I didn't say philosophy makes you an Atheist - obviously, there are many philosophers who are not.<quoted text>
An ignorant statement.
Some of the Great Catholic Philosophers of recent years.....
I say: philosophy promotes and encourages Atheism - it would have any student consider that Atheism is a potential truth and sometimes, students agree with that philosophy. Deep, critical thinking combined with hardcore logic leads to rejecting ideas that one considers to be illogical - like: religious ideas that people have previously accepted as truth only because they have been taught to do so. The simple question, "Why?", can send a student down a philosophical path that is as individual as, well, individuals.
I have studied the history of philosophy only slightly - after being presented with origins and basic difficult questions like: Why do we exist? What is our purpose? How do you know what is true and what is not?- I have been more interested in practicing critical thinking than studying other people's philosophies.
Here is an analogy: suppose "What is the meaning of life?" is a math problem. Some people would simply look at how another person has applied math skills and accept that the answer is correct. I, as a Jr. Philosopher, would want to solve the problem myself, applying my own math skills and achieving a solution that I can compare with other solutions that other people have calculated. Even then, each of the solutions presented, correct or not, are available for consideration and that is the purpose of philosophy: to consider what could be true.
I'm sure that you've noticed that I am LIKE a
Christian in many ways - I look like one, I act like one, I'm polite, I'm charitable, I show empathy, I observe Christian holidays, I support Christian activities, I study Christian ideas - but you also know that I am NOT a Christian by my PHILOSOPHIES. The only difference between you and me are our thoughts - I only differ with Christian ideas when they are illogical - logic destroyed my faith.
Philosophy created this Atheist.