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Atheism is not.... by moni158 Atheism is not.... by moni158
:iconimrlynotimpressedplz: ...... Just .... seriously people who think this?? Its annoying....

You wont believe how many people will say "oh you're an atheist? did you know that means your religious, since atheism is a religion, since you BELIEVE and have FAITH that there isn't a God"....... This completely contradicts the point of being an Atheist in the first place. ( definition:Atheism is commonly defined as the position that there are no deities. It can also mean the rejection of belief in the existence of deities. A broader definition is simply the absence of belief that any deities exist.)

Its not a religion its just means you DON'T believe or have a LACK of faith.

Reminds me of a documentary I watched ( not the one where they said chimpanzees giving birth to a human was evolution ) This documentary depicted scientific research centers as churches for the religion of atheism and Darwin's book "Origin of species' as their bible, and Darwin as their prophet.....

Tl;DR Don't be lazy, go back and read it. :eyes:

Edit* and personally? I hate the word atheist...I think its a pointless word, like an a-space...( a space void of any object, organism, etc) But then again Atheist does have its differences e.g. it is a firm rejection of a God (unlike Agnosticism). Waiting for the SEE HAHAHA YOU HAVE FAITH THERE IS NO GOD! argument... but no that is not how it works. I don't believe it because I have looked at the whole situation rationally and I don't think its a plausible idea... It is just ridiculous, the supernatural is a myth and that has been proven by the fact there has never being a single documented case. I am sorry but faith just isn't good enough for me, I need proof and solid facts.
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FireFlyExposed Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
It's a pity then that some atheists tend to treat atheism like some theists treat religion. Some atheists shove their atheism down your throat and make like all atheists are the same. They tend to preach their word as if you will be damned if you don't accept atheism as the one true faith. You honestly can't blame some people for calling atheism a religion based on what some atheists do with it.

I personally think that "atheist" is a reasonable word. How else would you describe a person who has no belief in a god? The majority of the planet has some belief (and that's an overwhelming majority) and people tend to need to define groups. Yes, it's a firm rejection of god's, so for the sake of brevity, you say atheist ... instead of going into a lengthy description "the person who has a firm rejection of gods" ... just say "the atheist". That is a reasonable thing to say, is it not?

I have also rationally looked at my religion and come to the conclusion that it is correct. I also won't say that a rejection of a faith is ridiculous or accepting an alternative faith is ridiculous or that their stance is ridiculous. I may not agree with the person, but that doesn't make their beliefs ridiculous, just different.  Difference is good even if it seems a little weird to us looking in from the outside.
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DaFreak47 Featured By Owner Edited Feb 23, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I tend to view Atheism as a position of defense, so when I see other Atheists going out into the religious world insulting perfectly rational and kind people for their personal beliefs, I tend to become irritated. But, at the same time, I can't help but become annoyed when Theists use the behavior of some Atheists and apply them to Atheists in general. It's not like there's some verse in an Atheist holy book which says "Go forth, children of your parents, and spread the word of Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens to all of the peoples of the Earth, which is a sphere." 
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FireFlyExposed Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Many atheists tend to judge the whole on the individual or minority too. There are a good few atheists who do "Go forth and proclaim the almighty words of Dawkins and Hitchens to the peoples of the earth, which is a cube (or pyramid, or oblate spheroid ... which ever takes your fancy)" whether it is in the book or not. That is in some human natures - wave your d*** around in public and try shove it down someones throat (which, coincidentally, shoving your d*** down someones throat is misinterpreted many many many times as just "well they are talking about God, they must be shoving their s*** down my throat).

