Is my cat an atheist?
Someone asked, ‘Is my cat an atheist?’. The answer must be No and Yes. Your cat has no concept of gods and religion, consequently the word ‘atheist’ is meaningless to him.
Therefore it can’t be applied to a cat which means he can’t be an atheist because an atheist is a person who understands what religion and gods are, but rejects them completely.
If your cat could understand the meaning of the word ‘atheist’ (which is impossible to contemplate) he’d be one because religion and gods are entirely a human concept and creation. Gods and religion have been created by people primarily for people. Animals are sometimes referred to in discussions about religion.
I realise that many people will disagree that God is an idea created by humans but I think that you’ll find it is correct. I am a Richard Dawkins fan (‘The God Delusion‘) but I respect the views of others.
There is nothing more to say without waffling but please share your thoughts in a comment.
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Animals don’t need salvation because they did not sin. Therefore, I don’t think it is necessary for them to understand religion. My opinion is that they have souls and all go to Heaven. I may be wrong, but can’t imagine Heaven without them. Besides, the Bible mentions animals coming from Heaven, albeit somewhat different in appearance than what we are uses to seeing.
If there is a heaven cats will be there.
I’m an atheist myself, and I’m glad it’s becoming easier to go ahead and say so. That’s the way it should be. I’m also glad that animals can’t experience these kind of concepts we humans make so divisive. Maybe that’s part of their allure.