If you really think about it there are fanatics on both sides. Religion is really onlya group of people believing in a certain way. Atheism to me is the same waymy beliefs and the right to them. I…Continue
"I would say no. In fact it is the resentment of any religious belief and we are not organized with one strict set of rules. We don't have a centralized representation for us, nor do we perform rituals to show our conformity. Essentially we are…"
""I've noted you compared me to Humpty Dumpty. I don't see what this adds to the discussion."
It adds humor. And it uses a fitting illustration to emphasize the silliness of the notion that words do not have certain…"
"Of course words have essential meanings. We could not communicate effectively--and a good many of us can--if that were not true.
Disagree with Smith if that makes you happy, Jared, but an assertion isn;t an argument. The argument…"
"Yes, Jared, but we ALL have beliefs. That's not the point. Atheism, at its essense, is the absence of belief. That is what the work means. Some atheists do believe, as you say, that gods do not exist, but that conviction…"
"No, Jared, atheism cannot be said to be a religion, not with any justice, not even when some atheists assert a kind of dogma or certainty. The attributes of religion are simply nowhere evident in atheism. Atheists have no belief in…"
"I have posted these links elsewhere in this discussion, but they are worth offering again.
Please see this, by Greta Christina: "Is Atheism a Belief?"
And this: "Do You Care Whether the Things You Believe in Are True?""
"This is a problem, Luka, of course, but there is no need for us to "avoid mentioning belief or the absence of it." That would be silly. It amount to a linguistic surrender to the mistaken and unfounded assertions of religious…"
"What disturbs me more about religion than the time wasted is the money wasted on trappings, edifices and the enrichment of cult leaders that could be used to help cure some of society's many ills such as hunger and disease."
"Well okay then. I won`t press the matter any further because it`s really the same difference to me. When you define belief as I have, the aspects mentioned come naturally. If you take belief in the usual, more stricter sense of the word, yes, then…"
"That should read (above): "To say '...an atheist affirms [another belief] when denying the belief in god' is patently absurd, and such a position betrays a flawed or incomplete understanding of what atheism really and…"