Originally posted by jammer
I was raised Christian too, and had simular problems with questions at an early age. I caved to the pressure and was baptised at about 12-13.
Was never any good at it.
I'm a failed Christian Skeptic.
Never met a real strong atheist that could support an argument for it.
Most are weak atheists or agnostic.
I don't care if I convince other people of strong atheism, but my general arguement/justification is just parsimony/occam's razor. Obviously you can't "prove" that there is no God, I just find that you can explain everything in the world without there needing to be one, and the whole concept of God seems ridiculous to me, so I'm 99.9% sure that there is not a God, although I obviously can't present you with any kind of proof.
I think of God like believing that all the animals have long philsophical debates when no one is around, or that aliens abducted Elvis and are keeping him alive for use in breeding experiments. I can't prove
that these things are not true, but they seem highly unlikely, silly, and there is no reason to believe them, other than that both ideas can probably be found in works of fiction. There is no evidence for either belief, and they are not needed to support any observation we can make, so although I cannot prove them untrue, I am quite confident in my opinion that they are.