Why Atheism Will Replace Religion

Aug 27, 2012 Full story: News24 14,385

Please note that for this article "Atheism" also includes agnostics, deists, pagans, wiccans... in other words non-religious.

You will notice this is a statement of fact. And to be fact it is supported by evidence (see references below). Now you can have "faith" that this is not true, but by the very definition of faith, that is just wishful thinking. Full Story
henry

Bad Langensalza, Germany

#22 Sep 5, 2012
EdSed wrote:
So, in a word "enlightenment" is the reason?
Probably true enough. In British history the 'Age of Enthusiasm" (English civil war and the brief republic, or interegnum) was followed by the 'Age of Reason'. Arguably, the Scottish Enlightenment was a natural sequitur from the Age of Reason. Later, there seemed to be a reaction against the 'worship of reason' which appeared to some to have become a new religion in itself.(Shades of some religionists' perception of atheism?)
Unsubstantiated belief and acts of faith are intellectually dubious or simply wrong. One should only believe anything as far as reason and evidence support the belief. Even today many people doubt and reject that.
I agree.
henry

Bad Langensalza, Germany

#23 Sep 5, 2012
Hidingfromyou wrote:
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Yaaay! Thank you for your kind words - and IANS for bringing me here.
Yeah, the article is basically saying "thanks to a wider access of education, entertainment, health medicine and social connections, religion is dying." I'd agree with that.
Strong belief, as denoted by church attendance and paying attention to religious leaders, is at a historical low and continues to drop. Even those who "believe in God" and are self-professed Christians don't know the Bible, don't attend church, don't think about God much. I see this every day in my classes. Since I teach evolution, people are compelled to write to me "I believe in God, but..." I get these letters all the time instead of the assignments they are supposed to write - telling you the low quality of k-12 education in America, sorry - but few of them are strong believers. Maybe one in every class of 40.
Subsequently I get a few letters - again, only one or two - of people who write "I can't believe someone is talking about their religion again. Don't they understand anything about science?" or other letters disparaging the poor quality of thinking that Creationists have.
So it's moving away from strongly religious for a no. of reasons. America is a nation that draws strength in individuality and there's been a movement toward personalizing religion - each finds their own God. Couple that with the massive amount of easily accessible information - science has crushed all that religion once held on high. Only an uneducated person could be a Bible literalist in today's world. All but the deceitful religious leaders have admitted the world is old, evolution occurs, we don't live in an earth or heliocentric universe - and they've basically had to move to esoteric spiritualism.
The new ways in which we create community without religion make religion redundant. Religion no longer explains the universe around us (or does so with such ridiculous absurdity, it's laughably undermining itself). And I think that's the crux of the matter. Religion isn't necessary if we can form larger than kin-based social bonds through our education, entertainment, economies, treaties, societal laws and so on.
But it will remain a fascinating and rich historical narrative, so that children can ask their parents "why would anyone believe the world was 6000 years old? why would anyone believe in hell?"
You are soo right!

“hi ya”

Since: Feb 12

Manchester

#24 Sep 5, 2012
And why atheism will not!

"Please note that for this article "Atheism" also includes agnostics, deists, pagans, wiccans... in other words non-religious.

You will notice this is a statement of fact.
[i didn't] And to be fact it is supported by evidence (see references below)."...

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Ave Iupiter!

“Why does my ignorance”

Since: Mar 11

justify your deity?

#25 Sep 5, 2012
henry wrote:
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You are soo right!
Thank you

:)

That makes us both right! woohooo!

“What trolls???”

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#26 Nov 24, 2012
Halonen is Conan OBrien wrote:
LOL!
Islam is growing about as fast as Atheism only thing is Muslims have so many kids while Atheists have so few kids.
Islam is simply destined to win out over Atheists due to demographic birth rate differences.
Atheism is superior to Islam.
Jumper

Owensboro, KY

#27 Nov 24, 2012
If Atheism replaces religion wouldn't that be a religion of sorts?

And then...who will try to replace Atheism?

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#28 Nov 24, 2012
Jumper wrote:
If Atheism replaces religion wouldn't that be a religion of sorts?
And then...who will try to replace Atheism?
Atheism isn't a religion.

