Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Atheism is Not a Religion

"If atheism is a religion then not playing baseball is a sport

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One of the most intellectually lazy arguments that theists and religionists have while attacking atheism is to assign it some religious status. As if making atheism a religion would somehow repulse non-believers, imply its ridiculousness and that it would magically illuminate flawed views. Aside from the fact that atheism - by definition - rejects the central theistic assertion (god) and therefore rejects worship of a god or gods (religion); this argument is proof that their logic center is broken.  In order to make this argument one would have to either a) not believe anything they are saying which implies intellectual dishonesty or b) be so deluded as to not realize that this line of reasoning is inherently flawed. 

"I contend we are both atheists, I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours." Stephen F. Roberts