Let me start off by saying that I think I am a little anti-religious because of my Catholic upbringing and the horrific track record of most religions. I’d like to think that the human race can grow beyond the need for religion, but that’s neither here nor there. As such, I consider myself an atheist and rational humanist.
My thoughts about atheism are thus: I think that any rational atheist has to concede that, in an infinite universe, you cannot rule out the possibility of a being with godlike powers. I’m open to the possibility that a being or beings with godlike powers exist. Why couldn’t a being that exists outside of our known dimensions perform “miracles” beyond the boundaries of space and time? Science could allow for that.
So now, the questions are:
– Did a godlike being or beings “create” the Earth?
– Was there a plan for this creation?
– Am I, as a sentient being with the perception of free will, part of a plan?
None of these questions is provable; I’m therefore not interested in looking for the answers. But I honestly think that if I were ever confronted by a godlike being that attempted to prove the answers to these questions to me, I would probably still tell the godlike being to go shove it. I have no interest in worshipping a godlike being or being part of its plan. I have my own desires and my own purpose, and that’s enough for me.
That’s how I define my atheism.