Jared (“In support of atheism” letter in July 30 Kirkland Reporter) has more in common with theists than he realizes. Jared demonstrates admirably that even some atheists have limited powers of reasoning.
He posits that theists and atheists are 99 percent alike because atheists believe in one less god than (mono)theists. This argument is loosely based on an argument that Dawkins uses in his wonderful book, The God Delusion.
The problem with his reasoning, though, is that he assumes there are 100 gods that we could possibly believe in. In fact there are an infinite number of gods one could choose to believe in (I’m sure you could make up a new one right now if you chose.).
Atheists believe in none of them while (mono)theists believe in one. The difference between one divided by infinity and zero divided by infinity are both zero, so they’re identical, right?
Actually I’d argue there’s a huge difference in the thought processes of someone who believes in a god or some other imaginary friend and someone who doesn’t. I look forward to the day when a presidential candidate who doesn’t have an imaginary friend can be elected to lead this country.
~Craig Fisher, Kirkland