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[–] roznak 0 points 8 points (+8|-0) ago 

My question, therefore, is how do you justify being an atheist on faith alone?

There is no faith involved. And I don't need data or reasoning to support my atheism.

The problem is that religious people always tries to shoehorn atheism into a religious construct and that is where it fails.

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[–] curomo 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago 

Surely your professor covered epistemology too? It's not a matter of faith to reject that which cannot be proven. It's basic ontology, combined with more than sufficient evidence, both empirical and logical, to disprove god.

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[–] MyDrunkAccount [S] 1 points 0 points (+1|-1) ago 

It was the only PHIL class I took and it was almost 10 years ago so I don't remember/know PHIL as well as I could; nevertheless, it's just a thought that has been nagging at me without a satisfactory answer from anyone I've talked with in person....which number in the dozens I tell you.

Ontology is not familiar to me though...and with a quick skim on wiki it looks worth looking into a bit. Thanks.

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[–] curomo 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Good luck, knowing why you know things is the most important think you can know.

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[–] MyDrunkAccount [S] 3 points -3 points (+0|-3) ago 

Was your response that you could imagine a bigger God? I have been given that answer before more than once and it's not even funny the first time around bro. But don't sweat it, there are a couple of pretty intelligent people talking to me here.

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[–] PointsOutIdiots 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

You're an idiot.

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[–] MyDrunkAccount [S] 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Why? I came here to ask an honest question, one that has been on my mind for years without finding a satisfactory answer to, and my question is met with criticism, scorn, ridicule, and downvoating. Only one person here, maybe two, seemed genuinely interested in having a meaningful discussion with me, the rest of you went full SJW on me. Honestly, I may be an idiot. In fact, I can almost guarantee it, but instead of reaching out to help me this community seems to want to just tell me to fuck off. Awesome welcome wagon.

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[–] fricknmaniac 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

My question, therefore, is how do you justify being an atheist on faith alone?

I'm an agnostic atheist instead of a gnostic atheist. (Agnosticism and atheism are not mutually exclusive.) I'm open to the existence of a deity, but the current state is that since there is a lack of verifiable evidence to support the existence of a deity, my default position is that one does not exist. No faith is required at all.

(Technically I used to be more of a gnostic atheist/anti-theist, but that more of a knee-jerk reaction to how much vitriol I faced whenever someone would find out that I was an atheist... also I was a teenager, so go figure. I may have softened my position on the possibility of a deity existing since then, but I still don't believe in the existence of one.)