Is atheism predicated partially on the belief in evolution and the current prevailing views of science.

If so, then such a belief is subject to drastic changes as discoveries and theories

 have recently arose that shatter the paradigm that is the foundation of such a belief:

Discoveries keep pushing back the inception of civilization, indefinitely back in time

Evidence of coastal civilizations existing during the ice age are arising in now inundated coastal region due to rising seas.

The concept of a missing link is no longer postulated as a bush of hominids lineages walked  the earth. With what was once considered ancestors, actually being contemporary with postulated descendants. A bush of hominids actually existed as recently as 30,0000 B.C.E.

Though theories of evolution abound no working scientific model exists for the emergence of life.

Our very existence is interwoven with the anthropic principle. As such this has required scientist to postulate the multiverse to explain how the anthropic principle is mindlessly satisfied by nature. However this just substitutes one unfalsifiable believe for another.

In truth, Darwin's world has been shattered and the truth has become intractable. Even as we cope with dark matter and energy. Terms that falsely connote that we have defined them, when in fact they are no more apparent than God. As such new scientific theories continue to emerge based on the inadequacy of the standard model. This will continue into infinitum since, as God there is no means to detect these alleged entities with scientific instrumentation.

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What if faith means attaching hope or optimism to following an ideal or set of beliefs. The belief that living X way of life is inherently optimistic.

Faith isn't a belief. It's an assumption.

I'm living the dream.

Sorry, Michael, you are in a dream, and if it were me having these thoughts, it would be a frigging nightmare.

Nurse, come quickly, Michael is out of bed again.

Might I suggest restraints?

Mmmmm - that could actually be fun :)

@Suzanne

My kind of girl!

Suzannne - Unseen is insulting you --

@archaeopteryx

Not at all! I like kinky girls.

In your case, I suspect that means any girl with a pulse, and my guess is that pulselessness itself may not really be a dealbreaker.

No - there were atheists long before evolution was described.

I did not become an atheist/humanist just so I could 'believe' in evolution. I had a falling out with the catholic church way before I ever had any exposure to the theory of evolution. My Biology teacher in HS, would not teach us anything about evolution, even after I and my science club had a conversation with him about his 'hangup'.

I had been collecting fossils since about 1st grade(some of these went to my HS Biology teacher when I graduated) , and read the 'Origin of Species' about the 9 th grade, but did not start to understand what it ment till after a year of Anthropology classes early 80's, about 10 years later!

While in HS, my nerd friends looked for plant mutations/variations on their travels. I still remember a strange mutation/variation in some snapdragon flowers I saw in a friend's flower bed. One of the few times I got to share a 'wow' moment.

Gardening and plant propagation has exposed me to stange/interesting plant variations and behaviors. Growing lots of tomatoes from seed can offer you the occasional weird plant, once with no leaves-only stem.

A puppy we have, we recently noticed she had 11 tits, not 6-10 as expected. She is still a great puppy.

I think it is still sinking in as to 'what it means'. Just walking into a field and collecting samples of 'grasses' can be a mind opener.  

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