skeptic54768, you're really, really, really committed to this 'atheism is a belief' schtick. This certainly isn't the first time this type of discussion has popped up with you
. As far as I'm concerned, I think that you're essentially having a semantic debate with people in this matter and that, typically, it's merely a topic of distraction more than anything else. However, since it's been brought up several times, perhaps it warrants further discussion to try to pinpoint where/how, exactly, this discrepancy between how you view atheism and how the others here view atheism exists.
Let's play a game. Box on a pedestal time.
You are in a room with a closed box on a pedestal. The box is completely opaque. The Gamemaster enters the room and starts the game off with a question:Do you believe that the box contains flobort?
(a) I believe that the box contains flobort.
(b) I do not believe that the box contains flobort.
(c) I believe that the box does not contain flobort.
(d) Other (explain)
Pick an answer and explain why you picked it.Full disclosure:
I have a rather rough, bias-laden idea of how I picture this conversation going. And I suspect you've probably got a rough, bias-laden idea of how you picture this conversation going. I'm going to try my best to ignore that, and I suggest you do the same. Let's see where we land.