posted on Dec, 29 2010 @ 03:57 PM
reply to post by megabyte
A good fraction of US atheists follow the religion of US nationalism. For example, some will state if you were born in the geographic coordinates of
the USA as defined by "the authorities", then you are more deserving of a job in that location than someone in Mexico or China. That is one example
of nationalism. That of course is a faith-based belief because there is no logical basis (except for faith in authority figures to draw imaginary
lines to separate different classes of people out) on which to claim birthplace coordinates should determine how much someone deserves any given
Furthermore, a large number people who claim to be atheists also have a faith-based belief: that God does not exist. In point of fact there is no
*hard* evidence that either supports or rejects a universe created by God. If you wouldn't state the sentence "God does not exist" then you simply
are not an atheist but rather an agnostic. Most people who claim to be atheists are actually agnostics. In all fairness they could claim they've
developed a new definition of atheism that means God may or may not exist, but in practicality the people who would claim that are absolutely
identical to agnostics and therefore it doesn't make sense to consider them atheists when the distinction has been made.
So in other words, many people who claim to be atheists are not really even atheists but are actually agnostic since they wouldn't make the statement
"God does not exist". And those that are really atheists because they would make the statement "God does not exist" have a faith-based belief in
most cases as they would fail to cite any evidence of non-existence.
I think there is strong circumstantial evidence of a God existing, and weak circumstantial evidence of God not existing.
Since I actually was more or less an atheist at one point I'll describe what caused me to "convert to Christianity" if you want to call it that,
though many people would not really consider me a "true Christian". What made me convert was seeing evil. Atheists cannot believe in evil... but I
experienced what I perceived as evil. I *do not* believe any longer that evil does only exists in the form of "good" and "bad" but rather its
something more of a force in nature.
I came to the realization that emotional-based reasoning is in fact superior to logic-based reasoning in many respects. Ever notice how sheer geniuses
become utter idiots when for example they attend a Christmas party? Its because they lack the emotional reasoning skills people need for maximum
success in life. Logic is considered valuable because it produces results. But emotion also produces results. By mixing emotion and logic together,
you can get an optimal outcome... a FACTUALLY CORRECT outcome in more cases.
Also what helped me along is my refusal to be wrong. If I'm ever wrong about anything I have to change my mind... I can't just continue life in
ignorance. So when I realized that good and evil exist in some natural form (not just words or synonyms of "good" and "bad") I changed my entire
outlook about religion. The first two weeks it was almost as if I were hit by a truck but I've since adjusted to a very different world view.