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Is atheism a religion?

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Started: 10/29/2012 Category: Religion
Updated: 4 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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CubingDebator

Con

Before the debate, I'd like to set a few rules beforehand.
1.) No personal attacks
2.) If any outside sources used, it must be mentioned.

Also, I'd like to propose a definition:
Atheist: a person who denies or disbelieves the existence of a supremebeing or beings.

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Pro

Atheists hold religious belief about gods so it is a religion. Religion does not have to be organized and it does not have to involve a belief that god exists (see Buddhism). It simply involves a belief about the existence of god.
Debate Round No. 1
CubingDebator

Con

A definition of religion can be defined by: "a set of beliefs concerning the nature and purpose of the universe"

Atheists don't have a belief of a purpose or nature of the universe. Therefore, it's wrong to say that it is a religion. That's the key difference between atheism and Buddhism.

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Pro

My opponent did not define religion in the previous round. I provided the first definition of religion, namely a belief about t existence of a god, and this was uncontested.

Even if we agree with his definition, Atheism is still a religion. Atheists believe in a nature of the universe if they believe in the Big Bang and that atoms comprise the universe. Atheists also believe that the universe has no purpose. His definition says that a religion must include beliefs concerning the purpose of the universe. Atheism's belief concerning the purpose of the universe is that the universe has no purpose.

If we use my definition, Atheism is a religion, and if we use his definition, Atheism is a religion.
Debate Round No. 2
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Debate Round No. 3
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