People often think that saying "what came before the big bang?" is automatically a god question, I don't see how this is so. Just because it's in the 'unexplained' section of the universe does not mean that it has to be associated with the supernatural because many things that were once seen as supernatural lost that title with time and the advancement of knowledge.
As for the Atheist position being one that some see as a belief. I don't agree. I see Atheism as the name attributed to not having evidence to believe. Like Hitchens said, there is no name given for people who don't believe in things like Aliens or Yeti's, the term 'Atheist' is only used for recognition of someones position when in conversation so to call it a belief seems a bit off since the proper position is one of not having a reason to believe in a deity, not believing for no reason is silly, I know that any fair, logical atheist would believe in a god if they had reason too, I know I would. Every sensible person, atheist or not, knows there's something we don't yet know but I fail to see how it's automatically attributed to god by Theologians and even then, Hitchens (again) said that even if things like fine tuning etc. point to a designer, you still have all your work ahead of you to match said being/force to your scriptures.
I'm half disinterested in the god debate now because I don't think we'll know it in my life time and there will always be doubts from both ends of the spectrum but I will tell you this, if any of the 3 great monotheism's are correct and are being carried out as god intended, I will be a very depressed man. I know I'm not a believer in religions and their doctrines, I have no reason to become subdued by them, to cut my foreskin off or to face the holy land and pray at noon etc. but I am also open to the idea of god(s) so whether someone calls me an Atheist or agnostic is their call, I have no ****s to give on the matter, there's a universe that needs exploring and less of my time is going to god, he/she is getting sidelined while more important things are explored because I'll be dead some day and will know the truth about god..but I can't see the universe and it's wonders if I'm dead.
Edited by Sean93, 31 January 2013 - 01:12 AM.