I wish I had a nickel for every time I interacted with an Atheist who who seems to be desperate to latch on to the idea that atheism is best defined as a lack of belief . It seems that they will relentlessly argue for that loose definition to no end. Moreover, these same Atheists will rarely if ever offer reasons why they are Atheists. Sure they will blame their condition on not enough evidence or some other vague repudiation of religious texts. But those aren’t reasons to not believe in God, those are reasons to be neutral (which is what a lack of belief in something implies, neutrality). I mean, when I don’t have enough evidence for something, I don’t therefore reject it, I remain neutral.
First, allow me a tangential observationary question: if atheism is just some lack of belief (which apparently permits one to sit with their arms folded repeating ‘nuh uh’ over and over like a skipping record) what exactly is the position ‘no gods exist’?
But more interestingly, what are the reasons you lack your belief? Let me expand that a bit more. Do you have a reason, or reasons why you don’t believe in God? I assume there are reasons that you aren’t believers, right? I suppose you could say you haven’t been presented with enough evidence, but that means your opinion of whether God exists is dependant on some theist and his reasons, that they, and not you, are responsible for your belief in God or lack thereof. I would hope belief-lackers have their own reasons as to their own views, and that they aren’t relying on someone to help them form their beliefs. If one arrives at atheism through some series of checks and balances, there’s something you could point to.
Think about it, how much credence would you give a Christian who claimed their belief in Christianity is based on an Atheist’s lack of compelling reasons to not believe?
Everyone who has a view on a particular subject ought to have their own reasons (and not simply pass the responsibility for your opinions onto someone else). At this point, the Atheists reading this are preparing to comment with: But…but…you have the burden! Having already addressed the issue of who bears the burden of proof HERE, I will simply respond with: ok, fine, we theists have a burden to show God exists, but for the sake of discourse, let’s hear your reasons for your own position.
If atheism is the voice of reason, why are Atheists so reluctant to offer a reason for their “lack of belief” other than to blame someone else who isn’t good at arguing for their view? Why so hesitant to discuss your own view if it is based on actual reasons, and not just some theist’s failure to convince you? Why is your belief or lack thereof my responsibility, and does that responsibility fall on you at some point? Can I make it your job to convince me I’m wrong?