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Is Atheism Religious?

I was wondering about this question. And my concluded answer would be yes it is religious. What will be your answer and why?

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Side Score: 48
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Side Score: 65
3 points

I believe that atheism is a belief because it's the belief in no any actual gods. That's how I put it.

Side: Yes
GuitarGuy(6095) Disputed
1 point

So do you believe that the definition of a religion is "a belief"?

Side: No
Srom(12197) Disputed
1 point

Well I when I say religion I automatically think it's things that people worship things that aren't really necessary to worship such as statues, trees, plants, and other things that go along with the list. And I would also consider atheism a religion because they believe in something that doesn't exist.

Side: Yes
pakicetus(1455) Disputed
1 point

A belief or philosophy sure, but it's not a religion

Side: No
Srom(12197) Disputed
2 points

Oh really? Care to explain this article that I just found in the news today that atheists just established churches for atheists. So now we can consider atheism a religion.

http://news.yahoo.com/why-atheists-starting-own-global-church- 130500790.html

Side: Yes
3 points

Since atheism is a position on a particular religious claim, I'd have to say that yes, atheism is inherently religious in nature.

That is not to say, however, that atheism is, in and of itself, a religion. More like an ingredient or a foundation for a religion, requiring at least a few more beliefs, rules, ceremonies, etc. to be fully realized as a religion.

Of course, this could depend on how you go about defining "religion." Just doing a quick search, I see that one definition on Merriam-Webster is "an interest, a belief, or an activity that is very important to a person or group."

Atheism could be a religion under that definition, but then again, so could just about anything. Is fishing a religion? Video games? Debating online?

Side: Yes
zephyr20x6(2386) Clarified
1 point

Atheism could be a religion under that definition, but then again, so could just about anything. Is fishing a religion? Video games? Debating online?

Should we establish a church of createdebate then, where we go to debate with each other and call it religious practice invent holidays to get us out of school/work? XD

Side: Yes
Consigliere(183) Clarified
1 point

What would we believe in? What would the basis be for our rituals?

Side: Yes

I think that it is religious because of having it's own belief of theism and morals to believe in or fallow. Atheists get bashed and called ignorant by other religions because of their disbelief in religions based on spiritual prayers and beliefs religion. As there is religious term "Theism" there is a opposing side called "Atheism." - Atheists believe in science and scientific evidence gathered by many ages ago because they are truly evident. But for example Christianity would worship the Jesus as the Bible commands. - My thought is this. If Atheism isn't religious in any sort of way then why would many Atheists stand their ground on their beliefs and statements in which they believe. Non-religious person wouldn't make a big deal of the whole belief thing. - Am I correct or wrong and why?

Side: Yes
GuitarGuy(6095) Disputed
1 point

Religion doesn't just mean "a belief in something". It's the belief in and worship of a God(s) or higher power.

Side: No
Consigliere(183) Disputed
3 points

Yes, it does. The dictionary defines religion as "a set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe". That does not necessarily require the presence of a God or any form of worship. It's merely a belief in something. Agnosticism is a religion and they believe some sort of superhuman being is there, but never practice any sort of worship towards it, therefore no worship is required. Atheism is a belief, and therefore a religion.

Side: Yes
2 points

Atheism is the lack of religion. Having said that, all humans hold beliefs, and beliefs are the fundamentals of religion, therefore if Atheists believe that religion is false, they have a belief in something and it is a religion. (This also introduces a paradox, because again Atheism is the lack of religion yet it is still a kind of religion.)

Side: Yes
GuitarGuy(6095) Disputed
2 points

I believed in the tooth fairy when I was little? Was that a religion?

Side: No
Consigliere(183) Clarified
1 point

Well, yes it could certainly be considered one. However the only difference is that it was proven to be false. But yes it could have been a religion.

Side: Yes
pakicetus(1455) Disputed
1 point

Atheism, by definition, is not a lack of religion, but a lack of belief in a god or gods

Side: No
GuitarGuy(6095) Disputed
2 points

And what is religion? It's the belief in and worship of a God(s).

Side: Yes
Warjin(1577) Disputed
1 point

Wrong, Wrong, Wrong.

re·li·gion

1. the belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, esp. a personal God or gods.

Side: No
Consigliere(183) Disputed
2 points

re·li·gion (noun) \ri-ˈli-jən\

3: an interest, a belief, or an activity that is very important to a person or group

SOURCE: Merriam-Webster Dictionary

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary gives more than one correct definition for any given word. The third and above referenced definition is applicable to atheism and is accepted by the official Merriam-Webster Dictionary as a true definition.

