Atheism in Five Minutes - Teemu Taira

Atheism in Five Minutes - Teemu Taira

15. Why Has Buddhism Been Perceived as Atheistic?

Atheism in Five Minutes - Teemu Taira

Jens Schlieter [+-]
University of Bern
Jens Schlieter is a Professor in Institute for the Science of Religion and Central Asian Studies, University of Bern. Being trained in Western Philosophy, Comparative Religion, and Buddhist Studies, his work comprises contributions on the history of religions (especially Indian and Tibetan Buddhism, discourse on religious experiences in the West), the Western Reception of Buddhist Thoughts and Practices, and on Bioethical Discourse of Buddhism. Methodological contributions include Conceptual Metaphor Theory and Philosophy of Language, applied to the Study of Religion, and Cognitive Science of Religion.


Atheism in Five Minutes offers insights into a number of commonly held questions about the ideas, practices and attitudes concerning atheism and atheists. The volume highlights approaches based on the study of religion, sociology, history, anthropology, politics and psychology. It also examines the implications and assumptions in common questions about atheism. Ideal for both classroom use and personal study, some of the questions asked include: Are atheists immoral? Are children born atheist? Do atheists have rituals? How has atheism related to politics? Why do some atheists remain members of religious groups? Is it difficult to be an atheist in Muslim countries? Do atheist parents have atheist children? Why are there so few black atheists? What are the most atheistic societies? Has the Internet made atheism more popular? Each essay is based on the latest research written by a leading scholar in the field. They offer concise and thoughtful answers along with suggestions for further reading.

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Schlieter, Jens. 15. Why Has Buddhism Been Perceived as Atheistic?. Atheism in Five Minutes. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. Sep 2022. ISBN 9780000000000. Date accessed: 24 Oct 2021 doi: 10.1558/equinox.43301. Sep 2022

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