For Atheists to attempt to claim "neutrality", in reference to God, is a complete lie and disingenuous intellectually. They have in fact picked a side. They choose their religion based on what they believe is evidentiary to their presuppositions. The belief system is based on their faith that there is no God.
A religion doesn’t have to contain a god who must be identified or worshiped. Some religions are polytheistic (Hinduism, Mormonism), some monotheistic (Judaism, Christianity, Islam), some non-theistic (Buddhism). I’d say the new atheists and their religion are “anti-theistic.” But their atheism is religious nonetheless.
They have their own worldview. Materialism (the view that the material world is all there is) is the lens through which atheists view the world. Far from being the open-minded, follow-the-evidence-wherever thinkers they claim to be, they interpret all data ONLY within the very narrow worldview of materialism.
They have their own orthodoxy. Orthodoxy is a set of beliefs acceptable to a faith community. Just as there are orthodox Christian beliefs, there is an atheist orthodoxy as well. In brief, it is that EVERYTHING can be explained as the product of unintentional, undirected, purposeless evolution. No claim is acceptable if it cannot be subjected to scientific scrutiny.
They have their own prophets: Nietzsche, Russell, Feuerbach, Lenin, Marx. They believe that these guy's had all the answers.
They have their own preachers and evangelists. And are they ever “evangelistic.” Dawkins, Dennett, Harris, and Hitchens are NOT out to ask that atheism be given respect. They are seeking converts. They are preaching a “gospel” calling for the end of theism.
They have faith. The existence of God cannot be proven or disproven. To deny it takes faith. Just as believing in God takes faith.
Atheism relates to a belief in the existence or non-existence of a deity, or whether the person associates any meaning to the terms "God" or "deity."
Atheism is defined as: a : a disbelief in the existence of deity b : the doctrine that there is no deity.
It is a belief system with it's own doctrine. It comes with the the philosophic difficulty of proving a negative—God does not exist—and in order to shift the burden of proof to the theist, since the theist is making the positive affirmation that God exists.
there are various sects of atheism. There is a vast difference between the friendly atheist who lives next door and the activists. Generally, even the activist types who are typified by the New Atheist movement will define “atheism” as a mere lack of belief in God. However, their activism demonstrates that their atheism is anything but mere lack: lack of belief in God. it is an anti-“religion”, anti-“faith” and anti-“God” movement.
The activist atheists consider belief in God as dangerous superstitious ignorance and seek to abolish it or, at the very least, remove it from the public sphere (public meaning from politics, culture at large, etc.) Evolution is an important [art of the doctrine of atheism. Evolution is promulgated as an ideology, a secular religion—a full-fledged alternative to Christianity, with meaning and morality … This was true of evolution in the beginning, and it is true of evolution still today.
Did you know that there is a trend among many atheists, particularly the New Atheist sect, where they define parents raising their children according to their own faith in God as “child abuse? This is a serious form of of radical atheistic fundamentalism. It is a way they are trying to open the door to persecute those that believe in God.
Yes Folks, Atheism is a religion and it has become a state sanctioned religion in the USA. Whatever happened to the first amendment?