View Full Version : Is Atheism a Religion?

02-07-2014, 03:00 AM
Atheism ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atheism) is, in a broad sense, the rejection of belief in the existence of deities. In a narrower
sense, atheism is specifically the position that there are no deities. Most inclusively, atheism is the
absence of belief that any deities exist. Atheism is contrasted with theism, which in its most general
form is the belief that at least one deity exists…

Axiological, or constructive, atheism rejects the existence of gods in favor of a "higher absolute",
such as humanity.

You could rearrange those statements to read, ”Atheism is a belief that there are no deities and that we should have faith in humanity”.

Religion (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religion) is an organized collection of beliefs, cultural systems, and world views that relate humanity to an order of existence.

Is Atheism just another religion?


02-07-2014, 03:10 AM
Interesting... I just listened to a talk by Rupert Sheldrake on this matter...

The Hidden God of Atheism: http://www.sheldrake.org/files/audios/ssf_hidden_god_of_atheism.mp3

The atheist who proudly and persistently strives to convince others that there is no God does so out of a devotion to the absolute, to the highest of values, to the divine. It is an old maxim — one that infuriates many unbelievers, but that happens to be true nonetheless — that one cannot meaningfully reject belief in the God of classical theism. If one refuses to believe in God out of one’s love of the truth, one affirms the reality of God in that very act of rejection. - from The Experience of God: Being, Consciousness, Bliss, by David Bentley Hart