Is there anybody who is an actual hard atheist—one who says that they are certain, beyond any doubt, that no God of any description exists?

Answer on @Quora by @AdrianaHeguy to Is there anybody who is an actual hard atheist—one who says that they are certa…

Answer by Adriana Heguy:

I am certain that the gods of world religions, past and present, do not exist, as certain as I can be of anything. No Athena, Isis, Poseidon, Inti, Manitou, Allah, Adonai Elohenu, Jesus, Ganesh, etc.

I am certain enough to live my life not giving gods any thought except to read about fun mythology, or to admire a magnificent cathedral or temple, or to listen to beautiful sacred music, or to ponder about different cultures and philosophical traditions.

This is because I do not think there is or ever was, any evidence whatsoever for the existence of gods. By gods I understand supernatural beings who are outside of the laws of nature, and can intervene in people's lives.

Of course, many people will say that Nature is God, but to me that is simply using a metaphor. Nature is nature, not a god. If you use that definition of "god", of course I believe the natural world exists. But this is not the definition of god by the dictionary or by any other standard understanding of the word. This is simply word-play that people who are uncomfortable with the concept of lack of belief in deities, cooked up in order to feel better because after all, everyone believes in something.

Is there anybody who is an actual hard atheist—one who says that they are certain, beyond any doubt, that no God of any description exists?

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