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<Atheism. It is impossible. to my mind, to prove or disprove the
existence of god, so Atheism is a religion of sorts. This does not stop the
> sociobiologists from from asssigning *roles* :-)>
Atheism means the absence of religious belief, it is in no way
equivalent to or the same as a religion. Atheists do not share moral and
ethical codes, do not share attitudes towards things like race and gender
etc. as a result of their being atheists.
Religions claim that it is impossible to prove or disprove the
existence of god, and that in itself is a reason to reject them- they reject
the notion of falsifiability, and therefore their assertions are irrational.
<With regard to the Swiss, they do indeed have an enviable
> democracy - if you are Swiss. Untill recently, the words *Swiss bank
> account* and *annonymity* in world finances were synonymous. cf the furore
> surrounding the holocaust etc.>
I wasn't going to raise the Swiss question but being a country
surrounded by high mountains played a major part in its 'success' (it is a
remarkably authoritarian and insular nation in many ways).
<BTW, interesting piece in the Times (UK) supplement re Iran and the
> comparison with other muslim thoecracies. The discusions on the list do
> not have appeared to fully reflected the many nuances that relates to
> worship (and i have to admit my own ignorance here). If i can find the
> on this i will post it>
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