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Quote:Atheism is another form of faith. Not all faiths are religions, though, so saying that firm atheism is founded on premises taken on faith is not the same as saying that it's just another form of religion.Literally by the definition, Atheism is a "faith" in the sense of being a confident belief. The denotaion is legit but the connotation is not comparable. I see a clear connotative difference between "Faith" used in the sense of believing in a higher power for which there is no proof and in many cases a lot of scientific arguements against versus "faith" used in the meaning of a "confident belief." The philosophical question must be posed that can a belief exist in which someone believes in nothing? A confident absence of beleif? There lies the question of whether you can apply the denotative term "faith" to Atheism. I think because of the application and usage, that it is not very appropriate usage in connection with Atheism. Religion defines the terms is the problem here. If religion did not exist... if there was no belief in god... would unbelief exist? Would unbelief be a faith in a world in which there was no belief? It is like a quantum problem here... is lack of belief to be created through belief? Something out of nothing that remains nothing?
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