Originally Posted by PaoloSmythe
an arguement exists, that the atheist has an 'assumption' which is equally as whimsical as that of any religious follower.
There's a difference between a working theory or a conditional belief and absolute faith. With most xians (and I think ClubMyke would agree with this statement) there is no way even in principle
to convince them through argument or evidence that god does not exist. On the other hand, it is possible in principle
with an atheist or a scientist to show them that they are wrong and have them accept it.
Now I'm not saying there won't be individuals who will buck this trend on both sides, but the definition
of spiritual faith is that it is supposed to be unshakable, and the definition
of scientific theory is that it is supposed to be contingent and able to be tossed aside the moment it ceases to do the job.