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    Re: Is atheism a religion

    Quote Originally Posted by Xsnake1 View Post
    Is atheism a religion
    Atheism is no more of a religion than theism is. Both just describe a type of belief or attitude towards God.

    I think atheism gets called a religion because atheism has become more than a belief in a certain sense, particularly in the West. It's turned into a movement of sorts as many vocal atheists seem to have a shared collection of beliefs about theism, religion, religious people and the world, in general. When people see that, they feel the need to label it as something and religion seems like an apt label given the subjects that prominent atheists and atheist movements tend to concern themselves with. However, I would just say that it's a movement rather than a religion. That's more accurate.

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    Re: Is atheism a religion

    Quote Originally Posted by ThePlayDrive View Post
    False.



    I always chuckle when I see atheists claim "belief that no god exists" is not a definition of atheism when all they have to do is go to the dictionary to find out that that is not true. For a group of people who are always on their high horses about evidence and not making false claims, you guys sure do seem to lack the latter and do the former often.
    I'm not surprised, after decades of this kind of falsification. But you go into philosophy, which is what atheism belongs to, and you find that not only is "atheist" never used that way, but there are different terms for people who believe there is no god.

    There are lots of words that are used incorrectly so often that some dictionaries now include originally erroneous definitions of words. That's how dictionaries work: they follow the trends of language, even when they make no sense, or when it completely contradicts the other definitions of the word.

    But if you want to talk about philosophy, which if you're talking about atheism, you do, equating atheism with a positive belief is not only nonsensical, given the root of the word itself, but will get you immediately corrected by anyone who knows anything about the subject.

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    Re: Is atheism a religion

    Quote Originally Posted by SmokeAndMirrors View Post
    And yet statistically there are so few of them.
    Can you link to the statistics?

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    Re: Is atheism a religion

    Quote Originally Posted by Goshin View Post
    Don't know, don't care.


    In other news, is an apple a banana?

    Is an acorn an oak tree?

    If a bear craps in the woods, is he Catholic?


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    ... if you're asking whether atheism is an unproveable belief, then yeah it is... the existence of God can neither be proven nor disproven scientifically at this time.
    Basically, many things are taken on "faith".

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    Re: Is atheism a religion

    Atheism, like Theism, is nonsense. Neither have any idea what the hell they are talking about because both claim to know what isn't known.

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    Re: Is atheism a religion

    Quote Originally Posted by SmokeAndMirrors View Post
    I'm not surprised, after decades of this kind of falsification. But you go into philosophy, which is what atheism belongs to, and you find that not only is "atheist" never used that way, but there are different terms for people who believe there is no god.

    There are lots of words that are used incorrectly so often that some dictionaries now include originally erroneous definitions of words. That's how dictionaries work: they follow the trends of language, even when they make no sense, or when it completely contradicts the other definitions of the word.

    But if you want to talk about philosophy, which if you're talking about atheism, you do, equating atheism with a positive belief is not only nonsensical, given the root of the word itself, but will get you immediately corrected by anyone who knows anything about the subject.
    If atheism is defined as "belief that there is no God" in the dictionary, then someone who tells me that it can't be defined as such wouldn't be "correcting me." They would be denying reality. Now, if they want to make the argument that "lack of belief in God" should be the only definition, then that's fine and that's as far as it goes.

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    Re: Is atheism a religion

    If I say "yes", can I have tax exempt status?
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    Being a psychiatric patient does not mean that you are mentally ill.



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    Re: Is atheism a religion

    Quote Originally Posted by ThePlayDrive View Post
    If atheism is defined as "belief that there is no God" in the dictionary, then someone who tells me that it can't be defined as such wouldn't be "correcting me." They would be denying reality. Now, if they want to make the argument that "lack of belief in God" should be the only definition, then that's fine and that's as far as it goes.
    I can't imagine what might happen to your cranium if two dictionaries disagreed with each other, which happens, well, constantly.

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    Re: Is atheism a religion

    Quote Originally Posted by Thorgasm View Post
    If I say "yes", can I have tax exempt status?
    For that you need to be an oil company. Where do we send you your check?

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    Re: Is atheism a religion

    Quote Originally Posted by Anagram View Post
    If atheism is a religion it makes all atheists hypocrites I guess.
    Atheism isn't the lack of religion, it's simply the lack of belief in a deity. There are a few religions around that don't have deities.
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