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Is atheism a religion?

Sometimes in criticising that which we believe to be closed-minded, we become just as closed-minded as those we aim to criticise. For example, non-religious people can be very critical of the devoutly religious, but in their criticisms, they become just as closed-minded as the people they seek to criticise. It is important not to become closed-minded in seeking open-mindedness. In attempting to discredit something for being ignorant, intolerant and dogmatic; it is important not to become ignorant, intolerant and dogmatic ourselves.

Atheism can be just as dogmatic and impenetrable as theism. Believing that God exists or believing that God doesn’t exist can still be narrowed down to believing. Sometimes believing in something makes us so focused on our specific belief that we fail to take anything else into account, including the lack of logic in our own beliefs (I think the same can be said for knowledge). In the words of JP Sears*- “Rebel against dogmatic religious terminology by dogmatically using spiritual terminology…You don’t see that you are actually still subscribed to the exact same belief system, you’re rebelling against; because now you are expressing the same concepts just with new words.”

Theists believe in God and seek to prove that God exists, and atheists (who do not believe in God) seek to prove that God does not exists…both are trying to prove something- and this proof usually comes in the form of intolerance towards anyone who has an opposing belief. This intolerance usually manifests itself through venomous phrases such as- “Religion is the root cause of all the violence in the word” and “Genocides have been committed by atheist, like Mao, Pol-Pot and Stalin”

What makes atheism or religion either violent or peaceful are the individual people who subscribe to either atheism or religion. We cannot afford to make blanket statements like “all religious people promote violence” or “all atheists are immoral” because these stereotypes are simply not true. Both atheists and theists (hopefully) want to build a peaceful world without wars and violence, they just want to go about it in different ways- without God and with God. In putting each other down, we take steps further and further back from our goal of building a more harmonious and peaceful world.

For me personally, whether atheism is perceived as a religion or not is irrelevant. Forcing people to adhere to your ways, whether you are an atheist or a theist is wrong (For more on this point, please read my blog post titled “Do you prefer tea or coffee?” ) What matters most is finding a way for everyone to respect, appreciate, accept, understand and finally coexist with one another.

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* Check out the video “How to be Ultra Spiritual (funny) with JP Sears- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1kDso5ElFRg 

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Although I am new to the blogging world and am completely incompetent at using technology (I only recently learned how to make hyperlinks), I believe that my message of peace and tolerance needs to be heard. To learn a little bit more about my background please read my post titled “A little bit about myself…”. To learn more about why I started this blog, please read my post titled“Introduction…”.

Do you prefer tea or coffee?

This post has been inspired by the following image that has been shared on Facebook-

subway bunnings

(*Subway is an American fast-food restaurant franchise that sells sandwiches; and Bunnings is an Australian hardware and household chain)

Whenever I have discussions with people about sexual preferences and religion, I usually always refer to the following analogy-

You like tea, and the person next to you likes coffee. If you convince the person next to you to drink tea, will your tea-drinking experience be somehow enhanced? Will it make your tea taste better? Likewise, if the person next you convinced you to drink coffee instead of tea, would their coffee now taste better as a result? Given that the obvious answer is “no”… converting a tea-drinking person to coffee of a coffee-drinking person to tea, will do nothing more than make a tea-drinker adhere to a coffee-drinker’s personal choice, or make a coffee-drinker adhere to a tea-drinker’s choice. A person, who freely elects to drink tea or coffee, should understand that others are just as free to make the same decision. There is a reason why both tea and coffee exist.

“Tea” and “coffee” can be substituted for “heterosexual” and “homosexual”, or “religious” and “not religious”, “vegetarian” and “not vegetarian” etc. I really cannot understand how people feel entitled to get “offended” by someone else’s decisions to prefer “tea” over “coffee” or vice versa. If you feel entitled to make a “choice” between “tea” and “coffee”, the person next to you is just as entitled to make the same “choice”. Their choice should not offend you, and your choice should not offend them.

As long as we have mutual understanding, mutual acceptance and a mutual desire towards peace and coexistence, it really doesn’t matter who drinks tea and who drinks coffee.

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Although I am new to the blogging world and am completely incompetent at using technology (I only recently learned how to make hyperlinks), I believe that my message of peace and tolerance needs to be heard. To learn a little bit more about my background please read my post titled “A little bit about myself…”. To learn more about why I started this blog, please read my post titled“Introduction…”.