What habits or actions do you continue to do that would get your Atheism card revoked?  This is totally tongue-in-cheek, but I have realized how my somewhat religious upbringing has colored my language as well as other things.  

So, I figured we could have a confessional discussion where we admit our sins against atheism.  After all, if folk are going to persist in calling atheism a religion, maybe we should indulge a little and see how it works out for us.

My sins include using language like "God only knows" and saying to people who have sneezed "bless you".  What the hell are you heathens doing that is the antithesis of atheism? 

UPDATE: This post continues to get attention and one thing I have noticed, with both amusement and frustration, is that some people do not seem to notice that this is largely tongue-in-cheek.  I posted this as a way of acknowledging the influence that religion has had and continues to have on our lives, our society, our language, and our habits.  We all know that atheism is not a religion, goddammit! ;-)

Have a blessed day.

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I sometimes use the expressions "God only knows" or "Bless you" or Goddamnit" and I don't feel badly about it. They are just expressions. Hardly something to be taken literally.

Ha!  You are a very efficient blasphemer!

 

Exactly! the point of blaspheming is taking something we honour and using it wrongly.

So for atheists, blaspheming would probably need to be something related to Hawkins (fukin' Hawkins!) or Dawkins or Susuki (Holy Susuki!) or Sagan (hangin' Sagan!).

Or instead of sacred atheists, maybe sacred atheist items or concepts: evolution (Hawkins evolution!) or DNA (DNA it!) or Big Bang!

Aha! now we're talking!

List of words held sacred by atheists:...

:)

 

 

Nothing is sacred!  Except my beer.

I love to sing....and I'll confess that I still sing some gospel songs. LOL.
I can still belt out a few good gospel songs from my old Pentecostal days, lol!
I still like Amazing Grace

My greatest 'atheist sin' is a lingering feeling that there might be something special about 'life', as in an 'energy' that we do not yet understand.  I realize that for people who are very well versed in the natural sciences this might seem like mere superstition, but I'm much more into math/physics and have never been able to keep up with all the nomenclature in biology so my knowledge is weak there.

 

I continue to cling to the idea that perhaps one day we'll discover some discreet facet of quantum mechanics (discreet even by the standards of quantum mechanics) that presents us with evidence of some 'life force' behind consciousness.

I can :P

But as Heather hinted at... Biology and nature have always been at the forefront of my life experience. I am totally naturalistic in that regard :)

Science does not prove me wrong on this 'feeling' of mine, but there is simply no basis for this feeling other than superstition.  I feel that all superstition should be removed, otherwise we leave ourselves open to being unnecessarily biased.  I let this little superstition exist but I keep it in a tight little corner at the back of my mind.
Heather, if that is a sin, then I am guilty of that one too.

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