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  • {DISCLAIMER: I am not an atheist, but neither do I subscribe to any religion. This answer is one I got from a wonderful book on Judaism, and is an answer which spoke to me, as far as atheism is concerned. I have nothing against atheists or practitioners of any religion, so long as they aren't interfering with anyone else's life or rights.} Amorality. Note that this is DIFFERENT FROM "IMMORALITY". If you're IMMORAL you intentionally go against what is moral. If you are AMORAL there are no 'official' morals, and you go with what seems right to you. There are atheists who are good people anywhere you care to look, and evil religious people in the same places. All I'm saying is that atheism lacks any non-logical reasoning to 'do the right thing', so to speak. Morals are usually (NOT ALWAYS) handed down by some sort of higher power. When there isn't one, who is to say what the right thing is? Most of my atheist friends say they found their morals within themselves, but when everyone finds their own morals, whose trump whose? Atheism does not allow for a code to be taught to those who follow. Some people go by what they conclude logically. Logic and reason can be used to conclude that the 'right thing' is the thing to do, but it can also be used to prove the opposite. And how do you know the thing you've just decided on IS the right thing? I got this argument from a wonderful book on Judaism, called "Nine Questions About Judaism". I highly recommend it. ^_^ In that same book it is stated, and I agree, that science without religion is as bad an idea as religion without science. Science without a tempering of "Just because we CAN do it, SHOULD we do it?" leaves you with the Holocaust and Japanese war crimes. Religion without a tempering of "But does this make sense?" gives you jihad and the Crusades. (Bracing myself for the onslaught of downratings... {sigh})
  • I don't think Atheism is flawed, people bring the flaws to otherwise perfect ideas
  • What flaw is there in a christian not believing in Mithra? What flaw is there in a Muslim not believing in Shiva? Atheists merely do not believe in one extra god than the christians. The 'atheists are amoral' idea is, with all due respect, complete rubbish. Morals have always been defined by the majority and have changed significantly even within a supposedly 'eternally true' religion. Classic example is slavery. For 1800 years most christians were fine with slavery - so it was quite moral to own slaves within a christian viewpoint. Some people disagreed and as society developed the attitude changed. It is now considered immoral to own slaves by most christians. What changed? The majority's attitude. The bible didn't. For 1800 years it was used to support slavery. Now it is used to condemn it.
  • None are inherent..
  • The only flaw that I can see is that the "A" is capitalized, where I do not think it should be. It is "atheism".
  • I'm going to have to go with Sam Harris on this one: "Atheism is nothing more than the noises reasonable people make in the presence of unjustified religious beliefs."
  • We don't get to pay tithe, we don't have any rituals, we don't have any artifacts, we don't get counted by our current government, we are expected to prove a negative, we only dress up on Sundays if we are going to brunch.
  • I skipped the entire beginning, as my eyes involuntarily avoid nonsensical rants.
  • NO free doughnuts and cookies Sunday morning.
  • None that I can see at present.
  • No flaws as far as I am concerned
  • I am of mixed opinion on this. On the one hand, I feel that Atheism is wrong because it implies that they KNOW that there is no higher power, and in that respect they are no better than Theists. Neither has actual proof to back them up; only faith. On the other hand, they might be right. And whether they are or not, they deserve as much respect as any Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, or followers of any other faith... or Agnostics like myself.
  • the truth??
  • none, Atheism corrects the flaws of religon
  • It can lead to pessimism at times.
  • Missing the free food that the churches serve.
  • It's harder to avoid problems. By that I mean that Christians, Muslims, Jews, etc. all say, "Oh well, God will take care of me, He knows where I'm going and He has a plan," while Atheists must say, "Ah shit, I guess I better get a second job."
  • I am not aware of any that are Fascist, far greater improvement over many other religions' approaches. So I see no flaws in this belief. Watch me get zapped for this answer!
  • I'm not sure if there is room for a flaw.
  • All religion has flaws because your believing in a being that cannot exist.(ex. Bigfoot or Nessie)
  • Is athiesm against religion? or God? or both? If taht si the case let them define these two.
  • I think you would get more answer if you asked this question in another topic area. Where you would get answers from people who are not atheists ;-)) regards JakobA
  • Whatever we as fallible humans bring to it.
  • No organizational structure which can be seen both as a good thing and as a bad thing depending on how you view it. Bad if you want to counter the bullshit that churches have spilled onto us..a good thing if you like your own freedom of thought.
  • Too many to count.The biggest is not believing in God.That is just foolish.
  • The same flaws that a disbelief in the Fairy Godmother, Quatzecoatl, or anything else for which no supporting evidence exists. None. +5
  • I am not aware of any flaws. I someone has evidence of flaws I would love to hear about them so I could evaluate them and perhaps re-evaluate myself.
  • The belief that no matter how sick and disabled, or abused and victimized by others, or abjectly impoverished, or war-torn your life is, this is all you'll ever get.   The belief that if you or another human can't control a terrible situation, you're out of options.   The belief that the life of most people has no lasting meaning - unless you're one of the few who do something that people would talk about for generations.   The belief that certain questions have no answers. So, no sense in asking them.   Moral relativity - nothing is categorically wrong - perhaps illegal but not absolutely morally wrong - unless one believes it to be wrong based on their own judgment. That's a start.

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