Hi folks! I just wanna suggest that you might be painting atheists with too broad a brush. I was an atheist for most of my adult life, and I never felt like arguing the issue with anyone. Occasionally I would feel frustrated that people seemed so eager to overlook the possibility that they were deluded, but that was before I understood anything about faith. It was only when this frustration resulted in my having weekly dinners with my Catholic mom that I got a glimpse of real faith and was given grace and conversion by the Holy Spirit. Other than that, the only times I argued for atheism with believers were when they drew me in against my will.
But I believe the point is that atheists claim that there is no God and no supernatural world because they haven’t experienced anything to convince them of such realities. That is the same kind of thinking as denying the existence of people one hasn’t met, then trying to talk those who do know them out of believing their own experience.
Almost. Also, for an atheist, the person/s about whom an atheist would ask that you analyze your experience more closely are people whom it would in principle be impossible to have met. They are not of the same category of someone who could exist but might not. For an atheist, they cannot exist even in principle, so any claims to have met them would be met with concern, and honest concern at that. People on these forums are too hard on atheists in general, and especially after the militants have given them such a bad name.