I don’t know a lot about the Chinese, but as I understand it, they used to have Taoism and Confucianism, and these have been co-opted by the state as ways to run a mass population and get everyone behaving prosocially. Also, the state monitors people’s behaviour to make sure they are behaving in prosocial and state-approved ways. So, that’s what they have instead of a religion.
There are religions without Gods (some native Australian, Native American and indigenous African ones). They are still atheists (they lack belief in a God). Some versions of Bhuddism, Taoism, Confucianism etc are also Godless.
I mention frequently that we should be careful not to talk about the average atheists as a Western skeptic humanist. We are absolutely the minority amongst global atheists.
@ Unapologetic Okay, so you quote someone and your reply end up IN the quote the way you’re doing it. The way you get out of their quote is (a) hit the return key (which you did) but then (b) you click on the ” button, which takes you out of the their quote. In other words…
Back in my day we didn’t have these fancy visual editor windows, we just had to learn to use the html tags the old manual way.
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I don’t see much difference between a group that worships gods or a group that worships dead ancestors with the help of voodoo witch doctors. The whole Trail of Tears episode and the associated “Ghost Dance” that led to the massacre of hundreds was hardly different than Jews praying in death camps while waiting to be murdered. It’s the same kind of faith-in-a-fiction that gets you nowhere.
Glad to see the self-deprecation of college professors continues. Too bad they never focus on why their stupid 3 credit hour sociology class costs $10K and how no one ever fails their course ever. It’s not because they didn’t study or show up to class. No, it’s because of the W.E.I.R.D and the patriarchy of course.