Atheism and Religion Essay
Professor Allen Call
26 October 2010
Atheism & Religion
Atheism, by definition, is “the doctrine or belief that there is no God” (Dictionary.com). If you cannot say "I believe in a Deity/God/Supreme Being" then you are an atheist.” (Religion of Atheism). A religion has two components which must both be present. It is a system of ritual and belief. It is focused on a supernatural being or beings. “Some Atheists, for their own political reasons, assert that Atheism is not a religion but instead is the total absence of religion” (McGinnis). Many Christians seem to believe that atheism is a religion, but no one with a fair understanding of both concepts would make such a mistake. Because it is such a common …show more content…
Belief in supernatural beings like gods doesn’t get you very far if you can’t communicate with them. Religions teach how to talk to them, usually with some form of prayer or other ritual. Atheists don’t believe in gods so obviously they don’t try to communicate with any. An atheist who believes in some other type of supernatural being might try to communicate with it, but such communication is completely incidental to atheism itself.
Religions are never just a collection of isolated and unrelated beliefs, they constitute entire worldviews based on these beliefs and around which people organize their lives. Atheists naturally have worldviews, but atheism itself isn’t a worldview and doesn’t promote any one worldview. Atheists have different ideas about how to live because they have different philosophies on life. A few religious people follow their