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Atheism as a Label

Pigasus posted this thread...
Jul. 14 at 1:59 pm

I’m curious to know people’s opinions on the word “atheism”. I do not believe in a higher power, and I have found that it is an easy way of answering questions about my own personal beliefs, but it is also vague and doesn’t do a good job of covering everything I believe in.
I’ve encountered people in the past who have tried to argue with me that atheism is sort of a religion of its own. Has anyone else seen this? What are your opinions on this? Whatever your religious beliefs are, I’m curious about your opinions.
If I’m willing to go more into my beliefs, I’ll say that I’m not religious, rather than saying that I’m atheist. I notice that this causes people to ask for more specifics in what I believe. This means that people must have preconceived ideas about atheists’ beliefs, and I’m wondering what they are.
Also, sorry for using the word “believe” so much, but I don’t know a synonym that fits.

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Jul. 14 at 2:51 pm

Atheism isn't a religion; it's the lack of a religion. My brother is atheist and recently I've become one as well, but both of us are former Christians, so we know how at least one religion works.

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Pigasus replied...
Jul. 15 at 12:10 am

Wolvesandwilderness: 
I guess I didn't really phrase my question super clearly. I agree with you that atheism is a lack of religion. However, I'm asking if anyone has ever encountered it being treated as one.
 
Personally, I feel that the word "atheism" carries a connotation beyond just not having a belief in a higher power. That's why I sometimes prefer saying that I'm "not religious".
 
Has anyone else noticed that connotation? If so, what is it?

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Jul. 15 at 9:15 am

I definitely get that feeling. People have called it a religion. People have asked if I just don't like God. My brother was actually asked if he worships science.

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