biased but I'd rather hear an atheist quote the bible than an over the top zelot. Not as much hysteria to deal with.
  • No..the bible has some very good moral/ethical writings in it....just because you don't believe totally in something doesn't mean it doesn't contain some good ideas...plus the parts of not being judgmental, casting the first stone ideas are good ones to pull out when you are being judged against for your beliefs....
  • It's just a book, why should it be wrong?
  • Seems pretty ironic huh? But no, some of the greatest life lessons come from the bible as well as the Koran, Torah etc.
  • No it's not wrong but but if they're going to quote the Bible, it would be nice if they actually knew what it was saying and what they were saying.
  • +5. No never wrong to quote the Word of God. The Word of God is life and who knows, it could have a positive impact on the person. Atheist are not some two headed dragons who we have to slay, Atheist are souls we have to pray for a win. But there is nothing wrong at all with anyone reading the Holy Word of God
  • Why would it be? There is some decent writing in it and some nice turns of the phrase. There are culturally significant sections. And it's always useful for someone to understand that which s/he claims to oppose (unlike most creationists who oppose Evolution). +5
  • Yes, and dangerous. If an atheist quotes the Bible, they'll be struck by lightning! jk. Why should there be anything wrong with it?
  • The christian holy bible is a culturally and historically significant piece of literature, regardless of whether there is an actual connection to a deity. An atheist quoting this work is no different than them quoting the Epic of Gilgamesh, the Egyptian Book of the Dead, or the Code of Hammurabi.
  • NO! It actually shows an open-mindedness to read up on the "enemy" for educational purposes so as not to sound like an ignorant fool who just refuses to believe merely for refusals sake.
  • Why would it be? After all, politicians quote the Constitution, and they obviously don't believe in that.
  • No more wrong than if a Christian quotes the Bible.
  • Not when arguing with a freak. The best way to shut them up is to quote one of those real vile passages that they so love to ignore
  • No. If folks want to pretend that the bible is somehow relevant, then we should be allowed to point out how it truly isn't.
  • Is it wrong for a Christian to quote L. Ron Hubbard?
  • no... when attempting to influence someone it is important to use their thoughts and understanding to expand their thoughts and understanding. besides even out side the context of persuasion, saying atheists can't quote teh bible is like saying religious can't quote movies.
  • It's fun if you are prepared with a selection of the contradictions to be found. http://www.ffrf.org/books/lfif/?t=contra
  • Does that mean if they don't believe Dan Brown is the savior, they can't quote The DaVinci Code?
  • Is it wrong for a Christian to quote a non-Christian?
  • no, it's like a fish looking for the water
  • They have every right to quote the Bible. They just do not have the discernment to understand what they are quoting. That is why so many of their quotes from the Bible make no sense in regard to the context they're using it for.
  • Anything spoken or written down is fair game for quoting.
  • I am a christian and i dont think it is wrong as long as they dont twist the scripture to make it say what they want it to. If they can prove a point threw scripture to a christian or anyone else than so be it. Just dont take the true meaning of that scripture out of context like most christians and atheist do alike.
  • Not at all.Sometimes it is neccessary when Christians quote the Bible at you when they are trying to convert you.
  • Is the bible private property? How do the religious expect to convert all us doomed atheists if the bible is off limits to non believers?
  • Absolutely not, any more than it is for a Buddhist or a Confucian or a Shintoist or a Bahai or anyone else to quote the Bible.
  • no.... no reasoning behind that lol.
  • If you are a true athiest, nothing is wrong.
  • Of course not - it's only a book!
  • Not wrong, just annoying. You have no right quoting something you dont believe in, except for maybe scholarly purposes.
  • It would be inappropriate, since they don't have the mindset to understand what they are quoting.
  • No, I think everyone has the right to quote something they have read, whether you believe it or not is your peragative; I think its wrong to tell somebody your an athiest so your not allowed to read up on my religion; that sounds anti establishment, that just cements an athiests perception on religion.
  • If so, then it should also follow that high school students should stop quoting e=mc^2, since none of them understand physics at that level. Put another way, it's like saying "You can't be allowed to think about what I'm saying unless you first agree with it." It's a nonsensical stance. There can be no reasonable restriction against the quoting of any literature based on the belief of the quoter. The same bible is used by vastly disparate groups of Christians who vehemently disagree with each other. If they can quote the bible in their arguments among themselves, why can't non-believers quote it too? And to restrict it to believers only is to cheat the belief itself. You can't possibly be sure of what you believe in unless you allow others to challenge your evidence. Imagine if we aren't allowed to quote the Mein Kampf unless we were Nazis. Or we aren't allowed to quote from the Communist Manifesto if we weren't communists. How then, are we to have the intellectual freedom to ensure we don't fall prey to their tyranny?
  • Not at all, as long as they know what they're talking about.
  • Quoting the bible, at times, is the only defense one may have against Christian aggressors. Fight fire with fire and the bible with the bible.
  • No. The last time I checked, people don't get zapped by lightning for quoting holy books that they don't believe in. Maybe the person was using that particular scripture to clarify reasons for their disbelief.
  • its called sarcasm.
  • definitely not. is it wrong for a non american to quote the constitution? a non muslim to quote the quran? et cetera...
  • I don't know if its wrong, it just would'nt make sense to quote God's word if you don't believe in God
  • Is it wrong for a Theist to quote Mark Twain? I really don't think it is....
  • how else can they discuss the bible with you if they can't use your reason?
  • It's just as wrong as an atheist quoting Moby Dick or Lord of the Rings.
  • It's certainly not wrong for them to quote the Bible, but they cannot understand it, and so it is usually is falsely applied to any argument and certainly not understood in a spiritual and truthful context.
  • It is the Bible itself (and I have an intimate knowledge of it) that convinced me it is legend and fable, incorrect in many instances, and a denial of man's ability to think especially when religionists call on you to 'believe' and not to question. Christians themselves (generalisation I admit) don't read the Bible critically and have been conditioned to accept what is contained in it as fact.
  • No Isaiah 55:11 So shall my word be that goes forth out of my mouth: it shall not return to me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

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