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Re: God etc. (CarolAnn)

Posted by Elizabeth on November 13, 1999, at 16:15:45

In reply to God ect... more heaven and hell, posted by CarolAnn(Sorry!keep hitting enter instead of shift on November 13, 1999, at 8:46:33

> On another note, As far as atheism is concerned, I really think it important that individuals not base their atheistic beliefs on the opinions of other atheists. If atheism is your thing, at least come to that conclusion through your own ideas and experiences. There can be just as much *dogma* in the atheist viewpoint as there is in any other "religion" (belief system).

Atheism isn't a religion or an organized belief system (i.e., there are no atheist popes or priests); it simply means the *absence* of a belief in a god (or gods). For some people this extends to belief in the supernatural in general; others believe in some form of "spirituality" but no specific entity behind that spirituality.

For me, as I alluded in my previous post, it means the rejection of mysticism, of unprovable (and undisprovable) claims, of taking things on "faith" or "intuition" with no evidence or reason (which is, it seems to me, what religion requires of one).




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