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    Is atheism a religion
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    Re: Is atheism a religion

    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.
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    Re: Is atheism a religion

    A lack of belief is not a belief. Atheism is not a religion or a belief.

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    Re: Is atheism a religion

    Absolutely not. In my experience nearly all who label it so are religious themselves and do so in an attempt to discredit the stance.

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    Re: Is atheism a religion

    Don't know, don't care.


    In other news, is an apple a banana?

    Is an acorn an oak tree?

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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.

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    Re: Is atheism a religion

    No, but it can become an extensive worldview that may allow many of the benefits of religion in a more secular context (morality, charity, etc etc.).
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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.
    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.

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    Re: Is atheism a religion

    Quote Originally Posted by a351 View Post
    Absolutely not. In my experience nearly all who label it so are religious themselves and do so in an attempt to discredit the stance.
    Yup. And I always find that really ironic.

    At its core, they're defending religious as something good. So... they try to label atheism as a "religion" in order to discredit it? But I thought religion was good.

    It makes me wonder if a lot of religious people know what shaky ground they're on when trying to tell an atheist they should believe.

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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.


    Atheist, agnostic, potato, tomato... I think that's a hair-splitting definition but whatever works for ya.

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    Re: Is atheism a religion

    Quote Originally Posted by SmokeAndMirrors View Post
    Yup. And I always find that really ironic.

    At its core, they're defending religious as something good. So... they try to label atheism as a "religion" in order to discredit it? But I thought religion was good.

    It makes me wonder if a lot of religious people know what shaky ground they're on when trying to tell an atheist they should believe.
    I think its more trying to make atheists look like hypocrites for having a religion, than it is saying that religion is bad.
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