Does Atheism Require Blind Faith?

by Matthew Ruttan

I sometimes hear people say something like this: “I’m an atheist. I don’t believe in God or in life after death because I’m too rational. I’m too scientific to believe in that stuff.”

So the point of this post is to put in writing some of the things I share with people in one-on-one conversations. I want to highlight the fact that atheism, science and reason aren’t necessarily the kissing cousins that many people think they are, and that some forms of atheism actually do require blind faith.

In other words, atheism carries assumptions and ideas that you can’t prove are true. But first, some explanations.

What is “blind faith”?

“Blind faith” is when you think certain things are true without any tangible or measurable evidence. It’s as if you’re operating “blind.”

Next, let me define atheism.

In general, atheism is the belief that God doesn’t exist. But within atheism, I think there are two main kinds…
 

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