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Being told I have faith in Atheism?

How do you think I should respond to such a statement. Especially with regard to the 'faith’ bit. Faith here being defined as belief in something without evidence.

Since theists and atheists hold beliefs that are being told as having an equal grounding in faith since it can be said that all human knowledge is ultimately built on foundational assumptions, like the belief that one very important belief is that the 'laws’ which seem to describe the way the universe works on a basic level will not become redundant tomorrow and since one of the main axioms of science is the reliability of induction. We have 'faith’ in inductive reasoning, so the only way we can believe science works is faith.

Any idea on how an atheist could respond to something like this? I realize that science and inductive reasoning are founded on such basic assumptions so basic that if you were to doubt it, you’d essentially doubting whether we can know anything but is there a way I can respond to this objection that Atheists have faith based beliefs too?

Posted: March 20th 2013

John Sargeant www

My atheism is based on the lack of evidence that theism has produced for knowing that god or gods exist.

Faith is certainty – without recourse to evidence. With a hope that the belief means more with such faith.

The only thing certain about my atheism is I disagree with theism.

As to ideology, politics, economic theory – yep people can have faith in the ones they choose. Atheist or theist.

Hence the term freethinker – to denote not beholden to one paradigm, and critically examine even one’s own thoughts.

Posted: April 29th 2013

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Blaise www

This one is actually pretty easy to deal with if you can get them to listen. You simply have to point out that by definition, atheism is a lack of belief in gods, not a belief in a lack of gods. Lack of belief requires no evidence, because you are making no claim of knowledge.

It is true that some atheists make the claim to know that no gods exist, and to some, these claims might seem faith-based. However, in reality most such statements are directed at the gods promulgated by known religions, and these statements are based upon observation that the characterizations and dogma of those gods provide evidence that they cannot exist as described.

If you need a quick one-liner: “Atheism is a faith the same way not collecting stamps is a hobby.”

Posted: April 8th 2013

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Dave Hitt www

Drilling down to the core of any belief eventually gets to the point where you have to hold some truths to be self-evident. It can get absurd: “Assume that you exist and are not just a brain in a jar.”

Does science work? Has religion improved mankind’s progress, or hindered it? When science and religion disagrees on an issue, which one is eventually proved right?

Since the answer to that last question is science wins 100% of the time, it’s pretty obvious where we should put our “faith.”

But it’s not really faith. It’s knowledge based on fact and a long history of one thing always being correct and the other thing almost always being wrong.

Posted: March 26th 2013

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