smoothcriminal12;3315562 said:Some atheists are so full of themselves, and that's why they annoy me so much. I don't mean to be rude, but atheism does not rely on proof or evidence, it flat out denies a God, which is a religion in itself because they absolutely, 100% deny a God.
This is actually incorrect. In his book, <i>The God Delusion,</i> Richard Dawkins assesses the existence or lack thereof of a god based on a seven-point spectrum, called the spectrum of theistic probability.
Wikipedia quoting a passage from The God Delusion said:Dawkins posits that "the existence of God is a scientific hypothesis like any other." He goes on to propose a continuous "spectrum of probabilities" between two extremes of opposite certainty, which can be represented by seven "milestones". Dawkins suggests definitive statements to summarize one's place along the spectrum of theistic probability. These "milestones" are:
1. Strong theist. 100 per cent probability of God. In the words of C.G. Jung: "I do not believe, I know."
2. Very high probability but short of 100 per cent. De facto theist. "I cannot know for certain, but I strongly believe in God and live my life on the assumption that he is there."
3. Higher than 50 per cent but not very high. Technically agnostic but leaning towards theism. "I am very uncertain, but I am inclined to believe in God."
4. Exactly 50 per cent. Completely impartial agnostic. "God's existence and non-existence are exactly equiprobable."
5. Lower than 50 per cent but not very low. Technically agnostic but leaning towards atheism. "I do not know whether God exists but I'm inclined to be skeptical."
6. Very low probability, but short of zero. De facto atheist. "I cannot know for certain but I think God is very improbable, and I live my life on the assumption that he is not there."
7. Strong atheist. "I know there is no God, with the same conviction as Jung 'knows' there is one."
Dawkins argues that while there appear to be plenty of indiviudals that would place themselves as "1", no thinking atheist would consider themselves "7", as atheism arises from a lack of evidence and evidence can always change a thinking person's mind. Dawkins considers himself to be a '6.'
Thus, as you can see, atheism is based on probability through observation and rationality. The number of atheists who straightly deny the existence of a god (a.k.a. 7's on a scale) are probably just snotty teenagers who are saying these things to shock their über-Christian parents, and they probably don't even know who Richard Dawkins is, much less anything about science or probability.