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 Barry Hampe:

As I just wrote in answer to another question, "Keep it to yourself and we'll do fine. Insist on talking to me about it and I'll tell you why I think you are wrong." (Barry Hampe's answer to Considering that religion is very personal to many followers, is it right to criticize their religion like any other idea?)

Almost all declarations by atheists are in response to prior declarations by theists, which they often conveniently forget. ("It all started when he hit me back")

Amazon has 250 books on religion for every one book about atheism.

There are well over 300,000 churches in my country and less than 100 buildings that include something about atheism (mostly office buildings).

Finally, most atheists I know do not argue there is no god. They argue there is no compelling evidence for the existence of any god, which is a different proposition. And the opposition can shut them up at any time just by presenting credible, objective, verifiable evidence that their god exists. So far no one has even come close.

Clear?

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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