I am not looking at this religiously, I am not religious. I don't believe in anything but am open to everything and that's who I teach my children. I am not afraid of any religion, my children were baptised and learn about religion AND everything else I believe in including all things in the universe. I refuse to be identified as anything within a group and don't believe in putting my views in a box with a label.
When someone says they're atheist, that to me means they don't believe in God. It doesn't tell me anything else. So I don't disrespect anyones views because I don't know what they are!! When you further tell me I believe in science and evolution etc etc. I respect that. I believe that too. This is why I would never identify as an atheist, it goes against my beliefs in anything organised with a label, that fiercly opposes other peoples beliefs. It can also foster extremism.
I repsect all religions, cultures and beliefs. I wasn't afraid or fiercly against my children being baptised, and I'm not opposed for them to learn their families religions.
I think when it does go against your beliefs and everything you believe in, you need to have these conversations with your partners. I've seen these things break up relationships and families. Religion and cultural divides is very important in relationships.
Atheism is not a religion! religion it itself means believing of a higher power. By definition we don't believe anything is there, period.
Just bc you don't identify within a certain group and don't like labels doesn't change that many identify as atheist. For many it's just a short hand way of saying I don't believe full stop.
I can't say I know of any "atheist extremists" but much of what you've said is confusing. First off that atheism is *not* a set of beliefs with traditions etc, atheism is *nothing but* the non belief in god, then atheism is a *religion* and you refuse to be an atheist because it is *organised and has a label*.
Whatever. It's like arguing with a wall! I'll leave it there.
Scientology is a religion btw.
Scientology is a body of beliefs and related practices created by L. Ron Hubbard (1911–1986), starting in 1952, as a successor to his earlier self-help system, Dianetics. Hubbard characterized Scientology as a religion, and in 1953 incorporated the Church of Scientology in Camden, New Jersey.
Extremism can indeed be detrimental to the well being of our existence but I've yet to hear of an extreme atheist carry out such activities in the name of atheism. Religious extremists on the other hand...
I have no doubt defining someone elses beliefs can frustrate them, but I can also see it goes both ways. You say a difference of opinion, and we are having a difference of opinion. If you are allowed to do that with Christianity, why can't I do that with Atheism? If you are frustrated by what I'm saying, then you can imagine why a christian would get upset when the same is done to them.
I know you say that you have disregarded the dictionary definitions of religion and atheism, but surely you can then see that it may be difficult to debate/ converse with you about this topic, as you have redefined words to have their own personal meaning to you which is not commonly shared by anyone else.
It would be a bit like me saying that I think religious people are all insane because (to me) religion means that you all wear purple hats. And then, when religious people pointed out that they didn't, me saying that I don't care how other people define it - that's MY definition.
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