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    Any belief, any lack of belief and any rejection of belief to constitute a religion

    I just want to get a clear picture on where people stand after it's been argued that any belief, any lack of belief and any rejection of belief constitutes a religion.
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    Re: Any belief, any lack of belief and any rejection of belief to constitute a religi

    You need to supply a specific definition of religion, there are many, and depending on the one applied, the answer will change.
    Either I'm right or you're wrong.

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    Re: Any belief, any lack of belief and any rejection of belief to constitute a religi

    I've always assumed some sort of religious belief was required in order to qualify as a religion. Maybe I'm just old fashioned.

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    Re: Any belief, any lack of belief and any rejection of belief to constitute a religi

    To be a religion, you need to define a structured set of beliefs. You must pick a god and a method of communicating with that god.

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    Re: Any belief, any lack of belief and any rejection of belief to constitute a religi

    Quote Originally Posted by a351 View Post
    I've always assumed some sort of religious belief was required in order to qualify as a religion. Maybe I'm just old fashioned.
    Wait, so rejection of wearing orange socks on Wednesday is not a religion?

    My lack of belief regarding polka-dot shirts in Uzbekistan is not a religion?
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    Re: Any belief, any lack of belief and any rejection of belief to constitute a religi

    Atheism is no more a religion than anarchy is a form of government.

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    Re: Any belief, any lack of belief and any rejection of belief to constitute a religi

    Quote Originally Posted by obvious Child View Post
    Wait, so rejection of wearing orange socks on Wednesday is not a religion?

    My lack of belief regarding polka-dot shirts in Uzbekistan is not a religion?
    I suppose not, but the rhetoric of the anti orange sock cultists is insufferable.

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    Re: Any belief, any lack of belief and any rejection of belief to constitute a religi

    Quote Originally Posted by obvious Child View Post
    I just want to get a clear picture on where people stand after it's been argued that any belief, any lack of belief and any rejection of belief constitutes a religion.
    I believe that I will have another beer, but that is not a religion.

    I do not believe that I will have another beer, but that is not lack of religion, simply my current state of mind.

    I will never have another beer, well that is simply a lie.
    “The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists to adapt the world to himself.
    Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” ― George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman

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    Re: Any belief, any lack of belief and any rejection of belief to constitute a religi

    Quote Originally Posted by ttwtt78640 View Post
    I believe that I will have another beer, but that is not a religion.

    I do not believe that I will have another beer, but that is not lack of religion, simply my current state of mind.

    I will never have another beer, well that is simply a lie.
    You better beware the beer fans. Some of them take beer consumption to religious like levels. Them and Futboll Fans. Some of them may shank you.

    Does worshiping beer constitute a religion? I guess so under these new criteria as to what's a religion.

    Doesn't this make us all multi-denominationalist? We all have millions of beliefs, lack of beliefs and rejection of beliefs and since those are now "religions" we're all multi-denominationalist
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    Re: Any belief, any lack of belief and any rejection of belief to constitute a religi

    This idea that atheism is a religion comes from certain theists who insist on putting a label they're familiar with on a philosophy that is completely alien to them. If it makes them feel better, who cares? I'm comfortable with my lack of belief. Let them call it whatever they want. It changes nothing to this fundamental aspect of my character.
    "Yes, but are you a Protestant atheist or a Catholic atheist?".- Northern Irish joke

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