I get a lot of e-mails and messages on facebook and whatnot from people asking why I’m an atheist. So I figured I’d just give a short and sweet answer right here, so that if anyone asks in the future, I can just throw out a link rather than have to answer the same damn question over and over ad nauseum.
So here it goes…
I am indeed an atheist. This means I do not believe in any kind of god or gods. I also do not believe in any supernatural realm or realms outside of the physical world we’re all familiar with.
I am not an atheist because I think I have scientific proof that there isn’t a god.
I am not an atheist because I can’t reconcile a loving god with the evil present in our universe.
I am not an atheist because I’m “angry at god.” (Probably because that would be every bit as stupid as being angry at Santa Claus)
I am not an atheist because I’m disgusted by religious fundamentalism and the inanity done in the name of religion.
I am not an atheist because of the inconsistencies, contradictions and hypocrisies found within every single faith and/or holy book.
And I’m not an atheist because I think it’s hip or cool.
I am an atheist for one reason, and one reason only…
I have not been shown any evidence for a god.
If you propose the existence of an entity, you must use the scientific method to defend its existence. That is how adults with sense determine what is true and what isn’t. The burden of proof lies on you to provide evidence for your silly beliefs, not on me to explain why I don’t believe in things like talking snakes and Jewish zombies. That burden has not been met, to any capacity.
Until it is, I have no reason to listen to you, to take you seriously, or to suppose that your god is anything more than a figment of your imagination.