Astute persons will notice that the site asks "Why won't God heal amputees?". It's not titled the "Atheist Hangout", and even it it was, "atheism" is such a vague term, that it could mean just about anything, because God could be just about anything, or nonexistent, so it's hard to be precise about what's being negated, or not believed.
God could simply choose not to heal amputees, because he is a mean-minded bastard, or even a logical bastard, who is just being consistent.
All Christian trolls who come to this site, seem to do so with an immutable belief that this is where 'atheists' hang out, and an 'atheist' is someone who thinks he has proof that god does not exist. Arguing around this point seems to take about 70% of any thread.
The Dawkin's scale of atheism, although seemingly precise, has a hideous ambiguity
1- Strong theist. 100 per cent probability of God. In the words of C.G. Jung: "I do not believe, I know."
2- De facto theist. Very high probability but short of 100 per cent. "I don't know for certain, but I strongly believe in God and live my life on the assumption that he is there."
3- Leaning towards theism. Higher than 50 per cent but not very high. "I am very uncertain, but I am inclined to believe in God."
4- Completely impartial. Exactly 50 per cent. "God's existence and non-existence are exactly equiprobable."
5- Leaning towards Atheism. Lower than 50 per cent but not very low. "I do not know whether God exists but I'm inclined to be skeptical."
6- De facto atheist. Very low probability, but short of zero. "I don't know for certain but I think God is very improbable, and I live my life on the assumption that he is not there."
7- Strong atheist. "I know there is no God, with the same conviction as Jung knows there is one."
.. that is, it uses the word God, without mentioning whether it is talking about a Christian God, or some pantheistic concept, where "God" is the universe. In this case, I plead guilty. I believe in God, because the universe appears to exist. I am a strong theist. Having said that the universe may be God, I still have no beliefs about what paranormal, or as-yet-undiscovered properties it may have - pervading human existence.
Dawkins has said that he was a 6, or maybe as a joke, 6.9 (wikipedia). That's all very well, but I don't know what he is talking about. Is he talking about Islam and Christianity? Or all Gods presented by world religion? Does he have armchair thoughts, like Einstein, about a pan-dimensional intelligence that has a quantum dice throwing existence? He would probably never go there, on camera, because teh Christian trolls would get confused, and there would be immediate headlines : DAWKINS BELIEVES IN GOD.
Is it just the Christian trolls that make us take the rhetorical position we do? Is it they who actually create atheists, with their bloody-minded agenda?
Einstein had the same problem as Dawkins:
The religion of the future will be a cosmic religion. It should transcend personal God and avoid dogma and theology. Covering both the natural and the spiritual, it should be based on a religious sense arising from the experience of all things natural and spiritual as a meaningful unity. Buddhism answers this description. If there is any religion that could cope with modern scientific needs it would be Buddhism. (Albert Einstein)
I believe in Spinoza's God who reveals himself in the orderly harmony of what exists, not in a God who concerns himself with the fates and actions of human beings.
(Albert Einstein, responding to Rabbi Herbert Goldstein who had sent Einstein a cablegram bluntly demanding "Do you believe in God?" Quoted from Victor J. Stenger, Has Science Found God? 2001, chapter 3.)
...contrasted with, how he felt about being persecuted by Jew and Christian trolls
It was, of course, a lie what you read about my religious convictions, a lie which is being systematically repeated. I do not believe in a personal God and I have never denied this but have expressed it clearly. If something is in me which can be called religious then it is the unbounded admiration for the structure of the world so far as our science can reveal it. (Albert Einstein, 1954, The Human Side, edited by Helen Dukas and Banesh Hoffman, Princeton University Press)
So, what do you do about it? It's not just that trolls ruin the conversation; just about everybody does. If we get a pantheistic New Ager in here, they seem to be spouting just as much crap as a Christian. Atheism seems to be summarized, as "If you have no evidence, then you should STFU." There is a distinct convergence with the attitude of scientists.
Is anybody here an atheist? If so, how have you managed to convince yourself that your definition is meaningful?