We previously saw that the view of atheism as being merely a lack of belief in God/gods doesn’t make much sense when you consider a few questions born of critical thinking.
But there is another problem with this view – not many atheists may actually subscribe to it. That is, it might very well be the case that most atheists instead believe there is no God/gods.
After all, consider the title of a posting on the popular atheist blog, Friendly Atheist:
And the sign reads:
There are no gods,
There is only our natural world.
Religion is but
myth and superstition
that hardens hearts
and enslaves minds.
So let’s consider the data. The Freedom From Religion Foundation, a popular activist group among atheists, has, for eleven years, declared “there are no gods.” And so far, no atheists have objected strongly enough to get them to change their wording. What’s more, Hemant Mehta himself does not raise any objection. And as of my last reading, not one of his atheist followers have any objections. It is as if the “there are no gods” position is the dominant, defining position of most modern day atheists. It’s only when they get called on it and can’t defend the position that they retreat in the weak “atheism is just a lack of belief in God” claim.
Look, at the very least, the next time an internet atheist tells you, “Atheism is just a lack of belief in the gods,” inform them that their opinion is not shared by the FFRF and its allies. The FFRF declares, “there are no gods” and no atheist has ever onjected. And as far as I am concerned, the FFRF has more authority when representing atheists than some random internet atheist you encounter.