Atheism is not a Religion
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Well, let's first define religion. Religion is the belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal God or gods. Firstly, science is not a god, nor is it superhuman. Science will never answer everything, therefore we cannot justifiably call it a religion.
Calling Atheism a religion is like calling abstinence a sex position, or a TV in the 'off' position a channel. Atheism is the lack of a god or a supernatural being, which is what the definition implies.
Things that aren't religions under this definition include mathematics, boat building, the culinary arts, square dancing, and virtually all of the other things we normally don"t consider religions.
They don"t have a position on the existence of the divine or the afterlife, so they"re not religions.
Of particular note, belief in evolution is not a religion"despite the claims of some Creationists.
One can believe in the existence of evolution without taking a position on the divine or the afterlife.
On the other hand, belief in evolution can take on a religious dimension if, e.g., it is proposed as a reason to either reject or accept belief in the divine or the afterlife.
But then that"s true of anything that is proposed as a reason to reject or accept belief in the divine or the afterlife.
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