Originally Posted by marc237
I am not sure I follow. As a practicing apatheist and skeptic, I certainly appreciate that questions such as the formation of the Universe and the meaning of life are great imponderables.
My problem with all organized religions and deistic belief systems is that, having examined each faith's theory of a supernatural omnipotent being(s) who a) formed the universe, b) erected a rather complex reward and punishment system, and c) seems to prefer being worshipped, I remain unpersuaded. I am not unpersuadable, simply unpersuaded. I continue to believe that the burden of proof is on the proponent of the belief system and, to date, no one has sustained his/her burden yet.
Thank you! I was going to dogpile on dah328, but you pretty much said what I was going to. I'd add that, while there are undoubtedly many atheists in the world who would cling to their beliefs no matter what happened (as would, I feel compelled to point out, many theists of various stripes), a great number of us are atheists simply because, having reviewed the evidence and examined our logic, we simply do not believe that there is any good reason to believe in a deity.
There are plenty of ways in which I sort of miss my belief in God, and the occasional comfort and structure it provided, but my atheism (under Kent Wang's definition, which is simply lacking a positive belief in God--atheism lite, I guess) just results from my desire to be honest with myself. If I discovered or was shown some clear reason to believe in God, I would probably accept it joyfully.