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Is atheism Asian religion ?

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Is atheism a Asian religion?

because according to statistics, 76% atheists reside in Asia.

china hosts largest atheist population. 

 

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 In terms of China I wonder if they are the largest in terms of numbers because they have roughly 1.3 billion people. I heard that they might even have the largest numbers of Christians as well. No sure way to know I guess for some/many attend underground churches.

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Mar_16:15  And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. 
 

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On 2/4/2019 at 4:59 AM, johnwayne said:

Is atheism a Asian religion?

because according to statistics, 76% atheists reside in Asia.

china hosts largest atheist population. 

 

From my understanding, Buddhism does not incorprate a 'god' but is more of a philosophy. So coming from that angle, (of many are Buddhists) they may be counting Asian Buddhists as atheists, which I wouldn't necessarily do so.

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Buddhism is usually under religion rather than atheism in statistical surveys. For example,
 

WWW.PEWRESEARCH.ORG

Though Christians make up nearly a third of Earth’s 7.3 billion people, the number of Christians in Europe is in decline.

 

If one says Buddhism is not a religion and that it better falls under atheism then I must ask for them to define religion.

 

For example, ask most what are the indicators of a religious person. Some might say they pray, worship, follow a moral discipline etc. Buddhist fall under a religious identity by those traits.

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48 minutes ago, William said:

Buddhism is usually under religion rather than atheism in statistical surveys. For example,
 

WWW.PEWRESEARCH.ORG

Though Christians make up nearly a third of Earth’s 7.3 billion people, the number of Christians in Europe is in decline.

 

If one says Buddhism is not a religions that it better falls under atheism then I must ask for them to define religion.

 

For example, ask most what are the indicators of a religious person. Some might say they pray, worship, follow a moral discipline etc. Buddhist fall under a religious identity by those traits.

Interesting. Maybe it is the term 'atheism' which needs defining. If we define it as a-theist 'without-god' or 'no-god', then Buddhists would fit the bill.

Would the real atheistic Buddhist please stand up? lol

Would one say 'atheists' are religious? I like to think so when I ask them their view of the afterlife.

Would one say atheists believe in a god? ...perhaps,.. themselves.

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23 minutes ago, Solas said:

Would one say atheists believe in a god? ...perhaps,.. themselves.

I actually took interest in Buddhism for a short time before becoming Christian. I wanted to explore my ancestry and cultural religion.

 

Perhaps, this is what was meant when Buddha was asked by a man whether he is a god? Buddha's reply, "I am awake".

 

Given the answer, the man which questioned was not a Christian. I can't imagine that any Christian would let such response go without at least more clarification.

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Yes, I dabbled in Hinduism, Zen Buddhism and Taoism myself in my BC days. If God was anything, God was everything...supposedly making God unfathomable.

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I am part Japanese, but I have been a believer in Jesus since I was a little kid. I was born in the United States however. 

 

Edit: And I mean that I believe in Jesus as the One, True and only God.

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