I was musing about the status I posted a bit ago and some other quotes regarding religion and atheism I was browsing through and the following came to me:

  • Religion is not about rights; it is about obedience.
  • Religion is not about knowledge; it is about dogma.
  • Religion is not about freedom; it is about submission.
  • Religion is not about learning; it is about indoctrination.


I was wondering if some of the rest of the troops here on A|N could come up with similar statements and post them here.  Indeed, while writing this, I just thought of one more:

  • Religion is not about truth; it is about fiction.


Let's see what we can do with this.

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Religion is not about believing in the existence of God.

Religion is not about believing in an alternate, transcendental realm through which our “souls” or “spirits” would persevere for all eternity.

Religion is not the by-product of a cognitive adaptation that helped allay our fear of death.

Religion is not the universal obsessional neurosis of humanity.

Religion is not a set of doctrines to be believed, but rather something practiced in ritual and experienced through introspection, art and music.

 

Quite a few people might agree with this broader view -- including adherents of Ethical Culture, which describes itself as a "religion" and just happens to have no use for gods.

Even if it is the byproduct of a cognitive adaptation, can we learn from and use the good parts?

From the website Why Won't God Heal Amputees? :

What about Churches

[...] Having recognized that God is imaginary, what happens to churches? I don't think anything "happens" to them. They continue to exist because they perform a useful function.

What is a church? It is a community of people who agree to get together regularly, help one another and share in each other's company. A church also helps people to focus on the general concept of goodness once a week -- that is generally what the sermon tries to accomplish. In addition, many churches have an outreach component. [...]

Once you remove the imaginary being [...] along with the book written by primitive men [...] do churches suddenly vanish? I don't think that is necessarily the case. In fact, it probably makes things better. [...] churches continue to exist as communities of people who enjoy each others' company, who help one another in times of need, and who focus on goodness and good deeds for the benefit of society as a whole. What's not to like about that?

 

(btw, this relates to the discussion "Should Humanists Do Rituals?" here on A|N -- worth a look.)

Religion is not peace; it is fear.

Religion is not peace; it is guilt.

Religion is not about others, it is about one's self.

Religion is not about truth, it is about certainty.

Religion is not about affirming life, it is about denying death.

Great post as usual, Loren!

Religion is not about partnership, it is about domination. 

Religion is not about participating, it is about submission. 

Religion is not about empowerment, it is about self-crucifixion. 

Religion is not about self-determination, it is about submitting. 

Religion is not about action, it is about yielding. 

Religion is not about thinking critically, it is about praying. 

Religion is not about thinking for oneself, it is about obeying. 

Religion is not about self-actualization, it is about turning the other cheek. 

Loren, you have done it again. A splendid exercise!

Religion is not about you; it is about me.

Religion is not about life; it is about the denial of death.

Religion is not about the conservation of morality; it is about excusing immorality.

Religion is not about history; it is about His story.

Religion is not about prophecy; it is about living in the past.

Religion is not about heaven or hell; it is about controlling others' actions using fear.

Religion is not about prayer; it is about carrying the childhood phase of having an imaginary friend into adulthood using socially acceptable means.

I could do this all night, but will stop here.  This has been fun Loren!

Excellent! I shall include them in "Atheism is about ... " unless your don't want me to. 

Hi Joan,

I apologize for the delayed response.  By all means please include them.  :)

Religion is not god made its man made. 

I like this, may I include it in "Atheism is about ... "?

I hope this is OK with everybody. If not, just let me know and I will delete it. 

SourceURL:file://localhost/Users/joandenoo/Desktop/Atheism%20is%20about%20...%20.doc/Atheism%20is%20about%20%E2%80%A6.doc

Atheism is about …

 

·  Atheism is about rights; it is not about obedience.

·  Atheism is about knowledge; it is not about dogma.

·  Atheism is about freedom; it is not about submission.

·  Atheism is about learning; it is not about indoctrination.

·  Atheism is about truth; it is not about fiction.

·  Atheism is about egalitarianism; it is not about inequality.

~ Loren Miller

 

·  Atheism is about morality; it is not about repression.

·  Atheism is about tolerance; it is not about bigotry.

·  Atheism is about peace; it is not about conquest.

·  Atheism is about dignity; it is not about self loathing.

~ Pat 

 

·  Atheism is about truth; it is not about fraud and misconception.

~ Napoleon Bonaparte 

 

·  Atheism is about Truth; it is not about denial of Truth. 

~ The Flying Atheist 

 

·  Atheism is about comfort; it is not about delusion.

~ booklover 

 

·  Atheism is about peace; it is not about fear.

·  Atheism is about peace; it is not about guilt.

~ Idaho Spud 

 

·  Atheism is about others, it is not about one's self.

·  Atheism is about truth, it is not about certainty.

·  Atheism is about affirming life, it is not about denying death.

~ Richard Lawrence

 

·  Atheism is about partnership, it is not about domination. 

·  Atheism is about participating, it is not about submission. 

·  Atheism is about empowerment, it is not about self-crucifixion. 

·  Atheism is about self-determination, it is not about submitting. 

·  Atheism is about action, it is not about yielding. 

·  Atheism is about thinking critically, it is not about praying. 

·  Atheism is about thinking for oneself, it is not  about obeying. 

·  Atheism is about self-actualization, it is not about turning the other cheek. 

~ Joan Denoo 

 

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