4. I am struck by the frequency with which people believe in the dominant religions of their society or the religion of their family upbringing, perhaps with some modification. (If you meet a Wiccan, dont you jump to the conclusion that they are strange? I am not sure this perspective favors atheist over theist, but I do think it favors I dont believe over I believe. At the very least, it whittles down the specificity of what I might say I believe in. Yet still I do not believe, so why not? I have a few reasons: 1. We can distinguish between strange and remain truly strange possibilities for origins, and strange and then somewhat anthropomorphized origin stories. 5. I am frustrated by the lack of Bayesianism in most of the religious belief I observe. Ive never met a believer who asserted: Im really not sure here. But I think Lutheranism is true with p.018, and the next strongest contender comes in only at.014, so call me Lutheran. The true nature of reality is so strange, Im not sure God or theism is well-defined, at least as can be discussed by human beings. That fact should not lead you to militant atheism (I also cant define subatomic particles but still it pushes me toward an I dont believe attitude more than belief.
R., a Catholic and loyal MR reader, emails me: I would be interested in a post explaining why you dont believe in (some form of) God. Not long ago I outlined.