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    Re: Is atheism a religion

    Quote Originally Posted by Anagram View Post
    No, by pretty much every definition of religion it isn't. I don't understand why this is something that a lot of people feel the need to argue for. If atheism is a religion it makes all atheists hypocrites I guess. I just think there are better ways to attack it if that's what you want.
    Depends on what definition you use.
    4: a cause, principle, or system of beliefs held to with ardor and faith
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    Re: Is atheism a religion

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    That would make them agnostic, not atheist.
    No, it wouldn't. See explanation above.

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    Re: Is atheism a religion

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Grimm View Post
    You don't see the flaw in your logic here?
    No. Because what you fail to realize is that atheism is not dogmatic. Atheism, in the deity debate, is basically just a placeholder where knowledge does not presently exist.

    You're thinking of atheism as a religion. It isn't.

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    Re: Is atheism a religion

    Quote Originally Posted by davidtaylorjr View Post
    Depends on what definition you use.
    No, it depends how selective and rule-dependent your thinking is. The absence of a belief is not a belief. Your inability to conceive of a lack of belief does not make it one.
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    Re: Is atheism a religion

    Quote Originally Posted by Manc Skipper View Post
    No, it depends how selective and rule-dependent your thinking is. The absence of a belief is not a belief. Your inability to conceive of a lack of belief does not make it one.
    It's not an absence of a belief. It is the belief that there is no God.
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    Re: Is atheism a religion

    Quote Originally Posted by davidtaylorjr View Post
    It's not an absence of a belief. It is the belief that there is no God.
    You keep telling yourself that, if you repeat it enough times, you might even convince yourself that it's true.

    Reality doesn't seem to mean much to you people.
    There is nothing demonstrably true that religion can provide the world that cannot be achieved more rationally through entirely secular means.

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    Re: Is atheism a religion

    Atheism is not a religion.

    Although many atheists may have dogmatic faith in their belief that god does not exist.
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    Re: Is atheism a religion

    Quote Originally Posted by SmokeAndMirrors View Post
    No, it wouldn't. See explanation above.
    Please point me toward alleged explanation. "Above" doesn't narrow it down enough to find.
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    Re: Is atheism a religion

    Nope. Atheism is not a religion..religion is and of its self is a crutch.

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    Re: Is atheism a religion

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    Please point me toward alleged explanation. "Above" doesn't narrow it down enough to find.
    *sigh* What's wrong with the search function, exactly?

    Agnosticism is a position about what is knowable. Atheism is practical philosophy based on the knowledge we have.

    Use the search function.

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