It has always been a curiosity to me at how wedded to the label Atheist some Atheists are. What I mean is, the large majority of self-described Atheists I’ve interacted with are actually agnostic by definition. In fact, often they are vehemently opposed to being described as an Agnostic even though their view of whether God exists would more sufficiently warrant it.
Why are Atheists, Atheists? When I ask, the answer I get most often is “there’s no/insufficient evidence”. OK, I can see why they might say that. But if we look at this reason more broadly, it doesn’t really warrant Atheism.
Think about all the things that have little to no empirical evidence which are nonetheless true — even rare things.
So if lack of empirical evidence doesn’t by necessity lead to negation, why conclude Atheism? And if your view would be best described as Agnostic, why the forceful hold on the label Atheist if not for purely emotional reasons?