Atheism is a Religion

Define “religion”?

A Google search reveals a not-so-wide variety of meanings for the word.  The several varying definitions I found were pretty consistent, most all of which were pretty much synonymous to some extent.  It all boils down to, simply: An organized set of beliefs or values shared by the many people who subscribe to the same system, and whose beliefs pertain to divinity, spirituality, morality, after life, mysticism, ritualism, and other matters transcending physical reality.

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The Nature of Reality

The question was posed to me:

Is pi – the ratio between the circles circumference and its diameter – a constant approximating 3.14159? How can we be certain that math is ever truly “right”?

As it just so happens, we can be certain that it isn’t. Most of math is in fact wrong.

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Why Would Chaos and Hedonism Ensue If Doomsday Were Immanent?

Suppose for a moment, hypothetically, that the crazy Mayan prediction is true and December 2012 marks the end of civilization. Suppose we knew it and saw it coming, doomsday was indeed upon us. When asked “how would you live your life?”, “what would you do?”, and similar such questions, most people that I have seen answer these questions have stated an answer of the sort: “live it up”, “have fun”, and the like.

Others suggest that if the governments of the world knew that doomsday was coming, they wouldn’t tell the people of the world for fear of panic, chaos and rioting.

This has always puzzled me. What rationalization would anyone have to either be chaotic or be hedonistic if they found out their lives were about to end? Personally, I would find religion. There is a rationality to my choice, and a rationality to my criticisms of those who would choose differently.

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Why Christianity Validates Mormonism

Don’t Mormons consider themselves Christians? I mean, as a denomination to Christianity?  Perhaps not.  They do believe in Christ, though, and that Christ walked the Americas. Most Christians that I have spoken to don’t really consider Mormonism as a denomination of Christianity.  Much like the Christian mentality toward Islam, actually. Read my post on The Christian Relationship to Islam. Mormons give credit and credence to Christianity, but the opposite is not true as a general rule.

As I mentioned in the article I wrote (the above link), I have done some comparative religion studies and am very fascinated by their consistencies and their relationships.

I asked the question, “Is Mormonism a legitimate religion?”  Is it a legitimate offshoot of Christianity? Is it just as valid as any other denomination?  These questions, and those like it, have taken me down an interesting road when it comes to Mormonism.

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The Christian Relationship to Islam

Its my understanding that, for all intent and purpose, the Qu’ran is just another Book, another Word, and yet another “denominational” offshoot of Christianity.  Islam is as valid as, say, Judaism or Protestantism are; each have their place and association with Orthodox Catholicism.

Historically speaking, Islam came about several centuries after Christ and the birth of Catholicism.

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Theology in Public Education

I have never seen a public school that taught theology, or that taught of any of the worlds religions. Are there any public schools in the USA out there that teach theology?

The most I have seen any school do was teach religion demographics in geography class, and other religion statistics. Or, in some social studies and/or history classes, they might teach the social and political impact of religion on a society. The how and why of migration, persecution, etcetera, is the subject of a history course. It is not the same as teaching the religion itself, it isn’t the subject of theology.

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