People have a serious misconception of what atheism is. Even some atheists don’t understand it. Almost anyone who claims to be purely agnostic substantially doesn’t get it. So, let’s talk about atheism.
The quick illustration:
Agnostic/Gnostic – These refer to knowledge. Do we know or can we know if a deity exists?
Atheist/Theist – These refer to belief. Given the knowledge we have or can have, do we believe in a deity?
Atheism is not an assertion that god does not exist. The burden of proof lies with the positive claim that a god does exist.
OK, so let’s look at it from that viewpoint. There is no evidence for a deity. None. Being a Gnostic in either direction is intellectually dishonest. So, we start with the fact that we don’t know.
From there, where we do go?
For me, the most rational response to an assertion such as “there is a god,” where no evidence exists, is to not believe; atheism. Others take the tact to believe; theism.
I don’t believe you can be truly honest in your worldview while believing in something without evidence.
What do you think?
Contributor: Robert Sacerich
Robert is a Philosophy of Science and Bioethics student, as well as blogger and science advocate/activist. He has worked extensively within the secular community for various secular nonprofit organizations and public communication causes.
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