Is Atheism A Religion?


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Stewart Pinkerton Profile
No, quite the reverse
Bryn Profile
Bryn answered
Sure, just like not playing hockey is a sport, bald is a hair color, and not collecting stamps is a hobby.
Brady Profile
Brady answered
Atheism is, by definition, the lack of religion and belief in god.
shar pik Profile
shar pik answered

In the same way bald is a hair color.

Nick Perez Profile
Nick Perez answered

No it is not. It is the exact opposite. It is an exuse for religus people to have a come back that dosn't make sense like their own religion

Rozanne Baptiste Profile

I think it can be used as a kind of religion. Because, religion is often there so that a person can sort of "meditate and reflect" on what they take to be true deep down. If a person deep down takes there to be no God, and they use atheistic material to sort of "affirm" their self, then I think they are acting quite sort of "religiously". Whatever you think at the deepest-most level, there isn't any real need to constantly go over that thing that one thinks deep down. Its unnecessary because, life goes on without the need for constant analysis or appraisal of what the higher reality of life and the universe might be. Some people are very enthusiastic atheists. Either they are just into expressing what they feel deep-down, or they just enjoy thinking and re-thinking on the subject of the improbability of God. I've dabbled in non-belief recently, and it's definitely a boost to how one feels to take there to be no afterlife to worry about. It took a lot of effort on my part however. It required faith. Not that all atheists are coming from a place of "faith". They might genuinely not fear the possibility of their being a God (or an equivalent belief like karma/retribution).

Kal Yoshida Profile
Kal Yoshida answered
No, atheism is a belief. Religion is the belief in and worship of a god or gods whereas atheism is the belief that there is no god.
Tris Stock Profile
Tris Stock answered
No. For all intents and purposes, a religion requires faith in the existence of a deity or set of deities. The atheist lacks this faith.
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Rozanne Baptiste
Rozanne Baptiste commented
But in the face of uncertainty (which is factual for all us human beings) they have faith that there is no deity.

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