Re: Atheism a religion
Yes... and honestly I think it probably takes more extreme faith to keep hold of a belief in the absense of a God than to believe in the existance of one.
Weak Atheism does not take any faith at all. See definition above.
Are you deliberately ignoring the fact that I painstakingly explained above that Weak Atheism does not "hold a belief in the absence of a God"? Or are you simply too afraid to question your own cherished beliefs?
However, you're right, of course, to some extent. It does take faith to hold a belief in the absence of God. Strong Atheistic belief does take faith. Whether it takes more faith than believing in God seems a bit rich, though. But, that is irrelevant to the question the thread has implicitly posed: Is Atheism a Religion?
Weak Atheism is not a religion. It makes no claim at all as to the existence of God, as I stated before. It seems to me that at a minimum a religion would have to make a claim with regard to God's existence. Atheism, taken as a whole, does not do this.
Weak Atheism is simply the expression of scientific consensus: That there is no evidence for the existence of God.
It is irrelevant to address the question of whether Strong Atheism is a religion until you've settled whether Weak Atheism is. Strong would be the easier task, since it at least fulfils any requirement of a religion having faith. Any argument saying that it takes faith to believe there is no God is placing the cart before the horse.