Okay, I am thinking why is not considered a religion to Atheists, however, they believe there is no higher power (if that is what I remember). Now if it is not a religion or a belief, then how can they "believe" that there is not a higher power? I mean they BELIEVE that there is no higher power while others BELIEVE there is a higher power.
So, my question is, how is this not a religion? How is this a lack of religion?
Answer by louise2 at 7:01 AM on May. 18, 2013
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Answer by Nos4 at 7:40 AM on May. 18, 2013
Answer by NotPanicking at 10:16 AM on May. 18, 2013
Answer by 3libras at 10:17 AM on May. 18, 2013
I'm not an atheist, but I don't have a religion. Religion is rituals, specific things you have to believe to belong to a certain one, things you have to do, etc. atheism has none of that, it isn't really a "belief" but a lack of belief. That's it. You don't have to believe anything else, you don't have to do anything. That would be like saying, "I don't believe unicorns exists, so I belong to the anti-unicorn religion" "I don't believe Zeus exists, so I belong to the anti-Zeus religion" "I don't believe in Bigfoot, I belong to the non-Bigfoot religion" "i don't believe fairies are real, so I belong to the non-fairy religion"
Answer by Momtoela at 10:30 AM on May. 18, 2013
Answer by NotPanicking at 10:33 AM on May. 18, 2013
Answer by anng.atlanta at 10:46 AM on May. 18, 2013
Of course they believe in things, but they do not believe in God. Atheism is a lack of belief in God, and that is all that statement pertains to, not what other beliefs they hold, spiritual or otherwise. Atheism isn't a belief or a religion, but you can have beliefs and religion as an atheist. All atheism means is that you do not believe in God, any other spiritual beliefs, or practices you have are separate. There are theistic Taoists, just like there are atheist ones, and there are theistic Buddhists, just like there are atheist ones.
Answer by Momtoela at 11:02 AM on May. 18, 2013
Depends. Buddhists are Atheists, (Well most anyways there are a few sects of Buddhism that do believe in gods). Satanists are Atheists. Jainists, Taoists, Humanists, etc. Religion is not based on whether one believes in a god or not, but whether they have a set list of doctrines by which they guide their lives. Likewise you have people who DO believe in higher beings or gods and aren't religious as they do not follow any specific tenants associated with their belief in gods.
Answer by KristiS11384 at 11:17 AM on May. 18, 2013
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