Evolution, science, reason etc are things I value in their own right and they are important to me because I am an atheist- I don't credit any of these things to a god, I credit them to humanity- that itself IS an atheist trait, if you like. If you don't believe in god, you can't credit these things to anyone else. Atheists don't believe in god- we believe in people. Atheism is more than a lack of belief in god- it encompasses anti-theism and many other aspects. Passing this information own through generations is a tradition for many families- by definition, this is what tradition is. You said atheism had no tradition, as an atheist, I'm telling you, you are incorrect. Maybe all atheists don't hold with this tradition, that doesn't mean it doesn't exist or have value.
The arts and other manifestations of human intellectual achievement regarded collectively.
Atheism, by its nature, rejects god/s in favour of humanity, so I dont see how you can reject atheistic culture.
It was in 601 that Pope Gregory I wrote to Melitus (his missionary in England) telling him "not to stop such ancient Pagan festivities" but to "adapt them to the rites of the Church, only changing the reason of them from a heathen to a Christian impulse".
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I also think that many atheists, and I am one of them, believe Jesus really did exist, he just wasn't divine. So we see the connection with it being about the birth of jesus. That doesn't make us hypocritical. Just that we interpret it differently.
But I digress lol
And while I'm digressing on the subject of feeling like my beliefs are not respected. My Dad has been religious and a weekly church goer since I was a kid. he knows I'm atheist. yet continues to harp on about baptising our youngest despite me telling him over and over we won't be. Is always inviting us to 'special' church services and functions despite me politely saying no. I feel this constant vibe of him trying to save me from my atheism and it's really p'ing me off lately. I would never dare, knowing he's religious, invite him to a atheist do, or push my beliefs on him.... ever.
In religious threads I always try to tread lightly and be respectful. But it's often one sided.
As for laying claim to evolution, given it's the most widely researched scientific topic in history and gives us a solid explanation of the diversity of life on earth based on science, yes, I would then think it only right that atheists can lay claim to evolution.
Religion cannot lay claim to reason as it does not hold under critical thinking, science does. As for humanism, the definition of humanism by dictionary.com is
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