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Atheism - my personal response.

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I can't see how one can claim that atheism is a religion, it is impossible by the very definition. Agnostic would be more apt. A quote from a letter sent to Ruth Crowley seems fitting; "Calling Atheism a religion is like calling bald a hair colour." It simply cannot be done. I don't think religion doesn't have a place in today's society, I just think that in many cases we would be better off without it. As far as I'm concerned Jesus is just the word of choice, substitute it for any name. It works just like any superstition. While religion at its fundamental core might have some important values, there is simply no need for the complimentary ideals that churches teach. ...read more.

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It is easy to see how the myth evolved. People are reluctant to accept that someone or even something (A pet) they knew and loved is gone. Bernard Shaw sums up the reality of the matter: "The fact that a believer is happier than a sceptic is no more to the point than the fact that a drunken man is happier than a sober one. The happiness of credulity is a cheap and dangerous quality." While you may have learnt skills and acquired knowledge that you have used. From my perspective, in a correct world, religion should be separated to such a degree that those who choose not to partake in it will have no occasion to have to do so. ...read more.

Conclusion

The capacity for religions to inspire violence between each other is one of the fundamental issues I have with religion. They are at the core reasoning, or at least a participant, of almost every conflict in the recorded history of our existence on this planet. On the idea of butterfly's being a work of god I think Douglas Adams truly epitomised my beliefs when he said; "Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?" To end, I can't but help to agree once more with Douglas Adams when he said; "I find the whole business of religion profoundly interesting. But it does mystify me that otherwise intelligent people take it seriously." Sorry for the doubly long response. ...read more.

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