- Religion and Philosophy
Atheism is not a Belief
...because you can not believe in nothing. Or let me express it less ambigously: In nothing one can not believe.
You can not believe in something non-existing (at least in your imagination) as to belief is the “opposite” of to know.1 Atheists just do not believe in god and y can not turn that around by saying ok they do not believe in god but it is the same as if they believe in not-god.
As not-god would also have to be defined we would get stuck pretty soon because god often times is omnipresent hence there is no such thing as not-god. And if god was not too omnipresent [there are so many god-groups out there, it is difficult to do justice to all of these ideas] and the carpet in my room was not-god, being an atheist would not mean that one believes in this carpet just because it is not-god.
1An online etymological dictionary defines:
- To belief derives from Western Germanic ga-laubon meaning: to hold dear, esteem, trust.
- To know comes from Old English cnawan meaning: to know, perceive; acknowledge, declare.
Belief is a One-Way Road
Also turning the statement above wrongly around would be like saying “I do not believe in Aliens” is the same as “I do believe in non-aliens” or “I do not believe in miracles” means “I do believe in non-miracles”. Believes turned around do not make any sense as obviously there are many not-aliens and non-miracles around us everyday that can clearly be recognized and therefore can not be believed as they are known for pretty sure. Just touch one of those non-aliens around you and you will know for real.
A non-belief in something can never be a belief in the something’s opposite as believing something is a one-way road and turning around is logically forbidden. For an introduction to logic refer to wikipedia.
What is is, What Isn't Isn't
Also it is impossible to prove that something does not exist but quite possible to prove something exists. Of course depending on it’s size and quantity it sometimes might be more difficult to find that proof yet it still is possible. It is impossible to proof that one never took heroin if there is nothing found in blood or hair as residues vanish after a certain time and time machines are not too popular yet. But of course the opposite could be proven quite easily with the same tests. Also you could never prove that you have never hit your child while the opposite is easily recognizable.
For that reason atheists will never be able to prove that god does not exist. But those who believe should be able to do so but fail or resist. Because knowing and believing are opposites, atheists and christians will never come closer to each other. Any discussion about god’s existence is simply unconstructive and senseless, leading nowhere. The discussion about evolution versus “intelligent” design however might show some fruits as there is an overload of facts and logical conclusions on the evolution-side that usually is pretty much ignored by most “designers”. But that’s another article written by someone else.
A Discussion about Atheism in the US
- On Point Radio
Thanks to LauraGT