February 24, 2009

Is Atheism a Religion???

You Decide

Many people will often say that Atheism is a religion. But an Atheist will strongly disagree. They deny that Atheism is a religion. They tend to point to their lack of a written doctrine and the lack of a supreme being as proof. They say that “Atheism = No Religion.” And, to call it a religion would cause confusion.

But ask yourself “Why is it NOT a religion?” And “Why is it a religion?” Read the following facts and statements. Then you decide for yourself.

12 comments:

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Oscar Gecko said...

Thank you.

It is good to hear from ya.

I hope to find more interesting things to blog about.

PhillyChief said...

Many people will often say that Atheism is a religion.

Maybe in your cloistered little world. Many people think they were abducted by aliens, too.


FYI - secular humanism doesn't equal atheism

So is the Monroe Doctrine a religion?

What wouldn't be a religion?

I ask again, why are you hell bent on declaring atheism a religion? Don't say clarity, because clearly your efforts to stretch the definition of "religion" renders the word useless because it could then be applied to virtually everything, so why?

Oscar Gecko said...

Please read the entire post, not just a selective bit.

If you take a poll on an atheist site, you are probably right. But search for Kauffman vs. McCaughty.

PhillyChief said...

I read the entire post. Please read my entire comment, not just a selective bit, and address the questions.

I know Kaufman vs McCaughty. Essentially, they're saying that because atheism has an opinion on religion and it's subjects, then it "qualifies as Kaufman's religion for purposes of the First Amendment claims he is attempting to raise." By that standard, Nazis are a Jewish organization for it has opinions about Jews.

Oscar Gecko said...

I think you missed my point in the final paragraph. It is supposed to make you think, not to prove a point. That was why I asked, "Has Atheism fallen into a similar paradox?"

PhillyChief said...

You cite a division of a religion as analogous to atheism, and then claim it was to make people think? Yeah, think atheism is a religion thanks to your comparison.

Feel free to respond to my original questions at any time.

Oscar Gecko said...

I did answered your question in another blog post and you didn't like the answer I gave. It is a "belief." It is no more a proven fact than any other "religion."

I was only getting people to think about it. As I stated...

But ask yourself “Why isn’t it a religion?” And “Why is it a religion?” Read the following facts and statements. Then you decide for yourself.

PhillyChief said...

This will probably be my last attempt. There were several questions in my first comment.

Oscar Gecko said...

** "So is the Monroe Doctrine a religion?"
-- No, the Monroe Doctrine, as far as I know is not a religion. It was the name of a written policy of the US Government. Atheism has no written policy or doctrine. That is aside from books and such from persons like Richard Dawkins and (arguably) Madalyn Murray O'Hair.

** "What wouldn't be a religion?"
-- You can be religious about almost anything. The real question is this, Is Atheism a religion? A belief? And Why? (Not just a Yes or No question.)

The reason I am so "hell bent on declaring atheism a religion," is it is a Belief. The Monroe Doctrine is not a Belief.

Often times, I see Atheism being cited to be a Position. What is the rationale to call it a Position? Why are atheists so hell bent on declaring atheism a position? What is the difference?

Shea said...

I think it is a religion. I also think that global warming is a religion. It's a theory that can not be proved and can not be disproved. It's a belief system.

RevOxley said...

First let me say, welcome to Entrecard, I just approved your request...

Secondly (removing my moderation hat here, my views do not reflect those of Entrecard, it's members, or the rest of the staff): As an Atheist and a former Christian/Christian Minister I have to say that My own personal Atheistic life is almost like a religion...yep, I said it....

For some it is simply a denial of god, or a lack of belief in god, and that i would say is definitely not a religion....it is, by my own personal understanding, a complete and total lack of religion and belief...

personally though, I actively believe that God is a lie...I try to explain that and more or less spread that information and the story of my deconversion to believers and non-believers because I believe it to be beneficial to mankind (much like you witness to people)...i guess it makes me kind of an Evangelical Atheist... So the NeoAtheist movement (Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins etc) may not want to admit it, but to me they very much seem like semi-religious groups .... or at least they uphold some sort of belief...

but are we dogmatic...probably not...but you can look at it from so many different perspectives and see it so many different ways

anyway, check out my blog at http://ragingrev.com

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