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April 02, 2008


In my opinion atheism can be a religion, but it by itself does not have to be. Just as belief can be a religion but does not have to be. When atheism becomes a religion is when it tells everyone else that only it is right, that they are wrong, and that atheism is the only correct way to think and live. Some atheists (the ones I have known) have a behavior code that they also promote as the only way to live. So by itself to not believe is not a religion-- unless you promote it as a system that others should live by. All belief in something supernatural as being active with humans also is not automatically a religion.

Beware of all "isms". Then read Chris Hedges critique of atheism as an absolute "belief system".


I'm in a similar camp as Rain. Some atheists treat and live it like a religion, some do not.

I am agnostic, but I believe that most christians would say that not believing in other gods is a matter of faith and, by extension, their religion. Maybe you might think of atheism as a religion of non-belief, from a christian p.o.v.

Thom pist me off so bad with that, I might drop the morning radio show all together and switch to NPR.
For him to toss out a blanket insult to all atheists like that was simply a prejudiced thing to do.
If I were to write a sign to be placed in Olympia, it would be something positive and celebratory AS WELL AS rooted in reality. I would not have included a judgment of any kind for that particular forum.
But the morning show didn't seem to care that there may be other, less strident Atheists out there. And for Thom to say that the judgment on the sign was no different than something Fred Phelps would do, was beyond the pale. Phelps advocates puting gay folks to death. I couldn't believe what I was hearing.

BTW- Chris Hedges is so afraid to call himself an atheist that he would rather re-define what theism is. There are reasons to criticize both Hedges AND Harris.

Just my $0.02.

"If you believe that unicorns do not exist, then may I say that you are a member of the 'No unicorns' religion?"

If and I only if I'm Zealot in my belief of 'No Unicorns'. If I shout at the top of my lungs that there are 'No Unicorns', if I write a book called 'Unicorns are not great', host a radio show called 'Free Unicorn Radio', or start some sort of organization. If I write a blog post called 'Unicorns isn't a religion'.

If I do any of those things, then you can say I'm a member of a religion.

My name is Christopher. I come from a Christian family. Way back, after finishing my schooling and when I was doing my Intermediate (junior college), I sensed a kind of emptiness in my heart. (This emptiness, which I later-on understood, was God’s way of drawing me to Himself). In my desperate attempts to solve this problem, I found myself bunking college and attending Christian meetings and visiting Christian bookshop with the hope of finding a solution. During one such visit to a Christian bookshop, I came across a small book-let titled; Tell me plainly, how to be saved. Through this book-let (written according to the Bible), I have understood that every human-being is a sinner and is bound to go to hell after one’s time on this planet-earth is over. But God’s great love for man-kind made Him send His only son, Jesus Christ, into this world. Jesus, who lived a sin-less life, suffered an account of our sins and died on the cross in our place. He rose again from death the third day and is now in the midst of us in the form of the Holy Spirit. Whoever believes in Him will become a child of God and will skip hell to enter heaven, the presence of the Almighty God.

The book-let went-on to say that the way of believing in Jesus Christ is by repenting of our sins and asking Jesus for forgiveness for our sins as only the blood of Jesus Christ has the power to cleanse us from every kind of sin. Then we should invite Jesus into our hearts. When I did all this, the emptiness in my heart left and the love, joy & peace which I never had till then filled my heart. Since then, the Lord has been wonderfully leading me and has never left me alone, as per His promise in the Bible for all those who come to him in faith. He gave a purpose for my living. Whatever I have been going through in life, I can say with all confidence, that there was never a time that I felt or was left helpless; this is so as one of the precious promises in the Bible says: “Even lions go hungry for lack of food, but those who obey the LORD lack nothing good.”

This is how the Lord has sought me, forgave my sins, made me His child, gave me a purpose for living, has been meeting all my needs and put His peace & joy in my heart that no person or experience or circumstance or problem can take it away.

It’s a Biblical fact that every person has a heart with a God-shaped vacuum and nothing can fill that vacuum, except God Himself. This is why we need to invite Jesus to come into our hearts after repenting of our sins.

The one decision I will never regret is, giving my heart to the Lord Jesus Christ. I hope and wish that you also will make a decision to make Jesus Christ your personal Lord and Savior. If so, please say this prayer meaningfully from your heart:

Lord Jesus Christ, I believe that you are the Almighty God. Thank you for suffering on the cross for my sake. I now repent of all my sins. Forgive me of my sins. Cleanse me with your precious blood. Come into my heart, Lord Jesus and make me your child. From now on, I will read the Bible regularly and obey what it says. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

If you have made a decision to follow the Lord Jesus Christ, please let me know the good news. Thanks. May you know the truth, and the truth will set you free.

Christopher, I'm happy that you feel you've found the answers you're looking for. I myself have had a very different journey than yours, and have gone from being a Charismatic Christian to being a non-believing, freethinking Reform Jew.

The one thing that our two stories have in common is that we were both looking for answers. You have decided that the answers you sought are immutable and outside of your self, and I have decided that it's less about finding the right answers and more about expanding one's list of questions.

We all only have a limited time on this earth, so it's up to each of us to decide how best to use what we have. I'm happy with my choices thus far, and I hope you remain happy with yours.

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