[ExI] Atheism again

Rafal Smigrodzki rafal.smigrodzki at gmail.com
Thu Apr 30 02:22:26 UTC 2020

On Thu, Apr 23, 2020 at 12:51 AM Giulio Prisco via extropy-chat <
extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:

> Hi Keith. I think atheism is, as you say, "a lack of religion rather
> than a religion" in non-militant atheists. But in those militant
> atheists who passionately want to convert others, and even more so in
> those militant atheists who discriminate against believers in academy,
> culture, media etc., atheism becomes a religion, and of the worst
> kind.

### Militant atheism might fill up the god-shaped hole some people have in
their minds, thus taking the place of religion as a focus of social and
organized activity, but it still is not a religion. Same with communism,
environmentalism or social justice - they are mental constructs that
organize the activity of many people, just like religions, but although
they may replace religion in their minds, they are not religions themselves.

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