I wouldn’t even notice this if it weren’t for Christians desperately thinking this is important. Richard Dawkins says that on his scale he’s a 6.9. There have been numerous stories out there about this. They seem to think that it’s not the stance most atheists (including myself) take.
Let’s face it, I won’t say 100% about much. I won’t say 100% we won’t find Smurfs living on Saturn. But I don’t give it a second thought. Just like I don’t give any god a second thought. There is absolutely no reason to even think there might be one at this point.
Here is an example story: http://www.newser.com/story/140466/atheist-richard-dawkins-god-might-exist.html I’ve seen at least a dozen similar. But this whole thing is pointless as hell.
What this means is that atheists are more open minded that theists. It means that we’d be willing to change our minds if you ever actually got some legitimate evidence. It doesn’t mean we doubt our current stance a bit.
Here’s the scale we are talking about
- Strong theist. 100 per cent probability of God. In the words of C.G. Jung: “I do not believe, I know.”
- De factotheist. Very high probability but short of 100 per cent. “I don’t know for certain, but I strongly believe in God and live my life on the assumption that he is there.”
- Leaning towards theism. Higher than 50 per cent but not very high. “I am very uncertain, but I am inclined to believe in God.”
- Completely impartial. Exactly 50 per cent. “God’s existence and non-existence are exactly equiprobable.”
- Leaning towards atheism. Lower than 50 per cent but not very low. “I do not know whether God exists but I’m inclined to be skeptical.”
- De facto atheist. Very low probability, but short of zero. “I don’t know for certain but I think God is very improbable, and I live my life on the assumption that he is not there.”
- Strong atheist. “I know there is no God, with the same conviction as Jung knows there is one.”
I got news for you guys, most atheists are open minded enough that’s as far as we go. That doesn’t mean we have any thought that maybe there is a god. I sure don’t. But I won’t exclude the possibility of the general idea of a hands off god. Now if you throw the baggage of the Bible on to it, then it has zero chance of being true. Things like the Flood of Noah are impossible and so silly that I’m embarrassed anyone would take them seriously.