Religion vs Irreligion

Everything starts with “Questions” in mind, which leads us either towards religion or towards irreligion

Religion

Irreligion

Judaism, Christianity, Islam … there are estimated 10,000 religions in our world

Deism

Agnosticism

Atheism

Superstitions + Claim of Divine Guidance:

It is superstition about the UNKNOWN, which gives birth to different religions.
Every religion claims only it is based upon direct Divine Guidance, while ALL others are based upon superstitions.

Human Rationale and Logic:

It is human rationale and logic about the UNKNOWN, which gives birth to Deism, Agnosticism and Atheism

Religious System/laws”

They are based only on the views of the founder of the religion.
There is almost no space for reforms in the base of religion.
Reforms are mostly made only in secondary issues.

System/Laws based upon Freethinking”

Non-religious freethinking does lead to non-religious systems.
In the ancient times, the teachings of Buddha and Confucius were the results of this free thinking.
In the modern age Communism, Socialism, Secularism, Democracy are also non-religious systems, while all of them are based upon free thinking.
Even religious people limited religions to their private life only, while they followed non-religious and man-made system/laws on the state level.
These man-made non-religious systems may not be perfect, but they have the “ability” to “reform” themselves, which is mostly absent (or difficult) in the “religious systems” where only god/gods stipulate the laws.

Morals

They are limited & encircled within the boundaries of religion.
Actually, religions make such things permissible in name of morality like spilling of the blood of others, taking their women & children as slaves etc.

Morals

Due to freethinking, for the first-time women got equal rights, slaves were freed and given the equal rights, even the animals are also given the rights. Buddha and Ashoka abolished markets of slaves about 1000 years before Islam.



Internal difference of opinion among atheists regarding systems (political, economy, laws etc.):

One atheist opinion is:

Atheism is simply the lack of belief in a God or Gods. It has no system/systems of its own regarding politics, economy, laws etc.

Nevertheless, another opinion differs from it.

In the real world, LIFE is not LIMITED to only to the definitions, but life goes further for both religious person and an atheist person. They have to use their mind for THINKING in order to solve the practical challenges of this life and to introduce systems in the arena of politics, economy, laws etc.

Another argument is given as below:

There is no inherent ideology, dogma, or political stance that goes along with it.

Nevertheless, in the real world, the opposite is true. All atheists are compelled one way or another to THINK about this fact as to which political system is the best for humanity and for them. In a practical world, it is impossible to avoid it.

And history is a witness that irreligious freethinkers (which also include atheists) came up with many different systems.

For example, Buddha gave his own system of life as a freethinker. He was not following any religious teachings/system. He pondered upon life a lot, and then he developed his own teachings as a freethinker. 

Communism/Socialism were also the result of that same non-religious freethinking by those people who didn't follow religion (including atheists).

Democracy/Secularism/Capitalism etc. are also the result of freethinking of people who didn't want to follow Religious Systems. Even the religious people also joined the ranks of irreligious people when it came to State systems, while they limited their religion to their personal life only. 

Of course, all these systems (which came into being due to freethinking of non-religious people) were not completely free of MISTAKES, as it is a part of Human Nature that humans are not perfect (contrary to them Religions claim that their gods are 100% perfect).

Are these systems, which were made by freethinkers, totally free of mistakes? No, they are not. But they have the ability to reform themselves due to the ability of doing freethinking.

All non-religious systems are "evolving" with time and being reformed. While religions have limitations to this "reforming" process and it is slow, and it is mostly about the secondary issues. And in case of Islam, this reformation is almost non-existent.

It is a personal opinion that many atheists are making a mistake by limiting themselves only to the definition of atheism, and denying its role in the development of society by giving it different non-religious systems. These atheists seem to be afraid that then religious elements will start attacking them due to the shortcomings of these systems.

Nevertheless, this approach does not seem to be correct. We never claimed that our man-made systems are 100% perfect. Such claims of 100% perfect systems are only made by religions, while we believe in evolution of all things in the light of knowledge and experience and observation.