Smart List Proves Atheism Not A Religion

R&I – FS

Which of these criteria does atheism meet, or fail to meet?

The Seven Dimensions of Religion
Ninian Smart

Ritual: Forms and orders of ceremonies (private and/or public) (often regarded as revealed)

Narrative and Mythic: Stories (often regarded as revealed) that work on several levels. Sometimes narratives fit together into a fairly complete and systematic interpretation of the universe and human’s place in it.

Experiential and Emotional: Dread, guilt, awe, mystery, devotion, liberation, ecstasy, inner peace, bliss (private)

Social and Institutional: Belief system is shared and attitudes practiced by a group. Often rules for identifying community membership and participation (public)

Ethical and Legal: Rules about human behavior (often regarded as revealed from supernatural realm)

Doctrinal and Philosophical: Systematic formulation of religious teachings in an intellectually coherent form

Material: Ordinary objects or places that symbolize or manifest the sacred or supernatural

1. Which of these criteria does atheism meet?

2. Give specific examples of how atheism meets any of these criteria