I received a message from a generally polite, but confused person named Jamie. Much of the letter was about something else, but he brought up a common misconception about atheists.
“You must believe that it is True that there is no God. Which logically means that the contradictory statement that there is a God is false.” – Jamie C.
Atheists do not claim to know “there is definitely no god(s)”… one can’t prove a negative. Just like you can’t prove that god is not a flying spaghetti monster… And you also can’t prove that there isn’t some anti-universe made of antimatter with anti-people talking about a coming anti-anti-Christ.
The burden of proof rests on the person who makes extraordinary claims: talking snakes, global floods, dragons, unicorns (king james translation only), a god who impregnated a woman with a baby that actually was himself (who also already existed ‘somehow’), the hundreds of resurrections in the new testament, angels, demons, devils, satan, and other lesser gods and goddesses, witches, creating a mate for the first person from one of the first person’s ribs, I could go on…I don’t believe any of those biblical concepts are real or possible. I believe one could disprove the Christian god (certainly a literal interpretation), but you can’t disprove ALL possible gods. So the question is – why are you so atheist towards all of those other possible gods? Answer: no good evidence for their existence. You’ve still overlooked this requirement for evidence only for your religion – hence faith.
I hope that helps.