Atheism is simply a lack of belief in gods. Christians are atheistic towards other religions’ gods; atheists just go one god further.
In the country where I live, the majority are atheists, that is, people have no god belief. When I encounter a Christian, I usually do not know that they are Christians as Christians keep their religion to themselves where I live. I usually discover their Christianity when I spy some religious jewelry or when I visit their homes and see a crucifix on the wall.
To be ostentatiously religious in my culture could possibly be considered rebellious, as it would be so odd. In addition, being openly atheistic would be as equally absurd.
In my culture, the lifestyle is secular and religion/lack of religion is a private matter. In general, atheists don’t talk about atheism and theists don’t talk about theism.
When atheists do criticize/mock religious beliefs, they are criticizing/mocking the mere belief in gods, not the gods themselves as atheists do not believe in gods.
Atheists require evidence, not faith, as they do for all beliefs, religious and non-religous. Having non-evidential beliefs is not a virtue, but a vice. Religious people in non-religious aspects of their daily routines, reject faith and demand evidence. It makes no sense that they make a special case for religious beliefs and embrace non-evidential faith for that genre of belief. Such behavior is inconsistent and prone to errors.
Therefore, if god visibly stuck her/his head out and spoke in the here and now so the whole world could hear her/him at the same time, then it would be evidence. If god(s) could be proven to exist, then faith would not be necessary and atheists would accept the existence of god(s), not necessarily worshiping her/him, as they would be more interested in finding out about this god, for example, who made her/him (if this god has gods, in other words).
Posted: October 6th 2008
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