Recently I had a conversation with a friend about beliefs and the existence of god. She took the position that atheism was a belief that god did not exist. This is incorrect in a technical sense. One doesn’t believe in nonexistence; one simply lacks belief in the existence.
This extends beyond divine beings. Nothing exists until proven otherwise. To claim something exists without evidence is a belief. Denial of the existence is simply stating a fact about reality as we know it. A claim built on evidence is at worse a theory; at best it is a fact. I live with a worldview built on evidence, theories and facts, not beliefs.
This worldview accepts the scientific method through human observation as the arbiter of evidence and truth. My desk exists because I can see it, touch it, hear it when I knock on it AND everyone else who encounters it has the same sensory experience. All observational evidence points toward its existence.
It is possible to take a point of view that the human observation is not sufficient to prove something’s existence. There is a philosophy point that nothing outside our mind is even knowable. This point of view is useless because it completely cripples the ability to make predictions about the future. The scientific method is valuable because not only does it accurately model what has happened in the past, it can also be used to predict the future. The reality that science creates is a useful one.
There is no scientific evidence for any divine being in the universe. No repeatable, testable definition of god has been found to produce positive results. Any one who claims that god exists is doing so without evidence; it is a belief. The rest of us are simply living in an evidence based reality; no belief is needed.
-That is all.