Originally posted by NewAgeMan
What "knowledge" specifically does atheism claim? Thanks.
That's a bit of a trick question.
Firstly, most every atheist is an island their own with their own philosophies on life, morality, etc.
There's militant atheists, stupid atheists, smart atheists, educated, uneducated, rich, poor, kind, giving, greedy, corrupt, altruistic and every
other description of humanity available.
There is no inherent magical sudden knowledge that comes from Atheism.
It's very simply recognition, conscious realization, and for some, affirmation, that there are no gods.
There are, in fact, many Atheists that don't even call themselves Atheists.
It's really a matter and argument of perspective.
These perspectives deal with the question of Unknowns.
Both the faithful and the Atheist will have questions about the Universe where the answer is "I don't know".
Where someone of faith runs into "I Don't Know", when convenient, they insert a god, or something along the lines that is essentially the same
When an Atheist runs into "I Don't Know", the unknown is either accepted as unknown until such time as data permits postulate, and/or they look for
an answer that doesn't rely on some easy-button magical invisible super-something.
Depending on the individual, sometimes the answer arrived at is even wrong, but, that's acceptable when the error is found and remedied.
I'm not afraid of "I don't Know".
I can accept a big fat blank nothing of Unknown, and either wait for data enough to fill in the blank, or rely on my own facility to seek out and find
answer without having to be dishonest with myself in pretending something is real that isn't.
It's all a matter of perspective.
I'm okay with "I don't Know".
I'm more than fine with the Unknown and am happy to leave it that way without any need for fantasy.
Even if there was such a thing as some super invisible tinker bell fluttering around the universe, so what?
Why should I care? I'm sure they can get along quite fine and well without me scraping my hairless monkey knees on the ground, just as I can get
along quite fine without them.