‘Then why call him God?’— Epicurus never said what everyone thinks he did

A popular, but totally misattributed, meme

This popular quote is often posted on atheist and freethinking blogs, Facebook pages, and Twitter feeds. The more astute observers will have noticed that in none of the postings is the source of this quote ever cited. There is a reason for that. The following is an excerpt from my current book, Dangerous Ideas.