4.30.2006

Atheist! Again! Of Course!

Now with...Satanic Tendancies! Apparently! And Muslimishness! I Guess!

Which Religion Is the Right One for You? (New Version)
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12. The concept of God was created by people. Agree!
18. I do not harm any living things, or at least I try not to. Agree!
24. Everyone should love each other. Agree!

You scored as atheism.

You are... an atheist, though you probably already knew this. Also, you probably have several people praying daily for your soul.

Instead of simply being "nonreligious," atheists strongly believe in the lack of existence of a higher being, or God.



Atheism

96%

Satanism

79%

Agnosticism

63%

Islam

54%

Buddhism

50%

Paganism

46%

Judaism

38%

Christianity

21%

Hinduism

13%

2 Comments:

Blogger Steve said...

Well, besides calling atheism a religion, they also got the definition wrong. What a surprise.

May 01, 2006 4:57 PM  
Anonymous jeff d said...

Atheism is not a religion. Neither is agnosticism or nontheism, because the crucial element (in Daniel Dennett's words, "avowing a belief in a supernatural agent(s) whose approval is sought") is missing.

I have always followed the the narrow definition of atheism as the absolute denial that a supreme being exists.

Many people who are mis-labeled as atheists have sensibly concluded that the existence of a supreme being is unsupported by evidence, unproven, and unprovable. I call these folks "nontheists" and I count myself as one of them. I think that the writer Michael Shermer uses a similar distinction between atheist and nontheist.

Nontheists are not willing to go all the way to denying the existence of a supreme being(s) because its existence cannot be definitively proven or unproven.

However, in the context of everyday life and behavior and ethics, there is no practical difference between a nontheist and an atheist. Yes, I will concede the tiny theoretical possibility that a supreme being (perhaps like the one in Olaf Stapledon's "Star Maker") could have existed or may now exist, but I do not believe and see no reason to believe that such a supreme being has the slightest interest in human beings, in this planet, or even this solar system. So why pray or engage in any other rituals to obtain the approval of a supreme being whose existence cannot be proved and whose nature and motives are unfathomable?

May 03, 2006 6:59 AM  

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