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    I remember discussing this in a seminar before.  The way we view atheism itself stems from a Western framework in which we assume the existence of a singular personal divinity.  

    •  To understand western civilization, history (3+ / 0-)

      and society, one obviously has to know something about its religions, without necessarily believing in any of them or in a divine being. But reading history books, I am continually struck by how many of them not only view religion as a given in purely historical and factual terms, meaning that religions exist and have existed and many if not most people belong to one or another, but as an actual fact, meaning that their beliefs in a divine being, miracles, the afterlife, etc., are themselves obviously true. This lack of critical thinking about religion has always bothered me. I don't know if it's due to incompetence or cowardice, but as a non-believer it bothers me that a belief in god is seen as not just the statistical norm, which of course it is (assuming most people aren't liars), but correct, proper and "normal", akin to believing in science, reason and morality.

      When, in reality, from a rational perspective, it's the belief in the divine that is clearly "weird" and not "normal", because there's no factual basis for it. But I'm ok not calling believers "weird" if they don't call me such.

      "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

      by kovie on Wed Jun 26, 2013 at 07:35:25 AM PDT

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