I saw this quote on the internet today: “Atheism is a religion; belief there is nothing. Agnosticism is honest; we know far less than we claim.”
I have to admit – it raised a whole bunch of troubling questions. For example, if atheism is a religion because it is a belief in the non-existence of something, then how many religions am I practicing right now? I’m practicing the religions of “a-unicornism”, “a-leprachanism”, and “a-fairyism”. And, was I practicing the religion “a-unicornism” before I heard about “unicorns”, or only afterward? And, if I was practicing “a-unicornism” before I knew about unicorns, then I must be practicing an infinite number of religions simultaneously – all the stuff I have yet to hear about. Is there any way out of this religiosity? If I disbelieve or believe in anything, I’m believing in a religion. Can I be agnostic about everything? Agnostic about the sun rising tomorrow morning, agnostic about chemistry and physics, agnostic about my very existence? I guess that’s the only sensible thing to do – because, otherwise, I’d be practicing a religion.