Continuing the discussion from This short Assange video could be used for marketing:
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Atheism is neither a religion nor a belief system - the “A” denotes a lack of, therefore a lack of a “Theistic” belief system. Jeeeez… [/quote]
Any word is tied to a belief system. What supports the definition of Atheism? A belief system about what Theism is. To not believe in something means you must believe you understand what it is you don’t believe in, which means Atheism is a belief system. E.g. I don’t believe in dogma, so you could call me an adogmatist, that’s a belief system or part of a belief system. You believe you understand the perspective of a Theist and choose to reject it = Belief system.
Which dictionary? There are dozens of variations many of which appear to fit Atheism, many others raise more questions about definitions such as defining ‘superhuman, supernatural’ etc.
What’s your favourite creation myth? Sientific descriptions are ultimately metaphorical too, black holes, big bangs, strings. Heck every word is a metaphor when you get down to it. There can be more useful metaphores than others for sure, the scientific story is a very useful one. But it’s still a metaphore.
I can’t just pick a good religion because as I’ve tried to illustrate there isn’t necessarily such a thing as “a” religion. People change endlessly. People who call themselves members of one religion can have completely different belief systems from other people who use the same name for their religion. Each person may have their own religion, or there may not even be such a thing. Religion is just an idea. Ideas are just memes.
A good religion. How about the religion that inspired the creation of some amazing music? Or the feedng of the hungry, or the support of those in need, or the development of writing, or any other thing or action you think is a good thing? (hint-it’s not the religion that’s good or bad… it’s the person.
You asking me to pick 1 good religion is like asking me to pick 1 good person. Everyone is a good and bad person.