I wanted to put this question out there to see how strongly everyone feels on this subject. Being that most of us trust in scientific fact and reasoning, I was wondering if everyone is absolutely, undeniably, 100% sure that a god doesn't exist.  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. However we all agree that science is an ever evolving field and I don't think that there will ever be any proof to support the existence of a supreme being, but I can't be 100% sure until there is concrete proof against one. I would like to know what all of your thoughts on this.  

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I have often said that the only sane action of someone who believes in God would be to try to kill it.

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One can not prove the existence of A god or gods. therefore we are left with the fact there is no proof of such a god or gods. DONE
Way too much time is spent on such a question. It has been thousands of years, and we still ask the same question. Why?
Because it's interesting.
Yep. damn sure. But should a nine hundred foot Jesus come pillage Hong kong ,then i would wonder what made such a thing possible. But for now, 99.99.... % sure.

 

Very simply, scott, in my humble opinion, as even Dawkins said in the God Delusion, one can always leave room for the slight statistical chance that we may be wrong. After all, we can't PROVE that Shiva, Zeus or Diana DON'T exist.

What we can be sure of, however,  is that the qualities of deity of every known religion are fabrications of the founders and early proponents of those religions and that the sources of "revelation" are woefully (in our view-happily) inadiquate and easily proven to be inaccurate and humanly flawed.

We can also be confident that the supposed  mysterious and miraculous aspects of life do have plausible natural explanations and that no one can validly demonstrate a channel of communication or living revelation from a supernatural source which can show this to be otherwise.

Quite simply, there is no reason to look beyond what is in front of us and certainly, no reason to suspect or believe that if there is a power which stands apart from nature, that it should play a role in guiding or shaping our lives or that it even wants to or that it gives a damn about whether or not we acknowledge it.

 

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Wow, this is one long thread.   Oh well, I guess there is as much chance of there being a god as there is of me winning the lottery, which is next to nil, since I haven't bought a ticket since 1985.   At least we do know it's not one of the jokers in the old testament or it's sequels.
not 100 percent certain, but there is nowhere near enough evidence to justify affirmative belief  or to not being able to make a judgment call that it is EXTREMELY unlikely.
I agree.

I'm no psychologist, but I believe I have figured out how the "god concept" is formed in an individual's mind. Without getting into it too deeply, what it comes down to is that every person has in their mind a completely different god. If any gods do exist as anything more than a mental concept in a fragile mortal brain, it will be a coincidence--not proof that one person got it right.
I also had a passing thought about a similar concept. But it is along Darwinian lines. When ever religious people take control, they kill all then non-believers.  Leaving only those with genetically orientated brains, that have the ability to believe in God, to breed. Atheists who don't have this genetic ability to believe in God, which is us, are the mutants of those that have this ability to believe. Remember this is only a passing thought.

It was just a passing thought.

But there have been cases in the past when this has happened. But not to Atheists but to believers of other Gods.

For example:

Roman conquest of the Celts. Resulted in the total destruction of the Celtic religion by killing all the druids.

The Spanish Inquisition: Destruction of Islam in Iberia.

Norwegian conversions: by Olaf I of Norway

 

I do wonder what the percentage of atheists, back in ancient times, in any given population, was. Maybe it was the same as today but they were smart enough to know to keep quiet.

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