Thanks for the Puritan quotes on salvation, self-examination, and adversity. I have a few more requests. Can you list some Puritan quotes in reference to atheism?


You are most certainly welcome.


Unless the being of a God be presupposed, no tolerable account can be given of the being of any thing.

WILLIAM BATES - Now, if according to the impiety of atheists, there is no God, why do they invoke Him in their adversities? If there be, why do they deny Him in their prosperity?

EZEKIEL HOPKINS - There is a conscience in man; therefore there is a God in heaven.

JOHN FLAVEL - When we see wicked ones prosper in the world, and godly men crushed and destroyed in the way of righteousness and integrity, it may tempt us to think there is no advantage by religion, and all our selfdenial and holiness to be little better than lost labour.... "Verily I have cleansed my heart in vain, and washed my hands in innocency." This irreligious inference carnal reason was ready to draw from the dispensations of outward prosperity to wicked men; but now, if we would heedfully observe, either the signal retributions of Providence to many of them in this world, or to all of them in the world to come, O what a full confirmation is this to our faith!

STEPHEN CHARNOCK - Men may have atheistical hearts without atheistical heads.

THOMAS BROOKS - He that doth not believe that there is a God, is more vile then a devil. To deny there is a God, is a sort of atheism that is not to be found in hell.

Other Puritan Quotes:



Thomas, I. The Golden Treasury of Puritan Quotations (electronic ed.). Simpsonville SC: Christian Classics Foundation, 1996.

Answer by Dr. Joseph R. Nally, Jr.

Dr. Joseph R. Nally, Jr., D.D., M.Div. is the Theological Editor at Third Millennium Ministries (Thirdmill).