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Thursday, 11 September 2008


Theo. Bennett

Not exactly. "Religion" is to do with 'way of life" or even "lifestyle" that might or might not include social mores and ethics.

"Theology" is to do with Divinity, gods, God, morals.

Any work on atheism would sit well on the Religion shelves of a general bookstore.

Serious scholars might also sek works through the University Co-operative Bookshop, the Australian Catholic University, the Jesuits in Sydney, (Prof) Peter Singer or journalist Catherine Deveney in Melbourne.

There's to be Global Atheist Congress (I paraphrase) in Melbourne next month. Perhaps a good spot to purchase the ephemera of atheist

- Theo. Bennett
Canberra (or heading there)

Bob Meade

Thanks Theo.

I've known many atheists. I know of none who will admit or state that they belong to a religion.

How many atheists do you know who think they are part of a religion?

Your definition struck me as unusual, so I went to check my mini Oxford dictionary which more or less has this:


• noun 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 followed with devotion.

— ORIGIN originally in the sense "life under monastic vows": from Latin religio ‘obligation, reverence’.

[ also online here: http://www.askoxford.com/concise_oed/orexxligion?view=uk ]

So, yes, it might or might not include social mores or ethics, but it does involve belief in a superhuman controlling power, God or gods.

From which definition are you working?

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