I would have to say that I am fairly confident that there is no god. I personally take into account that there is no proof of any cosmic creator so therefore I am about 99.9999% sure that there is no god. Even science does not allow for 100%. Space is not 100% vacuum, even water can only be purified to 99.999999999 % or so. I’m just as positive that the gods as described in the bible, the quran, the scrolls, the hieroglyphs, etc., can not exist. The origin of gods are “documented” in history……God is nothing more than a concept.
The United States of America; a living oxymoron:
Founded on secularism, dominated by religion,
technologically advancing, cognitively dragging.
Daniel Dennett talks about in his book “Breaking the Spell.” He argues that the essential baselessness of religion, the fact that it’s unsupported by solid evidence or logic, the fact that it’s essentially a shared opinion rather than a body of knowledge….actually makes people cling to it more tightly, defend it more vehemently, get more upset and angry when the ideas are questioned. And it makes people more likely to build elaborate cultural defense mechanisms around it: from the tacit understanding that questioning religion is ill-mannered, to the codification of religious beliefs and practices into harshly…enforced law.
Many atheist don’t just want a world where believers and atheists get along and let each other practice their religion or lack thereof in peace. Many of us want a world where there’s no religion. We don’t want to see this happen by law or violence or any kind of force, of course. But we think religion isn’t just mistaken. We think it’s harmful. Some of us think it’s appallingly harmful. Some of us think it’s inherently harmful: that the very qualities that make religion unique are exactly what make it capable of doing terrible harm. What’s more, we see religion as not just hurting atheists. We see it as hurting billions of believers. So we’re working towards a world where it no longer exists.
And some of us I’m one of them actually think persuading people out of religion is a more achievable goal than persuading believers to tolerate and accept atheists. We think that the very nature of religion makes it difficult for believers to accept people with different beliefs… and damn near impossible for them to accept people with no beliefs.
With a sea of information coming at us from all directions, how do we sift out the misinformation and bogus claims, and get to the truth? Inspired by Carl Sagan, Michael Shermer of Skeptic Magazine lays out a “Baloney Detection Kit,” ten questions we should ask when encountering a claim.