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    Re: Is atheism a religion

    Quote Originally Posted by Manc Skipper View Post
    Febrile: Having a fever. A - Febrile: Not having a fever.
    Tonal: Having tone. A-Tonal. Not having tone.
    Theism: Belief in a god or gods. A-Theism: Not having a belief in a god or gods.

    See how that works? Atheists don't believe there are no gods, they just don't have a belief that there are any, which is the default position.
    But it's not just the "unbelief" with some of you....it's the insistence that others believe as you do....that's the part where it almost becomes dogmatic and a "religion" itself. It's really no different than a Christian or a Muslim saying "you're wrong"....the only difference is that Atheism doesn't have the reward/punishment afterlife that religions do.

    Do YOU see where I am coming from?

    You can quote definitions all day long and I can quote you scripture all day long.

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    Re: Is atheism a religion

    Quote Originally Posted by OldWorldOrder View Post
    But some religions aren't theist: Confucianism, Daoism. I mean...you agree they're religions, yes? I mean, regardless of what you believe, they're typically considered religions. So are Confucianism and Daoism not religions? Or are religions a set of beliefs about mankind's place in...everything? Cause if they are, atheism is one.
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    Re: Is atheism a religion

    Quote Originally Posted by Manc Skipper View Post
    Havng lost the argument you shift ground. Not A-typical.
    I never shifted ground. Do you know how to read? Read my first post in this thread. If you don't know how to read, what are you doing? If there's some middle ground between them, why are being accusatory when you clearly didn't do your homework? Hmm. Weird. Do better next time, you're pathetic:

    Quote Originally Posted by OldWorldOrder View Post
    I'd say it's a religion, if we define a religion as a belief system about mankind's place in the omniverse.
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    Re: Is atheism a religion

    Quote Originally Posted by Steelplate View Post
    But it's not just the "unbelief" with some of you....it's the insistence that others believe as you do....that's the part where it almost becomes dogmatic and a "religion" itself. It's really no different than a Christian or a Muslim saying "you're wrong"....the only difference is that Atheism doesn't have the reward/punishment afterlife that religions do.

    Do YOU see where I am coming from?

    You can quote definitions all day long and I can quote you scripture all day long.
    It's not my definition. Believers applied it in a derogatory way to people who did not share their belief. Who else but a-theists are defined by what they are not?

    "Often a non-Christian knows something about the earth, the heavens, and the other parts of the world, about the motions and orbits of the stars and even their sizes and distances,... and this knowledge he holds with certainty from reason and experience. It is thus offensive and disgraceful for an unbeliever to hear a Christian talk nonsense about such things, claiming that what he is saying is based in Scripture. We should do all that we can to avoid such an embarrassing situation, which people see as ignorance in the Christian and laugh to scorn." -St. Augustine
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    Re: Is atheism a religion

    Quote Originally Posted by OldWorldOrder View Post
    I never shifted ground. Do you know how to read? Read my first post in this thread. If you don't know how to read, what are you doing? If there's some middle ground between them, why are being accusatory when you clearly didn't do your homework? Hmm. Weird. Do better next time, you're pathetic:
    We were correcting your false impression that atheists "Believe there is no god" I schooled you on the fact that they simply lack such a belief, which is not the same thing.
    You shifted ground. Predictably.
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    Re: Is atheism a religion

    Quote Originally Posted by OldWorldOrder View Post
    I'd say it's a religion, if we define a religion as a belief system about mankind's place in the omniverse.
    So you accept Jedi-ism as a religion?

    Atheism is not a religion by your definition as it makes no statements or beliefs upon mankind's place in the omniverse
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    Re: Is atheism a religion

    Quote Originally Posted by Manc Skipper View Post
    It's not my definition. Believers applied it in a derogatory way to people who did not share their belief. Who else but a-theists are defined by what they are not?

    "Often a non-Christian knows something about the earth, the heavens, and the other parts of the world, about the motions and orbits of the stars and even their sizes and distances,... and this knowledge he holds with certainty from reason and experience. It is thus offensive and disgraceful for an unbeliever to hear a Christian talk nonsense about such things, claiming that what he is saying is based in Scripture. We should do all that we can to avoid such an embarrassing situation, which people see as ignorance in the Christian and laugh to scorn." -St. Augustine
    I don't.....I am cool with you and your fellow atheists not believing....

    I do realize that I am in the minority though.

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    Re: Is atheism a religion

    Quote Originally Posted by obvious Child View Post
    So you accept Jedi-ism as a religion?
    That's a religion I could get behind.
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    Re: Is atheism a religion

    I'm a registered Jedi from the last UK census. We came in as the fourth biggest religion.

    Jedi Knights demand Britain's fourth largest 'religion' receives recognition | Mail Online
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