Bertrand Russell is one of my atheistic and skeptical heros; he has been quoted here many times before. He is one of the most intellectually honest people in world history. In the following video from 1959, a solid decade before his death in 1970, he discusses his opinion in God, morality/ethics, the lack of the after life, and the fact that there are atheists in foxholes; to quote him again:
Well there can’t be a practical reason to believing what isn’t true. I rule it out as impossible. Either a thing is true or it isn’t. If it is true you should believe it and if it isn’t you shouldn’t. And if you cannot find out if it is true or isn’t you should suspend judgement. It seems to me a fundamental dishonesty and a fundamental treachery to intellectual integrity to hold a belief because you think it is useful and not because you think it is true.
Nobel Prize-winning philosopher/mathematician, Bertrand Russell, explains why he does not believe in God. - Courtesy of CBC TV Retro Bites - via http://www.atheistmedia.com