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Why atheism can't replace religion
Psychology Today ^ | Dec 16 2010 | Michael W. Austin

Posted on 12/18/2010 5:45:06 PM PST by neverdem

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1 posted on 12/18/2010 5:45:10 PM PST by neverdem
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To: neverdem

The OP conflates religion and churches, congregations, etc.

Religion is based in belief (faith). Churches, congregations, etc. are social constructs to share and exchange those beliefs in a community.


2 posted on 12/18/2010 5:48:44 PM PST by freedumb2003 (Nothing sharpens the mind like not being able to get a job. /Nonstatist)
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To: freedumb2003

Atheism can’t replace religious belief because there’s no there there.


3 posted on 12/18/2010 5:54:49 PM PST by mkmensinger
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To: neverdem

***Why atheism can’t replace religion ***

It has “nothing” to offer!


4 posted on 12/18/2010 5:57:31 PM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (I visited GEN TOMMY FRANKS Military Museum in HOBART, OKLAHOMA! Well worth it!)
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To: neverdem
Answered here very well.


5 posted on 12/18/2010 5:57:48 PM PST by mc5cents
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To: neverdem

Neverdem; Thank you for posting!

While there is no altar call in the article, and the religion described is generic, I will be sending this to several people who would describe themselves as wandering on the borders of belief.


6 posted on 12/18/2010 5:58:25 PM PST by Pete from Shawnee Mission
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To: neverdem
Internal analysis, reductio ad absurdum.

Self limiting perception.
7 posted on 12/18/2010 6:01:50 PM PST by allmost
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To: mkmensinger

>>Atheism can’t replace religious belief because there’s no there there.<<

Fair enough. But the OP starts in a bad direction and thus, can’t really arrive at the conclusion desired.


8 posted on 12/18/2010 6:03:37 PM PST by freedumb2003 (Nothing sharpens the mind like not being able to get a job. /Nonstatist)
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To: allmost

>>reductio ad absurdum<<

Wasn’t that what Snapes used as a curse to dispatch Dumbledoor?


9 posted on 12/18/2010 6:06:18 PM PST by freedumb2003 (Nothing sharpens the mind like not being able to get a job. /Nonstatist)
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To: freedumb2003
Can't claim to be... on to anything Dumbledoor.
10 posted on 12/18/2010 6:11:54 PM PST by allmost
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To: freedumb2003

It’s an old saying.


11 posted on 12/18/2010 6:13:13 PM PST by allmost
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On this topic, Barber claims that sports can replace religion.

On this topic, Barber is a moron.

12 posted on 12/18/2010 6:15:00 PM PST by Graybeard58
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To: neverdem
I find it very unlikely that atheism will replace religion entirely, but developed countries have certainly seen unbelief replace religion in part. In 2005, a survey of the EU's members at that time found that among EU citizens 18% had no form of belief. In Japan, the number is more like 75%.

On the whole, religion simply seems to be playing less and less of a role in the average person's life...at least in the developed world. The United States is an exception, although even here atheism is much more prevalent than it was even half a century ago.

Here's an interesting graphic from Gallup: A religiosity index of the world's countries. The brighter the color, the more religious the country's people.


13 posted on 12/18/2010 6:38:50 PM PST by Abin Sur
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To: neverdem

All I can say is, local roads are a complete MESS with—no exaggerations here—tens of thousands of worshippers trying to get into and out of the various services of the different churches. Local cops try hard to get Sundays off so they can work off-duty at high wages directing traffic for all these services. Churches are being built rapidly as there is more demand for space and even monstrous buildings are crowded. This says something about the hunger people have to hear Christ preached.


14 posted on 12/18/2010 6:40:45 PM PST by ottbmare (off-the-track Thoroughbred mare)
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To: Abin Sur

Your info is contraindcacatory


15 posted on 12/18/2010 6:44:17 PM PST by allmost
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To: allmost

How so?


16 posted on 12/18/2010 6:49:46 PM PST by Abin Sur
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To: Abin Sur
The chart shows political borders. It also shows gray areas. Both of which are bunk.

Merry Christmass.
17 posted on 12/18/2010 6:56:27 PM PST by allmost
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To: neverdem

The great contradiction people miss is the fact that being an atheist also requires faith in the certainty that there is no supreme being or unexplainable things. There is an arrogance in the denial of the fact we simply don’t know one way or another.


18 posted on 12/18/2010 6:57:14 PM PST by Cacique (quos Deus vult perdere, prius dementat ( Islamia Delenda Est ))
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To: freedumb2003

The negative correlation between income and religiosity is a Western model. In the non-Western countries, rich people are as religious—if not more—than poor people. part of the reason is that poor people cannot be bothered with ‘heavenly things’ when they are hungry.


19 posted on 12/18/2010 6:58:15 PM PST by paudio (The differences between Clinton and 0bama? About a dozen of former Democratic Congressmen.)
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To: allmost
The chart shows political borders.

Since the poll was conducted on a country-by-country basis, how else would you illustrate such a map?

It also shows gray areas.

The gray areas represent countries which weren't polled.

Both of which are bunk.

Ok, I'll bite. Why?

20 posted on 12/18/2010 7:02:43 PM PST by Abin Sur
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