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Atheism is very dysfunctional, and here is how. They claim to not be a religion, even though they are. Most atheists, actually, are not atheists, they are just lazy. They choose not to believe in the Christian God, but don't actually study any other religions. They take mighty stands against Christians, saying that Christians are wrong for spreading the Word, but then say they have to stand up and stop it all. It's both ways, Christians want to stop the evil, atheists want to stop the good. There is nothing wrong with doing what is good or right, but most people don't want to submit to God's authority, which is the bigger issue. But yet, how can they know what is right and wrong, if they don't believe in the morals that are set? They kind of contradict themselves. Even some say that God was not there when they say they needed Him, but yet they say He is when they want to blame Him. It's very dysfunctional. Polytheism is very dysfunctional as well. In Hinduism, all the gods make up a manifestation of the one true god, Brahma. They also believe in a Trinity, but its contradictory. Destruction and Creation both contradict and cannot be together. You cannot destroy by creating, and you cannot create by destroying. If one day ends, it ends and then a new one begins, the old day is not ending as the new day is beginning. Also, Hindus believe that Mother Earth created gods. Well how can this be? To be a god is one thing, but to create gods is another, and that seems to be very contradictory. Monotheism, which I support, isn't as dysfunctional. There will be dysfunction in every religion, but I believe that if you really want to follow God, or a god, then do so and don't worry so much about the churches and religious practices as much with others. I may confuse people,m so let me know if it is. Monotheism believes that there is only one God. Christianity and Islam are a part of this, and yes we could get into a debate about the Trinity, but that is what is believed. Animism is the belief that ancestors become animal spirits or something like that. I haven't studied it that much, but there is no proof of it, plus it doesn't describe creation. If you look at some of the tribal creation accounts, they don't explain how the universe came or the earth, rather they start with someone or a group of gods that war on the earth, or something like that. I think that the missing puzzle piece of origin is important, and if it's not there, then that is something needed to be looked into. I don't know about Totemism, so I will study that. A good way to really understand what you want to believe in a religion is done through 4 principles and questions that religion has to answer coherently: Origin, Morality, Meaning, and Destination. I can go into each mainstream religion, and help pick it all out, if you want. Or, you can do your own studies. Thank you for the opportunity to answer this type of question. Hopefully, it helped.
Frankly I'm a believer yet not a robot or a horse with a bit in my mouth. In this world of ours you should grow and learn, you may even discover you had a bit in your mouth, and where it lead was very distasteful. The discorery of such things is salvation. especially once the bit is removed, at such points you become a man and do what you have to do "come hell or high water".
No religion is inherently dysfunction, at least not based on whether the God(s) are related to being monotheistic, or polytheistic, etc. From ontotheological to Leibniz's natural religion (monotheism) we get theological problems. It is disingenuous to say one is better than the other, mainly because there are arguments against each problem, and whether they suffice as a good answer is highly subjective. For example: On the Trinity, by Christians it is not consider as polytheistic; however, it is considered by most Jews as polytheistic. (See Maimonides' writings.) A religion is a belief in a deity or higher power. Atheism does not fall into this, ergo atheism really would actually be dysfunctional.
The definition for religion is as follows: 1. the belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal God or gods. 2. a particular system of faith and worship. 3.a pursuit or interest to which someone ascribes supreme importance. Most atheists believe in Evolution, or themselves. Either way, there is a form of faith, there is something that is valued as important. Atheism, in my thinking is a religion. Others can disagree, but I think many disqualify Atheism as a religion because it does not meet the standards of the first meaning, but there are meanings to religion, and thus I believe wholeheartedly that Atheism is a religion. The Monotheistic view is the view I take. Yes you can run into issues, but with study those issues might go away. It all depends.
Atheism =/= Paganism. Atheism =/= Darwinism. etc... Atheism is defined as: disbelief or lack of belief in the existence of God or gods. -- Oxford Dictionary Any other attributes are not a part of atheism, such as their stance on evolution, etc. Do not matter, since that atheist's viewpoint, is are not a general subscription for all atheists. You cannot say atheism is a religion, as it does not define itself to be. So what you are doing is effectively creating a mass generalization.
If by dysfunction in religion you mean, "why do some people push away from religion," I would answer by saying that the reason is that as soon as a person acknowledges the existence of a higher being (God, gods, etc) they are FORCED to become responsible for all their wrong doings, namely, sins. And with that responsibility comes consequence. We humans don't like consequences xP
As you are calling atheism dysfunctional, you should be fair and consider the history of theistic inspired religious violence and wars. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religious_violence And let's not forget the execution of people for theistic beliefs at odds with the religious teaching of their era, e.g. William Tyndale. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Tyndale
Good Afternoon, i would have to go with atheism. Atheist dont believe in a god above. You have to be believe in something greater than you. If not then ask yourself this. Who created you? .....it wasn't science, it definitely wasn't yourself.
Atheism is an experimental religion in that the individual grows as they experience and comprehend different things and generally has a decidedly good behavior model toward others. What they may experience is somewhat based on the individual, but may also be based on the Judaic Christian prophecy of God opening windows of heaven which may give them food for thought on what it means to be human.
i think that it would be atheism because i do not agree with the evolution or the big bang , because how can that happen? No science can explain .
Atheism is not even a religion..*facepalm*
To truly understand anything takes time and a lot of it, a rule of thumb is one must put 10,000 hours, 5 years, into an endeavor to become anything close to an expert. Man studies many subjects and few study more than one, therefore generally we depend on the consensus of experts within a field to base our opinions. History has shown that consensus of experts could but under what is known as group think, the principle that everyone within a group are under the same delusions. But this doesn't mean we just discount the consensus because the may be in error, but in our ignorance we must accept it until shown otherwise, or delve into the matter ourselves. I hope you comprehend the fact that Religion is one of those area's man studies both historically and in their personal life and is susceptible to group think.