Secondly, let's take it further, since you did say religious people are told to "go forth" ...
Luke 9:5 (MSG): If you’re not welcomed, leave town. Don’t make a scene. Shrug your shoulders and move on.
Somehow this is forgotten (or simply not known) when people try to use the "go forth" against Christians. But then again, some Christians don't know that verse either.
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DaFreak47 Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Student Digital Artist
Everybody does it. I mean, I'm a fan of a good discussion and the occasional heated debate, but neither of those things are necessary if one of the parties isn't interested or is openly against the idea of such a discussion. What I've found is that about 98% of the time I spend having discussions with Theists I'm just correcting misconceptions they have about Atheism. Misconceptions they have because of debates they've had with other, more unpleasant Atheists. I honestly don't mind being proselytized to. I prefer having someone attempt to "introduce me to Jesus" to just demonstrating apathy. But what I've found, especially with some of the fellow Atheists I know personally, is that they would rather just say "There is no god" and move on, like they've done anything but make matters worse. That's just an attack, not a discussion. I think its harder for Atheists who've grown up without religion to understand the idea of faith and Theism, but for those of us who've been on the other side, the idea of just attacking religion with ad hominems, rather than reason, just doesn't seem right. Sorry I'm off topic. I've had a busy couple of weeks and I don't really remember what this discussion was about. 
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FireFlyExposed Featured By Owner 20 hours ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Shrug Couldn't agree more. I have the same feelings about the way some theists conduct themselves. Theism isn't devoid of logic and reason but they don't use this when debating their religion.

Something; something; "some atheists tend to treat atheism like some theists treat religion." ... so we're still on topic ... sort of anyway.
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Schneezahn Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014   General Artist
true !
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lush-light Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2014   Traditional Artist
People still don't understand and argue... even oprah bashed atheists in the 1980s
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gwarnage Featured By Owner 5 days ago
atheists don't talk about god because they believe he exists
they talk about god because they know YOU exist
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castieltheoddangel Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yes so freak'n true
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One-Concerned Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014
Out of curiosity, where do you believe people go when they die?
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VonRabenherz Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Why would we need to believe that we go anywhere?
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originalCzechball Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2014
Brain stops working and neurons dies. So your consciousness die too. It's like a electricity, when you open power dissipation, all electric energy will transfrom to something else.
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moni158 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014  Student Filmographer
Probably the closest morgue. 
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squiggledog Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014
Buddhism, Daoism, and Confucianism are atheistic. Are they not religions?
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squiggledog Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014
Being a religion does not depend on being theistic! There are many religions that are atheistic. This is honestly a pretty ignorant stamp.
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VonRabenherz Featured By Owner Edited Dec 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, there are religions that are atheistic. You cannot conclude from this, however, that atheism is a religion.
Atheism is a single stance on a single question. Anything beyond that may coincide with atheism, but it's not part of it.
So no, the stamp is actually not ignorant at all, it is absolutely correct.
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moni158 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014  Student Filmographer
This is specifically for atheism. You're clearly not understanding that. 
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moni158 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014  Student Filmographer
I don't know enough about them to answer that question. Sorry.
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klx12 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014
It is a religion! ;)
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DaFreak47 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I see that moni158 didn't exactly engage you in open discussion. If you are willing, I am ready. Your above comment is false. 
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moni158 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014  Student Filmographer
haha funny
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klx12 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014
yes, but it is true!
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moni158 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014  Student Filmographer
Hahah good one! You're funny
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klx12 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014
thx! =) i think that it is important that people think about atheism and the claims of trueness of religions or religous organisations
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klx12 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014
thanks! ;)
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100starryskies Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I believe in a higher power, of what I'm not sure, but I don't have a religion. I wasn't baptized or anything, so I am an atheist. It's stupid how people think atheism is a religion, because it means exactly to not have a religion, doesn't it? I agree with you, even though I am an atheist xD
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FireFlyExposed Featured By Owner Edited Feb 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
If you believe in a higher power but not sure what it is and you're not baptised ... you're still not an atheist. Not being baptised does not make you an atheist any more than a eating a piece of cheese doesn't make you a mouse.
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originalCzechball Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2014
Hardly there's higher power, only infinity and completly non-existing.
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ToxicMutagen Featured By Owner May 16, 2014  Student General Artist
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ToxicMutagen Featured By Owner May 16, 2014  Student General Artist
I found this idiot...
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Lornext Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love Finland... So many atheists and I no one here ever even talks about religions. It would make me feel uncomfortable.
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DaFreak47 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I live in Texas...
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Lornext Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, snap..
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PrincessElemix Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014
Seeing how atheism has it's own dogmas, symbols and leaders it's pretty hard not to think of it as one.
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VonRabenherz Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Atheism has neither symbols, nor dogma, nor leaders.
Given its definition, that would be pretty difficult for it.
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VonRabenherz Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, that's a logo some atheist designed, with the aim to represent the idea. So? This is a creation of one guy, not a universally accepted symbol. But more importantly, it's not part of atheism itself.
Atheism is very simply this:
A single position on a single question - the question whether or not there are supernatural deities, or gods. The atheistic position on this is the rejection of belief in such beings due to complete lack of evidence for their existence.

