This is part of a series to help managers and human resources professionals to understand the various religions in the workplace. Based on the Religion Culture Bridge and used with permission from Max Impact,
Every workplace in America is likely to have at least one atheist, someone that believes there is no God. Their religion stresses human responsibility and authority.
An Atheist believes that heaven is available on earth for all to enjoy if they work together. They do not believe in prayer to help resolve problems, relying on inner conviction and strength to meet the challenges of life.
An Atheist believes a fulfilling life is possible through self-knowledge coupled with an understanding of other people.
But some wonder if atheism is a religion. After all, many believe religion is defined as a belief in a higher being. But in the United States atheism was ruled a legal religion in 2005. The State of Wisconsin was being sued by an inmate that claimed the prison system was not providing him with the freedom to practice his atheism.
“Atheism is [the inmate's] religion, and the group that he wanted to start was religious in nature even though it expressly rejects a belief in a supreme being,” the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals said.
Predominant religions of the world
- Christian 33.03% of the world’s population
- Islam (Muslim) 20.12%
- Hinduism 13.34%
- Buddhism 5.89%
- Atheism 2.36%
- Sikhism 0.39%
- Judaism 0.23%
- Baha’i n/a
This is an excerpt from the Religion Culture Bridge which is part of the Culture Bridges available from Max Impact, a Rochester Hills, Mich., based leadership development and business strategy website offering a host of complimentary information. © Max Impact, used by permission.
Additional workplace culture resources
- Culture Bridges are a look at the contents of the character within each of us. Information is contained on more than 20 different categories of culture.
- Cultural Faux Pas is an interesting quiz about marketing mistakes made by others.
- Culture Quizzes allow you to test your cultural IQ with fun and informative quizzes.
Leading workplace culture books
- Performance Culture provides a simplified approach to create a company culture that has proven to work
- The Great Workplace shows how to build and keep a great workplace and the benefits of doing so.
- Change the Culture, Change the Game offers a breakthrough strategy for energizing an organization and creating accountability for top results.