Anonymous asked in Society & CultureReligion & Spirituality · 1 decade ago

Thomas Edison, a communist....?

I have been called a communist numerous times for being an atheist.

"Nature is what we know. We do not know the gods of religions. And nature is not kind, or merciful, or loving. If God made me -- the fabled God of the three qualities of which I spoke: mercy, kindness, love -- He also made the fish I catch and eat. And where do His mercy, kindness, and love for that fish come in? No; nature made us -- nature did it all -- not the gods of the religions." Thomas Edison

"The Bible is not my book nor Christianity my profession. I could never give assent to the long, complicated statements of Christian dogma." Abraham Lincoln

"I have found Christian dogma unintelligible. Early in life, I absenteed myself from Christian assemblies." Benjamin Franklin

Would you call Thomas Edison, Abraham Lincoln and Benjamin Franklin communists????

6 Answers

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
    Best answer

    Communism is a form of Government. No.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Abraham Lincoln was a nationalist. Franklin..... he was all over the place in terms of religion and politics. He once wrote that he believed each planet had its own god (do you find that intelligent?), later he wrote that he saw great moral teachings in the Bible but so few ministers preached on it, they were merely polemic and attacking other churches.... in his autobiography he called deism a perversion not good for much. At the Constitutional Convention he called for daily prayers, and then supported a call for daily sermons. A month before his death he wrote he had some doubts as to the divinity of Jesus, but did not dwell on the matter much since he expected to die soon and find out all these answers from the Creator soon anyway. So trying to say Franklin was a Presbyterian, a deist, a Christian, a pagan, an atheist, or any other religion will be very poorly founded. He was kind of a little bit of everything, but abided by none of those things.

    As to Thomas Edison, I have not studied him.

  • 4 years ago

    The economy of China is SOCIALIST and has been that way sine 1949. What "Rooster" said is partially correct as it was more socialistic under Chairman Mao Tse Tung while the reforms were/are slower under the present leadership. Socialism is the transitional phase between Capitalism (of Sun Yat Sen and later Chiang Kai Shek nationalist "Kuomintang" party in China) and communism. China is ruled by a communist party (people who belong to a political party whose aim is to attain a communist economy at some distant time in the future).

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Nah, it's just a scare tactic that Western Christians use. Communism is a word with such instant negative connotations so they try to link atheism with it in an attempt to weaken atheism itself.

    And Thomas Edison was an elephant killer! I saw the video myself a couple of days ago...poor Topsy.

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  • alana
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    No but they were not all atheists either. Benjamin Franklin actually believed in many gods.

    The people who do do so because they have no true understanding of what the word means. A lot of people don't actually.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    You have an excellent point. I like being a buddhist beacause we blend atheism with religion verry smoothly.

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