Is Atheism a Religion?

Is Atheism a Religion?

There are 2032 comments on the The Volokh Conspiracy story from Mar 11, 2012, titled Is Atheism a Religion?. In it, The Volokh Conspiracy reports that:

At the Reason website, Kennedy , argues at length that atheism should be considered a religion: [W]hether you make sense of the world as an atheist and don't require the God postulate to complete your understanding, or you are a theist and your feelings and experiences tell you something greater is there, biologically speaking, that big blob of ... (more)

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Since: Aug 08

Atlanta, GA

#22 Apr 4, 2012
yon wrote:
For Example - "Thou shall not commit adultery."
What is your take on priests sexually abusing young altar boys?
yon

Miami Beach, FL

#23 Apr 4, 2012
"Thou shall not commit adultery."
yon

Miami Beach, FL

#24 Apr 4, 2012
Matthew 15:19
"For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:"
yon

Miami Beach, FL

#25 Apr 4, 2012

1 Corinthians 6:18
"Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body."

Since: Aug 08

Atlanta, GA

#26 Apr 4, 2012
yon wrote:
1 Corinthians 6:18
"Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body."
So you are going to ignore questions and spout scripture to people it means nothing to...are you related to john? Goodbye, have a reasonable day.

“ecrasez l'infame”

Since: May 08

Atlanta, Georgia

#27 Apr 4, 2012
“Christian fundamentalism: the doctrine that there is an absolutely powerful, infinitely knowledgeable, universe spanning entity that is deeply and personally concerned about my sex life.”~ Andrew Lias

A puritan is someone who is deathly afraid that someone, somewhere, is having fun.

“To hear many religious people talk, one would think God created the torso, head, legs and arms, but the devil slapped on the genitals.”~ Don Schrader

“There are three religious truths:
1) Jews do not recognize Jesus as the Messiah.
2) Protestants do not recognize the Pope as the leader of the Christian faith.
3) Baptists do not recognize each other in the liquor store.”
~ Author Unknown

“ecrasez l'infame”

Since: May 08

Atlanta, Georgia

#28 Apr 4, 2012
yon wrote:
For Example - "Thou shall not commit adultery."
For example - "Suffer not the witches to live."
redneck

Glendale, OR

#29 Apr 4, 2012
yon wrote:
1 Corinthians 6:18
"Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body."
Sounds like your not getting any.
yon

Miami Beach, FL

#30 Apr 4, 2012
Matthew 5

17 “Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill. 18 For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished. 19 Whoever then annuls one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven;

Revelation 21:8

"But for the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable and murderers and immoral persons and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”
yon

Miami Beach, FL

#31 Apr 4, 2012
Don't say you weren't warned.

“Citizen_Patriot_ Voter_Atheist!”

Since: May 09

Earth,TX

#32 Apr 4, 2012
yon wrote:
<quoted text>
Absolutely true. The atheist is an utter fool. Not that he is alone as many professing other religions basically do the same thing because they don't believe Scripture - but only claim to - and thus are practical atheists.
Just start with the 10 Commandments and see how many follow #'s 3 AND 4.
Virtually NONE
Let's go even further than that, there are over 600 of Jehovah's commandments. How many do you follow? How many times have you followed your buybull's commands to stone to death someone wearing mixed fibers?

I love how, you bunch of loons find fault with non-believers not following your imaginary gods silly rules, when there is no way on earth even one of you lives as the buybull demands, you live.

In six decades on this planet, and I have never met one yet, who lives as they say they want others to live. Can you say hypocrite? Have you ever had your god tell you to eat your children? How about stoning to death a sass mouth child, surely you've followed your god's rules there?
yon

Miami Beach, FL

#33 Apr 4, 2012
Zechariah 7:9
“This is what the Almighty Elohim said:‘Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another.

Matthew 5:7
"Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.

Matthew 9:13
"But go and learn what this means:‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
SupaAFC

Aberdeen, UK

#34 Apr 5, 2012
yon wrote:
<quoted text>
Absolutely true. The atheist is an utter fool. Not that he is alone as many professing other religions basically do the same thing because they don't believe Scripture - but only claim to - and thus are practical atheists.
Just start with the 10 Commandments and see how many follow #'s 3 AND 4.
Virtually NONE
Actually non Christian theists have been following "your" scripture for thousands of years, even before Judaism came into existence. If you don't believe me, crack open spell 125 of the Egyptian Book of the Dead. There's your ten commandments before Moses apparently climbed up Sinai.
yon

Miami Beach, FL

#35 Apr 5, 2012
Genesis 26:5
".. Abraham obeyed me and did everything I required of him, keeping my commands, my decrees and my instructions.”
SupaAFC

Aberdeen, UK

#36 Apr 5, 2012
Hey, Yon, mindlessly posting scripture spam looks fun! Can I join in and post the scripture your religion stole theirs from?

Spell 125:

I have committed no evil upon men.
I have not oppressed the members of my family.
I have not wrought evil in the place of right and truth.
I have had no knowledge of useless men.
I have brought about no evil.
I did not rise in the morning and expect more than was due to me.
I have not brought my name forward to be praised.
I have not oppressed servants.
I have not scorned any god.
I have not defrauded the poor of their property.
I have not done what the gods abominate.
I have not cause harm to be done to a servant by his master.
I have not caused pain.
I have caused no man to hunger.
I have made no one weep.
I have not killed.
I have not given the order to kill.
I have not inflicted pain on anyone.
I have not stolen the drink left for the gods in the temples.
I have not stolen the cakes left for the gods in the temples.
I have not stolen the cakes left for the dead in the temples.
I have not fornicated.
I have not polluted myself.
I have not diminished the bushel when I've sold it.
I have not added to or stolen land.
I have not encroached on the land of others.
I have not added weights to the scales to cheat buyers.
I have not misread the scales to cheat buyers.
I have not stolen milk from the mouths of children.
I have not driven cattle from their pastures.
I have not captured the birds of the preserves of the gods.
I have not caught fish with bait made of like fish.
I have not held back the water when it should flow.
I have not diverted the running water in a canal.
I have not put out a fire when it should burn.
I have not violated the times when meat should be offered to the gods.
I have not driven off the cattle from the property of the gods.
I have not stopped a god in his procession through the temple, 4
I am pure.
I am pure.
I am pure.

Since: Aug 08

Atlanta, GA

#37 Apr 5, 2012
yon wrote:
Genesis 26:5
".. Abraham obeyed me and did everything I required of him, keeping my commands, my decrees and my instructions.”
Klinger 32:9

"May the fleas of a thousand camels infest your armpits"

Since: Aug 08

Atlanta, GA

#38 Apr 5, 2012
yon wrote:
Don't say you weren't warned.
OK, you weren't warned.

Barbarino 2:74

"Up your nose with a rubber hose"

Since: Feb 12

Debary, FL

#39 Apr 5, 2012
Since atheism is not a religion then the 1st amendment Freedom Of Religion portion does not pertain to you
redneck

Glendale, OR

#40 Apr 5, 2012
yon wrote:
Zechariah 7:9
“This is what the Almighty Elohim said:‘Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another.
Matthew 5:7
"Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
Matthew 9:13
"But go and learn what this means:‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
Mark 16:17-18 Prove your faith.
SupaAFC

Aberdeen, UK

#41 Apr 5, 2012
RattleCattle wrote:
Since atheism is not a religion then the 1st amendment Freedom Of Religion portion does not pertain to you
But it does when it comes to protecting atheist citizens' rights -from- religion.

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