The reason people think that atheism is a type of religion is that they're so brainwashed that they cannot possibly imagine living without a religion of some sort.
Max

Montréal, Canada

#29 Nov 24, 2012
The only thing that makes one atheist instead of religious is ... did your parents stuff a religion in your head when you were young, and how many atheist folks are around you when you grow up.

“There are other issues.”

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#30 Nov 24, 2012

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#31 Nov 24, 2012
Hedonist wrote:
Pretty good article.
The bible says that all religion will be stopped except for the true one. Revelations 17,18

but people today are hardly religious themselves,
Clayton Winton

Spokane, WA

#32 Nov 24, 2012
The LABEL: "atheist" is a religious term, derogatory towards non-followers.

Religionizing the term to include the unbiased, or Theists, or versions of organized disciplines of thought not heretofor discussed, seems to be the first point of the authors.

It's a fascinating topic. Think of this: one universe, one existence, multiple perceptions, an omnipresent 'god' in itself. It's "contents" know, experience, every aspect of those perceptions, feel all that can be felt, hear all that can be heard, see all that can be seen, expeience all there is ... as a WHOLE, every individual a part of that.

It requires no faith. No belief. It's verifiable with one's five senses in reality.

That is G*d too. Perhaps the only G*d. And there is nothing "atheistic" about that AT ALL.

Kind Regards, always,
Clayton Winton

Since: Jun 07

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#33 Nov 27, 2012
Clayton Winton wrote:
The LABEL: "atheist" is a religious term, derogatory towards non-followers.
Religionizing the term to include the unbiased, or Theists, or versions of organized disciplines of thought not heretofor discussed, seems to be the first point of the authors.
It's a fascinating topic. Think of this: one universe, one existence, multiple perceptions, an omnipresent 'god' in itself. It's "contents" know, experience, every aspect of those perceptions, feel all that can be felt, hear all that can be heard, see all that can be seen, expeience all there is ... as a WHOLE, every individual a part of that.
It requires no faith. No belief. It's verifiable with one's five senses in reality.
That is G*d too. Perhaps the only G*d. And there is nothing "atheistic" about that AT ALL.
Kind Regards, always,
Clayton Winton
It's not derogatory to be called atheist. Its only derogatory if the person saying it is stupid enough to believe that it's an insult and is intended to single out people for hate.

It's no different from the bible calling all atheists fools as it says in black and white.

Just because a christian is polite to you, doesn't mean that they don't think you're a fool.

Basically this situation means that mostly all religions are derogatory towards people that aren't brainwashed by them.

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#34 Nov 27, 2012
Religion was designed by humans to be divisive and controlling. Cults have to constantly be on the look out for members to replace the people that leave.
Jumper

Owensboro, KY

#35 Nov 27, 2012
-Skeptic- wrote:
Religion was designed by humans to be divisive and controlling. Cults have to constantly be on the look out for members to replace the people that leave.
Why? Are you leaving us?

“There are other issues.”

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#36 Nov 27, 2012
Jumper wrote:
<quoted text>Why? Are you leaving us?
Lol!

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#37 Nov 27, 2012
Jumper wrote:
<quoted text>Why? Are you leaving us?
Who's us? The failed little tribe that meets for tea at the Creationist museum. Liars belong on the scrap heap.

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#38 Nov 27, 2012
Educated What wrote:
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Lol!
The Creationist laughs yet nobody here believes that the earth is 6000 years old. Your bullsh*t doesn't get accepted in sane society.

“It's just a box of rain...”

Since: May 07

Knoxville, TN

#39 Nov 27, 2012
If religion fades way, then in a sense, atheism will fade away with it, leaving a society where no one thinks about religion at all, not even to reject it.

That would be a good thing.

“There are other issues.”

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#40 Nov 27, 2012
Genie2 wrote:
And why atheism will not!

"Please note that for this article "Atheism" also includes agnostics, deists, pagans, wiccans... in other words non-religious.

You will notice this is a statement of fact.
[i didn't] And to be fact it is supported by evidence (see references below)."...

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Ave Iupiter!
I agree

“There are other issues.”

Since: May 09

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#41 Nov 27, 2012
-Skeptic- wrote:
<quoted text>The Creationist laughs yet nobody here believes that the earth is 6000 years old. Your bullsh*t doesn't get accepted in sane society.
Prove I said this. If you can't, this makes you a liar. Heh

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