Posted: Sep 30, 2010 2:00 am
by xrayzed
Ichthus77 wrote:For those who disagree the atheist position is one of faith (and the agnostic position one of bad faith) read this:

That's all I have time for this morning. Have a beautiful day.

From your blog post:

Atheists who lack belief in God, believe, more or less, that God does not exist, as well as, like Greta, sometimes believing in "something bigger". Bare minimum, atheists believe in a world without God.

I disagree. It would be more accurate to say "at a bare minimum, atheists do not believe in a world with God".

These statements are not semantically equivalent, and if you treat them as if they are you are going to come up with some strange conclusions. Let me try to illustrate the difference:

1) Supposed I ask you the question "Do you believe that I have a dog?"

2) "No" would be a reasonable position to hold. You don't have any evidence whether I do or don't own a dog.

3) Would you agree that it would be an error to conclude that "Ichthus77 believes that xrayzed does not have a dog"?