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Is atheism a religon?

Updated on December 5, 2013

Is atheism a religion?

Most atheist would say, "No, that's like saying that off is a tv channel."

Some non-atheists would say, "Yes of coarse, it is a world view."

Only one of them can be right.

I will examine which one is correct below.

Please comment. If you have an objection to my argument, or I forgot something, let me know and I will try to address it.

First Thoughts

Before you read this article, do you think that atheism is a religion?

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First Thoughts

Before you read this article, do you think that atheism is a religion?

Is atheism a religion?

This argument is about us having different definitions of religion. So here is the definition from the dictionary.


a : the state of a religious

b (1) : the service and worship of God or the supernatural (2) : commitment or devotion to religious faith or observance


: a personal set or institutionalized system of religious attitudes, beliefs, and practices


archaic : scrupulous conformity : conscientiousness


: a cause, principle, or system of beliefs held to with ardor and faith

Does that sound like atheism to you? The first three ways of defining it don't but, "a cause, principle, or system of beliefs held to with ardor and faith " kind of sounds like it might be. Atheism is a cause for my the universe the way that it is. It can be held as a principle to others. And it is a system of beliefs (to clarify any negative belief, "I don't believe X" is logically equivalent to its contrapositve, "I do believe in X." So atheism is in fact a belief.) But that does not make it a religion. For it to be a religion it has to be held with ardor and faith. Lets define ardor and faith.

Ardor- "intense emotion: great passion, enthusiasm, or eagerness"

I suppose you could find a atheist that show ardor about being a atheist, so by these definitions that atheist would be religious. But not all atheists would show ardor. So far we he have shown that atheism can be a religion but it is not necessarily religious.



belief or trust: belief in, devotion to, or trust in somebody or something, especially without logical proof

"I wouldn't put my faith in him to straighten things out."


religion or religious group: a system of religious belief, or the group of people who adhere to it


trust in God: belief in and devotion to God

"Her faith is unwavering."


set of beliefs: a strongly held set of beliefs or principles

"people of different political faiths"


loyalty: allegiance or loyalty to somebody or something"

Atheism is a belief and according to our first definition faith is a belief or trust. And according to the fourth definition faith is a set of beliefs. That sounds like atheism to me. So according to the lexical definition of religion atheism is a religion.

Update: Atheism and Theism

I was told by @titan that people were saying that my argument hinges not only on the definition of religion but also on the definition of atheism. The same guy also said that theism is not a belief.

So here is the proper definition of atheism

1. unbelief in God or deities: disbelief in the existence of God or deities

There is no"2" that is the only definition of atheism. If the guy was saying that my argument doesn't hold up because not all atheists are the same then think again. My argument would cover every single person that fits this definition.

Also here is the definition of theism

1. belief in God: belief that one God created and rules humans and the world, not necessarily accompanied by belief in divine revelation such as through the Bible


belief in god or gods: belief in the existence of a god or gods

So yeah theism is a belief.

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      titanslayer 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Send the youtuber back here, I have my response to his objection.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I sent your page to someone on youtube, he said the following

      "His argument is that atheism is a religion. You directed to bad arguments from squidoo to back this claim. Even IF atheism is the belief there is not god (which is not the most inclusive definition of the term...thus my point that the argument ALSO hinges upon how we define atheism) that single belief, that there is no god, does not make it a religion. Similarly, "theism" is not a belief. It's state of belief regarding the existence of gods. Same goes for "atheism".

      You should update the page to address his objection better. if you reply to this and let me know if you update the page I will send him back her. Thanks for your time.

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      titanslayer 5 years ago

      I just wanted to say, I misclicked when I was taking my polls on the page, so the polling on this page is a bit off.