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I think we're playing the semantic game here folks. I am only an egg, but IMHO, we're confusing the word 'religion' with the word 'faith' (or dogma, as AssFace mentioned. What I mean to say is, the similarity between atheism and religion is that they imply a faith - a belief without proof.

Religions tend to place their faith in some un(scientifically)knowable deity and/or a specially inspired doctrine. One can probably not seem like too much of an idiot making the generalisation (generalisations being idiot-making mechanisims) that an atheist has instead placed faith in themselves, or perhaps the expanded concept of humanity as a whole - such as science being grounded in certain principles and procedures which, when applied, tend to give scientists comfort in the accuracy of their observations.

Atheism, just like Christianity, is a faith. But it is not a religion.

woops, s/Sym/Sem in the title, pardon my French, and danke diotalevi

In reply to Semantics, Shemantics by Reverend Phil
in thread Religion in the Monastery. by benn

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