[quote="LutheranScholar, post:4, topic:433896"]
Okay, here's a question.. what do atheists believe in? It's pretty clear what atheists do not believe in, but instead of addressing a negative, I'd like to know what the positive aspects are in the thought processes of an atheist.
Atheism is a position on one question, Do you believe that the supernatural exists? - Nope. That's all. Now from that answer, can you get to any other conclusions about this person? No. No you can't. It's like telling someone that you met bob yesterday and they didn't believe you. Ok now could you make any predictions about that person's politics, values, belief systems? No of course you couldn't. And not everyone uses the same logic to not believe that you met bob yesterday. Some a-bobists are reacting to being a previous probob, and many other reasons. Not all atheists came to this conclusion through logical means, but are reactions to being antitheists. But you can't know this till you talk to that specific person.
This is why it is problematic to begin with the assumption that atheism has the same structure as religion, with decrees, written books of do's and don'ts, leaders that proclaim what it is to be an atheist, etc. That doesn't exist for us. You can be proscience and still theist, you can be liberal, gay, all the groups that religion demonize and still be theists.You can be anti-theist and still be spiritual.
If you want to know my specifics, you'd have to ask. But remember, these are my conclusions, not any atheist manifesto.