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    Re: Is atheism a religion

    Quote Originally Posted by obvious Child View Post
    I hope he's joking, but if serious, he's scrapping the underside of the barrel.
    To be 100% honest, I actually thought the main thrust of that page was satire.

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    Re: Is atheism a religion

    Quote Originally Posted by obvious Child View Post
    You would think so, but a few people here are arguing that any belief, any lack of belief and any rejection of a belief is a religion.

    I have a belief that your vase in your avatar picture is ugly. That is now a religion.
    It's not vase ...it is a ewer ( a water pitcher) with a dollar on it... Get it? ...Buck Ewer...? In any case there is no accounting for people's taste, but there is accounting for not understanding the language.
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    Re: Is atheism a religion

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Grimm View Post
    Yeah, why not. Let's look it up so you can feel smart.

    FOLKLORE:
    Noun
    1. The traditional beliefs, customs, and stories of a community, passed through the generations by word of mouth.
    2. A body of popular myth and beliefs relating to a particular place, activity, or group of people.


    Well, since the Bible is not myth, it doesn't qualify under the definition of "folklore."

    Nice try though.
    I like how you skipped definition one and went straight to two. Then you went and bolded the word myth and asserted that the bible isnt a myth. True the bible exists but the stories inside are indeed myth, that is unless you could prove otherwise.

    Oh wait all that you have is faith though. Oops guess you cant prove the bible is anything more than just a collection of myths. The sad part was that i left you an out but you dont know too much about the word folklore so you missed it. oh well good day.

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    Re: Is atheism a religion

    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry View Post
    Aw, come on Jerry.

    I could start a "church" if I wanted to, and could probably scrape up some followers. Church with juice and boobs, maybe?

    Would that be considered a "true church"... a belief, so to speak?

    Come on.
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    Re: Is atheism a religion

    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry View Post
    Atheist chaplins.
    "Chaplain"

    I'm sorry. I just... It's chaplain, not chaplin.

    *snip*
    The rest of your post is chock-full of the type of reasoning one sees in a child, unfortunately, and is thus worthy of no response besides derision.

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    Re: Is atheism a religion

    Quote Originally Posted by Xsnake1 View Post
    Is atheism a religion
    Hmm. I would say yes but no. Atheism is the equivalent of monotheism in this regard. It's a category of religion but is not a religion in and of itself.

    I'm speaking of "atheism" as I believe that term is generally understood.
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    Re: Is atheism a religion

    Quote Originally Posted by TheGirlNextDoor View Post
    Aw, come on Jerry.

    I could start a "church" if I wanted to, and could probably scrape up some followers. Church with juice and boobs, maybe?

    Would that be considered a "true church"... a belief, so to speak?

    Come on.
    Sure it would and I'd happy to join said church.

    When you have Unitarian humanistic socialist churches just about any culture with sufficient believers could be considered a religion. There has to be something to believe in however; thus boobs and juice. (Very tangible I might add, an excellent choice)
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    Re: Is atheism a religion

    Quote Originally Posted by SmokeAndMirrors View Post
    Most atheists don't believe that no god exists.

    They simply don't believe claims made by the religious, because there's no evidence for them.

    Rejecting someone else's positive claim is not a belief.
    Not sure if there is some official definition everyone is supposed to live by, but based on the first definition f the first site that comes up in a google search, Atheism is
    "Atheism is, in a broad sense, the rejection of belief in the existence of deities.[1][2] In a narrower sense, atheism is specifically the position that there are no deities.[3][4][5] Most inclusively, atheism is simply the absence of belief that any deities exist.[4][5][6][7] Atheism is contrasted with theism,[8][9] which in its most general form is the belief that at least one deity exists."

    You sound like you are more defining agnostics...people that just dont know. Atheists are more like "hey...religious people...**** you!!! Yeah!!!"

    Personally...I dont believe in atheists.

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    Re: Is atheism a religion

    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry View Post
    Atheist chaplins. You have to belong to a religious institution in order to become a chaplin. The very word "chaplin" means a member of the chappel or church.

    In order for an atheist chaplin to exist, there has to be a church of atheism.
    It's an atheist chaplin!

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    Re: Is atheism a religion

    Quote Originally Posted by VanceMack View Post
    Not sure if there is some official definition everyone is supposed to live by, but based on the first definition f the first site that comes up in a google search, Atheism is
    "Atheism is, in a broad sense, the rejection of belief in the existence of deities.[1][2] In a narrower sense, atheism is specifically the position that there are no deities.[3][4][5] Most inclusively, atheism is simply the absence of belief that any deities exist.[4][5][6][7] Atheism is contrasted with theism,[8][9] which in its most general form is the belief that at least one deity exists."

    You sound like you are more defining agnostics...people that just dont know. Atheists are more like "hey...religious people...**** you!!! Yeah!!!"

    Personally...I dont believe in atheists.
    Notice it gives two definitions and you choose to believe only one of them: the one that suits you.

    You're incorrect. Agnosticism is a completely different subject. Atheism and agnosticism are not part of a continuum.

    Agnosticism is addressing the question of what kind of knowledge is possible. Atheism is not. It is only addressing what knowledge we have. For the overwhelming majority of atheist, that conclusion is that there is presently no reason to believe in a deity -- the positive claims made by theists. It is not that we can make a positive claim that there are no deities for certain.

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