I'm sick of Christians confusing Atheism with Satanism. Unlike religion, Atheism is based in science which is nothing more than unbiased observation of the universe around us. Everyone in the world, religious or not, "practices" science all the time just by observing their surroundings and forming an opinion.

Religion, on the other hand, is the magical mythology created to explain any gaps that we find in our observation. An Atheist would describe such a gap as "unkown", and wait for a scientific observation to fill in an answer, where a religious person would say "god(s) did it!", and kill the person who eventually finds a way to fill the gap with scientific observation siting blasphemy. Big difference.

Christians seem to think that this mystical "Science" thing is an evil deity in constant battle with the all-powerful Jesus Christ (who for some reason needs to be defended) and will stop at nothing until this evil scientific observation is brought to an end. So in simplest terms, looking around with the tools we've built to do so is the biggest threat to their mythology because it all has to fall away when you fill the gaps, so they turn it into a "religion" that they can fight against.

Atheism is NOT a religion...

Science is NOT a religion...

Some people just choose not to believe in fairy tails. :)

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Tags: atheism, religion, science

Comment by Jay E on January 9, 2009 at 4:41pm
This Christianity thing is at most 2100 years old. When you think of the lineage of humanity, this is barely the tip of the iceberg.
Here is the best, most eloquent article in pharyngula on how long people have been kicking on this earth. It ain't 2100 years
http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2006/01/the_proper_reverence_due_those.php
Comment by Morgan Matthew on January 9, 2009 at 4:50pm
http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2006/01/the_proper_reverence_due...

Great little post Dave

"Christians seem to think that this mystical "Science" thing is an evil deity in constant battle with the all-powerful Jesus Christ (who for some reason needs to be defended) and will stop at nothing until this evil scientific observation is brought to an end. So in simplest terms, looking around with the tools we've built to do so is the biggest threat to their mythology because it all has to fall away when you fill the gaps, so they turn it into a "religion" that they can fight against."

nailed it
Comment by Dave on January 10, 2009 at 1:26pm
Thanks for the comments!

Nancy, I agree with you. That didn't come out exactly right. I don't mean to say that one is based on the other so much as they are very similar, because neither attempts to add anything to the world around us. My goal here was really to water down the term "science" so it doesn't imply anything more than reality, with nothing magical. There's no leap of faith, therefore what you see is what you get. Similarly, Atheism is just accepting life as we see it without adding anything to fill the gaps. My point above might make more sense if I swapped the word "science" for the word "reality".
Comment by Jared on January 11, 2009 at 1:58pm
Labeling science a religion is a way for the religious to bring us down to their level and beat us with experience.
Comment by Batty on January 14, 2009 at 8:08am
People label things that threaten them. Much easier to call something out if you know it's name.
Comment by Darkstar on February 16, 2009 at 12:37pm
Science is a system of beliefs based in logic and reason.
This could never be mistaken for religion, yet somehow we have "Christian Science"....

“Debating creationists on the topic of evolution is rather like trying to play chess with a pigeon - it knocks the pieces over, craps on the board, and flies back to its flock to claim victory. ”

~ Charles Darwin on Christian Science

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