“Atheism is the position that affirms the non-existence of God. It proposes positive belief rather than mere suspension of disbelief.”Rowe, …WL. ”Atheism”, in Craig. E Routledge, Ed., Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, New York, 1998.
“Without proof, belief is still belief – even if you believe in nothing.” Xenocrates
Atheism constitutes a religion because it is based on religious principles, namely…..
1. Evolution is an explanation of where everything came from.
2. Based on having an experience. Darwin the founder after observing ‘evidence ” from around the world during his voyage on HMS Beagle, had an iphamy ….evolution.
3. Evolution has a social structure of hierarchies and power. Atheist guru Atheism has been fueled largely by authors promoting their Atheistic beliefs. In the preface to The God Delusion, Dawkins says,Dawkins says,“If this book works as I intend, religious readers who open it will be atheists when they put it down.”
What Dawkins is saying is that he hopes that his book converts “religious” people to his worldview – exactly what a missionary of any religion hopes to do.
4. Atheism has doctrinal beliefs. After the “enlightenment” some prominent Atheist philosophers realised the effects the lack of a belief in a god would have on the morals of society and wrote what they believed would be a suitable set of beliefs and goals for a secular society in the 20th century.
5. Atheism is a morally relativist religion. Most Atheists adhere to one ethical system or another, but in Atheism there is ultimately no foundation for morality, as atheists Dawkins and Provine admit. Many systems of ethics have been proposed; utilitarianism is probably the most popular one.
6. Atheism is ritualistic in its approach. many Atheists do practice “secular rituals” such as their birthday celebrations, or the ‘ritual holidays’ of other religions such as the Christmas and Easter public holidays of Christianity, but this is usually to simply maintain the tradition of a public holiday, and the original meaning of the celebrations are rejected. Recently atheists celebrate the commemoration of the anniversary of Darwin’s birth each February (and even of the publication of his Origin of Species in November), along with calls for the general public to do the same, is rapidly becoming something of an annual ritual.
7. Atheism is material. This includes all the physical things created by a religion such as art and buildings, and also natural features and places are treated as sacred by atheists. Nature is treated as sacred by some Atheists in and of itself. Some atheists believe that natural resources are here to be exploited because of “survival of the fittest” while others believe that nature should be respected.
In conclusion: Atheists claiming to create a dichotomy between science and religion is false. The conflict is between personal interpretations of science coming from different religious worldviews.
Source of info from Ross A., Australia, 4 May 2010