Why I'm An Atheist, Not An Agnostic

Stumbling around the web, I came across a page at lukeprog.com titled The Arrogance of Atheism. I almost moved on, but then I saw the subtitle: Why I’m an atheist, not an agnostic. Luke writes a page that is simple and concise, yet totally makes sense. I contacted him and asked him if I could share it with you. He said sure, so here it is in its entirety:

The Arrogance of Atheism
Why I’m an atheist, not an agnostic.

When I tell people I’m an atheist, they say, “How can you be so arrogant to think that you know God doesn’t exist? At least say you’re an agnostic and admit that you can’t know for sure one way or the other.”

Atheism! How arrogant!

But is it?

I’m an atheist because I haven’t heard any good reasons to think that gods exist, and I can think of lots of good reasons to think they don’t. I’m in exactly the same position with regard to Zeus, Apollo, invisible pink unicorns, and the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

Are you agnostic about Zeus? Are you agnostic about invisible pink unicorns? Do you feel arrogant about disbelieving in the Flying Spaghetti Monster?

Sure, I can’t prove that gods don’t exist anywhere in the universe. But because there’s no evidence for them, and lots of evidence against them, I feel confident saying, “Gods don’t exist.” Just like you feel confident saying, “Invisible pink unicorns don’t exist” and “Santa Claus doesn’t exist.”

Actually, I can do even better.

If you define your god precisely enough, I might be able to prove that your god cannot exist, in the same way I can prove a square circle can’t exist, in any universe. Here’s how.

Atheism isn’t arrogant, just like invisible-unicorn-disbelief isn’t arrogant.

Atheists tend to think it is arrogant of believers to assert their claims without any evidence.

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Comment by Neece on August 20, 2008 at 11:58am
Hi Doug, thanks for the comment. Yes, it's very true, there's simply no way to know for sure if there are any gods.
That being said, I think I still am an atheist, because I don't believe in any of them anyway.
Comment by Neece on August 19, 2008 at 5:34pm
Thanks for commenting Doug. I see how a question worded different ways can create a different answer.

I think I'd still answer that I'm an atheist. But of course, I don't really know if there are any gods. No one knows for sure. But I don't believe in any gods, personally.

Interesting twist there.

And Undo, I read your comment wrong! It makes sense to believe in Ceiling Cat because their is pictoral evidence of him! Good logic!
Comment by Neece on August 19, 2008 at 2:08pm
I'm with you and atheist cat, Undo. Nice concise argument you've got there.
Comment by Undo on August 19, 2008 at 1:52pm
Just because a bunch of ignorant bronze age people wrote something on scrolls a long time ago doesn't make it true.

I believe in ceiling cat.



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