Do Atheists Have Faith Or Not?

A video from 2007 from my favourite Youtuber.  I’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic.


6 thoughts on “Do Atheists Have Faith Or Not?

  1. Yep, faith is a fun football to punt around. My in-laws made a point that everytime we get into an airplane, we’re practicing faith that the pilots know what they’re doing, the steel will bear up under the forces.. etc. Well, I suppose that’s a kind of faith.. but my wife pointed out to them, it’s faith with evidence. There are good statistics that we all rely on to know that travelling by air is safe. We enjoy the product of millions of hours of testing, designing and experimenting – and we enjoy the confidence of millions of people everyday; a confidence that is not robotic, but learned. Nope, she says, it’s not faith, it’s confidence. And they both rub their chins and say, “Ah, I see!”.

  2. I’ve never found any evidence that there is no God? There is faith in everyones viewpoint… Atheists trust that there isn’t a God, many trust that Jesus didn’t exist, that this universe came from nothing, that a morals are random byproducts etc… All of which aren’t proven, if anything the evidence points in the opposite direction does it not? Ah, i’ll stop crashing your blog Brenda… Some great thoughts though!

    • I don’t mind a respectful crashing of my blog 🙂 I have a busy day ahead. I wish I had more time to respond right now but it will have to wait until another day. I love interesting discussions with people so feel free to stick around.

  3. My thought is this: the argument is a red herring. Believing something that is empirically verifiable is a matter of faith. As usual, Christians are fond of changing the meanings of words to suit their same old stale arguments that have already been debunked a million times over.

    It would be nice if these people came up with something new for once, or at least attempted to understand the rebuttals.

  4. As the video points out, this is nothing more than semantics.
    Faith actually has a few definitions:

    1. confidence or trust in a person or thing: faith in another’s ability.
    2. belief that is not based on proof: He had faith that the hypothesis would be substantiated by fact.
    3. belief in God or in the doctrines or teachings of religion: the firm faith of the Pilgrims.
    4. belief in anything, as a code of ethics, standards of merit, etc.: to be of the same faith with someone concerning honesty.
    5. a system of religious belief: the Christian faith; the Jewish faith.

    You can’t compare these definitions to each other, which is the deceitful approach people of religious faith take when using this argument.

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