Religion: Not Applicable  

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4/5/2005 9:51 am

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Religion: Not Applicable

"You seem to be an atheist. Why didn't you choose this option then?"

Atheism is not a religion or a belief. Atheism is a way of thinking. It is a refusal of any religion or belief. Thus, I cannot choose it, it would be an oxymoron to have "Religion: Atheism". Thus, I went along with "Not Applicable". Which is really the way it is.

"How can you live without believing in something? You must be a very sad person!"

On the contrary, I couldn't be happier. When you realize that anything you possibly could believe in is just an artificial construct of the mind, you realize that you can be just as happy -if not more- without it.

"But if there's no God, there is no morality! Religion is necessary to safeguard our moral values."

This is one of the most terrible things religious people have done in the course of history: connect religion and ethics. No, ethics isn't related to religion. You don't need a god to act "ethically". Actually, who's more ethical? The person who does good because it is in agreement with his own moral principles or the person who does good because some "higher being" tells him it is (and he possibly fears that being's wrath). Let me quote Steven Weinberg on the subject, because he does well in synthesizing my thoughts:

"Religion is an insult to human dignity. With or without it you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion."
-- Steven Weinberg, Freethought Today, April, 2000

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