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For some religious theists, their religion and religious beliefs are so important to them that they can't imagine anyone being without a religion of some sort. For such people, religion occupies such a fundamental and necessary aspect of how they live that they insist the same must be true of everyone. Thus everyone must have a religion of some sort and it's impossible for anyone to live out one. This includes irreligious atheists who insist that they really don't have any religion.


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March 1, 2007 at 4:51 pm
(1) jim says:

I know many people have a god gene that makes them believe in a god or even many gods but I have never really belived in god.

May 21, 2009 at 10:41 pm
(2) Paul Buchman says:

Early in the 20th century, Joseph McCabe wrote a book called The Story Of Religious Controversy. In chapter 2 of that book, “The Origin of Religion,” he looked at anthropological studies of the most primitive societies then still to be found on earth. It turned out that those societies did not have religion, nor did they believe in gods. He said that the first indication of other-worldliness was the so-called shadow world of primitive societies one or two steps up from the godless ones. People from those societies believed that their shadows and reflections indicated the existence of a shadow world, separate from the everyday world. Only at a higher level of culture did societies begin to believe in gods. So, according to McCabe, the earliest humans were probably atheists.

May 23, 2009 at 3:34 pm
(3) mobathome says:

Of course, McCabe was looking at existing primitive societies in his then modern world. Then, an obvious explanation for their lack of progress compared with his society would be their lack of gods and religion ;-) . Did McCabe ever find an advanced religion without gods or religion?

May 23, 2009 at 3:44 pm
(4) mobathome says:

In the last sentence I meant an advanced society without religion.

July 16, 2009 at 2:35 pm
(5) Atheismo says:

It should probably be noted, however, that the reason why those societies were so “advanced” was because they were built on the backs of slave labor. Religion commanded the first slaves to do their master’s bidding for fear of what lay in the afterlife.

July 3, 2010 at 9:32 pm
(6) BCgeorge says:

no, they are not. the only people that cling to old superstitions and make-believe nonsense are religious adherents. i have and need no religious dogma or doctrines and tend to agree with Freud’s assessments that religious belief is a symptom of mental illness.

May 12, 2012 at 2:02 am
(7) Patrick says:

According to D. Halverson (The Compact Guide to World Religions, 1996) religion is a, “Set of beliefs that answers the ultimate questions: What is ultimate reality? What is the nature of the world? What is the nature of humanity? What is humanity’s primary problem? What happens after death?”

However, his claim (based on this definition) that religion in and of itself does not always involve God concludes by saying, “Secularism and Marxism are examples of what could be called religions in that they answer the ultimate questions, but they do not teach the existence of a supernatural realm, nor say anything about God.”

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