What’s your best reason for being an atheist?
Evidence, plain and simple. There is no historical evidence compelling enough that can be accepted based on actual facts. Previous reasons for believing in gods were based on events, such as the creation of the world, weather patterns, etc, people and cultures could not explain. Now science has filled in the gap that gods once had in our understanding. This evidence has made the gods that once existed in cultures obsolete. Additionally, out of all the gods there are, why believe in the Christian God? Why set him apart? He certainly isn’t the oldest or the most popular, and no evidence for him exists outside the Bible, so why should I choose him, or any other god? Why should I structure the way I live and act based on mythologies of gods that were created thousands of years ago? I just don’t see what Christianity, or any other religion for that matter, can offer, that can be obtained through other means.
What evidence or experience (if any) would cause you to believe in God? If you believed in some kind of god, what kind of evidence would be necessary to convince you to join a particular religion?
Essentially nothing. To this date, no evidence has even come close, and I doubt any will arise. Additionally, the Christian belief is based on faith and choice, so if the Christian God was true, he never would act in a way that would force this choice upon someone. Therefore, there will never be any infallible evidence because this is in direct contradiction to how the Christian God behaves.
When you have ethical and moral disputes with other people, what do you appeal to? What metric do you use to examine your moral intuitions/cultural sensibilities/etc?
Why is religion so persistent? We have had political revolutions, artistic revolutions, an industrial revolution, and also religious reformations of several kinds, but religion endures. Does this not suggest its basic truth?
Religion is still around to answer questions that science cannot. Science cannot tell someone what their purpose in life is, why they are here, what happens when they die. This does not suggest that religion has a bases in truth, because what religion are we then to believe in? There are thousands, yet we are somehow supposed to determine which one is true. Additionally, religion creates community. It creates an environment for people to belong in who might not necessarily fit in anywhere else. People like feeling that they belong to a group or community, and religion fosters this idea. Because of these two reasons, religion will continue to persist regardless of what science discovers.
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