[I]f I were not an atheist, I would believe in a God who would choose to save people on the basis of the totality of their lives and not the pattern of their words. I think he would prefer an honest and righteous atheist to a TV preacher whose every word is God, God, God, and whose every deed is foul, foul, foul.
This is exactly what my rant earlier was about.
Not necessarily willing to deny the first two parts. But what kind of “weekly gatherings” do atheists have?
Also, I’d say there’s no way to prove God doesn’t exist, and I’m pretty sure that most atheists would agree with me. That being said, is the most probable thought process to believe in a magical, all-knowing all-powerful being? Of course not, if you can’t prove something is true you shouldn’t claim that it’s true. In the case of atheism, it is a claim that God is improbable and thus we don’t believe in it. Anyone with any logical train of thought knows that the existence of any God is an improbable event with next to evidence for it. There is no faith involved in not believing in God.
We don’t claim to know there is no God. However, if there is no proof to prove something is true, then you assume it is false until proof is found. That is the scientific method.