The idea that God is an oversized white male with a flowing beard who sits in the sky and tallies the fall of every sparrow is ludicrous. But if by God one means the set of physical laws that govern the universe, then clearly there is such a God. This God is emotionally unsatisfying... it does not make much sense to pray to the law of gravity.An atheist has to know a lot more than I know. An atheist is someone who knows there is no god. By some definitions atheism is very stupid.These are some things that hydrogen atoms do, given 15 billion years of cosmic evolution
- Carl Sagan
1980, pp. 337_338.