To be an atheist, it seems, is to have a credible intellectual basis. But a person of faith – well they are just a bit unthinking. After all, science shows that there is no God, doesn’t it?
Throw in the comment that religion is responsible for most of the wars and oppression and the case is made. Who would want to believe, when the facts are lacking and the results are negative. Q.E.D. It’s nonsense. The whole faith thing is a man-made invention for people who can’t face facts, a fairy tale invented by people who are afraid of the dark.
Atheists want to see facts.
So do atheists have a solid factual basis for their ‘faith’? Atheism says more than ‘I don’t believe’? It’s a positive assertion, ‘There is no God.’ So what is the evidence for God’s non-existence?
It may be someone’s conviction that God doesn’t exist, but it cannot, with any certainty, be their knowledge. In order to be sure there is no God one has to have searched, not just planet earth, but the whole of the universe literally, physically and metaphysically, and with complete certainty say, there is no trace of God anywhere. Clearly such a search is impossible. It requires a knowledge base beyond comprehension for any person or persons.
We may not like the idea of God, we may be totally convinced he, she or it doesn’t exist but there is no evidence we can produce, nor a killer argument that disproves it. We may dislike those who say they believe. We may think their arguments are specious. But the conviction of the atheist is not a matter of science, logic, or knowledge,.
Atheism departs from science and logic asserting as true what one cannot know.
Some people say they are atheists when in reality they are simply ‘unbelievers’. It’s not as indefensible as the position of the atheist. It may be an honest statement that they are not persuaded by what they have seen. The burden of proof rests with those who have faith to present information and evidence that is adequate. But the atheist is in the unenviable position of having an opinion that requires evidence, the absence of which is disturbing.
For suggestions about evidence for faith read Not persuaded