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    Re: Is atheism a religion

    It depends on how you define religion. If you mean something that has beliefs and goals inherent in it, then absolutely not, it doesn't meet any of those criteria, but if you mean something that defines a position with regard to religious belief, I have no problem identifying atheism along that continuum, it is the lack of belief in any of the supernatural things that other religions believe in.
    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

    Quote Originally Posted by Goshin View Post
    ... 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.
    Luckily, that has nothing to do with what atheism actually is. Atheism is the rejection of claims made by the religious about the supernatural, based on a lack of objective evidence to support them.
    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

    Quote Originally Posted by Goshin View Post
    Atheist, agnostic, potato, tomato... I think that's a hair-splitting definition but whatever works for ya.
    Words have meanings for a reason. You don't get to reject what words mean, just because it makes you uncomfortable.
    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

    Quote Originally Posted by ThePlayDrive View Post
    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.
    In case it hasn't occurred to you, dictionaries are written by people and people's personal biases can, and do, translate to what gets written there.
    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

    Quote Originally Posted by Xsnake1 View Post
    Is atheism a religion
    Oh, for ****'s sake, no.

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    Re: Is atheism a religion

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    Religion | Define Religion at Dictionary.com

    a set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe, esp. when considered as the creation of a superhuman agency or agencies, usually involving devotional and ritual observances, and often containing a moral code governing the conduct of human affairs.
    This defines Science as a religion if you ignore the expanded definition. Furthermore, atheism has no beliefs on superhuman creation, ritual observances or a moral code.

    a specific fundamental set of beliefs and practices generally agreed upon by a number of persons or sects: the Christian religion; the Buddhist religion.
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    the body of persons adhering to a particular set of beliefs and practices: a world council of religions.
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    the life or state of a monk, nun, etc.: to enter religion.
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    the practice of religious beliefs; ritual observance of faith.
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    something one believes in and follows devotedly; a point or matter of ethics or conscience: to make a religion of fighting prejudice.
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    religions, Archaic . religious rites.
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    Archaic . strict faithfulness; devotion: a religion to one's vow.
    How the heck does lack of belief meet any of these?
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    Re: Is atheism a religion

    Quote Originally Posted by Xsnake1 View Post
    Is atheism a religion
    No, but it can certainly be as passionate and, unfortunately on both accounts, just as bigoted.
    Be skeptical of anyone who wears a political label - party or ideology - with pride. Most of our problems are because people love to "debate" (it isn't debate, but they pretend it is), but are not interested in developing solutions. Solutions require empathy, thought, and compromise, and most folks aren't interested.

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    Re: Is atheism a religion

    Quote Originally Posted by obvious Child View Post
    This defines Science as a religion if you ignore the expanded definition. Furthermore, atheism has no beliefs on superhuman creation, ritual observances or a moral code.



    How the heck does lack of belief meet any of these?
    If you are an atheist then you most likely believe in the theory of evolution, the big bag theory and any numerous theories not rooted in a belief of a deity. So you do believe something.
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    Re: Is atheism a religion

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    If you are an atheist then you most likely believe in the theory of evolution, the big bag theory and any numerous theories not rooted in a belief of a deity. So you do believe something.
    I believe in single-malt 16-year-olds. Do I get a tax break? Believe me, I pray to them, often nightly and sometimes several times a night.
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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.
    True that.

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