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I could go into all kinds of (obvious) reasons why this is so, but my first response is this (and you’ve probably heard something like it before):

I am an atheist because I do not believe in any deities. None. Zilch. Zip. Baal? Nope. Helios? No. Lotan? No. Yahweh? No.

Christians, Jews, and Muslims (for example) are also atheists. Do they believe in Baal? Nope. Helios? No. Lotan? No. Yahweh? Well, yes; that’s the only difference.

If my atheism is a religion, then so is the atheism of every single believing person on this planet. And if all of atheism is a religion, then Christians, Jews, and Muslims may have a problem since they’re not supposed to worship anything but Yahweh, Yeshua, and the Spirit. According to their own teachings, they should not have two religions.

Don’t worry, believers; atheism is not a religion. It simply means you don’t believe in a god. Welcome to the atheist club … because you are one.

I contend we are both atheists, I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours.
–Stephen F. Roberts

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13 thoughts on “Atheism is Not a Religion”

Rhacodactylus · September 15, 2010 at 1:19 am

Couldn’t have said it better.

Three Ninjas · September 15, 2010 at 1:00 pm

Hey GG, I wanted to tweet this at you but the new twitter doesn’t work on my work computer.

I think you might find these videos of interest. Sorry for being off topic.

    Godless Girl · September 15, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    Thanks for sending that link; I’ll check it out 🙂 If ever you need to get hold of me, you can use my contact form (see the top nav)

Three Ninjas · September 16, 2010 at 4:46 pm

Oh, true. I’m dum.

ChristopherTK · September 17, 2010 at 5:16 pm

God in America is an upcoming six-hour PBS documentary that debuts in October. Six hours of American delusion on public t.v.

They have an outreach “faithbook” page that many will visit, especially after this special premiers in October. Seize an opportunity to create your own page @

I think it will be a great way to reach out and give the religious an unexpected opportunity to read atheist opinions in a positive environment.

AndrewFinden · September 20, 2010 at 6:55 am

The term atheism, I understand, was first used of Christians, because they rejected the Roman gods.

Atheism is, of course, no religion, but scratch the surface of most atheists and you’ll find any number of philosophies there – I suspect these are usually what people are really referring to when they speak of atheist ‘beliefs’.

Godlesspaladin · October 16, 2010 at 11:15 pm

An old college friend of mine (who’s now in law school and ironically a terrible debater) tried to argue this point with me:
He eventually just didn’t bother writing a response. He tried redefining “religion” to the point that it was so watered down and useless, the American Dental Association would have qualified as a religion…

Athe · July 10, 2011 at 3:31 am

you are really a fool.

    ChristopherTK · July 10, 2011 at 8:08 am

    Oh my, You are correct! I’ve changed my mind, I now believe.

    Thank you.

SayNoToTheists · August 12, 2011 at 2:35 am

Does the fact the I don’t belief in any other supernatural hypothesis a religion as well. Do all theists follow the religion of not believing in fairies?

It’s such a pathetic argument its not even worth defending. I also always point out that I would equally fervently defend my lack of belief in ANY superstitious or supernatural belief. Does that make that another group of religion?

Bloody theists, can they not see the logical fallacies they must wade through to get to the conclusions they do!

MegaSolipsist · October 25, 2011 at 5:52 pm

Put simply, atheism is not a religion, it is an absense of religion. An even more annoyingly stupid claim from creationists is that evolution is a religion.
Yeah, does that mean that atomic theory is a religion? How about gravity?
It is funny when they say that without god we would all be immoral murderers and rapists. That means that without god they would be too. Laws and morality don’t come from god, they come from the logical elimination of actions that are detrimental to society and the quality of life. Besides, there is a large number of atrocities committed by the god in the bible, or any other holy books for that matter. Except the religions like buddhism, of course. I don’t mean to be intolerant.
I love the Stephen F Roberts quote, i am going to use that from now on. Here’s another quote for you, sorry I don’t know where it is from: “For those who believe, no proof is needed. For those who can’t believe, no proof is enough.”
If any gods are real, then after I die and they judge me, they will understand why I did not believe in them. If they even judge me at all, because why would they? That would just be them imposing their opinion/s on what is right on me, which any omniscient god would realise is ‘wrong’, for a given value of wrong.
I think that we should just try to cause more good than bad in our lives. A simpler way to put it is: Have fun, but don’t mess with anyone elses shit.
P.S. I reckon that if there is a heaven, then it is a place where people keep their religion to themselves.

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