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Re: Re: Re: Religion in the Monastery.

by Anonymous Monk
on Apr 30, 2003 at 02:07 UTC ( #254164=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re: Re: Religion in the Monastery.
in thread Religion in the Monastery.

Wrong.

Atheism is a lack of belief in God or gods. It is not an active disbelief. More than that, there is no dogma associated. Atheist means "not theist", and can no more be considered a single religion than "not Christian" is.

To underscore this I note that there are a number of recognized religions that are consistent with atheism. Two examples being Scientology and Buddhism - religions which don't have much in common.


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Re: Re: Re: Re: Religion in the Monastery.
by LameNerd (Hermit) on Apr 30, 2003 at 16:20 UTC
    Interesting post.
    Would you agree with my use of set thoery?
    Atheism is the "null set" to any set of religions.
    Just as null would be contained in any set of integers yet
    null is not an integer.

      Atheism is trivially a belief.

      However, atheism doesn't occupy the same special status as the zero element — it's not "at the bottom of" ∀ beliefs. Nor is it really the canvas on which other things are painted, as with a null array.

      BTW, {} ∉ Z. {} ⊂ Z.

        Excellent observation. Very well put.

Re^4: Religion in the Monastery.
by wrinkles (Monk) on Jun 16, 2011 at 22:18 UTC
    Faith is how someone develops a concept of "Who am I?". Religion happens when people band together with others who share roughly the same concept, and start making rules and such based on these common concepts. There is even an atheist Church of Reality. So atheism certainly can be the basis of a religion.

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