Reg825 saidHow Marxist. I think it's equally arrogant to deny the existence of a personal God just like it is to affirm it because one cannot either disprove or prove it. Remember that religion is also responsible for a lot of good in the world. In fact, anthropologically speaking, it has served as a way for groups of people to maintain cultural integrity and survive in the world. Yes it has also served as their destruction ... but isn't that the overall human tendency not necessarily religion on its own? If ALL people were atheists, we would still be killing one another and destroying things ... humans will always be humans ... atheists of all people should know that.
It isn't arrogant to deny the truth of almost ALL the claims of religions with provable evidence. That is solely what the atheists/agnostics are doing.
I would not care to believe in a religion that considers as the word of God the fact that the world is flat, the world was made in six days, honeybees swarm lion corpses, and someone supposedly fit all the animals into the world in a relatively tiny boat.
Or that the world is an egg sitting on top of a snake on top of a turtle swimming on the oceans of the cosmos.
I could go on...
Would I believe in a higher power if I finally find unquestionable evidence of his existence? In a word - Yes.
I am atheist simply because I believe ALL the gods in the world today are man-made and false. Is it arrogant to believe that the world is round? Is it arrogant to believe that there are other countries, planets, stars, galaxies, that are conspicuously absent in the 'holy' and 'divinely inspired' books? Is it blasphemy to look at the Christian God, the Islamic God, the Hindu Gods, and laugh because the evidences of the embellishment of human imagination is so obvious? Is it arrogance to look at the Christian God and smirk at how pitifully human and powerless that God seems to be in comparison to the enigma of time and the physical universe that he supposedly created out of nothing in six days?
Please don't make me believe in an omniscient and omnipotent god who supposedly hates shellfish, adulterers, homosexuals, and premarital sex. What could get more HUMAN than that?
At the moment, Man made God and not vice versa. When Man ceases to be so narcissistic and quit worshiping his own image, maybe then I'll consider musing about the supreme architect.
The argument of 'humans will be humans' to excuse the excesses of religion is so tired. It's as if, we should just let everyone kill each other anyway since its part of 'human nature'.