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Is Atheism A Religion?

Atheists believe that there is no God, Christians believe that there is a God.

Neither can prove if there isn't or is a God, they instead have faith in their belief that there isn't or is a God.

Therefore Atheism is just as much a religion as Christianity is it not?

Perhaps religion is too strong a word to describe Atheism as it doesn't have the same rigid structure in ones life which other organised religions demand of it's followers (it instead only relies on it's adherents not to believe that there is a God).

Perhaps belief system would be a better way to describe Atheism?

I regard myself as an Agnostic as I can't be religious because I need proof that there is a God and I can't be an Atheist as I need proof that there isn't a God.

Sitting on the fence can be real fun.

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There are religions without god(s) so how does belief or non-belief in God create a religion?

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Yes, atheism is a RELIGION that believes that God does NOT exist, even thought it CANNOT PROVE THAT GOD DOES NOT EXIST.

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What humans can believe is restricted to what we can prove. Gods, deities, whatever you want to call them, have never been proven to exist, and there's no scientific reason to go looking for them.

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@ ladysex

I am very sure you are more of an agnostic than an atheist, you are a truth-seeker. But you should be very careful with this concept. like I said in my former post, FAITH is what makes us believe in the existence of God, unless you have a physical experience. Science and logic on the other hand might be able to prove the non-existence of God.

Believing in God is a proclamation of faith, in the face of lack of physical evidence, I will be proved wrong most of the time, on the other hand if I do not believe in God, it is a proclamation of science and logic reasoning, I will also be proved wrong most of the time. Because both ways, faith is not enough to prove God's existence to someone that does not have it and science/reason will also not be enough to prove to a reasonable conclusion that there is no God. That is why I said we should be very careful NEVER TO EQUATE FAITH WITH SCIENCE/LOGICAL REASONING both are separate entities. BUT I believe both should be juxtaposed and commingled in adequate measures to reach a reasonable conclusion. So if none is perfect to answer our questions, then we are left with a MYSTERY, and that mystery part is God. This my conclusion i reached after so many years of truth seeking and fact finding and I hope this discussion will also help you to find your path also. Ciao

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@MacIB,

thanks alot for your kindly respound. But I'm an atheist because I don't believe gods exist.  I'm also an agnostic because I acknowledge that I'm incapable of knowing whether God do or do not exist.

Let me put that in different terms.  Imagine that someone comes to you with a box that can never be opened nor its interior examined and tells you that in it is the head of Elvis.  You can be atheist and claim that you do not believe Elvis's head is in the box, but you can also be agnostic at the same time, accepting that you'll never know if the head is in there either way. It seems petty to believe God do or do not exist but if you think there is one , prove it . I need proves.

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Well I happen to think that out of the fullness of the heart is what our words and behaviour will show.

Allow the guy to express the contents of his heart and let everybody see him for what he is.

You might not have to be a christian to be good mannered but if you are not intrinsically a good mannered person than it will be hard for you to sustain any show of good manners. Why put the poor guy under such undue strain.

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@ Pastor AIO

I never said you can try to be a christian and for your information, you dont have to be a christian to be good mannered!!

if you are a christian, you should atleast be civil and cultured in you utterance even if the whole world rain abuses on you for Jesus christ sake or do you belief in "human bomb" to kill others is good to propagate your message? Jesus himself says if you are slapped on the right cheek turn the left (you may discard that it you dont trust the bible or Jesus anymore). People in the bible like Daniel, Paul, etc all endured abuses and ungodly utterances without using the obscene and abusive words in return. That is what I am telling your good friend goodguy100 to atleast let the "Holy spirit" in him show for once. Atleast the last time I read the bible I know what Jesus told Peter after he caught off the soldier's ear.

When you a sane person fights a mad person on the street, how are we to distinguish who is who? A word is good for the wise I think!

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Are you suggesting that one becomes civil and cultured in order to present a good image of christianity, As a marketing ploy as it were?

Shouldn't civility and culture be rather an immediate consequence of been christian. Of having God within. You don't put it on but rather it comes out of you from within.

I'm not sure you can try to be a christian. You either are or you are not.

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@ ladysex

I BELIEVE THERE IS A GOD, what makes you think there is none is becos ORGANIZED RELIGION POISONS EVERYTHING Godly. I used to be Agnostic also for a longtime but I have been confronted with believe and faith (not by organized religion becos I don't give a freaking damn about some their silly dogmas) in a supernatural force which Xtians call God, Islam-Allah etc,  One more thing, you should  be careful not to equate faith with science. Both are different things entirely and both could be quite misleading. I personally take a bit of both sides and live a life of inner peace. Once more, there is a God really.

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What is the problem with this goodguy100 guy. Always abusing and throwing insults on people everywhere and he claims to be Jesus Christ follower. Na wa ooo! If Jesus Christ were to be like this do you think He will have such lot of followership. Moreover, Mr goodguy100 YOU SHOULD BE AT PEACE WITH EVERYBODY BECOS YOUR BEHAVIOR MIGHT BE THE ONLY BIBLE OTHERS WOULD HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY OF READING IN A WHOLE LIFETIME, and if you resist and continue with your uncivilized and uncultured behavior, you will as well spend your eternity where you think others who are not your denomination/religion will be too. So try to be a CHRISTIAN for once.

Peace, Love, Peace

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tell me how did i come to this world?

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Poster, u still need proof to belive there is God? Let me ask u how do u think u find yourself in this world cus is only Fools will think or need proof about God, about Atheism or what ever Zap. them.

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so where was God when organised religion was poisoning everything "Godly"?

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