What if DOG were really spelled CAT
But seriously though I am not trying to indicate there is or is not a god. Just that Atheism is just about as faith based as Theism. Both are unproven, both are difficult to prove. It all boils down to faith.
Agnostics are the only ones who seem to be considering both sides of the coin:)
This only makes sense if any ol' made up sh!t is just as likely as the sun shining when it is daylight.
There are an infinitude (?) of made-up beings that probably do not really exist: vampires, Klingons, fairies, ogres, werewolves, chupacabras, ghosts, mermaids, thoughtful Republicans, tiny invisible living cupcakes. These things, for a variety of reasons, do not show up anywhere but the imagination. It does not take "faith" to decide that they therefore do not really exist.
There are a whole lot of beings that probably do exist: Pakistanis, baristas, soccer players, me, epidemic, doggies, Pakistani baristas, soccer playing doggies. You don't need much "faith" to decide that these do exist.
Now, if you can first explain why it takes "faith" to not believe in vampires, Klingons, fairies, or chupacabras, maybe you can then also explain why it takes "faith" to not believe in other supernatural or made-up imaginary beings like demons, spirits, gods and goddesses.
Finally, epidemic, you say that a god that "thought up the universe" is possible. That makes as much sense as saying that an all-powerful giant headless boar that "thought up the universe" is possible. Because we have just the same amount of evidence for the existence of a god doing stuff as for an all-powerful giant headless boar.
reasonably say that you think there is a being--a god, a headless boar, a disembodied sentient left buttock, a tiny invisible living cupcake-- that 1)created the universe, 2)disappeared leaving no sign of its existence and 3)has no interaction whatsoever with the universe as far as we can detect. But.......why?