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I have learned that this question is generally code for accusing atheists of being arrogant. The atheist is accused of being in denial because he or she is perceived as knowing full well that gods exist and simply refusing to admit it. This claim is based on an assumption made by many believers that the existence of their god(s) is self-evident.

Of course, the existence of god(s) is far from self-evident. The volumes of philosophical and theological material produced throughout the ages serve as clear evidence that the existence of the Christian god is far from self-evident. Generations of people do not base their entire careers, or branches of entire fields of study, on offering evidence for or against something which is self-evident.

Atheism refers to the absence or lack of theistic belief (i.e., atheists do not accept the theistic claim that any sort of god or gods exist). Thus, the claim that we somehow know that gods exist involves a clear contradiction in meaning. The Christian who wants to commit to this position must argue that atheists and atheism do not exist. This would seem to involve a significant departure from their own bible to say the least.

For more on this question, see Way of the Mind and Atheist Revolution

Posted: June 16th 2007

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The expression “in denial” suggests that, at some level, atheists “really” believe in God … but deny this to themselves and others.

There’s no basis for making such a claim. Many people quite honestly and sincerely do not believe in the existence of any being that resembles the Abrahamic God or the polytheistic gods of, say, Greek and Norse mythology. They see no good evidence that such beings exist, or they think the evidence actually points the other way.

Posted: June 15th 2007

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Since everybody is born atheist, one could be prompted to say theists are atheists in denial.

Depending on the family and society in which we are born, we learn and embrace one particular religion from many available, like Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. In addition, the numerous religions have different sects. It is more common at present time to be born into a religious family/society than a secular one.

Therefore, believing and following a certain religion is learned and actually is a deviation from the default position at birth and early childhood of atheism. Unlearning theism is possible through critical thinking when confronted with the enormous lack of evidence justifying often contradictory beliefs in the supernatural, religious or otherwise.

Posted: May 31st 2007

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