Side: Yes
2 points

It is faith in people, and in what people can come up with --- even if some things aren't verifiable and can never become "fact".

Side: Yes
Thejackster(517) Disputed
3 points

If I told you bigfoot walked through my yard would you believe me? Probably not, why? Because I have not presented you with evidence to convince you. But how would you react if i said that "well, unless you can DISPROVE that bigfoot walked through my yard, I'm right", you would probably say im crazy. Just like how when you claim that there is a magical man in the sky who created everything, I say that I dont believe you, Im not making a claim here, it is you who is making the claim, the default position of any spectacular claim is to remain skeptical until you are shown evidence. The burden of proof isnt on me, its on you

Side: No
1 point

Religion is belief, and Atheism is belief, because atheism has many points of view Have we life after death or not. According to one wide-spread opinion of Atheism, God does not exist and after death people come to Darkness and emptiness. It means that Atheism is one type of religion. Religion is not belief only to God. Satanism is also religion, Sectarianism is also religion.

Side: Yes

Atheism can be a religion. There are atheists who want atheism to be a religion.

Side: Yes
5 points

Atheism would be the lack of religion. Religion involves the belief in and worship of a higher power, or God.

Side: No
pakicetus(1455) Disputed
3 points

Atheism, by definition, is not lack of religion, merely lack of belief in a god

Side: No
GuitarGuy(6095) Disputed
1 point

What makes a religion? Atheist ideologies don't match up with what a religion is.

Side: Yes
1 point

You are right, but nature/science could be a higher power, so that could be worshiped by Atheists.

Side: No
2 points

I'm thinking more along the lines of a self-aware higher power lol.

Side: No
1 point

Religion is a definition of believing in deities, yes. But why the word religion defines the whole aspect for you in the same manner. Like there are religions witch worship Jesus, Buddha and so on.. With keeping in mind that there are many more religious beliefs in certain things. - I just read an argument about a Tooth Fairy, and I would consider it as religion but more like a cultural belief for children. - Theism cuts a certain half in Religion and so does Atheism. It's like Theism <-- Religion --> Atheism. Not all religions belief in spiritual desires. For example Satanism teaches human's carnal desires in first place rather than pray for someone. And they don't pray for devil, they choose themselves in what they worship, like themselves, beloved, dreams. Atheism Religions would consider Humanistic believes. - Atheism wouldn't be lack of Religion because there just isn't believe in Gods. Even though Atheism represent Gods in their won perspectives. - Worshiping God is by definition the worshiping of higher powers, because where were told that. But you didn't thought that our time had changed and there are many doubts about his existence (God).

Side: Yes
GuitarGuy(6095) Disputed
2 points

I think you have the wrong idea about what religion really is. To truly understand it, you need to look at the characteristics of religions past and present, not just the definition. They include a belief system and a community... those characteristics do fit into Atheism and Agnosticism, but religion also includes myths, moral guidelines, rituals, physical or material expression (idols, paintings, music, architecture, etc,.) and a sense of sacredness. When looking at the big picture, Atheism doesn't fit into all of those categories.

Side: No
1 point

No it just means lack in belief in God.

There are Atheist Religions so Atheism can not be the lack of religion.

Side: No
GuitarGuy(6095) Disputed
1 point

That's true. However, Atheism itself is not religious.

Side: Yes
2 points

The definition of religion is the belief in and worship of a controlling superhuman power a God or Gods , so the question is nonsensical to say the least

Side: No

Atheism is simply the position that those who claim the existence of a god or gods have not met their burden of proof...that's it. It is not the position that no gods exist.

Side: No

osnaosoanmsjpods omg.

It can only be religious if there is belief and worship of a God is involved!

Side: No
1 point

I would think the answer to this question is rather obvious but since you asked I will give you the answer: NO. :))

Side: No

If atheism is a religion, then bald is a hair color, not playing sports makes you an athlete, and not smoking is a habit

Side: No
1 point

Lol.

Just lol.

Side: No

How the Hell is not believing in God a religion ?

Side: No
1 point

I think bible thumpers want everyone to be as miserable as themselves , so they want to brand Atheism as a religion....religion a definition for bible thumpers (sorry fellow Atheists for explaining what religion is )

The belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, esp. a personal God or gods.

Side: No
1 point

How can a person with no religion means he's religious? No worship, no pray to something for something, no church/ temple / mosque, no sacrifies, no fees. Atheism is definitely not a religion.

Side: No