Saturday, May 14, 2011

Atheism is a religion?

I have been talking to some religious people on some forum and it's making me go crazy.

Some of the religious people are telling me that atheism is a religion and that atheists are just angry with the gods/god.

One needs to only read the definitions in the dictionary to know that that is absolutely rubbish.

The general definition of "atheist" is this - One who disbelieves or denies the existence of god or gods.

And the general definition of a "religious person" is this - A person who manifests devotion to a deity/deities.

Atheism is not a religion. Atheists simply deny the existence of gods (or any supernatural entities such as ghosts and fairies) due to lack of empirical evidence.

Atheists cannot be angry with god/gods because to us, these entities do not exist. So how can we be angry with something that does not exist?

Can you be angry with Superman or Santa Claus? Can one be angry with a Fairy Godmother?

So to say that atheism is a religion is like saying NOT playing football is a sport. Makes sense? No!

Is not playing football a sport?

Sorry not meant to insult anyone. Just needed to clarify the terms.

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