Atheism is technically a religion. Now, calm down. I'm going to present my case to you all.
The primary definition of religion according to Dictionary.com (with the parts in bold and parentheses added by me) is: a set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe, especially when considered as the creation of a superhuman agency or agencies, usually (but not always) involving devotional and ritual observances, and often (but not necessarily) containing a moral code governing the conduct of human affairs.
You aren't wrong but I don't know that all atheist believe the same thing so it is like one of those religions with lots of little factions. I don't know that I have every really felt the need for proof it's like having proof Santa or fairies don't exist we don't have proof of that either. That sounds arrogant doesn't it I don't mean it to be.
I have no problem with religion as a general thing but what people do with it that I don't always like so much. I don't like the way people treat every single word in the bible as the word of god as it was written be men over a long period of time.
You're right, it is like a religion with many factions. In know way was I trying to say that all atheists believe the same thing... I'm sorry if it seemed that way. I don't feel like I need proof either, though I don't believe you actually "prove" anything (but that is a whole other discussion). And no, that didn't seem arrogant at all.
I agree with you, there is nothing really long with believing in something. But that bothers me as well. I have tried time and again to explain to people that even if they believe that the Bible is the direct word of God, it was written by men and is therefore flawed. I have never had anyone say, "You know what, you're right, but it's the best we've got." They just continue to defend it, and that really bothers me.
Oh no I wasn't saying you were saying all aithiest it just got me thinking as too what type of religon it would be. yeah I agree about not being able to "prove" anything.
In Australia religion isn't really talked about as for most people it isn't part of day to day life. So I don't really have to deal with it much.
I was just making sure that I hadn't accidentally implied anything. c:
You're so lucky! I wouldn't say it is typical to be talked about commonly here in America, but it seems to be for me. My grandfather is a Christian Minister, and almost all of my friends and family are Christians. I'm the black sheep when it comes to religious beliefs (and many other things, for that matter). A lot of the people I know talk about God a lot, so it comes up.
Absence of belief is not the same as belief of absence, though. I, personally, don't support the belief that there are no deities. I think the non-existence of deities is the most likely scenario, but since it's impossible to prove the non-existence of something (particularly something so abstract and poorly defined as a god), I just choose to not believe in any of them instead. I've chosen to only believe in what can be proven.
I have no belief in their existence (as there is no proof), but I don't believe in their non-existence (as it can't be proven).
I see where you're coming from, and it really just depends on your definition of religion. Within the bounds of the definition I posted when I started this topic, atheism can be classified as a religion. I merely found it interesting and amusing. I'm still an atheist, so I don't pray, since I don't believe that there is anything to pray to.
Also it's worth noting that atheists use evidence as the foundation for their beliefs, but it's still a belief, since according to science, you can't actually "prove" anything, even gravity. But that's a semantics things, so...
I agree with the sentiment,
but we aren't a religion.
There are a lot of other parts of religion that, regardless of the loose definition you've given, they do follow.
Like devotional and ritual observances.
See, religion is the organization.
Faith is what gives religion its power.
One can be spiritual (or non-spiritual) without being religious.