Several weeks ago, I was telling an associate about starting this Christian Blog and she mentioned that she was an atheist. Our conversation really got me to thinking. How could one not believe in God? How could one not believe in any god? How does such a person account for man’s continual existence? Who or what even keeps the world spinning on its axis? Who or what keeps the oceans and the rivers at bay? I had so many questions.
I don’t make any claims to be an expert or even reasonably knowledgeable about the world of atheism. So for everyone else who is like me I included in this subject a definition of atheism and statistics from http://www.wikipedia.org
The first individuals to self-identify as “atheist” appeared in the 18th century. Today, about 2.3% of the world’s population describes itself as atheist, while a further 11.9% is described as nontheist. Between 64% and 65% of Japanese describe themselves as atheists, agnostics, or non-believers, and up to 48% in Russia. The percentage of such persons in European Union member states ranges between 6% (Italy) and 85% (Sweden). Atheism tends towards skepticism regarding supernatural claims, citing a lack of empirical evidence (in other words what can be seen by observation).
I have answers for the “problem of evil” and I think I could find counter answers for the other arguments as why one should be an atheist. But I am willing to hear a different view. So, to the atheists in the world, please comment. I am interested to know what you have to say.
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