Good morning, friends and fellow humans everywhere! I am genuinely wishing you guys good health and wellbeing. You guys have made it this far. You’ve still got breath in your lungs and your whole body is thanking you for a good dose of oxygen. That’s one thing that gives me purpose. The very fact that I exist.

Today I want to talk a little bit about what Atheism is not. I can be the first to admit to you that Atheism is not a popular answer. I have a hunch that the reason it doesn’t resonate so well within the world is not because it’s talking points don’t seem to carry some weight, but it’s talking points do not carry the same kind of implications that are found within religion. In other words, an Atheistic perspective is kind of the antithesis of a religious one.

Atheism is not a religion, therefore, it does not teach about worship because worship is most usually directed toward invisible, unverified deities. Sometimes people, and I suppose that an Atheist could choose to worship another human being if that is what he or she desires but many of us just choose not to bother because we see no reason to put others on that kind of pedestal.

Another distinguisher of Atheism is that it does not carry within it an unfounded set of expectations about whether or not there should be be an afterlife, a heaven and a hell, a preset narrative about good and evil and the list goes on. Religion does this. Religion by nature wants to provide an overarching narrative for what we can expect beyond the natural universe. Atheism is first concerned with whether there actually is anything to expect outside of the natural universe? We question this because this world and this life appears to be quite consistent and supernatural answers that are given within this world appear to be rather confused, mixed, and often times wrong or contradictory.

In short, if you read through many of my other posts you’ll notice that I often challenge my religious readers to 1) evaluate what they truly know in life, and 2) level out their expectations. To do so just may end up presenting a new lens through which to understand reality. It may strongly imply Atheism. It is not a convenient answer. We Atheist’s don’t exactly jump for joy at the prospect that this one life is quite likely all there is. We just want to be honest and less vulnerable to explanations that often bypass the need to meet their own burden of proof.

6 thoughts on “Not A Religion

  1. Having been a born again christian and finally wandering my way to non believer, I think people choose religion because it’s comfort.

    –this is where I wrote a comment that became overly long and then I realized its a blog post, not a comment. —

    So. I think I’m going to make it a separate post, now that you got me thinking about it. Thank you for making me think!

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    1. No problem, itsathought2! Anytime! Comfort certainly does play a role, I think. I’m certainly not one who jumps for joy at the prospect that there is likely not a loving God and an afterlife. My honest twofold answer is simply that if there is a God I lack the relevant data to make a good judgment, and since this data is not forthcoming even for many of our religious friends, we are quite likely speaking of something fictional. Christianity, in my experience, has the most odd way of asserting a relationship with Jesus. Many of us have invisible friends growing up, but for some reason Jesus still makes the cut and I wonder, I just wonder, if it isn’t due to religious narratives and assumptions getting a free pass?

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      1. Its tempting to think the free pass thing is part of it. Especially when you see so much hypocrisy.

        But I think lots of people in lots of religions that don’t hand out free passes still act in hypocrisy.

        Maybe its just human nature to not recognize our hypocrisy.

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    1. Thanks, David! I appreciate the positive feedback! You’re right, many do say it is a religion and perhaps it is partly because some people are not able to conceive of this idea that we should be willing to level out our expectations. Does religion truly satisfy its own set of expectations that there is an after life, angels and demons, a personal and relatable God? I find it fascinating that even many believers admit that they virtually have no sense of any of these things. They simply believe that it is so.

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