Atheism 101: Does it take more faith to be an atheist?

I hear it all the time, “it takes more faith to be an atheist than it does to believe in God.” This popular Christian argument claims that in order for atheists to reject the claim that god exists, we must first know everything that there is to know.
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Comment by Julie on July 18, 2009 at 1:04pm
Lately I've been comparing coming out as an atheist to coming out as a homosexual. In many ways it's very similar. You feel this need to tell the whole world who you really are, yet at the same time know it could lead you to trouble with your job, your family and friends. But for many the risk is worth it to not live in a closet anymore.

That said, being an atheist for me seems completely natural. Once I finally came to the realization, I found it so completely freeing, and I felt like I'd finally was "complete" in a way. That said, it's not easy to constantly have to defend my beliefs to those who think I'm "confused" or "misguided" or (my favorite) "going through a phase", but like being gay--it's something inside me that I don't think I could ever change. It's not like I wake up every morning and convince myself how I feel about religion in order to face the day--it's already there. Nothing short of seeing God or Jesus myself would change my viewpoint.

Recently someone very close to me passed away, and part of me was concerned that her death might change the way I looked at my atheism. I was worried I may suddenly want to believe in an afterlife. In reality though her passing actually had the opposite effect, and I now find myself so far detached from religious dogmas than I could ever have imagined. And I think my realistic views have helped me deal with my grief more so than constantly looking for reasoning and "closure" to her death like many others are praying for.

It doesn't take faith to be an atheist. Just intelligence.
Comment by Neo Brave on July 18, 2009 at 1:11pm
I have heard the same thing,.. but also that they claim that Atheism is a religion. (!?)
But the argument for that is this:

"
Why Atheism is a religion

Atheists believe in things like evolution and the bigbang, they believe that these things are facts, but they're not.

Why ? Because we still don't know till this day how ONE LIVING CELL works entirely, we don't understand it so TILL THIS DAY nobody has been able to put ONE LIVING CELL TOGETHER.

But they say nature did it ALL BY ITSELF, and EVEN if we could do it (wich i doubt, we simply can't make live) then it needed inteligence to make it. But nature ? Only with MATTER ????

So Atheists are speaking before they have been asked to speak.

ATHEISTS ARE RELIGIOUS BECAUSE THEY BELIEVE UNPROVEN FACTS.......PERIOD.

Congratulations Atheists, you are religious.
"

I can't even respond to it, is is utter bullshit and just a way to mislead and misinform people.
Comment by Neo Brave on July 18, 2009 at 1:15pm
He also stated this:

"
After months of debate between the Creationists (YEC) , and the Atheist religion, the Creationists WON !!!!!!!! Congratulations to all the Young Earth Creationists worldwide who won this debate by scientific facts, GOD BLESS YOU ALL !

God created everything in 6 days approx 6000 years ago, final conclussion.

For Christ, the Holy Spirit and God are one and the same !
"
Comment by Julie on July 18, 2009 at 1:15pm
Atheism is a religion like baldness is a hair color.

Atheism is a religion like not collecting stamps is a hobby.
Comment by DangerousTalk on July 18, 2009 at 1:22pm
I covered in a previous blog: http://www.dangeroustalk.net/?p=256
Comment by Neo Brave on July 18, 2009 at 1:51pm
@DangerousTalk (http://www.dangeroustalk.net/?p=256)

Well written!
Comment by Neo Brave on July 18, 2009 at 1:52pm
@Julie

Spot on! :)
Comment by DeSwiss on July 18, 2009 at 4:51pm
''Faith does not give one the answers, it just stops one from asking the questions.''

Nice post.
Comment by Reggie on July 18, 2009 at 6:36pm
DT sums tackles it nicely in his blog.
Comment by Rick Watts on July 18, 2009 at 7:46pm
On a website (answerbag.com) where I spend some of my time- under the religions category- there is a Catholic person who often uses the phrase "I don't have the faith it takes to become an atheist" in discussions about atheism. I thought it sounded sort of complimentary, but now I will ask her to explain exactly what she means..

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