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Re: [bostonatheists] Anyone Have Stats on Hard vs. Soft Atheism?

From: Jim H.
Sent on: Sunday, September 29, 2013 7:23 PM
David, things don't exist or not exist simply because we can or cannot see the point in their existence. But if you and others on the list are interested in discussing the pros and cons of hard vs. soft atheism, and the probabilities and rationality underlying various god hypotheses I'd find that of great interest. However, for the sake of those on the mailing list who aren't interested in that debate, we probably should take that to the Blog.

Best,

Jim


On Sun, Sep 29, 2013 at 7:13 PM, David G <[address removed]> wrote:
Jim,

Just to add my view: I don't view atheism in terms of god or no god. I view it a reason versus faith. The not believing in god follows from reason. There is simply no evidence of a volitional god. And what is the point of believing in a non-volitional god?

David


On Sep 29, 2013, at 6:24 PM, Jim Hollomon <[address removed]> wrote:

I was wondering if there has been any study to identify how many atheists claim to know with certainty that there is no god of any kind (hard atheism), versus how many just say that unless I am shown sufficient evidence, I will not believe there is a god (soft or agnostic atheism). Does anyone know of a study of world or American atheists showing how the percentages shake out?

For the record, I am the later sort. I can follow the strong atheist's appeals to logic but they appear directed mainly at the Abrahamic God, and I completely agree that a god of such massive logical contradictions has a vanishingly small probability of existence. But I see no logical argument to rule out Einstein's watchmaker god, the giver of natural laws that run the Universe. For that matter, the Universe itself might be one massively parallel quantum supercomputer. How many subatomic particles are there in the Universe? At the moment of the Big Bang, would they not have all been quantum entangled?

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