Why do atheists argue there is no god? No one can prove or disprove the existence of deities, so why can’t they simply follow apatheism?

Answer by Steve Smyth:

I don't know if gods exist. I am not arguing against their existence. We don't have a clue what a real god is like. I assume, once again, the OP is talking about Yahweh, and in that regard, I do not believe in him because Christians make incoherent claims about the nature of his existence. You know, omni-whatever, he's timeless yet can affect time, he's spaceless but he can affect the material world, he lives in the same realm that numbers and abstract concepts like the laws of logic dwell in, etc.

As TMM said in his recent YouTube post, "How to Show that God Exists"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=…

you have to give us three things:

  1. A coherent definition of god.
  2. A set of empirically testable and falsifiable predictions based on the supposition that god exists.
  3. Test results that match those predictions and are more parsimoniously explained by god's existence than any other hypothesis.

You'd have me on your side at that point.

As far as apatheism is concerned, I think most people are. The issues of belief don't crop up enough what with the daily grind of work, school, paying bills, feeding the dog, etc. What I think atheist activists are most concerned about is fundamental activists trying to steer the US onto the theocracy highway by controlling the argument, or lying about our history, like the US was founded as a Christian nation and that kind of nonsense.

Why do atheists argue there is no god? No one can prove or disprove the existence of deities, so why can't they simply follow apatheism?

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