I hope you don’t mind, but my interest in religion has been re-sparked and I had a question. Isn’t atheism as strong a stance as theism? What proof do we have of the former? Just as much proof as we do of the latter, imo. Also, to say there is absolutely no proof God exists is a little facetious because apparently, there is archaeological evidence supporting some events and historical claims in the religious scripture. Disclaimer: I’m agnostic. ~ absolutelyunoriginal
Short answer: No. :-)
1) Agnostic and atheist describe different things - agnostic/gnostic is about knowledge, atheist/theist is a belief in god.
2) There is no proof of any type of deity. There are CLAIMS of god in the Bible, the Qur'an, the [insert religious texts], but this is very different than “proof." Saying the Bible is proof of god would be like saying The Odyssey is proof of Zeus. It’s just silly.
3) Speaking of The Odyssey, there are many historical events and archeological evidence that some of the things described in the Odyssey actually occurred. But no one then jumps to "and therefore gods,” right? Same applies to the events described in the Bible or Qur'an or Torah. They are great documents (historically speaking…literally, not so much). They share interpretations of events that happened at a turbulent time in history. They offer claims of deities. But no proof.
4) So, since there is no proof of any type of deity, there is nothing to disprove. Atheism is the natural state - nothing added. There was a great image going around this weekend that illustrated this point perfectly (I reblogged it HERE).
5) Saying “I’m an atheist” means, very simply, I do not see any evidence for a god or gods. But it DOESN’T mean “I know everything,” and I think this is where people sometimes get hung up. The world, this universe is full of mystery. Of things we don’t understand. Of…MAGIC.
Because what is magic, really? Something amazing or shocking that we haven’t figured out yet. It’s only “magic” until we discover out how/why it occurred, but it can still be amazing and awe-inspiring. And in every case, in every situation, something we considered “magic” has equaled a natural process or phenomenon, not a deity.
Hope this helps! ~JJ