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20-08-2013, 10:28 PM
RE: Is Atheism a Religion.
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1. Be... excellent, to each other.
2. Don't be a cunt.

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20-08-2013, 10:59 PM
RE: Is Atheism a Religion.
(20-08-2013 10:28 PM)Rahn127 Wrote:  This [Image: lQew4.jpg] repeating

1. Be... excellent, to each other.
2. Don't be a cunt.

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21-08-2013, 12:53 AM
RE: Is Atheism a Religion.
(20-08-2013 04:43 PM)Buddhist Alternative Wrote:  I never thought so until I found Atheists adamant that 'Spontaneous
Creation' explains everything. SP takes a Leap of Faith - something
Atheists have always scoffed at in others. As a Buddhist I don't
believe in anything without thinking. That is why I find that only
Agnostics and Buddhists are independent objective thinkers.
Buddhism in a nutshell:
1. Buddha is Not a God
2. You Should Not Believe Anything Without Thinking
3. Gods and Deities are Cultural
4. But… Don’t worry too much about the nature of God
6. The Afterlife Depends on this Life
7. Books and Teachings are Very Important
8. Meditation is Key
9. Healing Comes from Mind
10. It’s Up To Ourselves
11. Our Bodies Are Precious
12. Your Spiritual Community is Important
13. Interconnectedness is the Nature of Reality
14. It’s Good to Be Good
15. Compassion is Key
16. Sex is Neither Bad nor Good
17. Strive for Balance
18. It’s Never Too Late to Begin

Did this guy actually make any statements or provide any arguments against atheism, or did he just spend this entire thread evangelising for Buddhism?

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21-08-2013, 01:25 AM
RE: Is Atheism a Religion.
No, it isn't a religion. It's merely the absence of believe in deity. I don't know why on earth it's touted as a religion. My religion is Judaism filtered through my own perspectives on the universe. Is the lack of belief in a deity a party of that filter? Sure but that does not make "atheism" my religion. My husband is an atheist. He's never really been religious except for a short time as a child and it didn't include much religious thought or behavior. He simply lives his life. He does his job, takes care of his wife, spends time with his family and enjoys his hobbies. There is nothing about his life that is religious, including atheism.
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21-08-2013, 01:38 AM
RE: Is Atheism a Religion.
So really all we have here is a person who doesn't understand the definition of a word, is willfully blind of the definition or has the delusion that this word means something that it doesn't.

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21-08-2013, 02:03 AM
RE: Is Atheism a Religion.
(20-08-2013 05:36 PM)Buddhist Alternative Wrote:  
(20-08-2013 05:17 PM)earmuffs Wrote:  Atheism is a religion like not-collecting stamps is a hobby.

Atheism simply states that you do not believe in God.
Period.
That is all folks.
Nothing to see here.

Nowhere does atheism include anything about evolution or where things came from or whatever.

The only Non-Religion is Agnoticism. Since neither Theists
or Atheists can prove or disprove the existence of God - both
are Religions and require a Leap of Faith. Some Philosophers
believe that God exists by reason of his own necessity. But
you can go round and round with that - much like Theism
and Atheism.

Atheism is not a religion, never has been, never will be. As Muffs said, "Atheism simply states that you do not believe in God."

Religions have beliefs and tenets.

Does one require a specialized belief system to not believe in leprechauns? No.
Do you need a list of tenets to not believe in fairies? Hardly.
How much time is necessary to not worship the flying spaghetti monster? Zilch.

If atheism is a religion, then atheists are religious.

That's preposterous and contradictory.

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21-08-2013, 02:12 AM
RE: Is Atheism a Religion.
I religiously don't go to church, I religiously don't read any scripture, I religiously don't evangalise. I religiously avoid rancid meat and milk and pretty much anything that is rotten.
I religiously don't thank any supernatural being before meals and religiously don't pray to anyone before going to bed.
I religiously don't tell anyone that they are sinners and don't try and stop them living the lifestyles that they choose. I religiously do not try to create laws stopping consenting adults from marrying each other.

Its amazing that with all this time taken up not doing things, I still have time left over to have some fun living my own life, enjoying the diversity and culture and nature around me.
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21-08-2013, 06:32 AM
RE: Is Atheism a Religion.
(20-08-2013 05:36 PM)Buddhist Alternative Wrote:  
(20-08-2013 05:17 PM)earmuffs Wrote:  Atheism is a religion like not-collecting stamps is a hobby.

Atheism simply states that you do not believe in God.
Period.
That is all folks.
Nothing to see here.

Nowhere does atheism include anything about evolution or where things came from or whatever.

The only Non-Religion is Agnoticism. Since neither Theists
or Atheists can prove or disprove the existence of God - both
are Religions and require a Leap of Faith. Some Philosophers
believe that God exists by reason of his own necessity. But
you can go round and round with that - much like Theism
and Atheism.

Incorrect.

I do not believe what others claim. I make no claim of my own. I follow no doctrine nor do I believe anything in faith. I seek answers to teh questions of what is and what will be. That is not I repeat not religion. Maybe god is out there all I am saying is that I doubt the claims being made by the religious in our world as valid because of the so called proof they provide which proves them wrong in most instances. I am simply siding with the more reasonable theory at this point. If I see god or you have a real pic of him or maybe his number I may change my position until then I will use scientific method to approach claims made by others and then either accept or reject them. In this case I reject your statement that atheism is a religion.

In the end it really is a matter of opinion for all of this mine and yours. Chances are I am going to accept mine first...
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21-08-2013, 06:34 AM
RE: Is Atheism a Religion.
(21-08-2013 02:03 AM)Jeffasaurus Wrote:  
(20-08-2013 05:36 PM)Buddhist Alternative Wrote:  The only Non-Religion is Agnoticism. Since neither Theists
or Atheists can prove or disprove the existence of God - both
are Religions and require a Leap of Faith. Some Philosophers
believe that God exists by reason of his own necessity. But
you can go round and round with that - much like Theism
and Atheism.

Atheism is not a religion, never has been, never will be. As Muffs said, "Atheism simply states that you do not believe in God."

Religions have beliefs and tenets.

Does one require a specialized belief system to not believe in leprechauns? No.
Do you need a list of tenets to not believe in fairies? Hardly.
How much time is necessary to not worship the flying spaghetti monster? Zilch.

If atheism is a religion, then atheists are religious.

That's preposterous and contradictory.


not just GOD but any gods deity or supernatural force in the universe controlling it all from behind the curtain all OZ style... I trust in conjecture and reason. Argument and debate. All these things tell me there is not enough compelling evidence for anything but doubt in ANY gods.
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21-08-2013, 08:52 AM
RE: Is Atheism a Religion.
(21-08-2013 01:25 AM)Dena Wrote:  No, it isn't a religion. It's merely the absence of believe in deity. I don't know why on earth it's touted as a religion. My religion is Judaism filtered through my own perspectives on the universe. Is the lack of belief in a deity a party of that filter? Sure but that does not make "atheism" my religion. My husband is an atheist. He's never really been religious except for a short time as a child and it didn't include much religious thought or behavior. He simply lives his life. He does his job, takes care of his wife, spends time with his family and enjoys his hobbies. There is nothing about his life that is religious, including atheism.

So, your religion is Judaism and you are atheist. Consider

Wouldn't is be more accurate to say your culture is Judaism?

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