Originally Posted by Mike Doolittle
The onus is on the atheist to justify their own faith in positivism. You simply have to be consistent with your own ideas. A self-causing and self-perpetuating universe cannot co-exist with the known laws of science.
I haven't had the chance to read your blog yet (academia is drowning me, seriously), but can you please stop attributing to us your notion that not to believe in God means claiming to know how the universe came into existence? The atheist believes that the universe can be explained through reason (and hopes that eventually
it will be), not that our present knowledge of the universe is enough to make sense of it.
I realise it's pretty comfortable to your world-view to claim that everybody is believing in unreasonable stuff anyway, but that's simply not what atheists do. We don't know how the universe came into being and we admit to that, period.