organization and culture. These have varying levels of importance in
different religions. A Protestant would define Christianity in terms
of belief a Catholic would add a lot about orgainzation. A Hindu would
discuss culture the only meaningful definition of Hinduism would be
the religion that comes with Hindu culture.
And like Christianity there is a double usage problem. Christianity
describes a family of religions including Catholic, Greek Orthodox,
Armenian etc. but within the Protestant movement there are people who
use Christian as a primary religious desicription. 62% of Christians
are Catholic but if you see a sign Christian day school don't expect
In terms of practice an atheist is a person who from principal or
belief does not willingly serve or worship gods or spirits. This
includes most Buddhists, Taoists, Epicureans, Deists, agnostics and
people who use atheist as a primary religious description.
Unlike theist religions multiple membership is common and there are
members of all these groups who do serve or worship gods or spirits.
Also unlike theist religions atheists have no tradition of sacred
martyrdom. The Christian who worships the emperor under duress commits
at least a mortal sin, the atheist demonstrates common sense.
We have ethical systems based on moderation rather than extremes.
Buddah taught the middle way. Epicurus said pleasure is the good but
moderate pleasures are the best. The woman who gave ten pieces of
silver wasn't one of us nor was the man who took it.
In terms of belief an atheist is a person who uses the methods of
science to answer questions about the universe. This is often called
materialism or scientific atheism.
Materialists often use atheist as a primary religious description but
it mixes very well with other religions. There is not a religion on
earth without materialist members. Materialism mixes especially... [continues]
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