1.a set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose ofthe universe, especially when considered as the creation of asuperhuman agency or agencies, usually involving devotional andritual observances, and often containing a moral code governingthe conduct of human affairs.
2.a specific fundamental set of beliefs and practices generallyagreed upon by a number of persons or sects: the Christianreligion; the Buddhist religion.
3.the body of persons adhering to a particular set of beliefs andpractices: a world council of religions.
4.the life or state of a monk, nun, etc.: to enter religion.
Of these, atheism fits the first three perfectly. It is clearly a set of beliefs about the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe (specifically, that no deity or deities were involved). It is clearly a specific fundamental set of beliefs and practices generally agreed upon by a number of persons (specifically, the belief there is no deity or deities and the refusal to take part in anything that does recognize those things). It is clearly a body of persons adhering to a particular set of beliefs and practices (again, the idea that there is no deity or deities).
Atheists believe in something. We have a doctrine and a belief structure.
That's call religion.
Bis- if I told you I believed in god, what religion am I a member of?
That would depend upon what else you believe, the same way saying you don't believe in God doesn't define your religion in and of itself, as other things you believe could determine what religion you specifically are a part of. Religions are diverse that way.
I believe Atheism is a religion. I believe there is a difference between no religion and Atheism. I believe that all religions should work together to make the world a better place.
There are groups of people from most religions who band together and take part in activities which do help other people and make the world a better place. I have yet to hear of any group of atheists doing this, however. I'm not saying it hasn't happened or couldn't happen, but it's not a commonplace thing the way it is with several other religions.
In fact, I'm sure it's a far more common thing to hear of atheists causing problems - such as with complaints about religious symbols and the like being located on government property - than it is to hear about atheists getting together to help make the world a better place. I hear about those things all the time, but I have yet to hear a single report of atheists helping anyone as a group.
Is this EXACTLY what EVERY atheist believes? If not, can't be a religion per badluck. It's only a religion if ALL members abide by ALL beliefs.
This isn't true. Many religions, including Christianity, have one or more common beliefs which identify them as part of the religion, but also have a vast array of differing beliefs which set some of them apart from others. In the same way, atheism is still a religion even if not everyone agrees on every belief.
I try to look away but dumbassness amuses me.
Then you must have one wild time looking at the mirror.
Even though I agree with you (which is quite a shock) on your general points made here, MikeT23, it seems to me you just jump into debates and arguments for the sheer fun of arguing.
I think it's funny that you'll argue simple points on your own terms when you can dictate what happens, but as soon as someone comes along and has more knowledge than you, then you ignore them and effective give up while making excuses, such as they are "long winded".
An agnostic is one who believes it impossible to know anything about God or about the creation of the universe and refrains from commitment to any religious doctrine.
Agnostics are essentially ignorant of the world around them. At least atheists stand for a belief based on a claim they have observed things and come to the conclusion no deity or deities are involved. Agnostics think it is impossible to know, which isn't true. You can easily come to a conclusion of some sort about religious matters if you only take some time to look at the world around you and think about it.
Agnosticism is ridiculous in my opinion. Look at what is around you and draw a conclusion rather than refusing to deal with it. I hope none of them are scientists because they'd never make it. As soon as they began the scientific method on anything, they'd give up and say it's impossible to know anything so why try.