Why Atheism Is A Religion 

Atheism has all of the hallmarks of a religion. It has a loyal following, it is an unproven belief and many congregate to listen and take encouragement from their ‘leaders’.

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If you have ever had the misfortune of having to defend your religion against an atheist, you should remind them that they are also part of a mainstream religion with its own set of beliefs and its own special following.

This of course will produce a lot of sarcasm and laughter, however, atheism ticks all of the boxes to fit the definition of a religion. Their denial of this is a complete lack of regard for logic.

Lets take a look at the main reasons why atheism is very much a religious group.

Atheism is a belief

The reality of atheism, despite what they say, is that it is a belief. Atheism is just as unproven as theism and so in order to call yourself an atheist, you must admit that you believe that there is no God.

They try to deny this by reasoning that atheism is a lack of belief in God, rather than believing that he does not exist. Unfortunately for them, they still need to come up with an alternative. If they do not accept that a God created the universe then they at least have to admit that it was ‘something else’ and because they do not know what that would be, they must put faith that there actually is ‘something else’ capable of explaining how everything got here.

Atheists will use the ‘lack of belief’ line as an argument against theists also. They say that atheism is a lack of belief in God, therefore the burden of proof is on the theists as they make the claim that there is a God.

Theists can easily flip this on atheists however. They can just as easily state that theism is a lack of belief in a random, purposeless universe and the burden of proof is on the atheist to show how this universe could come about by purely natural means.

New Atheists Preach The Word Zealously

Have you noticed that atheists have become incredibly vocal in recent years? There is a new kind of atheist in our midst, they are vocal about their beliefs and want everyone to know that if they disagree with them, then they are unscientific and frankly, stupid.

With people such as Richard Dawkins, The late Christopher Hitchens, Lawrence Krauss and the like, new atheists have a newfound confidence about their message. They have spread the word throughout the western world in universities and all over the media outlets, the fruits of their labours are paying off as their following is rising rapidly.

But it is not just within the universities that atheists are preaching their message. Disciples of atheism can now be found in most places within our society, previously they would not be so vocal about their beliefs but they now seem to be proud of the message they preach.

Atheists Have A Church

Believing in atheism requires constant faith building from other atheists. They usually congregate online, usually on twitter where they verbally abuse everyone who disagree with them but also on Facebook and other social media outlets.

I have been the victim of a flurry of abuse made by literally hundreds of atheists. I’m not the only one of course, but the point is that when one atheist comments, it seems that hundreds upon hundreds of other loyal followers are not far behind to throw their ten pence piece in. Strength in numbers!

Don’t get me wrong, many atheists simply use social media to share links about their faith and encourage one another by sharing their knowledge and talking with others who hold their convictions.

Without this encouragement from fellow believers, they would sway. It is the exact same concept as in Christianity, Islam and Judaism. Believers in something need encouragement from their peers otherwise they could ‘lose their faith’ in their long-held belief.

Is Evolution Evidence Of Gods Existence?

Does evolution disprove God or is it yet more evidence of his existence? Evolution is a very complex system, and where there is complexity there is usually a mind behind it.

It is widely believed that the theory of evolution is evidence that the diversity of life on this planet does not require a creator. However, the more we learn about the wonders of evolution, the weaker this argument becomes.

Those who believe in God have nothing to fear from evolution and would do well to study it if they want to learn more about him. For all of the hysteria created about evolution by atheists such as Richard Dawkins, the facts do not reflect the assertion that evolution disproves the need for a creator.

Evolution Is Wonderfully Complex

The first thing we need to remember about evolution is that it is by no means a simple process. It works in complete conjunction with the earths natural cycles and without the properties of the earth being as they are, evolution would not be possible at all. Evolution is a fine tuned mechanism, much like most of the laws of this universe. It is irreducibly complex by its very nature. After all, you cannot have evolution without the laws of physics as well as the natural cycles of this wonderful earth. If you take away just one of those incredibly complex mechanisms, then you cannot have evolution.

Evolution by natural selection is truly amazing when you think about it. It reacts to the world around us in such a powerful way. If a finch requires a stronger beak to pierce different foods, than evolution will provide this. If an animal requires camouflage in order to remain unseen by potential predators then evolution has the ability to change that animals genetic makeup for its benefit.

This is a truly remarkable system and shows incredible intelligence. Far from disproving the need for a creator, the process of evolution itself requires explanation. It was once thought that evolution was a purely random process and that it was only effective after millions of years. That idea has now been debunked, especially now that we have seen modern examples proving that evolution is by no means hit and miss and manages to adapt a species within one or two generations, not millions of years.

Knowing what we now do about the process of evolution, can we really say without question, that it is evidence against God rather than for God? Personally, i don’t see it. Where there is complexity, there is usually a mind behind it and evolution is no exception to that rule.

 

Does Evolution Ever Get It Wrong?

Perhaps the most surprising thing for students of the theory of evolution is that there are not many examples of evolution getting it wrong for the animals. This is true both in the fossil record and with modern-day examples of adaptation.

When we observe species from one generation to the next, we see change but that change is almost never a negative change unless we interfere. Previous thought was that evolutionary change would ‘fail’ a lot before it succeeded, but now we realise that when a species adapts, the general rule is that the change is for the benefit of the species.

The fact that evolution doesn’t seem to get it wrong very often is exactly what you would expect from a created universe. If it was completely random and unintelligible then yes, you probably wouldn’t assert that any kind of intelligent mind had anything to do with it, but it isn’t.

