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Nov 11, 2012

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Atheism requires as much faith as religion?

I disagree I think that modern atheism is simply a denial of a Deity not a denial of something larger than us all. If atheism makes any comment regarding something larger than us all, it is to suggest that we are simply a small part of an overall totality of existence; it does this without suggesting any determinism to that "whole". Atheism, surely, makes no comment regarding the prominence of humankind, and certainly those atheists who are also prominent evolutionists state that humankind is precisely neither as subordinate or dominant as any other organism, simply mare capably developed. I do grant that some people interpret the fervour of some prominent atheists as tub-bashing preaching, but even they would admit, surely that none of these atheists attempt to dictate the course of anyone's life. I truly feel your last statement is false - by definition atheism can not be a religion: religion requires faith, atheism is the antithesis of faith. One does not "believe " in atheism, one comes to the logical conclusion that there is highly unlikely to be a God because all the evidence suggests otherwise and therefore one is an atheist.  (Nov 11, 2012 | post #136797)

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Atheism requires as much faith as religion?

I'd have thought this (all our) existence is indubitably part of a larger whole. It does not neccessarily follow however that there is a larger entity, simply that we're all just tiny sprockets inside cogs inside wheels etc etc. I'm not saying there is or isn't a God, I'm simply commenting on the thread title.....and asserting that Atheism isn't a faith and does not require faith, faith is belief in something despite lack of supporting evidence.  (Nov 11, 2012 | post #136784)