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    Rieux, ecclesioleft

    someone could come to the realization that they can't believe something without resort to the scientific method or science.  It could be as simple as saying "I can't make heads or tails out of what they are saying so I'm not going to believe what they say I should believe."  If the proposition is incomprehensible you don't need to do a rigorous analysis of it to reject it.

    I'd guess that most people don't become (or stay) atheists because they are steeped in science and the scientific method though it can certainly be a major factor.  You don't have to apply the scientific method (or maybe not conciously) to come to the conclusion that a proposition either doesn't make much sense to you or doesn't seem to have much, if any, support for it.

    Perhaps it would be as simple as "talking snakes, burning bushes, people coming back to life?  That doesn't fit into what I've seen in my life, so I'm not buying it as a justification to believe in your diety."

    You can be a weak atheist about all diety claims in general (show me the proof) and a strong atheist about a particular claim (this god claim is too inconsistent to have a shred of probability of truth).

    Is that any help?

    Michael

    •  Well said. (1+ / 0-)
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      XNeeOhCon

      This kind of idea:

      "I can't make heads or tails out of what they are saying so I'm not going to believe what they say I should believe."

      ...is frequently referred to as "noncognitivism." The assertion is that  "god" is a fundamentally incoherent notion, and as such it can't exist.

      If that's the case, then "strong" atheism doesn't require any kind of logical leap or "faith" at all. (Nor, to speak to ecclesioleft's point, is noncognitivist-flavored "strong" atheism particularly dependent on science.)

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