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Greg Graffin

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Vocalist in group Bad Religion

Graffin was asked by MAB: Q: Do you even believe in Hell? GG: No. Q: In God? GG: No.


From "God Song" on Against the Grain:

       Religion is just synthetic frippery
       unnecessary in our expanding global culture efficiency...


and "Operation Rescue" from the same disc:

       If no one believed in fairy tales
       there would be nothing they could do but fail
       yet everywhere we look someone is trying to
       reassure our moral benevolence as a people...


From "God's Love" on The Empire Strikes First:

       An aberrant crack as skeletons yield to unrelenting gravity
       While viruses prowl for helpless victims who succumb rapidly
       Tell me! Tell me where is the love in a careless creation
       When there's no above?
       There's no justice - just a cause and a cure
       And a bounty of suffering
       It seems we all endure
       And what I'm frightened of is that they call it God's love


and "Atheist Peace" from the same album:

       "Tell me what we


INTERVIEW WITH DISCOVERY

From a Discovery Interview with Greg Graffin October 6 2010.

Q. You've criticized theism for three decades, but ultimately found contentment through naturalism. How is this different than "spiritual but not religious"?

Greg Graffin: I call myself a naturalist as opposed to an atheist, but there are different styles. Some people just like to be close to nature. And some people actually worship nature, which is too wishy-washy because—like a lot of religious believers—they don't depend on facts. I have great hope and faith, but it's a humanistic faith based in facts; you have to believe that facts exist. We can all arrive at the same facts if we engage in the process of experimentation, observation, and verification, which can solve more of the world's major problems than a debate over whether God does or doesn't exist.

Q. Do you feel it's an improvement that many theists are backing away from Young Earth creationism, and instead viewing evolution as a divinely ordained process? A. It's an improvement, but it would be a huge improvement if you take God out of the question entirely....