This is atheism. And not an iota more. Anything else is separate.
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i-stamp Featured By Owner May 22, 2014
Famous atheists =! Atheist leaders
Things famous atheists say =! Dogma
Symbols used by some atheists =! Representative of all atheists

Religion: Noun. A set of beliefs concerning the cause [atheists have no unified belief in universal origin], nature[ditto], and purpose of the universe[ditto], especially when considered as the creation of a superhuman agency or agencies[ditto], usually involving devotional and ritual observances[ditto], and often containing a moral code governing the conduct of human affairs.[ditto]
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moni158 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014  Student Filmographer
Um...
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PrincessElemix Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014
It's true.
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moni158 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Student Filmographer
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OpinionsProfile Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014
You are joking right?
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PrincessElemix Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014
no.
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RollerTrack3 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014
Than you're, in lack of a better phrase, an idiot. 'Religion' defines a belief system focused on an omnipotent being. 'Atheism' is defined as the lack of belief of an omnipotent being.
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DarkRiderDLMC Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014
Perhaps not, but it seems like one to the casual viewer.
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DaFreak47 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Then the casual viewer is wrong and will probably get their wrist slapped when they suggest otherwise.
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DarkRiderDLMC Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015
Like the old, worn saying goes, "Actions speak louder than words."Atheists feed the casual viewer's belief, screeeching, suing and in many ways acting as silly assed and arrogant as any other religious fundamentalists.  Much like holy (and unholy) rollers, democrats and republicans, marxists, communists and gay people, (most of the preceding come close to religion in action) atheists tend to identify with their religious identity.  Hello, I'm Flumflum and I'm an atheist, a christian, a lesbian, bisexual, trisexual, pansexual, peterpansexual, liberal. and my personal pronouns are....

The similarities are striking.

While I tend to think that although atheism looks like just another dumb-ass belief system that slower minds go overboard in extolling, it's most likely just another way to reach snowflakehood for those not born special.  Like the gender thing, running now into the millions of options, choices and inanities. 
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DaFreak47 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015  Student Digital Artist
By your reasoning, to simply believe or be passionate about something is to make it a religion. To simply identify with a certain group and advertise the principles of said group is akin to religious behavior. Such reasoning is not completely unfounded, but clarification should be made. Atheism cannot be put on the same level as theistic, or atheistic, religions which explicitly revolve around the principles of faith, worship, and superstition. Atheism makes no claims concerning the nature of the universe, human morality, or societal duties and interactions. As I'm sure you already know, Atheism is a single position on a single question, nothing more. Anything more which an Atheistic individual makes of it does not change the simplistic nature of Atheism's singular claim. I will, of course, concede that Atheism falls under the broadest definition of "religion", but so could anything and everything else in the universe, real or imaginary.

When I observe a belief system, I do not judge the validity of the belief on the behavior or actions of its adherents, but rather on the belief itself. Please, do not disregard the validity of Atheism for the immaturity of some Atheists.
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DynamicNerdleXx Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
I did think that atheism was a religion at first. When I asked this people got all butthurt. Finally I have a calm explanation. I thank you.
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Corvus-the-Snark Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ironically, most atheists like to treat it as one

www.youtube.com/watch?v=feJ8GZ…
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