this topic is one i'm posting here because it is currently ongoing in chat where discussing weighty topics in bits and pieces with 24 character (or whatever the limit is) limits while trying to follow and respond to 5 posters at once is exceedingly difficult. furthermore, because it is a common misunderstanding both among atheists and theists and atheists themselves, i'd like the discussion to be up for everyone to be able to engage in, refer to, and read rather than only be open to people who happen to be in chat right now. Sid Knight
is of the position that it is wrong to say "i know gods don't exist" because we don't have 100% proof that gods in fact do not exist. if i have the gist of what he's saying (he won't start a post in the forum but i'm hoping he'll respond once the post is up), he believes that what each person refers to as proof is, essentially, just each person's opinion and, as such, has equal validity as an epistemic statement. Sid still refers to himself as an atheist- despite being unwilling to say that gods don't exist- but only in the sense that he is not a theist, therefore an atheist. he says that he doesn't believe
that gods exist, making the distinction between believing that gods don't exist and saying he knows they don't.
as i said, since Sid refuses to post the topic here for discussion, i'm posting this here with what i hope is an accurate summation of his position. if i have misrepresented his position then i offer my apologies in advance and hope that he will clear up any misunderstanding. my response will be posted below shortly.