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

From: David G
Sent on: Sunday, September 29, 2013 7:13 PM

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?


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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