Is Atheism a belief system?
The knee-jerk reaction of an atheist is “no of course not. It’s the disbelief in God“
Now I just read a very intelligent linguistic breakdown of the true meaning of agnostic, but let’s just go with the current popular meaning which is “ I don’t know if there’s a god, there could be.”
My experience is self-described agnostics find themselves to be very open minded. They can’t prove a negative so they leave it open ended.
So what does that say about atheists? By definitively saying that we don’t believe there’s a god what we are also saying is that we do believe God is a human invention. This is still not an assertion of a religion. It’s a theory. It’s based on observation of the entire history of our species, around the globe, and history of every major religion. But there’s no way around the fact that it still involves a small leap of faith. The most I can tell a theist is that I’m satisfied with the evidence I see that the I concept of God was a creation of human beings. Just as I am satisfied with the observable evidence behind evolution.
I just find it a somewhat interesting paradox that it does take some faith to be an atheist.
It’s the Agnostics that have no faith. And frankly I find it an indefensible position. If you properly egg knowledge we are hard evidence leads, then it is the most lazy and apathetic conclusion to draw that you simply “don’t know“. I have far more respect for the the theist who makes no claim to be able to prove his belief, and simply says it’s a matter of blind faith.
It’s a shame, I wish this website had a more inclusive name. The content is great, but I have no business on “Agnostic.com” because I am not one.
Your thoughts as always are deeply appreciated.