Given it’s a religion in every sense of the word, and yet has no creator or destroyer god, it is an atheistic religion in many senses (if such a thing could really exist). What is the “modern atheist” opinion on this ancient religion? Especially given Anekantavada, the primary tenet of multiplicity of viewpoints? I live in the USA and it is bad enough that most people here do not know anything about the Jain religion (though many of us learned about it in middle school/high school just to forget it after an exam), but I see little atheist discussion about this. I am especially disappointed when discussing religions with atheists as I feel someone who questions belief systems to be a bit more wordly in their research.
Posted: November 28th 2011