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Does it make any sense to ask what is the case for atheism?
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Does it make any sense to ask what is the case for atheism?
A while back Drew created a thread asking what case may be made for atheism. My only reaction is to ask "why do we need to make a case for not believing in something?"

If Drew wishes to make the case for stamp collection am I obliged to defend not sharing that hobby? How exactly am I to go about that? Isn't it presuming a lot to think I would give his hobby a thorough investigation before I consider another hobby?

Much as it may gripe some theist's ass to admit, no justification is needed to dismiss theist claims. We require no note to get out of Sunday school.
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RE: Does it make any sense to ask what is the case for atheism?
Drew was under the mistaken impression that all atheism is 7 on the Dawkins scale.
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RE: Does it make any sense to ask what is the case for atheism?
This would never happen if theists asked atheists what atheism is, rather then take their pastors word for it. They come here thinking atheism is an opposing belief.
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RE: Does it make any sense to ask what is the case for atheism?
Gonna have to explain my whole not believing in the Lough Ness monster again..................................................................................
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RE: Does it make any sense to ask what is the case for atheism?
In a word, no.

I make no existential claims that aren't demonstrable, positive or negative.

Furthermore, I can't be bothered to give even a picofuck if any deities exist or not.
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RE: Does it make any sense to ask what is the case for atheism?
The fact that none of them can make a compelling case for any of their invisible sky-daddies is sufficient for me.
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RE: Does it make any sense to ask what is the case for atheism?
Like others, my answer is no. Gooders posted a talk by AronRa earlier today titled "Religion Reverses Everything" (linked below). Well worth the time, about an hour. AronRa would likely consider the requirement to disprove God as a requirement to build a case for atheism an example of how religion reverses everything.

http://atheistforums.org/thread-19052.html
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RE: Does it make any sense to ask what is the case for atheism?
If there is a "case for atheism," it's in taking the case for religion, God, Christianity, Islam, whatever and showing how problematic it is.
I was born with a gift of laughter and a sense that the world is mad.

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RE: Does it make any sense to ask what is the case for atheism?
(May 29, 2013 at 11:29 pm)Rev. Rye Wrote: If there is a "case for atheism," it's in taking the case for religion, God, Christianity, Islam, whatever and showing how problematic it is.

Yes but be careful. If you have to start defending every chink and gap where a god could slip in ... God help you.

(May 29, 2013 at 8:54 pm)Ryantology Wrote: Drew was under the mistaken impression that all atheism is 7 on the Dawkins scale.

Does he get that now? Seems like a bright guy.
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RE: Does it make any sense to ask what is the case for atheism?
The answer is an obvious no.

Atheism is not a claim, it is a response to a claim. There is no need to make a case for the disbelief of a claim unsupported by demonstrable evidence and reasoned argument.

You'd believe if you just opened your heart" is a terrible argument for religion. It's basically saying, "If you bias yourself enough, you can convince yourself that this is true." If religion were true, people wouldn't need faith to believe it -- it would be supported by good evidence.
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