are 'atheists' taking over buddhism? "Buddhism promotes seeing the world as it is, using logic and reason." this sentence was used by an atheist as part of an argument against there being an essential 'you' or being/mind/essence, and that we are chemical robots only. many recent discussions i have had suggest that western buddhism is becoming a way to remove the magical essence of life and produce a purely practical ‘religion’. many atheists are saying they are buddhists, but i don’t get how this works. the above statement was made by an atheist, but surely logic and reason are a part of the transient realm. do buddhists not believe in rebirth anymore - or the deepest and truest aspect of mind and being? or have i been missing the point all these years? any ideas? and is 'western buddhism' harming the religion? e.g. by preaching it for practical and non spiritual terms only.