I don’t believe in a God. More than that, I think it is extremely unlikely that there is a God or a supernatural realm out there. I am an atheist. In Richard Dawkins’ spectrum of theistic possibility, which ranges from 1 to 7, I am a strong 6: “I don’t know for certain but I think God is very improbable, and I live my life on the assumption that he is not there.”
I was not always an atheist. I was raised an evangelical and embraced a progressive sort of Catholicism before eventually letting go of my faith entirely. This process took years, and I’ve written about it here.
For me, atheism is largely about a lack of belief. I’ve wondered before whether anyone would even claim the identity “atheist” if we didn’t live in such a strongly religious world. Yet for all that, I do find a sense of commonality with other atheists in a desire to fight superstition, to value skepticism, and to work to maintain the separation of church and state.
Why am I an atheist? Click here to find out. Also, for more of my story read about my deconversion. Finally, while atheism describes what I don’t believe, Humanism describes what I do believe, and not believing in God does not mean that I lack a system of ethics.
Key Posts on Atheism:
Life in the Closet:
Resources on Atheism:
The God Delusion, by Richard Dawkins
Godless, by Dan Barker
Why I Became an Atheist, by John Loftus
Who Wrote the Bible? by Richard Friedman
The Bible Unearthed, by Silberman and Finkelstein
Jesus Interrupted, by Bart Ehrman
Misquoting Jesus, by Bart Ehrman
The Top Ten Reasons I Don’t Believe In God, by Greta Christina
Why Not Believe? Reasons Why Atheists Don’t Believe in Gods, on atheism.about.com