Atheism and Religion Essay

908 Words Nov 10th, 2010 4 Pages
Lynsey Call
Professor Allen Call
English 112
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
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"The Religion of Atheism is for the totally irrational person, which is why Atheists account for less that 10% of the population” (Religion of Atheism). More importantly, atheism doesn’t teach any particular moral code. Religions encourage these sorts of feelings, especially in the presence of sacred objects and places, and the feelings are normally connected to the presence of the supernatural. Atheists may experience some of these feelings, like awe at the universe itself, but they are neither encouraged nor discouraged by atheism itself.
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

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