I'm sure we've all dealt with theists debating with us that communist nations such as North Korea are atheist nations and in their view that atheism can be just as fundamentalist as religion. 

But what is the reality here?  Does communism and atheism have a connection? Or is the communism in North Korea promoted due to some other reason? Or do both sides really have their good and bad sides and we as a species generalise far too much?

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Thanks for the clarification.

Communism is like religion, there are many differing sects.

Hitchens on North Korea.

Excuse the tangent:

If a person were interested in learning about modern world history/international politics from source which is fairly unbiased, which books, journals, magazines would be a good place to start?

Many of the world's leading universities offer free courses (without credit) in virtually any subject you can imagine. For starters here is a list of offerings in political science from MIT.

For current news regarding international politics, I read Foreign Policy magazine. It comes out once every two months and is about 100 pages of nothing except text. It's expensive, but it's good.

http://www.foreignpolicy.com/

Hello and welcome back Keith!

I'm sure we've all dealt with theists debating with us that communist nations such as North Korea are atheist nations and in their view that atheism can be just as fundamentalist as religion.

And here is how I argue back:

Marxist communism is not only an ideology it is a dogmatic belief exactly like religion,, and of course atheism and marxism are two different things..

"Marxist communism is not only an ideology it is a dogmatic belief exactly like religion"

Bullshit.

There is nothing dogmatic about these people:
(Platypus1817)        http://www.platypus1917.org/
(Slavoj Zizek)   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QARALafdWUI 
(David Harvey)  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_XqTXsGBL8&list=PL8StlnOJ9cSIoO...

Another Atheist philosophy that is unfairly mis-represented is Objectivism. Attack a philosophy for its positions not what you imagine its positions to be.

I'm sure most of us have run into theists or New Age types who see a belief in using logic and scientific methods as following a dogma. A dogma that nothing is worthy of belief unless it is logical and can be scientifically proven.

This raises the question of whether dogma is bad per se or does it depend upon what dogmas you believe? 

Of course Marxism is a philosophy!

I'm not saying that all Marxists are dogmatic people. The dogmatic person is the one who is very strongly adheres to a philosophical view!

I guess I'm just sensitive.  Cheers.

Thank you. Yes i would tend to agree with that.  I actually recall an excellent interview with Dawkins where he basically defines communism and marxism as State Religions

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