The Course of Reason

Matt Reichenbach

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Matt Reichenbach is currently studying mathematics at CU Boulder. He’s associated with the Secular Students and Skeptics Society on campus, and philosophizes in his free time.

 

Does Skepticism Imply Atheism?

October 10, 2011

Many skeptics also identify as atheists, to such an extent that these two groups often look identical. But the relationship between the two philosophies is not one of equality, and treating them as such can be detrimental to the cause of skepticism. Skepticism is a mode of thought, whereas atheism is an actual claim about the universe. As is true with all such claims, atheism can become dogmatic. This is the danger it poses to skepticism through its association, because skepticism inherently gives no validity to dogma.

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