Let me digress just a little right up front……I do not like the word “Atheist” as it sounds so negative. I have considered words like “Naturalist”, “Naturist”, Universalist” but these have all been appropriated by other groups for other reasons. I certainly do not like the word “Bright”, advocated by some atheists, as I really don’t think I am that bright most of the time. A more positive sounding epithet is still looked for and I would welcome suggestions.
The main point is…if there is a deity, why would it bother creating anything at all? Surely it would be more trouble than it is worth. If such deity created the universe for personal amusement, like a piece of art or a game, it would be a sad and cruel joke, considering the reality of the consequences.
I cannot accept such a deity.
Garry J. VanGelderen