Richard sent in this question:
A friend recently commented that he had never met an atheist who wasn’t, in fact, a “deep agnostic.” A deep agnostic is one who doesn’t deny the possibility of a god but considers the possibility of such an existence extremely slim.
I contended that there were atheists who hold the non-existence of god as firmly as theists who maintain the existence of god. I’m hoping that other atheists might chime in on this.
I do not believe a god exists. I could probably be said to hold this non-belief as firmly as most theists hold their beliefs. So I’m an atheist.
But I’m also a type of agnostic. I don’t think god’s non-existence can be proved. For instance, it could be that a god exists but is hiding. So I think there is an extremely slim chance that there is a god — about the same odds as the existence of the Invisible Pink Unicorn or the Flying Spaghetti Monster.
The reason I don’t believe in a god is because I see no evidence for one, but instead see a world where a god is not needed and does not show up. If new evidence were to turn up, then I would believe in a god.
It’s my understanding that most atheists hold to something similar, but I could be wrong.
What do you think?