For context, I am a former moderate Catholic turned non-believer. However, while it has been comparatively easy to reject religion I am finding it more difficult to reject a deity (or see the necessity to do so) as part of becoming a dyed-in-the-wool atheist. So my question: I would like to know is how can an atheist assign an extremely low probability to there being a god?
My thought process is this: That the existence of a deity is not a scientific question is an understatement, I can not even conceive of a scientific test that could be performed to prove a deity exists. PLEASE correct me if I am wrong here. Even in the case of the flying spaghetti monster, you can conceive an experiment where every micron of the universe is observed simultaneously, actually disproving it by evidence of absence. Similarly, string theory could be proven or otherwise if we could just make small enough measurements. The orbiting teacup, well you just need to mount a big space expedition don’t you? But there is no mentally conceivable test for a deity because by definition it lies outside of the natural universe. So it seems like the only reasonable position to take is that it is impossible to comment on whether a god actually exists or not.
So when I see “proper” atheists talk about it being “extremely improbable” that a god exists, I wonder how they assign their probabilities because I don’t see where their numbers could possibly come from?
Posted: July 5th 2012