KS3 RE Quiz
Atheism 01
Atheists often follow the same moral code as religious people.

Atheism 01

Atheism is a non-belief in God. In your Religious Education lessons, you will be learning about the various different religions people believe. But what about those who have no religious beliefs?

See how much you really know about Atheism in the following quiz.

  1. Voltaire said "Those who believe absurdities will commit ..... "
    Atheists believe that religion is an "absurdity" and blame religion for many of the wars of the past and present
  2. Atheists give many reasons for their beliefs but which one of the following is NOT used as an argument against religion?
    The idea that religion distracts people from poverty with the promise of justice to come in an afterlife has been used as a criticism, however
  3. Which well-known modern writer is a supporter of atheism and also the author of The Selfish Gene?
    Stephen Hawking is a famous scientist who researches and writes about physics and cosmology, rather than biology
  4. Another group that reject the idea of supernaturalism is which one of the following?
    Without the capital H, humanists are people who hold a higher view of humanity -- these humanists do not necessarily reject belief in the divine. Humanists (with the capital H) are often called "Secular Humanists" to emphasise a lack of religious belief
  5. A person who strongly believes that religion should be excluded from government is best described as .....
    A secularist is opposed to religious practice being mandated by a government, especially in its laws
  6. As with most religions there are different groups within atheism. Which of these is NOT a recognised group?
    A "positive atheist" is one who aims to be morally upright and understands that religious people have reasons for their beliefs
  7. Some atheists concede that there are good aspects to religion - which one of the following is in that category?
    Charity is not always recognised as an unalloyed good
  8. Is it possible to be both an atheist and religious?
    Some religions do not believe in a God or gods, but rather in supernatural beings such as spirits. Buddhists are sometimes said to be "atheist" because Buddhism does not worship a creator; they do, however, recognise a spiritual, supernatural world. Although "atheism" technically means "without (a belief in) god", atheists do not believe in any supernatural beings, and therefore are not religious believers. Sometimes those without religious belief still enjoy taking part in religious rituals
  9. Atheists are people who .....
    "Supernatural" means "transcending nature". A supernatural being would therefore not be an observable part of nature. "Superhuman", on the other hand, means a human being with exceptional powers. Atheists are defined by not believing in any supernatural beings
  10. Which one of these is true of atheists?
    While each religion has its own moral code, ethical behaviour and religious practice are not the same concept

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