Monday, April 30, 2007

It's like faith but without hope.

A month ago, I posted a comment on why I believed Atheism was a faith.

I've had a crackingly good conversation with George Felis on this subject since then, and had moved my position initially to that of :-

Atheism (strong) is not a faith because Atheists believe in this viewpoint ONLY from the conclusion of rational (a priori) argument rather than say as a matter of hope or revelation and it is that matter of hope or revelation that distinguishes Atheist beliefs from a matter of faith.

However, upon reflection a refinement is needed as Atheism may contain an element of revelation in the sense that the belief maybe revealed through insight or a particular event. However, I can find no examples of where Atheism contains hope, an end game such as salvation. It is this absence of hope which distinguishes Atheism from other faiths.

Hence, I take the stance that :-

Atheism (strong) is not a faith because Atheists believe in this viewpoint ONLY from the conclusion of rational (a priori) argument rather than as a matter of hope and it is that matter of hope that distinguishes Atheist beliefs from a matter of faith.

My original view was wrong and hopefully this explains my title.

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