• Yes. There are a few religions that members can also be atheist.

  • No. An atheist can not be a member of any religion.

39% 11 votes
61% 17 votes
  • "it is necessary to keep in mind that atheism is nothing more than absence belief in the existence of gods. Atheism is not the absence of religion, the absence of belief in the supernatural, the absence of superstitions, the absence of irrational beliefs, etc. Because of this, there is no inherent barrier preventing atheism from being part of a religious belief system." Source http://atheism.about.com/od/atheismquestions/a/AtheismReligion.htm

  • Only the pretence of belief is required to be a member. Because, like the god, belief cannot be tested. This encourages people to lie about their beliefs, because religions often oppress anyone who's not in the club and you can profit if you're a leader there.

    Posted by: MrFox
  • There are some established religions that have atheistic ideas but incorporate teaching from religious texts. For example, Christian Atheists follow moral teachings of Jesus Christ but do not believe in Genesis, God, and etc.

  • Buddhism and Daosim are okay.

  • Sure.... I, at times, consider myself a Unitarian.

    Posted by: TBR
  • Atheism-lack of belief in god Religion-A particular system of faith and worship Atheists can still follow a system of worship, it's just that the subject of worship wouldn't be a god, or gods. The term your looking for is Theism.

  • if they choose to be, they can.

    Posted by: Skunky
  • Satanism is a prime example. There are atheistic denominations in which the atheist believe them self to be their own God. Therefore, with Satanism being a religion, atheists can be in one.

  • Well no, they are denying an existence of G-d or gods and therefore don't belong to a religion.

  • How? They deny the belief in an entity. I guess they could be some kind of spiritualist, but isn't there an entity of some sort in any spiritualism?

  • No. It's denying a religion.

    Posted by: Gabe1e
  • As an atheist myself, I do not want to see temples of atheism or groups of atheists trying to conform other religions. Atheism is simply not being involved in religion or not believing in any religious practices. A religion is a study of a god, to which atheists have none, or at the least do not believe they have one.

  • Technically, the term for this would be agnostic.

    Posted by: benhos
  • You can believe in God without being religious but atheists can't be religious by choice.

  • It's like saying not playing football is as much a sport as playing it.

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briantheliberal says2015-05-20T07:18:19.0059594-05:00
"they are denying an existence of G-d" - We aren't denying the existence of god. Denial implies god actually exists.
Mathgeekjoe says2015-05-20T07:27:11.8355024-05:00
@Briantheliberal, Do you disagree with http://atheism.about.com/ ?
briantheliberal says2015-05-20T07:45:37.8811721-05:00
What about it exactly?
Mathgeekjoe says2015-05-20T07:47:14.1188754-05:00
Do you disagree with it claiming that one can be atheist and in a religion?
briantheliberal says2015-05-20T07:55:39.1694288-05:00
Clearly if I voted 'no' to the question. Why should I care what they have to say?
Mathgeekjoe says2015-05-20T08:00:17.1140801-05:00
Considering that the site probably would know more on the term atheism than you, I wondered if you would take their stance on the topic.
briantheliberal says2015-05-20T08:17:36.0784598-05:00
"Considering that the site probably would know more on the term atheism than you" - Is the site valid? Written by experts on atheism? Are the articles peer reviewed? I doubt it. About.Com is like Wikipedia, Wiki Answers. There is no guarantee that anyone on there actually knows what they are talking about.
Mathgeekjoe says2015-05-20T08:20:15.1079180-05:00
So you think Austin Cline knows less about atheism than you?
briantheliberal says2015-05-20T08:21:52.1261837-05:00
I don't even know who that is.
Mathgeekjoe says2015-05-20T08:24:12.1203879-05:00
The person who wrote the article. Supposedly he is an expert. Here is his education "Austin Cline holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Arts from Princeton University. He also studied for one year each at the University of Zurich and the Ludwig-Maximillian University in Munich, Germany. In America, Germany, and Switzerland, Austin has studied both religion and philosophy."
briantheliberal says2015-05-20T08:36:48.3105655-05:00
Good for him. Still don't see why he is relevant. If he believes atheists can be religious, which by definition requires someone to believe in a god or higher power, then I question his expertise.
Mathgeekjoe says2015-05-20T08:46:42.8596511-05:00
@Briantheliberal. Why would you need the word "or" you said god OR higher power. Last time I checked atheism is just the lack of belief in god(s). Is the "or" a typo?
briantheliberal says2015-05-20T08:52:26.8618664-05:00
Are you slow? Serious question.
blackkid says2015-05-20T09:18:55.7212208-05:00
"Denial implies god actually exists." It's a denial, however all allusions of this sort refer to the concept of [deity] versus the reality of [deity]. There's a major, major difference.
Mathgeekjoe says2015-05-20T09:23:02.9235746-05:00
@braintheliberal You still didn't answer my question. Was the "or" a typo?
briantheliberal says2015-05-20T09:32:30.0716980-05:00
No it wasn't a typo. That was a really dumb question. You ask a lot of ridiculous questions that make no sense...
Mathgeekjoe says2015-05-20T09:37:04.8405650-05:00
The question has purpose. Because the word "or" implies that there is a difference between a god(s) and a higher power. The definition of atheism is just the lack of belief in a god. By your own definition then, it is possible for a religion to be atheistic.
TBR says2015-05-20T11:38:07.5494374-05:00
Mathgeekjoe - Religion does not mean god (or higher power). That, and some article is not necessary a source for what atheism can and can not be. That is, we have do dogma. I don't have to be an atheists like some guy who writes an article. We are not part of a faith that requires following anyones concepts of what we are.
blackkid says2015-05-20T11:43:12.3432911-05:00
The fail is so amusing.
TBR says2015-05-20T13:14:08.6624011-05:00
@Mathgeekjoe - Let me use my friendly Unitarians Universalist. They are Christian. Well, they follow Buddha too. Well, they think Muhammad had some things to talk about too. Some are Zoroastrian's or deists. The point is, its a religion. They get tax exempt status just like Bible thumping Christians. The difference is, in a Unitarian church, not only can I say I am an atheists without anyone batting an eye, I am bound to be surrounded by more like minds then in the general population, and all contained within a "religion".
tajshar2k says2015-05-20T13:22:28.1124109-05:00
Some religions don't believe in a Supreme God. Buddhists are an example.
Mathgeekjoe says2015-05-20T21:12:27.9759064-05:00
@TBR, Sorry for not replying sooner, I slept as soon as I got home from school. Anyways, that wasn't my definition of religion, I was merely trying to say that brian's definition was contradicting. Anyways, I don't know why you were bashing the article, if you read it, I am fairly sure you would notice that it is fairly accurate and doesn't force atheism into an order.

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