They certainly have faith that there is no God, because they certainly don't have any proof to back that up. Indeed, what else could it be than an unthinking cult that leads one to believe they are both fully evidenced and then immediately turn around, with a straight face mind you, and tell you they have no BoP because they merely disbelieve ... Ya see? That such a standard exists no where in logic, and fails entirely to acknowledge the invalid nature of evidenced claim ... With no evidence ... Is quite hilarious.
Lets say nothing of the slavish devotion to Hitchens and Dawkins displayed by many atheists ...
So, for some atheists, not a cult. But the more nihilistic and dogmatically nihilistic the atheist, the anti-theist? The more nakedly cultish the atheism becomes.
A cult, by definition, requires some form of unyielding, unquestioning faith in and obedience of some central authority. Atheists tend to be in the habit of lacking this kind of faith. While they may not automatically be perfect thinkers or even particularly intelligent, atheists have the highest likelihood of not only resisting a cult, but raising awareness about and opposing it.
Cult: Definition: "a system of religious veneration and devotion directed towards a particular figure or object.
"the cult of St Olaf"
a misplaced or excessive admiration for a particular thing.
"the cult of the pursuit of money as an end in itself"
synonyms: obsession with, fixation on, mania for, passion for; More
A person or thing that is popular or fashionable among a particular group or section of society."
Atheism is a position of Disbelief in God, being a personal position only, it thus has no leadership, which a Cult requires nor object of Veneration, as no two Atheists agree on anything but a common disbelief that a Deity exists.
Many Atheists are not even aware of God, thus they have no belief, nor disbelief in God as they don't know what a God is, they are Implicit Atheists, this includes young children, not yet introduced into the concept of God.
All humans were Implicit Atheists at some time in their childhood.
Children are not members of a Cult unless you call Childhood a Cult.
Other Atheists are not Anti-Religious, they simply Ignore religion, like my own children, they are Atheists but they ignore religion altogether and don't argue with nor criticize Theists.
Every Atheist is different, so they cannot be grouped into any concept of a Cult.
So the Irrationally Naive at best.
At worst it is Extremely Ridiculous and demonstrates the concept of a person who has no idea of Atheism.
Atheism doesn't fit the definition of cult, as it is merely the disbelief in God.
Cults must/often have:
• Absolute authoritarianism without meaningful accountability.
• No tolerance for questions or critical inquiry.
• No meaningful financial disclosure regarding budget or expenses, such as an independently audited financial statement.
• Unreasonable fear about the outside world, such as impending catastrophe, evil conspiracies and persecutions.
• There is no legitimate reason to leave, former followers are always wrong in leaving, negative or even evil.
• Former members often relate the same stories of abuse and reflect a similar pattern of grievances.
• There are records, books, news articles, or broadcast reports that document the abuses of the group/leader.
• Followers feel they can never be "good enough".
• The group/leader is always right.
• The group/leader is the exclusive means of knowing "truth" or receiving validation, no other process of discovery is really acceptable or credible.
This in no way applies to atheism. Atheism isn't even organised.
Sagey basically summed it all up. The only people that are going to say "yes" is the people who dislike atheism. Even if it was a cult, who the heck are you to judge? The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Christian Science, Jehovah's Witnesses, Unitarian Universalism, Mormonism; these are all defined as cults.
Atheism is simply the disbelief in god. Atheists don't believe in a supreme leader or have no religion. It's that simply, atheists are not Satanists or anything like that. If you think Atheism is a cult, then obviously you don't know what a cult is. . . . . .
In order to qualify as a cult by almost any definition, there must be at least some set of unifying beliefs. Atheists have none. Atheists believe many things, and many of us find common opinions with each other, but atheism itself is only a lack of a belief in a deity. You can't classify someone as a cult member because they *lack* a belief in something.
A "cult" is any group of people who blindly believe in some sort of faith or deity. An "atheist" refers to a person who does not believe in the existence of any deity. Therefore, in the absence of belief lies the absence of faith. Without faith, an atheist cannot possibly be part of a cult. If Instigator would like me to use simpler, smaller words that even he/she could understand, then I'd be happy to oblige.
Atheism is a cult like abstinence is a sex position. Seriously, the worst way to define something is to equate it with exactly the opposite of what it is. Atheism is better described as the absence of cult-like, superstitious, and dogmatic beliefs. Further, atheists don't even agree with one another about most things except one.
Please tell me why it is a cult, this is a very interesting take and I would like to know why. Clearly it does not fit in with the textbook definition of a cult, so I am intrigued. Where is OP when you need them to explain to you why you are a suicidal cult member.