Yeah, I think there might be some ambiguity regarding those 'who do not know God'...not sure we can be 100% certain that refers to atheists or those who worship other gods.
Also, the Psalm where it castigates to those who say there is NO God: Is making the assertion that NO god exists really atheism? I guess there are some atheists who assert that NO god exists, but most that I know simply say there is no reason to believe in god, that the existence of god is by definition unknowable, that Yahweh and all other human created gods are impossible things, etc.
(But I have to admit: when I was a theist, I thought that atheists were indeed people who ran around asserting that NO god exists. It wasn't till I was free a few years till I realized that an atheist was someone who simply lacked belief. I think it is a ploy of theists to depict atheists as kind of mirror-image religionists, so as to make us look as absurd as them...)
The reason I am posting this topic is that I wonder if religionists try to keep the concept of atheism outside the realm of 'thinkable thought.' Per Scott Burchill:
"setting the intellectual boundaries within which 'legitimate' ideas can be 'freely' expressed. According to Ed Herman and Noam Chomsky, these boundaries are most effective when they are implicit and presupposed, and rarely when they are openly dictated by the state. According to Chomsky, 'a principle familiar to propagandists is that the doctrine to be instilled in the target audience should not be articulated: that would only expose them to reflection, inquiry, and, very likely, ridicule. The proper procedure is to drill them home by constantly presupposing them, so that they become the very condition for discourse'.
"The presuppositions then act as the framework for 'thinkable thought' instead of being assumptions which deserve critical evaluation. The debates and dissent which we believe characterise our freedom are permitted and even encouraged, but within tightly prescribed and largely invisible boundaries, leaving us with the satisfying impression that our societies are 'open' and 'free'. As Milan Rai argues, 'we can no longer perceive the ideas that are shaping our thoughts, as the fish cannot perceive the sea'...Defining the spectrum of permitted expression is a highly effective form of ideological control."http://www.zcommunications.org/the-limits-of-thinkable-thought-by-scott-burchill
So far in this thread, we have relatively few verses which might be construed to directly mention atheism, and one verse depicts atheism in a highly distorted fashion.
The Bible is a big book, supposedly complete, at least for purposes of Christianity.
Yet it mostly seems to avoid discussing the question: 'What does someone do once he starts to figure out that god is just a fairy tale?'
I grew up as a preacher's son, attending church every week. I don't ever recall any sermons or Sunday school classes where this question was addressed:
'Why do we think the stories in the Bible are any more true than other mythological stories from non-Hebrew nations?'
'What if we're wrong?'