This is important because again it refutes the notion that evolution is an unintelligible force but it also makes perfect sense that a creator of life would make them adaptable in an ever-changing world.

The Limitations Of Evolution

Transitional fossils between species are notoriously difficult to find. This is because evolution has its limits. While it can create amazing diversity and change within a species, it cannot go past the ‘blueprint’ and create an entirely separate species from what there currently is.

Evolutionary Scientists such as Stephen Jay Gould admit that for evolution to create an entirely new species, it would require a massive leap in the evolutionary cycle in order for it to be able to happen.

There is no evidence to suggest that a new species could develop over millions of years, only that animals can evolve within their own genetic makeup.

This limit of evolution provides evidence that you cannot use it to explain how all life on this planet managed to emerge from a single-celled organism, far from it. Rather, it shows that there is plenty of room for a creator.

Which is more dangerous – Atheism or Christianity? 

the dangers of atheism and Christianity are real for our whole society. Each could be easily twisted and used for the personal gain of others.

Generally speaking, atheists and Christians alike are peace loving people. However, multiple times in history, both sides have been used in order to justify some horrific atrocities throughout the ages.

Although you cannot blame either Christianity or Atheism completely, both world views have been at the heart of countries and kingdoms which have gone on to commit some of the most evil acts against their fellow man.

To be clear, it is not Atheism or Christianity on their own that can become a danger to our society, but it is the ideologies that can be built around them which can, and have posed a serious threat to the world we live in.

Let’s examine why each could potentially become dangerous and then we can come to a conclusion as to which is potentially more poisonous for our society.

The Dangers Of Christianity

We will start with Christianity since it has proven to be misused by zealots much earlier than atheism has. Christianity has been a source for good on numerous occasions and it can be hard to understand how it could ever be used for bad.

However, history shows us that even the most commendable beliefs can be twisted by the powers that be in order for them to get their own way.

The Crusades

The crusades are a prime example of what can happen when people abuse an ideology that is widely renowned by a large following. It shows that even the most peaceful and well meaning of ideas can be corrupted by power.

The crusades became a battle between religions – Both Islam and Christians would fight for what they believed to be the ‘holy land’, Jerusalem. Countries across Europe would travel from their homeland to Jerusalem in order to retake it from the heathens that occupied it.

In return, the soldiers were promised by the pope himself, that he would cleanse all of their sins and guarantee their entry into the kingdom of heavens. This ignores completely the concept of Christianity, which is that only Jesus can forgive sins and he does that through his ransom sacrifice, making all sins forgivable. The pope also ignored the fact that violence is widely condemned by Jesus in all forms.

Baby Baptism

Baby baptism is and was, for years, the most effective form of brainwash this world has seen. Again, the Catholic church (as well as the church of England) used threats in order to make the population obey. If they did not baptize their babies then they could end up in purgatory.

This ensured that they would always have a loyal following throughout the ages since they would be indoctrinated to believe from birth. This in itself is not dangerous, but if you take away a persons ability to think critically, then you could get them to believe in anything.

The Doctrine Of Hell

Possibly the most effective form of population control that the earth has seen was the doctrine of hell. If you went against the church, sin, or question the teachings of the church then you would be classed as a heathen and would spend an eternity in hell for your sins.

You can imagine how effective that would be in a world full of people who believed in an afterlife and feared the consequences of their actions. Again, this kind of teaching is a fantastic way to convince a generation of believers into doing whatever you want them to do.

The church used this power to accrue donations and support for their unholy wars in Jerusalem and surrounding areas. The amount of control that the church had on the dwellers of Europe was mind boggling and it lasted for almost 1,000 years.

The Dangers Of Atheism

There can be no doubt that atheism has the potential to be a serious threat to our society. Let’s examine why we could end up in a very dark world hypothetically if atheism was the ideology of the world.

Survival Of The Fittest

Atheism is closely linked with the belief in survival of the fittest. This term is used in the animal kingdom generally but is also used when referring to human societies. It breeds competition everywhere and when translating that into modern life, we can see that this part of atheism could cause serious social problems. 

If every country adopted this trend, then there would be massive exploitation of resources and land. Even within societies themselves, it causes endless social problems. Unhealthy competition between our fellow man encourages us to want what is someone else. Whether that be a job, a partner, their livelihoods or anything else, survival of the fittest is a very dangerous concept indeed. 

It is true that the survival of the fittest attitude in humans exists regardless of whether it is taught or not, but imagine how much worse it could get if we condoned such action.

Hopelessness

If everyone truly believed that there was no afterlife and that you only lived once, then this has the potential to destroy a nation. Hopelessness is what eventually destroyed the soviet union. The people of that country could not see a future for themselves or their children and so they gave up, this ultimately led to the surrender of the soviet union and the end of the cold war.

Imagine an entire world which believed that they only have one life. Many would still go on to live normal, happy and peaceful lives but a lot more may end up ‘living life to the full’ and at the expense of others.

No Culpability

The logical conclusion to atheism is anarchy. If there is nothing higher, then we cannot be judged for our actions by someone who is equal to us. The law is based on religious values and without those guidelines, who knows where we could end up? We could easily argue that if there is nothing higher, then how can anyone tell us what is right and what is wrong?

This is clearly a dangerous road to go down, from here we could justify anything and everything in our own minds to get what we want. Again, many people would still go on to apply the ‘golden rule’ of life, but there would be many more who would opportunistically and self righteously apply their own rules to their own existence.