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Is atheism a religion?


Properly defined religion is “a set of beliefs concerning the nature and purpose of the universe, generally agreed upon by a number of persons; something one believes in and follows devotedly.” So you don’t need God to have a religion. All you need are some prophets (e.g. Christopher Hitchens and Sam Harris), an authoritative book (e.g. The God Delusion), an ultimate concern (e.g., the self, reason), a church (e.g. the Freedom from Religion Foundation) and a devout belief (e.g. evolution and science). Thoughts?

 

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    CH Elijah Sadaphal (Dr CHE Sadaphal) 13 months ago

    Interesting. I wonder: in your perception does atheism thus represent absolute truth? And does this mean people are born atheists by nature and then are taught religion?


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    CH Elijah Sadaphal (Dr CHE Sadaphal) 13 months ago

    Indeed. There is a huge difference between how it is defined historically, in the dictionary, and how it is used in modern parlance. Tillich once wrote it was an "ultimate concern" which could mean anything.

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    CH Elijah Sadaphal (Dr CHE Sadaphal) 13 months ago

    Questions are great so one doesn't fall into the trap of presuming what others think. This way I can make an assessment with real-life proof. The Q is likely asked because as this forum suggests, there are many modern interpretations of "religion."

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    CH Elijah Sadaphal (Dr CHE Sadaphal) 13 months ago

    According to the definition of dictionary.com, a supernatural component is often associated with "religion" but not a requirement of it. I also have yet to meet an atheist who knew the of the purpose of the universe. Thx for your answer.

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    Eric Dierker (Ericdierker) 13 months ago

    I think you are confusing spirituality/faith with religion. Religions are groups of protocols, dogmas, doctrines and commonality.


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