What is Atheism?
Atheism is, simply put, “not theism.” It is the absence of belief in a god claim. Atheists reject the claim of the existence of a god based on a lack of evidence to believe otherwise.
“I do not believe there is a god” is very different than “I believe there is no god.” It’s as simple as “I do not think that you have provided sufficient evidence to convince me of your point of view.” That’s it.
Isn’t Atheism the belief that there is no god?
Not really. The statement “there is no evidence of a god” is a negative claim. It is impossible to prove a negative claim in almost all cases. The assertion of the existence of a god is a positive claim, as is the assertion that there is definitely no god. Linguistically the claims are similar, however they are quite different.
For example, you cannot prove that Bigfoot doesn’t exist. You can only prove that it does through naturalistic evidence. If you wish to prove the existence of Bigfoot, you must present evidence of your claim (photos, DNA evidence, the body of a deceased creature).
Would you believe in a god if sufficient evidence is provided to you?
Of course! Why wouldn’t I want to know if there is a supreme being worthy of my worship? If there was sufficient evidence, I would be a fool to deny it. Unfortunately for the position of god-belief, sufficient evidence has not been provided. The great majority of “evidence” that I have received fall into the category of incredulity, metaphor, or as statements found in holy books.
However, if as a Theist you were to step back and ask why I would believe in YOUR god after not believing the claim of ANY god, you will see what a difficult argument this is to make.
How long have you felt this way?
It’s not a feeling, it’s a stunning lack of compelling evidence. If you have some, I would love to hear it.
Why do you hate god?
I don’t. It’s not possible to hate something that doesn’t exist.
Do Atheists worship Satan?
I can’t believe how often I get this question. We don’t believe in Satan, just like we don’t believe in Santa Clause, the Easter Bunny, Jesus, Leprechauns or Fairies.
Do you hate Christians/Muslims, etc?
No. I simply reject your claims on the nature of the Universe. It is quite possible to disagree with someone and have a perfectly friendly relationship. In many cases, I find evidence that those who adhere to a god belief are victims of their worldview.
If there is no god and no afterlife, what happens when you die?
Lots of stuff happens after you die. You’re just not part of it.
Where do you get your morals?
From society and the culture around me. From the desire to live an environment where I am safe. From compassion for others. From a societal system of rewards and punishments. I am not beholden to an imaginary concept.
Are you an Atheist because you just want to sin?
Sin is another positive claim that does not have any evidence. I can’t possibly sin because sin is a concept that I have no reason to believe.
You freely admit on this blog that you suffer from mental illness. Couldn’t it be that you are not seeing reality clearly and there really is a god?
While I do have challenges with mental health, I am able to deduce the difference between imagination and reality, which can sometimes require professional help. For example I am able to receive evidence presented to me when I am having problems. I understand that certain thoughts and behaviors are counterproductive and can recognize this, regardless of whether my thought process is allowing me to adapt my behavior. In reality, I know that I cannot possibly work 20 hours per day or maintain three gym memberships or go a week without eating, but that does not necessarily mean that I don’t find myself immersed in the attempt.
I’ve received the advice from Christians to “fake it till you make it,” or to behave if you believe until you actually do. The same concept applied with mental illness, however it is fundamentally necessary to reclaim a grasp on reality. It is not productive to cling to a belief that you cannot support with reality – and this is no more true with religion than is is with mental illness.