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Atheism is…

The sanest religion. 57% 170 votes
For those who can't commit. 8% 25 votes
Boring. 9% 29 votes
Short-sighted. 17% 52 votes
Evil. 7% 22 votes
298 total votes

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How about "a non-prophet organization"?

devon (Devon Claire Flannery)
March 13, 2010 at 5:28 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Like it. Non-prophet! Ah but then where would they spew all their dogmatic ideology!??

maximum (anonymous profile)
March 15, 2010 at 12:17 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Atheism isn't a religion. There is no dogma.

devon (Devon Claire Flannery)
March 15, 2010 at 1:23 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Atheism is a religion like not collecting stamps is a hobby.

taz (anonymous profile)
March 15, 2010 at 8:17 a.m. (Suggest removal)

"Spay your dogma," I often utter to all those divine personages who reside just outside my inability to dumb myself down sufficiently enough to believe in such nonsense.

Draxor (anonymous profile)
March 15, 2010 at 2:50 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Atheism is simply the lack of a god belief, it's not defined as a lack of religion.

samuel (anonymous profile)
March 16, 2010 at 8:26 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Samuel: Which religions lack gods?

taz (anonymous profile)
March 16, 2010 at 11 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Buddha did not believe in a god is because there does not seem to be any evidence to support this idea. The Buddha, like modern sociologists and psychologists, believed that religious ideas and especially the god idea have their origin in fear. The Buddha says:"Gripped by fear men go to the sacred mountains. Nontheistic Satanism is godless. They see Satan as an archetype only. Some sects of Hinduism like Buddhism (Jainism comes to mind).

samuel (anonymous profile)
March 16, 2010 at 5:31 p.m. (Suggest removal)

If you don't have a god you have a philosophy, not a religion.

taz (anonymous profile)
March 16, 2010 at 6:53 p.m. (Suggest removal)

People who say Buddhism is a philosophy and not a religion usually mean it as a compliment. They are trying to say, I think, that Buddhism is something other than the superstitious rubbish they believe religion to be.

Religion is passionate, irrational and messy. But philosophy is the flower of human intellect. It is reasonable and civilized.

Religion inspires war and atrocity; at worst, philosophy incites mild arguments over coffee.

samuel (anonymous profile)
March 16, 2010 at 7:59 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Stating generalizations about other religions fails to prove how your own non-religious philosophy is any more or less truthful.

Num1UofAn (anonymous profile)
March 17, 2010 at 1:19 p.m. (Suggest removal)

What's your point? Don't you believe that religions are diety based? Is that "generalization" going over-board?

taz (anonymous profile)
March 17, 2010 at 2:06 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Happiness is being comfortable within one's self and not having to "prove" one's beliefs.

samuel (anonymous profile)
March 17, 2010 at 4:38 p.m. (Suggest removal)

A religion does not require a deity.

Definition of religion (http://dictionary.reference.com/brows...)

1.a set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe, esp. when considered as the creation of a superhuman agency or agencies, usually involving devotional and ritual observances, and often containing a moral code governing the conduct of human affairs.
2.a specific fundamental set of beliefs and practices generally agreed upon by a number of persons or sects: the Christian religion; the Buddhist religion.

hodgmo (anonymous profile)
March 18, 2010 at 8:09 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Taz: You're right. There's no religion without a god. However, God doesn't need a religion to exist. Whether we parttake, believe or proclame a religion is independent from the existance of God.

Different religions were made according to human preference and to facilitate communication among those who share the specific values of each religion. All religions are supposed to have: a god, have good values and teach the "word of God", but this doesn't always happen. Manipulative and, at times, God-disregarding humans run those organizations, and as humans we are in different degrees greedy, manipulative, power-hungry, etc.

I find it a bit short-sighted, immature, frankly childish, when people so easily conclude that God and religion are the same, and when they get desilussioned from a religion, and because of it, they get mad at God.

Did they place their faith in God, or in those human beings running religions? If they placed their "faith" in a religion, this was their mistake, and no one else is to blame.

God exists, and he lives in each one of us, unless we choose to get away from him.

Trying to convince people that God doesn't exist is as disingenious and manipulative as the religious practices that are being critized here.

As for the group that this speaker is forming via the internet, it is the perfect example of how religions formed then and continue to form, now with the help of technology. Let's hope that he, and his followers, are not as manipulative, disingenious, and mean spirited as those who he so readily condemns.

justice101 (anonymous profile)
March 18, 2010 at 9:31 a.m. (Suggest removal)

" God exists, and he lives in each one of us, unless we choose to get away from him."

God is one's conscience, one's instinct, which tells you what is right and what is wrong and requires no interpreter.

samuel (anonymous profile)
March 19, 2010 at 8:53 a.m. (Suggest removal)

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