Because I don’t understand what you ask me to believe in and because I don’t think you do either.
Because I don’t put a name on what science doesn’t yet know.
Because the wonders of the natural world don’t call for additional man-made mysteries to struggle with.
Because living as long as the age of the universe would not suffice to apprehend everything there is to know.
Because you don’t believe in Zeus or Athena. Because I think it’s wise to not do so.
Because we are not the end product of evolution.
Because living a good life is the only purpose or meaning I need. Because imagining that everything was made for us is childish.
Because the work of an intelligent designer is yet to be seen anywhere.
Because being moral for anything but morality itself is not moral. Because being good in any other name than goodness itself is insulting and degrading.
Because I find suspicious that over so many years, so many people with a vested interest in proving a point failed so miserably in doing so.
Because an idea that is reassuring doesn’t gain any credibility just because of it.
Because an idea that is only reassuring should be looked at with suspicion.
Because of the awe of us being here and the sadness that would bestow upon me if indeed everything was premeditated.
Because the unfathomable set of circumstances is that much more inspiring than just being here because we were suppose to, doomed to.
Because of Myers and Dawkins and because of Galileo or Darwin before them. Because of Hitchens.
Because of cosmology, physics and geology. Because of biology, archeology and history. Because of the sun. Because of the skies. Because of the Big Bang and because of super-novae.
Because of the utmost insult to our common capacities and intellect that is the phrase “we could never know” and because you ask me to believe in what we could never know.
Because what we could never know yesterday we today understand. Because you would be inspired to reject a piece of information that actually doesn’t give you any information.
Because I fail to see any reason why I should think otherwise and because I’m still waiting to hear your arguments, not just that I’m wrong.
Because “it is written” does not work for me.
But most of all, my friend, because you ask me to put a tag on all of the above, I’ll say to you that I’m an atheist.