Arguing for atheism
For some time I have been searching the Internet for information that provides a good argument in favor of atheism. You may not have time to answer my questions, and if not, thanks anyway.
“I do not have an argument for atheism because I don’t believe there needs to be one.”
Accepted. In my opinion everyone is free to believe what they want regardless of whether the belief is based on evidence or fantasy.
“I am an atheist because I have not seen compelling evidence that God exists, and I believe that the burden of proof is on theists.”
Agreed, a burden of proof that a god exists rests on the theist who claims a god exists, but my question is that shouldn’t a person have a valid reasoning to claim anything, including a claim that a god does not exist? I myself do not care about pushing my beliefs on the public, nor of my convincing anyone of anything, but rather what I want is to convince myself. If I were a theist I would demand of myself to possess evidence of a god, and with the same self-demanding logic I also require evidence that no god exists. Does such evidence exist?
I have read the endless authors who structure their atheism logic on the fallacies of religious books, but for myself I cannot find it logical that a book’s errors proves a thing to not exist. “Alice in Wonderland” is not a true history, but the falseness of the book does not necessitate that I must then believe that no girl named Alice can exist. Yes, religious books are incorrect, but an incorrect book proves nothing more than the book is incorrect.
I am hoping to find a valid reasoning that supports the conclusion that no god exists. Surely someone somewhere has presented a good sequencing of evidence that supports the conclusion that no god exists.
You argue well and, I think, correctly. If someone asserts that deities do not exist, then a valid argument for the non-existence of deities must be presented.
I have not seen an argument for the non-existence of all deities that I find compelling. I have seen excellent arguments refuting the existence of deities meeting certain criteria (because those criteria are ill defined or self contradictory, for example), but that does not prove that no deities exist. I have seen excellent arguments against the unreliability of certain religious texts but, as you point out, this does not prove that there are no deities, only that there is no deity who flawlessly created a certain religious text.
But most important of all, I have seen excellent, very compelling arguments against the necessity of any deity. That a deity is unnecessary does not prove that such an entity does not exist, but it puts the burden of proof very firmly on the shoulders of believers. For this reason, I do not assert that God does not exist but, as an atheist (someone without religion), I assert that the universe is sufficiently explainable without God.