Does Atheism Have a Place in Religion?
Atheism is often seen as a group of people who don’t believe in God. However, in this blog post, we will be discussing how atheism fits into religion.
As the world starts to become more secular, there are many people who are starting to question what they believe in.
This is not just limited to religious beliefs, but also beliefs that are related to values and principles.
It is possible that the word ‘atheist’ contains preconceived notions about what it means to be an atheist.
But like any other person, atheists can be mannered or rude, hardworking or lazy; they can have any set of morals or beliefs; They might not know what they want out of life or even if they want anything at all.
Atheists could be your neighbors, your friends, your teachers — they’re everywhere!
What does it mean for someone to be an atheist? What do atheists believe in? Is atheism really compatible with religion? And why should you care?
What Does Atheism Mean?
The word ‘atheism’ can be defined as the lack of belief in the existence of any deity.
It is possible for atheists to believe in other things, like science or nature.
Atheists don’t believe in a higher power, but that doesn’t mean they don’t believe in anything else! They just have their own set of morals and values.
It is important to note that being an atheist doesn’t mean one has to have lack of morals or beliefs — some might find themselves without religion but still have morals and beliefs.
Some atheists even find themselves embracing different religions all at once. For example, an atheist might be Buddhist-Hindu — they are not limited to religions.
From my own experience, some people don’t even know they are atheists until you ask them questions such as, do you believe in God?
Another misconception about atheism is that it’s incompatible with religion. Contrary to popular belief, atheism is compatible with many religions.
For instance, Buddhism does not require the belief in a god or gods, which would make it compatible with atheism.
Atheism fits in a unique category of being a worldwide religion.
Atheism As a Belief System
As mentioned earlier, atheism is often seen as a group of people who don’t believe in any religion, God. However, it can be much more complicated than that.
Some people might think that atheists are always rude, but atheists are just like anyone else.
Atheists do have a set of morals, beliefs, and faith.
Atheists can also have different views on what happens after death — some might believe that there is nothing after death, while others may believe that there is reincarnation or an afterlife where you go after you die.
Both worldviews rely on faith, an atheist simply puts faith in the notion that there is no afterlife, the same way a Christian puts faith that there is an afterlife.
Atheists do put faith in certain things, the same way a believer puts faith in certain things, for example, atheists put faith in their doctors to give them the correct medication, or they put faith in their wives…
Nevertheless, atheists can be moral beings, but that’s because there is a God, who is the source of morality, you don’t need to believe in God to be moral.
In atheism, it’s your opinion against Hitler’s opinion, there is no objective ground by which society can be judged by, some atheists even embrace things like rape as a good thing, it’s the survival of the fittest anyway…
You see, Christians have faith and believe in God, the same way an atheist does not believe in God, both worldviews rely on faith, you cannot prove that God exists physically.
Because the existence of God is not a scientific question, it’s a philosophical question, you can’t prove that God exists using scientific method, because God is outside of time, matter, and space.
And hence, both the atheist, and the Christian rely on faith.
One of the most common misconceptions about atheism is that it is not a religion. It truly is.
Atheism is an absence of belief in any type of deity or higher power, and it can be practiced by anyone, by putting your faith within this ideology.
The very definition of a religion is:
particular system of faith, source
At the end, atheism in itself is a belief system, that believes that there is no God, and that there is no afterlife.
Guest Author | Nojus Tumenas
Originally published on: Medium