Atheism a Religion – Yay or Nay?

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“We’re not a religion.  We reject religion.”  That’s what the Atheists typically say.  Honestly, they’re not the only ones to claim this.  Fundamentalist Protestants, especially the Baptists, Pentecostals and “non-denominationals”, also claim this.  A lot of us know this is a croc of bogus.Dictionary.com defines religion as “a set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe, especially when considered as the creation of a superhuman agency or agencies, usually involving devotional and ritual observances, and often containing a moral code governing the conduct of human affairs.”  Note that it says “especially” in regards to “a superhuman agency or agencies” which does not necessarily exclude the belief “concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe” exclusive of a deity.  What do Atheists believe?  That all things were created without a supernatural origin; so they do not believe any god created the universe.  That’s a belief, right?  How about the Atheist claim that there is no need to observe a particular set of rules if (as they say) there is no eternal reward or punishment after life?  What about the belief that one must free oneself from religion to become enlightened?  These are all beliefs and all religions have a set of beliefs and claim to offer something such as enlightenment or salvation which brings me to the next definition by the same source of religion as a “body of persons adhering to a particular set of beliefs”.  Wait a minute!  That’s Atheism!  Sure, Atheism may not be an organized religion as it does not have its own hierarchy or official set of beliefs and Atheists even disagree with each other on certain things; some are more extreme than others; some see religion as absolutely evil while others view religion as something that does help people develop and have answers to life’s issues.  Organized religion is a term that generally refers to the Abrahamic religions which emphasize obedience to a hierarchy; it also applied to tribal religions like of the Aztecs, the Maya and the Inca, and to some Hindu cults and Buddhist schools.  Atheists like to impose questions on us, so I have a few questions for them.  So why should I believe Atheists that they are not a religion when they display all the symptoms of religion (minus the belief in gods)?  How do they make any stronger an argument in favor of their religion when they defend theirs through attacking that of others based on the actions of people (ad hominem and strawman arguments) rather than on substantial claims?

Fore more: http://www.catholic.com/blog/matt-fradd/is-atheism-a-religion

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