- Oct 2018
Likewise, I do not believe that there are no gods. I just don't believe the claims that there are gods. This doesn't strike me as being a matter of faith. It would be like if I were a juror and was asked to convict someone if they appeared guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. If I cannot say that someone is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, that doesn't mean that I am saying the opposite. I'm not saying that someone is innocent beyond a reasonable doubt. But I've been asked to assess the positive claim that someone is guilty. Likewise, if someone asks me to believe in a god, and I'm not convinced of this god's existence, that's not a matter of faith in the opposite, but a failure to be persuaded. That is atheism at its core.