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Is atheism a religion?

According to the dictionary, atheism is "disbelief or lack of belief in the existence of God or gods." I have come across many debates that have touched on this topic. It is in it's nature a highly sensitive topic as one has to tread very carefully when talking about a religion or a none religion of any sorts. Some people believe that atheism is a religion because a group of people form a unity and believe in something; which is that there is no God or gods. Others say there is no way that atheism can be a religion as religion is a belief in a particular entity being superior or the source of life! What are your thoughts? Please give reasons as to why you agree, disagree or are indifferent.

Yes, atheism is a religion

2 votes / 25% 2 votes / 25 %

No, atheism is not a religion

4 votes / 50% 4 votes / 50 %

I think it might be a religion although not fully

1 votes / 12% 1 votes / 12 %

I dont know what to call atheism

1 votes / 12% 1 votes / 12 %

Other

0 votes / 0% 0 votes
This poll has received 8 vote(s) so far.

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troberts102008 wrote on February 10, 2015, 11:16 AM

Honestly, I never thought about this lol, Definitely would make a great debate over though. I personally feel it may still be a religion.. Because of the belief that there is no existence of God or Gods.. So it's kind of like, belief of no belief (In my opinion of course)

MsBiz wrote on February 10, 2015, 11:24 AM

I don't see it as a religion because it's simply a lack of belief in a higher being that can encompass as many theories and lines of reasoning as there are (dis)believers. There's nothing unifying other than lack of belief--no common creed, set of values, etc.

phoenixmaid wrote on February 10, 2015, 1:43 PM

No it isn't a religion. the definition of religion is " The Action or conduct indicating belief in, obedience to, and reverence for a god, gods, or similar superhuman power; the performance of religious rites or observances. " (quote is from the Oxford English Dictonary )

Last Edited: February 10, 2015, 1:46 PM

elles-belles wrote on February 12, 2015, 5:35 AM

I have to say that I am of the same stance as all of you on this one! Although I have come across many people who seem to think that atheism is a form of religion for reasons such as the people who are part of this 'group' or who form the group all hold one believe and all believe in their own material strength and aesthetic talents instead of their being a supernatural being out there.
It is a very tricky topic and of course everyone is entitled to their opinion and interpretation!

Lushlala wrote on February 12, 2015, 10:43 AM

I don't really know what to call it, but it's definitely not a religion as such. Well, not in the true sense of the word anyway!

FourWalls wrote on February 15, 2015, 2:25 AM

Here's the definition of "religion" from the dictionary: "a set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe, especially when considered as the creation of a superhuman agency or agencies, usually involving devotional and ritual observances, and often containing a moral code governing the conduct of human affairs." Atheism has a set of beliefs regarding all those things; specifically, that they all came to be and exist without any supreme being.

I honestly think that atheists are far more interested in religion than the "religious folks." They read the Bible (yes, to look for contradictions or stories that make them say "I can't believe in a god that'll say that") and they're always out looking for nativity displays at Christmas time...

morilla wrote on February 17, 2015, 4:45 AM

It depends on the definition you use for a 'religion.' The Supreme Court has pronounced (in the 1960's, I think) that "deeply held moral and ethical beliefs" and that it need not include a belief in God or a Supreme Being. But, even they have stayed away from a 'precise' definition. In fact, if you look at the dictionary definition in full, it does not necessarily demand a belief in God, gods, etc. It includes: "an interest, a belief, or an activity that is very important to a person or group;" which likely stems, in part, from the Supreme Court decision. Since Atheism demands a 'doctrine' of disbelief in a Deity or Supreme Being and that 'doctrine' underlies their belief structure in that it forms the very premise of their decisions regarding what to believe, I'd say it is an 'interest, belief, and activity that is very important to the person or group' - thus making it a 'religion' in some form.