"you cannot be an atheist, because you can never prove god does not exist. at most, you are an agnostic."
"you may not believe in the god of a particular religion, but you don't know my god, so you cannot disbelieve him."
"your definition of god is flawed. our philosophy has a different definition."
there are two types of claims about god(s)
claims of knowledge:
claims of belief:
knowledge and belief are indeed differentiable
for me to believe there is a flying unicorn, i need no further data. but for me to make a claim of knowledge of a flying unicorn, i need something that is external to myself: in fact, it could even be my insistence that the flying unicorn itself appeared to me one dark night and told me about its existence. please note the difference between "knowledge" and "truth"
the courtier's reply and the emperor's nakedness
and yes, i have also read your books, and your philosopher’s deep thoughts, and no, i have not read them all, and i do not remember every stanza and word as you expect me to before i am allowed to speak about your particular brand of fantasy, but here's the point: i do not need to...just like i do not need to master the entire superman canon to be able to come to the conclusion that he remains a myth, a story, a fantasy, and is not real