Revelation 3:14-16, no matter how mindbogglingly insane that piece of mushroom-induced garbage is, still has something nice to say about cutting off the applicability of that particular probability (consequentialist) calculus:
14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; 15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. 16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
But what business is it of yours how/when they arrive at that? We're talking about the privacy of one's own mind here.
I was one of those "spineless peeps" that George mentions, for years. I had to arrive at "nope, there definitely isn't" in my own time and in my own way; if I'd been called spineless and told I need to just admit it, I likely would have backed up, instead of going forward.
In my case it had less to do with fear of death than lack of evidence one way or the other. I was sitting on the fence and weighing things out, waiting for some definite proof of either "is" or "ain't". If you think that makes me (or anyone else) spineless or cowardly, that's your problem, not mine.
I just don't think that prejudice or name-calling is serving anyone except maybe the posters' own egos.
I don't know if you are addressing George or myself, Laura. I didn't mean to insult. I went through a period when I called myself agnostic and gave the same reasons that you give. Eventually, I realized that I was doing this in an effort to "get along" and avoid discrimination. (It didn't work, BTW.) I realized that the search for evidence "one way or another" was implicit acceptance of the notion that I had some sort of burden of proof. I also realized that the thing I was supposed to prove was literally impossible to prove.
Religion thrives on fear and its debilitating affect on the intellect. That was my point, not to insult. We need to take away religion's ability to make us fearful of stating the logically obvious.