Should I assume here you are talking about the anti-belief in Santa, Easter Bunny, Loch Ness Monster, Alien Visitations, Leprechauns, the Greek gods, Fairies, the Cthulhu pantheon, Unicorns, Vampires, etc? Oh, you meant God, didn't you? But if we don't believe in all those other things, won't we still be leading empty, unfulfilled lives? Won't our sad little lives based on an anti-belief in those things?Good point Noisician; I think many don't seem to realize that most atheists lump deities in with all those other fairy tales; but them have to 'defend' their anti-belief in particular deities differently than the rest - precisely because of believers. And many would forgo the anti-belief stance for just plain non-belief, if it weren't for the way believers use their belief to assault others.
I would rather live the “inauthentic life” of a believer than in the stark, naked atheistic reality that we are all “food for worms” and that the universe cares not for my existence. That makes me an “unhappy atheist.” And I assert that most atheists are unhappy with their creedless belief system.I'm a little flabbergasted at this. Oddly enough, I met a guy this last weekend with the same kind of contradictory thinking; a conundrum that nearly blew my mind. This guy was an atheist in-that he said he did not believe in any deities or any of the magic in the bible; but yet considered himself Christian in-that he thought the bible had excellent moral allegory and understanding of human nature, that Christian morals and way-of-life were the best line to follow, and the teachings of Christ were too insightful to ignore. He also felt that most atheists are far too loose with their 'moral compass' by not drawing them from a knowledged, experienced, ancient source. It was one of the most alien viewpoints I've ever encountered; and it sounds somewhat similar to some of Sheiman's views.