Starting this year, we will be highlighting a well-known atheist or freethinker who embodies the philosophy and feeling of the Kentucky Freethought Convention. Our first selection is Isaac Asimov, who has been chosen for his achievements in literature — both in science fiction and non-fiction — and his outspoken atheism.
I am an atheist, out and out. It took me a long time to say it. I’ve been an atheist for years and years, but somehow I felt it was intellectually unrespectable to say one was an atheist, because it assumed knowledge that one didn’t have. Somehow, it was better to say one was a humanist or an agnostic. I finally decided that I’m a creature of emotion as well as of reason. Emotionally, I am an atheist. I don’t have the evidence to prove that God doesn’t exist, but I so strongly suspect he doesn’t that I don’t want to waste my time.
Isaac Asimov, Free Inquiry, Vol. 2, Spring 1982, p. 9.