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    <Do hindus, Monotheists and animists? atheism falls under the definiotion of

    religion as it cannot to my mind be irrefutably proven, and therefore
    requires an element of belief.>

    Nothing can be irrefutably proven. All knowledge is contingent,
    but_all_religions claim to have, divinely revealed, absolute knowledge. All
    atheism is, therefore, is the rejection of religions' claims to absolute
    knowledge. After all the fact tht some religions have one god, some many,
    some no 'gods' at all, is actually irrelevant, what matters is that they
    make claims of absolute knowledge and require followers to believe based on
    faith not evidence.

    Speaking personally, the balance of evidence against any particular religion
    being true is massively weighted against. Taking Christianity for instance,
    you have contradictory doctrines, historically problematic content of
    religious texts, implausible (or explainable) 'miracles' in the core texts
    (and lots of faked ones subsequently), evidence of contradictions of
    practice by believers, evidence of wider behaviour apparently entirely
    contradictory to supposed following of the faith etc. etc.

    To quote myself (from this list many times before) rain dances don't make it


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