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Unbelief, the world’s third-largest religion

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#181    EllJay

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 12:40 AM

Atheism, and agnosticism, is as much an religion as not collecting stamps is a hobby.




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Posted 14 January 2013 - 07:09 AM

View PostEllJay, on 14 January 2013 - 12:40 AM, said:

Atheism, and agnosticism, is as much an religion as not collecting stamps is a hobby.




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But the decision/choice to be agnostic or atheist is very much the same, in construction and form, as the decision/choice, NOT to collect stamps.

One is neither an agnostic, nor an  atheist, if one has never encountered the concept of god. One cannot decide not to collect stamps, if one has never  heard of the concept of a stamp. In such a person's world neither stamps nor the idea of stamps is present and so no choice ever exists.  Actually, in such a world it would be impossible for such a person to collect stamps because collection requires  the existence of, and knowledge about the existence of, stamps, by the collector.

Likewise, in a world where the concept of god had never arisen, and knowledge of god was not present, there would be no atheists, agnostics, or theists. Nor would there be  linguistic, symbolic, or conceptual  terms for such things.

Edited by Mr Walker, 14 January 2013 - 07:14 AM.

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Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world..

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