Atheists are not fully human

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Catholic church[edit]

Some Catholic leaders claim that atheists are not fully human. [1]

"Man is by nature and vocation a religious being. Coming from God, going toward God, man lives a fully human life only if he freely lives by his bond with God. [2]"

"There is something not totally human if you leave out transcendent [God] and you [atheists] are not fully human. They have an impoverished understanding to what it is to be human. We are all made by God."

— Cardinal Cormac Murphy O’Connor [1]


"It is an empirical observation that men without a strong and lasting faith in a Supreme Being are less capable, less ethical and less valuable to themselves and society....A man without an abiding faith is, by observation alone, more of a thing than a man. [3]"