Posted: Dec 26, 2011 11:14 am
by John P. M.
The thing is, that "weak atheism" really is of no consequence vis a vis "strong atheism". Meaning that if we say there may exist something we would reasonably call god or gods, it wouldn't change anything. Beings that we know nothing about and which don't intervene in any way distinguishable from delusion, misconceptions, wishful thinking and superstition, may as well not exist at all as far as humans are concerned, even if they did exist. We have to have a base standard by which we grant that things exist, or we may as well believe all sorts of things, as long as some people claim them to exist. And if they exist, but have no consequence or influence now or later to our lives as far as we can detect with any certainty, then for all intents and purposes, they don't exist. Or rather, it wouldn't matter.

But you can't have this conversation without soon getting into one theology or other. Because the next thing you'll hear, is "But we do know God, we have the Bible", or "we have the Koran", or "we have the Vedas", or "we have the Book of Mormon", or whatever. Texts with contents indistinguishable from delusion, misconceptions, wishful thinking and superstition.