Saturday, December 19, 2009

Atheism a Religion?

I thought this photo said it all:


Nuri said...

... and in both cases, people who have the latter shake their head in pity at those with the former.

Brother Theophilus said...

Okay, this will be two in one day for me, so I'm I'll stop after this. I just posted a question on the Designer's Goofs post as well.

Obviously your post here isn't intended in any serious argumentative sense, but more in the humorous/propaganda/rhetoric sense.

Nonetheless, even for such purposes, wouldn't some analysis of the necessary and sufficient conditions for a belief to count as "religious" be required here, i.e. before you could make the distinction between your view and your opponents'?

Look forward to hearing from you on both fronts.

take care,

notedscholar said...

I think you're at risk of a challenging parity argument here. Baldness is generally not a good thing. So (by parity) atheism is not a good thing. After all, people with hair have accurate views of people without.


Anonymous said...

There's a lot of hair-splitting going on here (lol), so here's another analogy for you hair-splitters: athesim is a religion like not collecting stamps is a hobby.

Unknown said...

Are people seriously arguing over this? This is just stating a fact, that happens to be commonly misunderstood. It cannot be wrong, it's correct by definition!

If he put up a picture saying 1+1=2, are you guys gonna say something on that too?

Tommykey said...

The version I came up with is "Atheism is a religion like abstinence is a sex position."

Bradbury said...

"athesim is a religion like not collecting stamps is a hobby.:

Well, foodandotherrequirements, you don't often see non-stamp collectors spending inordinate amounts of time talking and debating about stamp collecting.

ScienceAvenger said...

That's because stamp collectors aren't claiming special knowledge of morality and the universe and trying to enforce that on the rest of us in our laws, our science classes, etc. We don't worry too much about astrologers for exactly the same reason.

We'll stop talking and debating about gods when you do.

pradeep said...

What's up SA. Haven't seen a post in a long time. Want to see moar blogging sir.


ScienceAvenger said...

I got married, and life got very full. I'll post as time permits. Thanks for the kind words.