Of course, I’m more than happy to start off:
When I say “I do not believe in god” I mean three different things:
- I see evidence AGAINST the various gods I have studied (primarily abrahamic but a few others as well) and therefor say with as much certainty as I would say “the sun will rise tommorrow” that those gods specifically do not exist.
- Of the many specific gods that people believe in, of which I do not have any evidence personally for or against them, my inclination is to not believe in them unless provided with evidence (the same as I would feel about Nessie, bigfoot, alien visitations, etc), and I would certainly lean towards the idea of “extrordianry claims require extraordinary evidence” before I accepted any “evidence” for those specific version of god (or gods).
- Of the deist god who “set things in motion” (either by starting the big bang or whatever it did) and created the laws of physics but has no influence on the universe as we know it (think Spinoza’s god here) I feel it is the one truely unfalsafiable position, and thus the hardest to claim ANY degree of certainty for or against. However I would also lean towards the idea that if this god has no influence on the universe today we can treat it as if it does not exist (at least until we determine some way to look outside of the universe or back “before” the big bang).
Anybody else have some thoughts on this? Theists, Diests, Atheists, Agnostics, (or other) are all welcome to give their thoughts….
Thanks in advance.