Isn't Atheism a religion also?
I hear a lot of atheists complaining about religions and how much problems they have caused in the world but think isn't atheism a religion also. Its just one without the belief in god and no book or rules to live by, but still an idea or belief that they all share together. I also cant stand them complaining about "religious people" when i would consider the ones constantly preaching their is no god and there is no proof of god as "religious" as the person also reaching that there is a god.
I would like to hear some opinions of whether you agree or not. Thanks
a set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe
- NappaLv 48 years agoBest Answer
My place of worship is my bed on Sunday morning.
- lhvinnyLv 78 years ago
a set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe"
Atheism does not propose a cause, nature or purpose of the universe. Atheism is simply a lack of belief in gods. Thus, according to your own definition, atheism is not a religion.
"Its just one without the belief in god and no book or rules to live by, but still an idea or belief that they all share together." Belief and without belief are not the same thing. There is nothing uniting atheists. There is no common idea or belief among all atheists. Try again.
"I also cant stand them complaining about "religious people" when i would consider the ones constantly preaching their is no god and there is no proof of god as "religious" as the person also reaching that there is a god." Very few atheists say "there is no god." However, it is an undeniable fact that there is no proof of any god. That is, unless you are the first person to actually have said proof. If you have it, present it!
- green meklarLv 78 years ago
No, it isn't.
>a set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe
That definition is flawed and does not properly capture what people actually mean when they say 'religion'.
However, even if that were not the case, even if we accept that definition, atheism still wouldn't be a religion. The issue being that atheism does not specifically describe anything about the cause, nature or purpose of the Universe. It merely says there are no real deities. That's all.
- Anonymous8 years ago
No. But this isn't a matter of opinion, it's a dictionary thing. What words mean when they are used.
Atheist and theist are opposites. One without, and one with. Is a theist part of a religion? ...no, not necessarily, and certainly not any one religion. It just means "with theism". Not even one type of religion - except the theistic type of religion. Then there is the opposite atheism. There are atheistic religion, like there are theistic religions. But atheism is not a religion, just like theism is not a religion.
It's a way to describe beliefs about religious claims. It's not a belief system, it's only part of how a belief system can be described. Since not all theists are necessarily part of a religion, neither is any atheist. Most atheists are non-religious, but that doesn't mean they are anti-religious. It doesn't even mean anti-theist (against), it just means "without".
P.S. - It's not capitalized as a proper noun. atheism, theism, religious, non-religious, etc.
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- MichelleLv 78 years ago
Nope. Not unless not believing the number 13 is unlucky is now a "superstition".
"Belief" and "religion" are not synonyms, by the way. AND there are atheists who are religious (some Buddhists, some Unitarian Universalists..) and there are theists who have no religion. I do wish people would get their terminology correct.
EDIT: to your additional details... by your definition of religion, atheism is most definitely NOT a religion. The ONLY thing atheism is is having no belief in any deities. That does not address the "cause, nature, and purpose of the universe".
- RikardLv 78 years ago
Do you BELIEVE the Earth goes around the sun? Does your belief make that a religion? Do you BELIEVE 2+2=4? Does your belief make that a religion? Do you BELIEVE E=MC squared? Does your belief make that a religion? Do you BELIEVE H2O is water? Does your belief make that a religion? It takes more than a belief to make a religion. Where is the Atheist theology? How can no theology be a theology? Where is the Atheist supernatural? How can no supernatural be a supernatural? Where are the Atheist rituals? How can no rituals be rituals? There are many things that make theism into a religion but are missing from Atheism.
- Judy BLv 78 years ago
Atheism simply means not believeing in gods, it is single tenent or belief, not a religion. As the definition you posted said "religion is a set of beliefs.." Non belief in god does not concern the cause, nature or purpose of the universe.
Some religions include a belief in gods in their set of beliefs, some don't. But the simple non belief in gods does not constitute a religion.
- AlexisLv 78 years ago
No. A religion is a faith-based belief system regarding the supernatural.
Atheism is a lack of belief in gods. It is not faith-based, and it isn't a belief system.
"I would like to hear some opinions of whether you agree or not."
It isn't matter of opinion. It is an objective truth. Atheism is not a religion. If you think it is, you don't "have a differing opinion", you're simply wrong.
- KatherineLv 48 years ago
Atheism has no set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, or purpose of the universe. It is just a lack of belief in a god. That's it.
- croninLv 43 years ago
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- Robert SutcliffeLv 68 years ago
How is not believing in something the equivalent of believing in a God or gods? Atheism is definitely NOT a religion. By definition an atheist doesn't believe in any God or gods.