Reasons why Atheism is actually a Religion


Is atheism actually a religion?

This is a question that has often been debated over the years, seemingly without either side actually reaching a resolution that satisfies the other. Even the dictionary definitions differ over the exact meaning of the word religion, with some suggesting that it is a set of beliefs, values and practices and others determining religion as having its base in the superhuman elements of nature and creation, in other words with a ‘God’ or super-being as its figurehead.

Atheism is a religion if taken within the following context

Believers of the atheist message hold a belief that the human body and soul do not exist beyond the period of time that we physically spend on this earth; therefore we need to make the most of our time here. Believers of other religions, such as Christianity and Islam are based upon faith in a ‘God,’ which has as its central theme that after our demise we go onto a better life elsewhere as long as we have tried to live a good life while on earth. Therefore, atheism, like other religions, has a core belief.

The core beliefs

Another issue that aligns atheism with the religion concept is that its core beliefs, as with others, are based upon facts that have not, and to date cannot be upheld or disproved by scientific substantiation. For example, just as there is no scientific evidence to support the fact that there is an afterlife, so the same is true in terms of confirming that death is the end of the human mind and soul, which is what atheists believe.

Furthermore, atheism can be deemed as a religion by the fact that those who embrace this concept base their beliefs upon the trust of an idea or statement that does not have to be proven to them as individuals. Atheists, like Christians and other religious followers, can be said to have faith that their beliefs are valid, irrespective of the views that others might hold about their particular concept.

Finally, in some respects, it can be said that atheism does share the idea of a figurehead that has superior power compared with those that human beings possess. Although in this particular instance that superpower is seldom likened to an individual being, as the ‘God’ who is the focus of other religions might be, it is still all-powerful. For atheists, this power has defined a nature, being the environment within which we live and the natural cycle of that life over which we have no control.

Based upon the content of the above discussions it is therefore considered hard to argue that atheism is not actually a religion.

Leave a Comment

Related Posts

Atheism Good or Bad

As an outspoken Atheist, I find the terrible reputation that Atheism receives to be completely and totally irrational. There are countless arguments against the simple belief that there is no ... Read More

Causes of Atheism

Atheism has been around since theism, and in a sense, much longer before it though it wouldn’t have been referred to as atheism. As long as there have been people ... Read More

Nietzsche God is Dead Reactions

Reactions to Nietzsche’s “God is dead” can be reactions to Nietzsche himself or to the words “God is dead,” or to the words in the context of Nietzsche’s overall thought. ... Read More

Agnosticism is possible

If you are a thinking human being, requiring some sort of evidence before you believe, is there any other choice but agnosticism? Why, you may ask, hoping for that incontrovertible ... Read More